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or our own. They were undoubtedly well versed in some of the highest minds of our race in exploring the Jewish Scriptures, containing the history, poetry, their depths of thought, could not be intellectually and moral wisdom of their country. They had drank unequal, or indifferent to, the record of the nativity deeper than most of their age, priest or rabbi, of the of him whom they make known as the light and life spirit, if not also of the letter, of those wonderful of the world. The name fishermen expresses their classics-Moses and the prophets. To be versant in social, but not their intellectual position. To what them implied, though fishermen, the knowledge of class of fishermen on our shores shall we compare the Hebrew, then a dead language, or of the Greek John or a Peter? Fishermen that knew, when they of the Septuagint translation, implying therefore the wrote the Gospels, two living and one dead language, knowledge of one, if not two languages, besides Ara- and wrote in Greek; fishermen familiar with the maic, the spoken language of Palestine. Can we call sacred classics of their country froin their earliest that man illiterate that speaks one language, and has years; fishermen that frequented every Sabbath day acquired one or two besides, and that not for purposes the synagogue of their native village, and were aeof trade only or chiefly, but to gain access to its lit- customed in the schools of Moses and the prophets erary treasures? Their knowledge of Greek, in which to take not a mere passive, but an active part as the Gospels have come down to us, however acquired, speakers and questioners. The apostles of our Lord is a fact implying that they were “lettered” eren in were probably some of the best specimens of the Jewtho modern sense, and implying a culture that may ish common people, quickened into intellectual and well rescue them from the inputation of being unable moral life above the common people of every other to appreciate the interest attaching to the record of ancient nation, by the Sabbath and the synagogue; the birth year and day of Christ. The truth is, the the foremost men in the synagogues of Capernaum evangelists, in relation to their times and country, and Bethsaida; inquirers into the meaning of types were illiterate only in the sense of being unskilled in and ceremonies, and of ancient prophecy; and waitthat rabbinical learning in vogue in Jerusalem-an ers for the coming of Him whom they saw foresbadignorance blessed to them, to us, to all ages—which owed in all Jewish things, answering and asking enabled them to read and interpret, as rabbies could questions about all such matters, and not unaccusnot do, Moses and the prophets; and made them the tomed to speak their minds. Just because they were most pure and perfect medium of transmitting the more awako and alive to all these things, these fishteachings of a greater than Moses. We have talked ermen attached themselves first to the Baptist when of the evangelists being illiterate, because by trade he announced the Messiah. At least three, out of fishermen, and because Pharisees and rabbies said so; the twelve apostles, were disciples of the forerunner, but no man can calmly consider these facts, or read and followed John till shown by him—the Christ. those discourses which John has recorded, without Illiterate, therefore, they were not, save in the eyes feeling that men who could appreciate those sayings of Jewish rabbies, whose light was as darkness, and of Christ which have exercised, and still exercise, / whose literature was only perverted knowledge.
