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Trip light I) over trouble
Trip lightly over wrong;
We only mslte e grief double
By dwelling on it long.
Why ehup woe's hend eo tightly
Why ting o'er hloeeotni deed ?
Why oling to forme unsightly ? I
Why not eeek joy instead T ,
Trip lightly orer sorrow,
Though ell the wnys bo dark,
Tho ran may ehino to-morrow j
And gaily ring tho lark.
Fair hopes hare not departod,
Though roses may have tied, 1
Then never tie dowii-hoartod,
But look for joy instead. ,
Trip lightly over sadness, <
Stop not to rail at doom i
We've pearls to string of gladtieas
On this side ot the tomb;
Whilst stars arc nightly shining,
And the heaven is overhead,
Kncournge not repining—
But look for foy instead. j
Sir Thomas Winston was a widower, t
and his present family consisted of two
daughters somewhere between eighteen 1
and thirty ami a son. There were |
several guests besides myself at Win- :
ton hall—Capt. Seymour, a brother of- t
fleer of young Winton's, with a sus- ••
pected desire of forming another fra- ]
ternal connection with him; "Paddy" '
O'Rrian, a sort of social Crichton, and I
others. Of the fairer visitors, I need i
only mention one, Ada Dart, for what '
man of sound mind could notice any i
other girl when she was in the room ? 1
Well, Capt. Seymour, could do so, but |
then he was infatuated and not of s
sound mind—suffering from younger -
Miss Winton on the brain in fart, it <
surprised ma very much to see the
beautiful Ada sail into the drawing
room before dinner on the evening of <
my arrival. I hail met her at a din- <
ner party and three balls; I had attend- t
ed her with grateful humility through- "
out the whole of a picnic, and her i
image rose before me rather more than I
I liked. i
I could not remain long by her side; |
the room was full of strangers, with '
many of whom I hail now to form ac- 1
quaintance for the first time, even the I
ladies of the house being unknown to I
me. I was eventually paired ofT with
a companion, and dinner was spoiled '
by a perpetual dread of speaking with ;
levity of things she reverenced.
The place I coveted at the side of
Ada Dart was filled by I'addy O'Brian, '
who had a wonderful and enviable 1
power of show ing politeness and np
parent attention to the general corn- i
panv while really attaching himself to I
one selected individual.
Before the evening was over I felt
certain that I had no chance of "walk- 1
ing over" for the prize, and also, that '
she was worth winning; for Paddy
was not the man to court undowered
beauty. Indeed, lie could not afford
so romantic a proceeding.
When the iadios retired, most of the
men repaired to the billiard room,
where cigars were provided, but the
majority were tired an 1 went to lied,
early, leaving O'Brian and myself to '
finish a game.
"Well." said he, as soon as we were '
alone, "I suppose that you and I have 1
been asked down here for the same i
"Oh yes; the shooting, you mean," I '
"Shooting! That's the polite way of
paying us. They want us to help them
with their private theatricals."
"Oh, they're going to get up private
theatricals, are they?"
"To be sure, or you would never
have leen asked to Winton hall, nor I j
either, faith! I got it out of Miss
"Who ill tell us what to do at>out
scenery, dresses, and all the little de- j
tails''" said Miss Winton, when the
family took the stage fever badly last
summer. 'Don't you know some one,
"I have it," cried Sir Thomas. "On
of my acquaintances is great on the
drama; at least lie talks of nothing
else, and though not a Solomon, that
seems to be his specialty."
"But is he presentable?" asked Julia
Winton -"Seymour's girl, you know."
"Oh, yes," replied Sir Thorn an; "he
has paid up on his shares, and he as
pirates his h's, and he has really very
"Shut up, O'Brian!" said I. "I)o not
foist off your own imperU-nencies upon
the innocent. And what were yop
asked here for?"
"To act, of course. If It had not
l>en for my success In Sir Lucius
O'Trigger at Lady Sock's I might have
gone hang before ever I'd have l>een a
guest in this elegant establishment.
Oh, there is no shirking the truth with
me. my boy; nobody does anything for
nothing in this world."
There was uLdoubtedly a sentiment
of truth at the bottom of this frothy
cynicism of O'Brian's; for on the fol
lowing day the subject of private theat
ricals w as quietly broached in my pres
ence by the Misses Wiaton.
