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THE ONLY PAPER PUBLISHED IN THIS TOWN OF NORTH HEMPSTEAD. KEBt&R BROS.. Proprietors' ) PnSBBB It. 0. A. KIJELEB, Editor, f A Weekly Record of Roslyn, Weatlmiry, P&rt WaBtdn&ton, Manliaesct and Glenwood, YOL. IT. EOSLYy, ' QUEER'S jCQnKTY,-. ^ : 1, ■ 1^76. NO. 8. Hie Farmer ’ !* Lesson. if I had told her l» tho spring The oId ; old story, briefly, When Hparrow and robin begun to Blog, And the plowing wbb over, chiefly ! But hawto malieB waste, and the story sweet, f roftHpued, will keep through the flowing, TillXdrop tho cora, and plant the wheat, ^ — And give them a chance for growing. Had I even . told the tale in June, ■ _. When the wind through the grass was blow- ing. ‘ . Instead of thinking it rather too soon, Aiid waiting till after the mowing t Or had I liinted, out under the stars, That i knew a vtory worth hearing, Llugoring to put up the pasturo bars, Nor waited to do the shearing! . Now the barn Is fall, and so is the bln, _ _ * But I've p rown wise without glory,... Bliico love is. die crop not gathered in — • For my I'elghbor told her the story 1 , . — Harper a Bazar. The Peterkins' Christmas Tree. * ' ''' 1 ':'. ' Pietty early in the autumn the Peter- kina began to prepare for their Ohriflt- mae tree. Everything was done in great privacy, iis it was to be a surprise to the noiguborH, as well as to tho rest of the family. Mr. Peterkin had been np to Mr. Bromwich ’ s wood lot, and, with his consent, selected the tree. Agamemnon went to look at it occa ­ sionally after dark, and Solomon John made frequent visits to it, mornings, jttst after sunrise. Mr. Peterkin drove . Elizabeth Eiiz i and her mother that way, and pointed furtively to it with his whip, bUt none of them spoke of it aloud to each other. It was suspected that the little boys had been to see it Wed ­ nesday and , Saturday afternoons. But they came homo with their pookets full of chestnuts and said nothing about it. At length Mr. Peterkin had it out down and brought secretly into the Lar ­ kins' burn; A week or two before Christmas a measurement was made of it, with Elizabeth Eliza ’ s yard measure. To Mr. Poterk'in ’ s great dismay, it wap discovered that it was too high to stand ■ ia the buuk parlor. This fact was brought out at a secret council of Mr. and Mrs. Peterkin, Elizabeth Elm*, and Agamemnon. , ... , Aglimornnou nuggentCd ’ tllat it might lie set up slanting,.but Mrs.' Petorkio was very sure it would make her dizzy, and the candles would drip. But a brilliant idea came to Mr. Peter- kin. He proposed that the coiling of the parlpr should be raised to make room for ’ tho tojFof the ’ tree. Elizabeth Eliza thought the > space would need to bo quite largo: It must not bo like a small box, or'-you could not see the tree. - > - “ Yes, ” said Mr, Peterkin; ( “ T should have the oeiliug lifted all across the room; the cfl ’ oct would bo ilner.\ Elizabeth Eliza objected to having the whole ceiling raised, because her room Was over the back parlor, and she would have no floor while the alteration was going on, which would be very awkward. Besides, her room was not very high now, and if the floor were, raised, perhaps she could not walk in it upright. Mr. Peterkin explained that he didn ’ t propone nlteriug-tno whole ceiling, but to lift up a ridge aarosa the room at the back part where, the tree was to stand; Tliis would make a hump, to he sure, in Elizabeth Eliza ’ s room; but it would go am i i H bi wholu room. Elizabeth Eliza said she would not mind that. It would bo like the cuddy thing that cornea up on the deck of a ship, thaf you.sit against, only lieMfyou would not have the seasickness.