Notes and Queries. OLD WORDS WITH NEW MEANINGS.—The “wight” The word " miscreant” may be cited to exemplify of the old mythology was a spirit of some intelli- the curious fact of the settled conviction entertained gence, but, under the new dispensation, the word is by men, that to believe wrongly is to live wrongly generally used in a contemptuous sense. The ladies At first “miscreant" was a mecreyant, an unbelie have inherited a still more forcible and more unpleas- and it might have been inoffensively applied to the ant word, " hoyden.” We all know what rollicking most moral of men, whose religious belief, dià not awkwardness is implied in that word, as having ref- coincide with our own. So zealous, however, and so erence to ladies only. At one time the word was charitable are we toward those who are not of er appropriately applied to heavily-skittish gentlemen own household of faith, that we too often look upon also. “Hoyden" is merely a form of heathen, and them as morally depraved, and that is exactly the the heathens were the rude dwellers on the heath, sense in which the innocent word is now employed. whose civility was coarse and whose vivacity was A change of a different sort has attended the word ponderous. From a similar rustic origin we have the “silly." We derive it from the German selig—that word “pagan,” also applicable to male and female, is, “ blessed.” Subsequently it served to distinguish as were many other disagreeable words, which wicked the innocent or harmless; later it pointed to the and ungallant men, who make the laws of speech, weakly foolish; and this change has been traced to a now employ only in reference to the exceedingly-ill- deep conviction of men, that he who departs from used ladies. Such was the term "shrew,” which, in evil will make himself a prey, and that “none will old days, distinguished the worst of men as well as be a match for the world's evil who is not himself the sharpest tongued of women; and such also was evil.” On the other hand, terms which had a rethe word “termagant,” with this difference, that it proving sense in them once, are terms of someth g “would now be applied only to females of fierce tem- like commendation now. Take, as an instance, per and ungoverned tongue, but that formerly to male "shrewd "_"Is he shrewd and u.. t in his dealings and female alike, and predominantly to the first." with others?" asks South in one of this sermons. In
Wickliff's Bible iniquitas is rendered by “ shrewdness;" ster's definition is too limited, but quite correct so far and to “fee shrewdness" is Chaucer's reading of the as it goes.- English Notes and Queries. prophet's injunction to turn away from evil. Thus
WHICH IS THE WEAKER SEX?-Females are called it is seen that the shrewd fellows would do well to
the weaker sex, but why? If they are not strong, look to it, lest the cleverness registered in their world
who is? When men must wrap themselves in thick ledger be booked iniquity in the record kept else
garments, and incase the whole in a stout overcoat to where.-Athenæum.
shut out the cold, women in thin silk dresses, with UNITY OF The Human RACE. Have those who, ad neck and shoulders bare, or nearly so, say they are mitting the unity of the human race, yet deny that perfectly comfortable! When men wear waterproof climate, mode of life, and other purely-natural agents boots over woolen hose, and incase the whole in Inare sufficient to account for existing differences, ever dia-rubber to keep them from freezing, women wear shown or tried to show, when, where, and why Prov thin silk hose and cloth shoes, and pretend not to idence-for all such persons m assume a miracu feel the cold! When men cover their heads with furs, lous interposition-interposed to create the distinc and then complain of the severity of the weather, tion? And if the distinctions came about naturally, women half cover their heads with straw bonnets, is it philosophically necessary to admit that, if causes and ride twenty miles in an open sleigh, facing a precisely the opposite of those which effected the dif cold north-wester, and pretend not to suffer at all. ferences could be brought to act on the diverse sorts They can sit, too, by men who smell of rum and toof men, they would all begin to lose their peculiari-bacco-smoke enough to poison the whole house, and ties and finally become like each other?
not appear more annoyed than though they were a J. P. L.
bundle of roses. Year after year they can bear
abuses of all sorts from drunken husbands, as though The Red Sea Passage.-Is there any Scriptural or
their strength was made of iron. And then is not other evidence for believing that Pharaoh was him
woman's mental strength greater than man's? Can self drowned in the Red Sea at the same time that she not endure suffering that would bow the stoutest his hosts were overthrown? My impression is that
man to the earth? Call not woman the weaker vesthere is not. Can any of your correspondents point sel; for had she not been stronger than man the race out the proof of Pharaoh's personal destruction ?
would long since have been extinct. Hers is a state M.
of endurance which man could not bear. Quotation PointS.—These marks were not first used by M. Gillemont, but by M. Guillemets, and by
OWE-Ought.–Very ugly words these, as now used, the latter name they are called in France.
especially the former. That ugliness, in these “hard M. B. J.
times," is intensified. Originally, however, the verb
to owe conveyed all the sweet sensations of assured Differ.—What is the proper preposition to be used possession. It signified—what to own is now employed after the word “differ?” This word is susceptible of to signify—“to have a property in." Thus in old various definitions; when it means distinct, various Chapman's translation of Homer's Hymn to Pan: or dissimilar in nature, condition, or form, it should
“Who yet is lean and loveless, and doth ore be followed by from, as, a statue differs from a pic
By lot, all loftiest mountains crown'd with snow." ture. When its import is, not to accord, to be of contrary opinion, in is the appropriate preposition,
AlgebraIC PROBLEM.-Given, the two equations and with is correct when used in the sense of contend,
x+y=12, and x'=y3; to find the values of x and y. to be at variance, as, I differ with you in sentiment.