My theatrical tastes had never as yet
led me to take a part in any perform
ance, and, indeed, of the ladies and
men forming the present company,
Ada Dart and O'Brian were the only
two who were not about to make their
first appearance upon any stage. Of
course, these experienced members
took a prominent lead, besides being
necessarily drawn together in a con j
fidential way which it was very un
pleasant for me to witness. Jealousy I
and envy so stirred my bile that I was
inclined to regret the good old days of
duelling, when I might have picked a
quarrel with my rival, and so had a
chance of removing him fromniy path.
But the way in which the odious
Irishman knocked over pheasants and
rabbits, and a particular snap-shot,
lired from the hip, which w;is fatal to
a woodcock, forced ine to own that
there was a deep truth in the ingen
ious assertion so constantly repeated J
in newspaper articles, that private
combat is a "cowardly practice."
The fine old hall of Winton park
was to he our theater, and it was my
particular province to take the best
advantage of the many natural facili
ties of the place; to arrange about the
scenery; to find out what were the
proper dresses fur the plays we were
to perform, etc., and Ada Dart, being
the only person whose counsel was of
real service in case of a difficulty, I
was perpetually obliged to appeal to ,
her. Dangerously intoxicating were
those conferences, which, I confess, i
prolonged needlessly; indeed, I lisisl
sometimes to get up a vexatious oppo
sition to her wishes in order to give
our discussion a matrimonial flavor,
The plays selected were "The Belle
of Penzance," followed by the farce
of "Eves and Nose," and the distribu
tion of parts was a work for Job and
Solomon, most of the company at first
declaring their utter inability to take
the simplest characters, and coming
round gradually to demanding the
principal mles. At our first general
meeting it really seemed doubtful
whether it would be possible to cast
the mildest and lightest of pieces,
but at the end of a fortnight if
"Othello" could have been rewritten
with three Moors, four Desdenmnas
and two lagos, our little company "had
stomach for llietn all."
I was cast for Fortescue, which w as
too prominent a part fur my taste; fur
beside that, on principle, 1 very much
prefer that other people should amuse
me to reversing that proceeding; i
li.ited having so nitieh to learn by
In a little time matters liegan to
run smoothly and we had our first re
hearsal. Ity recalling to mind the dif
ferent actors I had seen in my part,
and endeavoring to imitate them, I
succeeded better than I ha I anticpa
ted, and gained considerable applause.
"But," said O'Brian, "yon must shave,
you know. The Idea of Fortescue
with those whiskers is too al>surd."
Now. my whiskers were black, pen
dant, silky, and had <-ot mean infinity
of trouble. It had taken five years of
constant care and scientific training to
bring them to their pr-wnt state of
perfection. Any one without experi
ence in the matter would scarcely
credit the amount of time and lal*>r.
not to mention tin- mere money, that
I had expended upon them. Little soft
brushes, delicate combs, txitth s >f a
peculiar oil, more delicate than is ever
ilsasl for the head, were appropriated
to their service. When I visited my
hair-cutter that artist would delller
ate for at least five minutes before he
could come to a definite conclusion
upon the important jviint whether he
should take the "bends" <>lT. When I
took my walks abroad and the breeze
Muttered them over my shoulders,
scornful indeed was the lieauty whose
eyes did not light up with a<l mi rat ion
as she passed. Even envious men were
unable to withhold their tribute of
"('hoovers, my boy," utwerved Riv
ers, who has spent his own fortune
and is looking out for a wife, "my
figure is twenty thousand, but, by gad.
if I had your face hair, I'd make it
Von may judge my feelings, then,
when it was seriously proposed that I
i should shave. I repudiated the notion
[ with a shuddering earnestness which
seemed to amuse some of the company,
ami they ail set to work to argue rne
out of my objection to the sacrifice.
"They will grow ngain," said one
"I am sure Mr. Cheever's face would
look better without them," added the
"Yes; there Is a particularly fine
contour, which is completely hidden
at present," said O'Brian.
"How do you know that. Faddy?"
"Contour or not," said I, firmly, "if
you cannot put up with a whiskered
Fortescue, some one else must take
the part." And to that resolution I
stuck in spite of Mattery, persuasion
and satire for three days. And I got
it hot, too, at times.
First one and then another male
visitor was tried in my part, and found
On the fourth morning after break
fast, Ada Dart expressed a wish to
learn how to play at billiards. O'lirien
was not in the room, and I seized the
| opportunity of offering my services,
j which were accepted.
"I am so sorry, Mr. Cheevers," said
she, "that you cannot take the part of
Fortescue. You must change with
Mr. o'ltrian; that is the only way in
which wo can manage it, and even !
| that will spoil the play."