^She thought she should like it for a rarity. She might use it for a divan. t s, Peterkin thought it would come 3 worn place of the carpet, aud might bo a eonvouionoe in, making the carpet over. Agamenuou was afraid there would be trouble in keeping tho matter secret, for it would ho u long piece of work for a carpenter; but Mr. Peterkin proposed having tho carpenter for a day or two, for a number of other jobs. . . One of them was to make all theuhairs in the hou a of the same height, for Mrs. . Peterkin hud nearly broken her epluo by sitting down in a obuir that she had supposed was her own rocking chair, and it had proved to be two inches lower. The little boys were now largo ouongh to sit in any chair; so a medium was fixed upmi.to satisfy all the family, and the chairs word nrado uni ­ formly of the same height. On consulting the carpenter, however, ho insisted that the tree could bo out off nt the lower end to suit the height of the parlor, and demurred at so great a uuvuige as .-.liming the selling. ... But, Mr. Peterkin! had set his mind upon tho improvement, and Elizabeth Eliza had out her carpet in preparation for it. So tho folding doors into tho back parlor wove closed, and for nearly a fortnight before Ohristmas there was a great litter of fallen plastering, and laths, and 1 chips, and shavings ; and Elisabeth Eliza's carpet was taken Up, and tho furniture Imd to ho changed, - and one night she hajt to sleep at the Bromwich ’ s, for there svas a long hole in her floor that might , 1)0 dangerous.\ AH fhis delighted the little -boys.' They could not understand what was going on. Perhaps they suspected a Chrlstmaii tree, but they did not know why a' Christmas tree should bane so . many chips, and were still more aston ­ ished at tho hump that appeared iu iflHwulVAf Ti'.Hfir ’ rt^a- 'vVArtvvV Yf wivtuA Elizabeth Eliza ’ s room. It must he a Ohristmas present, or else the tree in a , 'bos. 1 ' 1 Some aunts and uncles, too, arrived a day or two before Ohristmas, with some small cousins. These ' cousins occupied the attention of the little boys, and there wan a great deal of whispering and mystery, behind the doors, and under the stairs, and in the corners of the entry, Bolomon John was busy, privately, making some candles for the tree. Ho had been collecting some baybemes, as he understood they made very nice can ­ dles, so that it would not be necessary to buy any. , - ' The eiders of the family never all •wont into the back parlor together, and all tried not to see.what was going on. Mrs. Peterkin would go iu with Solo­ mon John; or Mr. Peterkin with Eliza ­ beth Eliza, dr Elizabeth Eliza and Agamomhbn and Solomon John. The little boys and the small cousins were never allowed even to look inside the room. Elizabeth Eliza meanwhile went into town a number of times. She wanted to consult Amanda as to how mnoh ice cream they should need, and .whether' they could make it at home, oh they hail' ei amt . L . i pn tv bi ii her own room;: the furnitnre had do bo ohangod, and the carpet altered.. The “ hump ” was ’ higher than she liad ex­ pected. There was danger of bumping nor own head 'whenever she crossed it. She had to nail some padding on tho ceiling for fear of accidents. .. The afternoon Before Christmas, Elizabeth Eliza; Solomon John and their father collected in the back parlor for a council. The carpenters had done their work, and | tho tree stood at ; its full height at the back of the room, the top stretohing up into the space ar ­ ranged for it. All the chips and shav ­ ings wore cleared away, and it stood on a neat-box. But what were they to put upon the tree? .1.: /- .3 : : Solomon John had brought in his supply of candles, but they proved to bo very “ stringy ” and Very few of them. It was strange how many bay- berries it took to make a few' candles I The little boys had helped him, and he had gathered ns much as^a, ..bushel of bayberrics. He had put them'in water, and skimmed off the wax, according to tho directions, but there was so little wax! , \ Solomon John had given tho little boys some of the bits sawed off from ike. legn o£ tho clmlrs. He ImA o'nggcst- ed they should cover thorn with gill paper, to answer for gilt apples, without te}ling : them what they were-for. . These apple s, a little blunt at the end, and the candles, were all \they had for the tree.