P. M. M. B. J. MINOR QUERIES.— Giving the Mitten.-Some querist
a gentleman, we take it—wishes to know why ladies TOTE.-This word is not exclusively applied to the pf carrying, in the southern part of the United
“set their caps.” Will he tell us how it is that wo States. I have frequently heard a negro inquire,
sometimes say, "She gave him the mitten?”
M. B. J. • Shall I tote this horse to the water?" Although it is now almost always regarded as a negroism, I think The Jerseys. Whence originated the colloquial exit had another origin, and was brought by the first pression, “The Jersey," or The Jerseys, to designate English settlers in America from the old country. the state of New Jersey; and why do the papers Chaucer, I think, uses the word to signify a summing speak of our American Union as the United States up, the ascertaining a total amount, etc.; and I have and New Jersey? In the Methodist Discipline the frequently heard in Lincolnshire the phrase, “come, Bishops' address to the members of the Church contote it up, and tell me what it comes to." I think, tains this colloquialism, and I have noticed it frewith your correspondent, Mr. Myers, that the word quently even in other serious composition. Its hisis derivew from the Latin tollo, “ to take away, to lift torical origin is required.
W. up, or to raise.” There is also the Anglo-Saxon verb totian, “ to lift up, to elevate.” (See Bosworth's
Soul.—What is the true signification of the word
"soul?” We often use it in various senses; but do 4.-S. and Engl. Dict., p. 226.) The definitions at
they all have the same general import? F. L. S. tached to these two words include all the applications ,which I have heard the word tote receive in the United Mathematical Query.-If the diameter of a circle States. The law, term tolt, “a removal; a taking be thirty, what is the length of a chord which will away,” is evidently derived from the Latin tollo, and cut off one-third of the area of the circle? has the same praning as the word toto. Mr. Web
J. W. H.
How to Train CHILDREN.-It is a natural and par flowers. It was a daring deed, but his faith in the strength donable vanity for parents to wish their children to
of his father's arm, and the love of his father's heart, gave be intelligent and presentable, on family festivals,
him courage and power to perform it. and for the inspection of friends and acquaintances. LESSON or DUTY FROM A Child. The following But when, to foster this innocent vanity, they keep genuine parrative we commend to any Christian moththeir little ones always prim and tidy, like a new er who has been tempted to neglect the morning and bonnet in its band-box, and cram their tender minds evening sacrifice at the family altar: with all kinds of book knowledge, it is a grierous One morning had passed without family prayers and I *2 wrong, which sooner or later will yield baneful fruit.
not at ease. My heart had not grown cold; it was burning Precocious children almost uniformly die young, or with the love of God; but in my extreme timidity I had, in grow into very commonplace adults, and it is from the absence of my husband, omitted this duty, because my the healthy, wild, and almost ungovernable ranks of
father was with us. I knew that in traveling about he had
wandered from Christ, and though I recollected bowing, the pursery that a brilliant future may be predicted.
when a child, about the domestic altar, yet my mother had The following advice from Blackwood's Magazine is
died and the altar was broken down. With much trembling worth reading in every family circle:
I omitted our usual family worsbip. The next morning, when How I have heard you, Eusebius, pity the poor children!
break fast was over, my little daughter came with a Bible in her I remember you looking at a group of them, and reflecting,
hand and said, “Grandpa, we always have prayers, night and “For of such is the kingdom of heaven," and turning away
morning, when papa is gone; will you read?” “Do you pray,
Minnie?” he asked. thoughtfully and saying, “ Of such is the kingdom of trade."