\ :: , , After all her trips into town, Eliza ­ bethEliza had forgotten to bring any ­ thing for it. “ I thought of candies -and sugar plums, ” she said, “ ‘ but ! concluded-ab we made . earamels ourselves we should not need them. But, tiien, wo have not made caramels. The, fact is, that day my head was full of fay carpet. I had bumped it pretty badly, too. ’ ’ Mr. Peterkin wished ho had taken, instead of a fir tree, an apple tree he had seen iu October, full of red fruit. “ But the leaves would have fallen off by this time,” said Elizabeth Eliza. - “ And the apples, too,* ’ said Solomon John. , - It-is odd I should have forgotten, that day I went in on purpose to get the things, ” said Elizabeth Eliza, musing ­ ly, “ But ! went Horn shop; to shop,, and didn ’ t know exactly what to get, I saw a great many gilt things for- Christ ­ mas trees, but I know the little ■ boys were making the gilt apples; there were plenty of candles in .the shops, but I {mow Solomon. John was making the dandles. ” ,,, . .. i, Mr. Peterkin thought it was quite natural. Solomon John wondered if it were too late for them to go into town now.: ” Elizabeth Eliza: could not gain the' next morning, fir there was to be a grand Christmas dinner, and Mr. Peter- kin could not bo, spared, and Solomon John was sure ho and Agamemnon would not kuow what to buy. Besides, they would want to try the caudles to night. Mr. Peterkin asked if the presents everybody \had been preparing would not answer! But Elizabeth Eliza, knew they would be too heavy. A gloom aame over the room. There was only a fliokering gloom from one of riolomou John ’ s candles that he had lighted by way of trial. 61 n i s ... >i ’ -i n oe <! J lighted a match to ex- iuto town. - He w amine the newspaper aboi ” tho trains, There wore plenty of train.- oomi-g out at that hour, bht-nonowere going in ex ­ cept a very late one. That would not leave time to do anything and come back. : . “ We oould go in, Elizabeth Eliza and I, ” said Solomon John, “ but we should not have time to buy anything. ” Agamemnon whs summoned in, Mrs. Poterkin wae entertaining the unolos and aunts iu the front parlor. Agemonmon Wished there was tuheito study W? some ­ thing about eleqtriOvUghta. ; If they could only have a BdUpin light I Solo­ mon John ’ s candlq 'aputtered and wont not. \S At this moment • there was a loud knocking at the front door. Tho little boys, and tho small cousins, and the uncles and aunts, and Airs. Petqrkin, hastened to sec what was the matter. Thau ek nd aw »■ >• ight soj u body ’ s house must be on fire. The door i s 1 and *i. .i was am hit ■With flakhs. forit was beginning to show, ond he was pulling in a largo box. Mrs. Peterkin supposed it contained somo of -Elizaboth Eliza ’ s purchases, so she ordered it to he pushed into tho . r, and Imstily odled ba«: her guests and the little boys into tho other room- The little boys and the small cousins were sure they had seen Santa CJlaus himself. ’ : ' Sir. Peterkin lighted the lamp. The box was addressed to Elizabeth Eliza. It was from the lady from Philadelphia I She had gathered a hint from Elizabeth Eliza ’ s letter that there was to bo a Christmas- tree, and bad filled the box with all that would be needed. ; It was opened directly. There was every kind of gilt hanging thing, from gilt pea-pods to butterflies, on . springs. There were shining fla^s and lanterns, and bird cages; and nests with birds sit ­ ting, on them, baskets of frnit, gilt apples and bunches of grapes, and, at the bottom of the whole, a large box of candles and a box of Philadelphia bonbons 1 Elizabeth Eliza and Solomon John, could scarcely keep from screaming. Tho little boys and tho small cousins U ..................... .. knocked i, on - the i folding doors to ask what was the matter. ■ 'Hastily Air, Peterkin ond the rest took • i - urnoir ____ r ___ R ________ that Mr. Peterkin exclaimed ; .P Lot us light the candles how, and send to invito all tho neighbors to-night, and haw the tree on Christmas eye. And so it was that the Peterkins: had thinr Christmas-tree the day before, and ott Christmas night could go and visit thoir neighbors: — -AY. Nicholas far De ­ cember, - : \-\i;-S Philip Nolan ’ s Men. The