“ Yes, sir, I pray; but I meant family A child of three years of age! What should a child three
prayers." "Well, dear, you read a chapter and let mamma
pray this time." In a clear voice she read aloud an approyears old-nay, five or six years old-be tanght? Strong meats for weak digestions make not bodily strength. Let
priate chapter and we kneeled in prayer. After rising from
her knees she took her slate and pencil and sat quietly down, there be nursery tales and nursery rhymes. I would say to every parent, especially to every mother,
and as the peace that follows duty performed flowed into my
son), I could not help exclaiming to myself, “ Blessed child, a sing to your children; tell them pleasant stories; is in the
lesson hast thog taught me! May I never forget it! May I country be not too careful lest they get a little dirt upon their
never lack thy simple faith and thy unfaltering courage! hands and clothes; earth is very much akin to us all, and in
M. children's out-of-door play soils them not inwardly. There is a kind of consanguinity between all creatures; by it we Rosy-CHEEKED APPLES. Few things so fill the eye touch upon the common sympathy of our first substance, and
and excite the longing of the little boy or girl as beget a kindness for our poor relations, the brutes.
“rosy-cheeked apples.” How temptiogly they bang Let children hare free, open-air sport, and fear not thongh they make acquaintance with the pigs, the donkey, and the
upon the bough; how bright they appear in the chickens, they may form worse friendships with wiser-looking beams of the sunlight! From Willie Winkie's Nurones; encourage familiarity with all that love to court them; sery Songs, of Scotland, we excerpt one beaded, dumb animals love children, and children love them.
“Rosy-Cheeked Apples." It contains some delicate Above all things make them loving, then they will be gen
touches that will reach the heart of the motber as tle and obedient; and then also, parents, if you become old
well as child: and poor, these will be better than friends that will never neglect you. Children brought up lovingly at your knecs
Come here, my bairnie, will never shut their door upon you, and point where they
Come here to me: would have you go.
You shall bave three. A Child's Faith. We know not as we have ever
All full of honey seen a more beautiful illustration of the simple and
They dropped from the treeunhesitating faith of childhood than the following:
Like your bonny self,
All the sweeter that they 're wee. In the highlands of Scotland there is a mountain gorge
Come here, my bairnie, twenty feet in width and two hundred feet in depth. Its per.
Nor shake your fair head; pendicular walls are bare of vegetation, save in their crev
You are like my own bairn, ices, in which grow numerous wild flowers of rare beauty. Desirous of obtaining specimens of there mountain beauties,
Ah! for lack of pourishment some scientific tourist once offered a highland boy a hand
He dropped from the treesome gift if he would consent to be lowered down the cliff by
Like your bonny self, a rope, and would gather a little basket full of them. The
All the sweeter he was wee! boy looked wistfully at the money, for his parents were poor; but when he gazed at the yawning chasm he shuddered,
0! old, frail folk shrunk back, and declined. But filial love was strong within
Are like old fruit-trees; him, and after another glance at the gifts and at the terriblo
They can not stand the gnarl fissure, bis heart grew strong, and his eyes flashed, and he
of the cold winter breeze. said:
But Heaven takes the fruit, “I will go, if my father will hold the rope."
Though earth forsake the tree: And then, with unshrinking nerves, cheek unblanched,
And we moorn our fairy blossoms, and heart firmly strong, he suffered his father to put the rope
All the sweeter that they ’re wee. about him, lower him into the wild abyss, and to suspend
Come here, my bairnie, him there while he filled his little basket with the coveted
Come bere to me;
wavy wreaths of snow, and sometimes their pure folds were You shall have three.
gemmed with brilliant stars as they moved majestically onAll so full of honey
ward on the viewless pinions of air. A glow of enthusiasm They dropped from the tree
lighted up his almost infantile face as he watched their rapid Like your bonny self,
and graceful motion, and he eagerly exclaimed, “Ma, are the All the sweeter they are wee.