story of Philip Nolan and his: men, who went to Mexico in an early day in the history of(his country, is ’ told in Scribner ’ s Monthly. Prom u note to the history tho following is in- terestiug-: . : : A regular trial was-giveu to tho men, of which the proceedings are extant. ’ Don Pedro Bamos de Veroa conducted tho defense. And the men were ac ­ quitted. ' The judge, do Navarro, or ­ dered their release January 28, 1804; but Salcedo, nlasl was then in command of those provinces — he countermanded the decree of acquittal, and sent the papers to tho king. The king, by a do eree of February 28, 1807, ordered that one out of five of Nolan ’ s men should be hung, and the others keep at hard labor for ten .years.. -. Ijet it be obser-yed. , - OyaTEuSoup. — Put into a stewpan the liquor from nine dozen oysters. When hot; put in the oynters to scald but not boil ; strain the liquor ; add three pints iff water, and simmer for half an hour. In the meanwhile dissolve half an bunco of gellatine in three pints of boiling water ; after again straining the oyster liquor, add the meltecl gellatine, with 'Salt, cayenne and mace, to taste ; bring it to a boil and add three tablespoonfuls of butter rubbed in with one and one-half tablespoonfnls of flour, simmer for five miuntos, then'stir in rapidly one pint and a half of boiling cream (sweet) or good, new milk ; pour the whole over, the oysters in the tureen and serve. R oast T uekev . — After plucking, ainge- ifng, etc., cut off the neck close to the back, but leave enough of the crop skin' to turn over; break the leg hone close tbclow the knee, draw put the strings •from the thighs,-and (flatten the; breast bone to make it look plump. Have | ready a stuffing, and haying filled, the {breast and inside with this, draw the skin together with a trussing needle, sewing the skin of the neck: .over upon the back. (These threads should be carefully removed : before bringing , the'; bird to the table.) Lay the points of the wings under the back,' and' fasten in that position with a skewer run through both wings. Press the legs as olosely toward tho breast and side bones as pos ­ sible and fasten . with a skewer' run ; through the body and both thighs. Bake in a steadily hot but. not burning oven. From two and one-half to three hours, will be required for o large turkby. Baste from time to time with butter. Boil until very tender the gizzard, heart, Hver: andneok, of the,iijurkpy in water enough to. cover them. When done save the liver for the gra'Vj*,'hind 'that this is the royal decree for ten men ' 1 men \ “ ‘ ‘ l ‘ 'he onion is none who had been aoqnltea toy the court lyhioh tried them. : , When the ; decree arrived in Chihua ­ hua, one of the ten prisoners, Pierce, was dead. The new judge pronounced that only one of the remaining nine should suffer death, and' Salcedo ap ­ proved this decision. Oh the ninth of November, therefore, 1807, tho adjutant inspector, with de Voreu, tho jyusorers ’ counsel, proceeded to th'o barracks, where they were con­ fined,, and read the king ’ s decision;,, A drum, a glass tumbler, and two dice were brought ; tho prisoners knelt before the drum and were blindfolded, Ephraim Blackburn, the oldest pris ­ oner,-took the fatal.glass and dice and throw four; Lucian Garcia threw seven; Joseph Reed threw eleven; David Fero threw eight; Solomon Cooley' .threw eleven; Jonah [Touy | Walters threw seven; Charles King threw seven; EUia Been threw five; William Dowlin threw six. ’ ■ , - Poor Biaekbum, , having thrown tho lowest number, was. hanged pn the eleventh of November. -FJlip .Bean . afterward distinguished himself ’ ' iu tho revolt • against Spain, which freed Mexico. Of the'lend of the ( life: of tho other prisoners, no account has been found. ' . People who are fptid of poetical jus-: tiee will be glad to know that Salasodo Was killed iu the first effort for Texon liberty in 1818, But so, alas I was Her ­ rera, Frail Beauties, A Wisconsin lady writes to ' the Woman's. Journal as follows : The fact is that the young Amerioau girls are al ­ most all dolioate ; many are confirmed invalids ;. many are dying in their first bloom every year. For myself, I have known, within the last five or six years, in a little village of 2,000 inhabitants iu Wiaoonsin, a dozen young ladies who have died. They have nearly all died of anemia, consumption, epical menin ­ gitis, and similar diseases. Two were married and died within tho year. But one tot fwo of the number had received anything .more than o- common school education. One or two were seam ­ stresses, aud one or two were farmers ’ daughters. \Nono of them had led a life of fashionable dissipation. ;; I know an ­ other dozen to-day who are hopeless in ­ valids. School causes would seem to have more to do with the ill health of these. One, lying now at the point of death, is 6 graduate, of a female semi ­ nary,, and; has, never, known a well day siuco her graduation. Perhaps you will not wonder, at'this when . I tell you that for ' the test term that she was. in school she was not able to study, and prepared all her lessons in bed. Do you hot think missionaries should be abroad iu Wisconsin, with a special message to ii, ’ > < j ! mi mimu-ies ! Feu or five of thtose: invalids, came of the same school, but none of the others graduated. Two have spinal diseases,; two comsumption, and several of the others - uterine diseases in one form or th W hat it C ost . — It cost Col. Kane „ 3,254 to run his Pelham coach -from New York to New Rochelle, and the receipts were 85,472. .This is cheaper amusement than sailing a yacht. YOUR CHRISTMAS DINNER. bunts ter Its Selection and How to Cook It. mince,finely the soft; parts, of: the giz ­ zard, etc., with a quart of dried bread crumbs, aud add the water iu which tlji giblets were boiled; season with salt, pepper, thyme, sweet majoriam, and u little grated celery root. Mix thorough ­ ly, and bind the whole together with, three well beaten eggs. - C rayz fob the ! 'T oukbx ; — T qke one pint of brown soup, stock; or the juice from the dish in which the turkey was baked, ouiTsmaH onion, half teaspoon - ful of sidt andm little pepper, and sjm- then add : the ' liver either mjneed Very finely or rubbed to a paste, and having mixed a teaepoonful of arrow root with a little cold water, pour it into the gravy; which keep stirring.; Then ,add a little Worcestershire sauce, let it boil once ami -pour it info the gravy tureen. C hioken Pm. — Take from four fo six ,youug okiekons, according to the size ol( the baking'dish to be filled, out them up into joints , and put in a stewpan with hot water enough to cover them, nu onion, it liked, a hunch of savory herbs, and a blade of mace.; Line the sides of a deep earthen baking dish with a rich paste rolled quite thick. When the chickens are about.half doiio take them from the stewpan, aud lay in the baiting dish with a -few slices of. very nice pork, six . or eight hard boiled eggs, cut in rings, and a little of the Water in which the chickens were cooked, When the dish is full cover with a rich and light puff paste rolled thick. Ahole should be left in the-center of tho top, wkioh' can be covered with an ornament of paste. Bake from one to one and a half hours. When about half done lay a paper over the top to keep from burn ­ ing. For tho gravy rub one tablespoou- ful of flour with two ditto of butter when smooth put in a saucepan and pour- on the rest of the water iu which th> ohiokens were cooked, etir one Way over the fire-till smooth; When the pio is dtone, remove the ornament from the center, pom- in the gravy and replace. P astby S audwioiies . — .G ood whole ­ some ortes are thus prepared; Roll good paste quite thin, and lay on a baking shoot or tin; spread on the paste apricot, greengage, or any preserve preferred; lay over this another thin paste, press together at the -'edges and- ;mai-k the paste in diagonal lines With a knife, to show where to out it when baked ; a short time before it is done remove from the oven; brush over with the white of an egg, into which sift sugar, and put back into the oven to color; when cold out into diamonds, pilo: pyramidically, and. serve hot or cold. C hanbbiuuk !! should bo put on tho ’ fire with water enough to cover , them, with a pound of sugar to ono of fruit ; simmer slowly until the whole is re ­ duced to a jelly-like mass ; press, into molds,which have been dipped in water. When cold turn out on flat plates or jolly stands. ArwJs OnsTAiito T auts .