clouds God's cars? does he ride on them?" CELESTIA. THE LITTLE Shovel, OR PERSEVERANCE.—We have
Reading on the Plate.-One of our neighbors has a little boy selected the following because it teaches little girls of four years old who manifests the instinct of childhood in and boys how much even little hands may accomplish an unusual degree. Curiosity is but the first faint feeler of the by perseverance:
Boul, reaching out in its primitive strivings to comprehend
the strange mysteries of earth, air, and intellect. Little ElA poor woman had a supply of coal laid at her door by a
liot G. one day went with his mother to make a visit. When charitable neighbor. A small girl came out with a fire shovel
they were seated at the tea-table, the lady of the house and began to take up a shovelful at a time and carry it into
“asked a blessing" before eating. This was all new to him, the cellar. A friend said to the child, “Do you expect to get
and he did not understand the meaning of this simple act of all that coal in with that little shovel?” The child answered, devotion; so he looked on silently with wonderful gravity till “Yes, sir, if I work long enough."
she had finished, then he looked up in her face with a puzzled Now, little boys and girls, no matter how small air and said, “ Have you got through reading on your plate?
Did you read all was on it? I should n't think you could see your “ shovel” is, only "work long enough” and you
with your eyes shut up."
C. R. C. will conquer.
Got the Chicken Salad. Little Charlie, who was sitting in SAYINGS AND DOINGS OF THE LITTLE ONES.-Few
the room where his sister Clara lay sick, heard the doctor tell things are more difficult to transmit, in their native
his mamma that Clara had the chicken-pox. For some time purity, to paper, than the sayings of the little ones. after the doctor left Charlie looked rather dubiously toward They drop with artless unconsciousness from rosy his mamma, and at length said inquiringly, “ Mamma, Clalips, and sparkle and glow like dew-drops in the ra 's got the chicken salad," and then appeared quite satisfied morning sun. But the attempt to gather them is too
that he had obtained the true secret of his sister's sickness.
G. often like the attempt to gather dew-drops-they run to water. Now and then, however, we find one of
How the Stars are Made.--Our little Anna Hall was looking pative purity and simplicity.
at the stars one beautiful, clear night. After watching them
thoughtfully a long time, she came running to her sister saye God's Cars.-One evening, not long since, little Branch C. ing, “I know what makes the stars! I know! I know!" stood in the door with his mother watching the white, fleecy “ What?" asked the sister. “God takes a stick and makes clouds as they were swiftly driven before the wind, sometimes holes all through the sky and lets the light shine down out for an instant half-concealing the crescent moon with their of heaven. That makes the stars."
0. H. B.
W x y side Gleanings.
THE GARDEN AND ITS LESSONS.—The spring has be will reproduce the seeds thought has culled from the opened with all its beauty. We would say to our
printed pages of his library. In it he will post an answer
whether he has any taste for reading at all. Many a nominal friends, scattered through all our agricultural dis
farmer's house has been passed by the book agent without a tricts, do not forget the garden. While your broad call, because he saw a blunt, gruff negative to the question acres are made to teem with the promise of a barvest in the door or yard. that is to enrich the purse, lay the garden under
THE MODERN Young LADY.-Some one-perhaps a tribute for the enrichment of the head and the heart as well as the purse:
crusty old bachelor-has furnished us a pen-portrait
of a modern young lady. We give it place, but hope The garden is a bound volume of agricultural life written
none of our young lady readers sat for the drawing: in poetry. In it the farmer and his family set the great in. dustries of the plow, spade, and hoe in rhyme. Every flower 'T is ten o'clock, A. M. Slowly she rises from her couch, or fruit-bearing tree is a green syllable after the graceful the while yawning, for being compelled to rise 80" horrid type and course of Eden. Every bed of flowers is an acrostic early." Langnidly she gains her feet, and 0! what' a vision to nature, written in the illustrated capitals of her own al- of human perfection appears before us! Skinny, bony, sickly, phabet. Every bed of beets, celery, savory roots or bulbs, is hipless, thighless, formless, hairless, teethless. What a radia page of blank verse, full of belles-lettres of agriculture. The ant belle! What an ideal beauty! What an inspiration for farmer may be seen in his garden. It contains the synopsis an aspiring poet! What a model for a sculptor! What a of his character. The barometer hung