— P eel, coro and stomSpitzeuburg or Greening apples till they .can be passed -thttoug-h'- a sieve; to.oiie pou Bed t .,>!* 1, quurtei: pound of butter rubbed with one pound of powdered sugar, the grated rind of a lemon, and one grated mitmeg ; beat se ­ parately theytolksitud whites of eggs; stir in With sugar,- eto., oue quart of sweet cream, and add to the whole tho beaten eggs ; beat well together and pour into pie plates bordered or lined with puff paste; b .keiu a moderate oven until tho oustard has “ sot. ” ; PuMMSfN PiKS.— fcjtew a good sweet pnfiipkin in water enough to keep from bnrntng Until' it can be passed through a sieve ; add three, pints of sweet cream and nine beaten eggs, with sugar, mace, nutmeg; and ginger, or grated lemon rind enough to taste; border or line pie plates with a nice paste and fill with Hie HI < r i is i tri oven three-quarters of au hour. - OtoMMKfKJm- brows Pto»»isa. — Scald three pints of new mhk, and white hoi stir in'-seven tablespoonfnls of fine In ­ dian meal; let it stand till cool, and then add a half pound of stoned raisins, four ounces of butter, spies and sugar to tote, and seven well beaten eggs ; beat all together, pour iu a deep bakmg dish, and bake in a moderate oven one and a half hours. ' '' The Marriage of Tweed ’ s Daughter. The papers are publishing incidents in the life of Tweed during Ms brilliant career in New York, aud among these they give ' the notable marriage of his daughter. The acme of Tweed ’ s social splendor was renohed on the'occasion of the marriage of his daughter. This was seized by all of Tweed ’ s friends, followers And satellites, as well as by other prominent men who had to con­ ciliate the great man, as a welcome op ­ portunity to testify their regard. The marriage took place at Trinity chapel, and one report says The aisles along the floor were crowded wife, fashionable ladies aglow with rich silks ond satics and flashing with diamonds. Those were aH in full dress, and the confusion of white arms and shoulders, elegant laces and valuable jewelry was perfectly bewildering 1 ” “ After the ceremony all the invited guests entered thoir car ­ riages to the music of seleotions from the ■ Prophete, ’ and were driven up to the residence ol the -bride ’ s father, on the corner of Fifth avenue and Forty- third street. The whole avenue was thronged with liveried turnouts. * * * The house, from basement to roof, was one blaze of light. The fountain at tho tide played merrily in the twilight, and the flowers in the garden diffused a delicate perfume on the night ai.r. An immense crowd blocked np both sides of the awning for the purpose of catch ­ ing a glimpse of the guests passing in, and, it was with difficulty that a strong force of policemen could keep them in • prdtoiF . ■ ;i ■: Inside the coup deceit was simply gtorgeousi From roof to hallway the interior of the . house was one mass of flowers — “ all from my own place at Greenwich, ” said Mr, Tweed to the re ­ porter, with honest pride. The central chandelier was perfectly entwined with roses, Over , the two entrances to the parlor, On the left were solid pillars of flowers, from which hung p ten-pointed star and; a largo bell, all of white and ■rou Tfio desoription oontinues nr the same strain, and to judge from it the house must ’ have been literally smothered .iu the most beautiful floral ornaments. ’ ’ The banquet, which is de ­ scribed as gorgeous, was by Delmonico, and then comes a long list of presents, estimated at $500,000. Laces, ^tur ­ quoises, poafls; diamonds, gold, silver and everything,else of value reposed in satin or. velvet on every side, vieing With each other in brilliancy and beauty. Among'this magnifleeift array of pres ­ ents were gifts from