by his door will india tempting bait for some hopeless bach! The ceremony of encate certain facts about the weather, but the garden lying on robing commences. In goes the dentist's naturalization efthe sunny side of the house marks with greater precision the forts; next the witching curls are fastened to her “classicdegree of mind and heart-culture he has reached. It will ally-molded head." Then the womanly proportions are embody and reflect his taste, the bent and bias of his percep- properly adjusted; hoops, bustles, etc., follow in succession; tion of grace and beauty. In it he holds up the mirror of then a profuse quantity of whitewash, together with a “perhis inner life to all who pass; and with an observant eye they manent rose tinge," is applied to her sallow complexion; and see all the features of his intellectual being in it. In that lastly the “killing" wrapper is arranged on her symmetrical choice rood of earth he records his progress in mental culti. and matchless form. The modern young lady is complete. vation and professional experience. In it he marks, by some But this is not all. The modern young lady is accomplished. intelligent sign, his scientific and successful economies in the She is talented. She carr entertain an army of masculines. corn-field. In it you may see the germs of his reading, and She is well versed in literary topics. Praises Milton, because can almost tell the number and nature of his books. In it she knows it's safe. Never speaks of Byron-thinks he is
immodest. Knows there is a number in Greek called dual, posed. “Why did n't you cover it with dirt?" I asked. a tense called aorist, and a grammatical verb called tupto. "Sure, sir," said sturdy Great Britain, with a look of most She converses in French, can make "killing eyes," and say honest regret that he had not been able to oblige me, “you "je pensi a toi.” She can thump immoderately on the piano; told me to shovel it, and I had no shovel.” He was working can scream up to E flat pure, head voice; can carry her chest. with a spade! notes down to F. She sings any quantity of those “sweet It was not ten minutes after this that I saw my little Yan. little things of Madame Stockhausen's, but always has an kee dollar-a-day unhitching the horse from the drag. “What awful cold." She “launches into the world of fashion;" are you going to do?" I asked. “Why, there is no more considers herself quite a belle; falls in love with a pair of stone to be got on this side,” he said, " and that the carpenter mustaches; thinks said mustaches are the "sweetest she ever do n't seem to be coming along to fix this bridge. I thought saw;" mustaches is flattered by her smiles; thinks her vastly I'd step over and get What's-his-name's oxen and snake entertaining and asks “ Pa;" " Pa” consents, and the twain them timbers up, and then haul 'em across with a block and are made one. Mustaches rejoices in the effigy of his painted tacklo, and timber over, and put on the planks. I could squaw, and modern young lady finds too late that it takes a draw stone from the other side then." Here was a quiet pro. fool to win a fool.
posal to do what I looked forward to as quite a problem, eren
for a professed mechanic. I had bespoken a carpenter for the TELLING FORTUNES.--The marvelous in our nature
job three weeks before. There stood the two abutments six has a strong proclivity for fortune-telling, or, rather,
feet high and twenty-five feet apart, and a stream swolled by for having fortunes told. The practice is not indica the freshet and hardly fordable on horseback rushing betive of highly-developed intellect, nor is it morally tween; and how those four immovable timbers, thirty feet commendable. But there is a kind of fortune-telling long, were to be got across, without machinery and scaffold which may be safely and usefully practiced. We will
to span this chasm of twenty-five feet, I was not engineer
enough to see. It was among the "chores that a man with simply give the data, and let our young readers look
common gumption could do easy enough," however, as my around and judge for themselves what kind of a for
little friend said, and it was done the next morning, with tune-teller we are:
block and tackle, rollers and levers--he going about it as To begin with the young. When we see a child obedient
naturally and handily as if he had been a bridge-builder by to his or her parents or teachers, or any one else toward whom
profession. There being no higher price for day-labor with
his amount of “gumption" and day-labor such as the other the subordinate relation has become necessary, we have no
man's, who conld not conceive how a spade might be used for hesitation in predicting that good fortuno will accompany such a child into early manhood or womanhood, and insure a
a shovel, shows how common ingenuity is in our country, fair start in adult life.