Mr. and Mrs. Tweed, a blank walnut chest, liued with blue satin and, velvet, with five drawers, containing three hundred pieces of solid'silverware;-also another chest with a-complete silver tea set, solid waiter, tea kettle and coffee urn; a pair of yel ­ low gold band bracelets, with flue cop ­ per eolored festoons, each festoon being ornamented with a large diamond, etc. Then came the,troubles and downfall of the r jug, Tweed ’ s arrest and trial, his sentence to-.tlio penitentiary for twelve years, the release on points of law, the civil suits, the escape from jail, a dash for liberty to (Juba — all to be ended by recApture and return to durance vile. The “ Enoch Arden ” Business. When Mr. Tennyson wrote that popu ­ lar poem “ Enoch Arden, ” he probably meant well enough, but bo ought to have foreseen the inevitable conse­ quences of fus act. From that day to this no husband has ever returned home from a temporary absence and found his wife in the possessionof a substitute without having his domesiao difficulties paraded in the local newspapers, and -himself described as “ another Euooh Arden.” In this country, especially, the annual crop of Enoch Ardens has been enormous. A vast procession of wauderiug- : husbands . is continually winding its way homeward from the West to Eastern hearthstones; where other and superfluous husbands are comfortably trespassing. One would naturally think that no really cliivnlrio husband, after going alone to California and residing for a dozen years in a land flowing with bowieknivea and revolvers, without onoe writing to his deserted wife, would dream of [returning home to-earn the title of “ another Enoch Arden, ” Yet the wandering American husband always comes back at last. He may be cast upon the waters in a steam ­ ship, but instead of being drowned or buried hois sure to return after many years. And when he .does return, .so potent is the influence of Mr. Tenny- +Annltinrya~'rmfSri'Trim 'son ’ s preposterous teachings up6h him that ho always tries to surpass the original Enooh Ardeu iu unprofitable idiooy. It will be remembered that Mr. Tenny ­ son ’ s hero, after spending several years on a lonely island, in the unworthy oo. oupation of writing doleful blank verso to the grieved but patient monkeys, finally'took passage for England, and returned to the cottage where ho Jiad loft his wife. Most men in his oiroum- atances would have gone boldly to the front door, and, after tenderly embrno- ing thoir wives, would have asked where on earth:their slippers had been hidden, and whether they were ever to have any supper, Arden, however, preferred to look through the dining-room windows, and to: gaze upon the apparent felicity of his wife ’ s now husband, and to, make a rough estimate; of tho number of uew children'who infested the house. After this disreputable proceeding bo with ­ drew from the window, rolled on: tho vegetables iu tho book garden, aud finally wont away to a cheap boarding house, where he died, after having told nil, u.-an.oj- i---- *• --- -\wl , thus made it certain that his wife s main mohial mistake would become the theme of universal gd^ip. Dickens ’ Prisoner. .1 Touching Story. Tho following touchiiig story is from the poto o# an English officer now serv ­ ing in the Turkish army, aud represents a soehto ho witnessed after one of, the most, severe conflicts of the Bervo-Tur- kish campaign : -- Not far away lay the body of another officer, his right hand pressed on his breast, where the splinter of a shell had hit him, and; grasping a piece of paper. A strong man, _he appeared to have struggled long with death; hie face, which had the. unmistakable Russian type, was distorted with pain. It was with difficulty that the paper was re ­ moved from his* hand, - • It was a letter without oiw data, in cyrillic writing, and evidently ficom a child ’ s hand. Colonel Mehmed, who was once in the Russian service (he is ft Circassian, from Daghes ­ tan, subjected by(Russia more than fifty years ago), and understands Russian, translated the letter into Turkish, and then bile of our Cossacks; a Pole, who had been brought up in Franco, gave me tho contents iu Ffehoh, a» follows : • ‘ Dearest father — Be good enough, dearest father, to come back from tho war. .Since you have been away, moth ­ er weeps continually, and she dreams every mght that thou fleet dead under a tree. Como to us, dear father, for mother has become So pale and is al ­ ways crying. I am very good, so that sho may not cry stiJl more, and when thou comcsc back will remain good, and never bo naughty again. But thou must bome soon,, father, aud must kiss moth ­ er, that she may become red again, and -always kiss thy little Minka. ” 'Was Not There. At. G. Valbort, in tho Jlevuedes Deux Mondes, tells a good story of Dr. Btrousberg, the fallen financier recently brought to ’ justice in Moscow. \ In tho flays of his glory at -Berlin, when ho n i bin! ' J'> cent mu . t on for the .OoMhus line; : ho--had- invited all the leadffig paopl court ,«m<l th army- .to a grand banquet,They, all came and found a superb entertainment — bi t — noDr. Stronsbcrg. Ho had not dared to invite himseh to meet fjnoh a fine company ! . H • , ( . Diokoni ! s famous prisoner,, after serv ­ ing nine terms in the penitentiary, stole an overcoat and. is now a candidate for the tenth term. When Mr. Diokons was iu Philadelphia thirty years ago, Langhoimer was in the penitentiary and the novelist saw him there and went into -' a paroxysm of grief over “ a. system rigid, strict ' and wrong. ” Vlfh: “ American Notes “ In another cell was a German, Sentenced to five yoais ’ imprisonment for larceny, two of Which had just expired. Ho had laid out the -few feet of ground behind his cell with exquisite neatness, and had made o lit ­ tle flower bed in the center, that-looked, byrtho-bye, like a grave. And yet a - more dejeoted, heartbroken, wretched oreature it would be difficult to imagine. Inoyer saw such a picture of forlorn affliction and distress of mind. My heart bled for him, and when the tears ran down his cheeks and he took one of the visitors aside to ask; with his trem ­ bling hands nervously ulutoliing nt his, eoat to detain him, whether there was no hope of his dismal sentonoo being com ■ muted, tho spectacle was really too painful to witness. ” This man is now about seventy-four years old, but does not look more thou sixty-Cvo. His eyes, light blue or gray, are dull and express ­ ionless, and his square out, uuiutelleo- tual face, covered with thick grizzly hair, .presents a picture which is aiiy- thing but pleasing. Honesty. ____ ia* * _____ _____ Every __ „ . be honest; but everybody is not honest either nt homo or abroad. That wo should bo Uoncnt in our trade, weights and measures,, dealing honest with our neighbors and strangers is clearly right. That a strong prinoipiti of in ­ tegrity should, govern us, is just what every man not only admits but believes and contends for. . There is no such thing as being too honest. ' Honesty is a virtue better than gold, Holier rthnn rubies, more precious than gems and costly trappings. It is a much richer adornment for manhood or womanhood than wealth oau purchase or place so- cure. To bo honest is to ho like a child aud an angel, and, Ohrist said- of littlto' children * ‘ Of snob ie tho kingdom of ■ heaven.\ But we wish to write a - a strong word — in behalf of honesty. ’ There are many people who are hone it away'from home. They make home promises only to break them. As hus ­ bands they make a thousand and one promises to their wives, and hint a thorn sand good things and-'raise many pleas ­ ant expectations they never seem to think of again. As wives they practice a thousand little deceits, equivocate many times,' when, straightforward hon ­ esty was rest the thing ' required. An parents they conceal, go around the truth, deceive aud often falsify to their children, when the truth is always bet- ter — always the best. The children too their parents ’ 'double dealings* see their t) , , , .< la.i; ol ’ t ,( i<« < 5 too often £5 chip of ihe old block, llisSsi

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