and how characteristic of a Yankee it is to know no obstacle. If the case be that of a young woman, who is respectful THE Conceit TAKEN OUT OF A CoxconB.–We saw toward her parents, affectionate to her brothers and sisters,
the conceit taken out of a coxcomb the other day in benevolent in her disposition, attentive to the cultivation of
a manner which we may not repeat lest we be thought her mind and habits, not vain, nor selfish, nor foolish, we may safely foretell usefulness and happiness in life. Such a
personal; but it reminded us of a good story told of one will remain unmarried rather than accept a poor hus
Talleyrand: band; and should it be her fortune to become that terror of
A young coxcomb had been putting on airs in the presence all sap-heads, whether of the male or female genders, "an of the statesman and wit. At length he exclaimed with a old maid,” we will not abate one jot from our prediction. swaggering vanity and in a tone that attracted the whole
If the case be that of an honest, energetic young man, who company, “My inother was renowned for her beauty. She has successfully advanced from the position of apprentice was certainly the handsomest woman I have ever seen." and journeyman into that of a master mechanic or boss, we “Ah!" said Talleyrand, surveying him keenly from head to can tell his fortune without much difficulty. So with regard feet, as though taking his measure, “it was your father, then, to those who have chosen a profession as the means of liveli who was not good looking!" hood. Let us see how they conduct their business. If they
A LITTLE ABSENT-MINDED.-The latest instance of do this intelligently, industriously, and honestly at the start,
absent-mindedness that has come to our notice is the they will be very apt to continue to do so, and success will be sure in the long run. Unprincipled men in the same line
following. The author, we trust, will not be offended may get ahead of them at the beginning, but they will fare at our use of his note, but will enjoy the joke as well best in the end, and so illustrate the truth of the maxim that as the rest of our readers: honesty is the best policy. We will confess that we are no
Dear Sir,-Will you procure for me and forward by express fortune-teller if it does not so turn out.
a copy of Alford's Greek Testament? Send the bill and I VALUE OF GUMPTION.-Save us, Webster! Yes,
will remit the amount immediately. I am in great haste for it.
Truly yours, Webster saves us in the use of that word, which was
P. S. Since I wrote the above I have found a copy in our certainly coined no where else than in Yankee-land.
village bookstore. So I will not trouble you. Mr. Willis, in the pleasant sketches written some
PROHIBITED DEGREES.—The following jeu d'esprit is years since for the New York Mirror, thus illustrates the value of "gumption:"
a fine hit upon the present relations of Napoleon III
to the Italian states: I was amused, a few days since, with a contrast botwoen
As befits a Knight companion two who were working for the same wages-worth describing,
Of the Order of the Fleece, because it illustrates some truth-the difference between the
The nephew of his uncle common American mind and the common European. We
Casts sheep's eyes upon his Nice. were prepared to throw our bridge across Idlewild brook. A
But if this close attachment quite little, narrow-shouldered American, with my horse hitched to a drag, was drawing stone for the road-way be
To a tie ho dares to draw, yond, and a broad-shouldered fellow from the old country
Let him beware lest Europe
Invoke the Canon Law, was digging earth to fill in. As I stood looking on for a moment I saw a thrifty little cedar, which was partly np.
The Imperial Idea rooted, and requesting the digger to set it upright and shovel
All must desire to please, some dirt around it, I walked on. Returning a few minutes
But such a union is within after, I saw my cedar, orect enough, but its roots still ex.
“ Prohibited degrees."