"Is it quite necessary that Fortescue
should IHJ whiskerless?" 1 asked )
"Why, judge for yourself; how '
would a powdered wig look with -
them? The worst of itis," she added, '
"that when I undertook the—the part '
of Maria it was with the supposition
that you would be Fortescue," and she
Those who are unacquainted with
"The I idle of IVnzance" must be told
that Fortescue is the lover of Maria, :
and several half-romping, half-loving
scenes are enacted between them.
"Hit your ow-ow n b ldeball in the
exact center, and rather high," I stam
mered, "and you you would not like
o'Hri that is, any other fellow to—
,to to take that part, in fact."
"I declare I won't answer you!" she
cried. "(>f course, I know you, and
never saw most of the others liefore,
and such things make all the difference,
you know. To Is* kissed, even in
make-believe, by a man one has seen
for the first time a week before, makes
one feel nervous. Hut there!" (At
this (mint I went down on one knee )
"(let up; there's some one coming!"
It was Miss Winton and Captain
Seymour, who came just , in time t<j
prevent a formal offer. I went off t<i
my l*"droom, looked the door, opened
my dressing-case, took out scissors and
razor, and finished the dreadful task.
<>n my way down stairs, 1 met Sir
Thomas, who stopped, stand, and asked
my name. He did not recognize me.
Young Winton, who was always late,
was breakfasting when I entered the
morning-room. He dropped a cup of
hot coffee fiver his knees, anil nearly
choked. Leaving him in his misery, I
encountered a young lady visitor, who
crammed her pocket-handkerchief in
her mouth and tied. Hut it would lie
tedious to recount the effect I pro
duced ujon each individual memlier
of the household. All. even tlie faith
less Ada, lauglusl at my appearance,
except o'ltrian. who looked ujmn my
transformation from a purely dra
matic |H>int of view. Others were di
vided as to whether I most resembled
a plucked fowl or a recently shorn
sheep, but the veritable amateur said:
"sure, he will make an elegant 1"..r
fescue," and stiii k to that View of
the question. The company soon got
used t i the alteration, and the dra
matic business now went as smoothly
as a hand passed over mv cheeks. I
had the intoxicating privilege, the tan
talizing element in which was tem
pered by hope, of making second-hand
love to Ada in daily rehearsals, till at
last the day of positive performam
We all knew our parts, but whethei
we acted them welli.r not it Is difficult
to judge, our audience was liound in
common p<diteness to )• pleased, and
the (lattering applause and profuse
congratulations we received cannot 1*
counted for much. At any rate, every-
IMMI y seemed delighted, and the whole
affair was voted a success.
On the morning following the per
formanee, I awoke early with a firm
determination to turn mimic court
ship into earnest, and force a plain
yes or no from her that very day. To
lie in lied with such a prickle in the
pillow was quite impossible, so I got
tip, dressed and went for a walk. On
passing through the garden on my
way back to breakfast, I liecame aware
that some one else was also in high
spirits, for a well-known voice liehind j
the shrublierry was singing " The Pigs
in the Morning," and on turning the
corner of a path which brought me
; into a little open dell. I came upon I
O'ltrian. with his hat stuck on the
j hack of his head, executing a par #CM/
I to a vocal accompaniment.
" Ah !"he cried, on seeing me, "sure
I you have caught me making a fool of
myself. Hut it is a good thing my
j mother's only son has done for me this
: morning, t'ongratulate me, my ltoyl' 1
" Certainly," said I, feeling a little
sickly. " What on ?*'
" I am going to lie married to the
prettiest little angel that ever wore
I loots, and has a nice little sum all at
her own disposition into the bargain.
' It was too true; he had stolen a
I march upon me. I left Winton two
I At present my whiskers are in the
i blar-kin g-brush stage
SCIENTIFIC SCttA PH.
M. Nchlumberger recommends that a
bottle of ammonia should le placed in
each barrel of petroleum. <>n ignition,
by accident or otherwise, .the bottle
would break and theammoniucul vapoiN
would at once extinguish the lire.
Hr. I'ietra Santa proposes to apply this
method to collieries liable to lire-damp. ]
Tanks lilh-d with ammonia, would, it j
is said, stop the combustion, as it could
riot continue in an ammoniacul atmos
How do earth-worms increase the
fertility of the soil? is a question
j which may well he asked, since it is
i plain that these creatures can arid no
I new material to the soil. HerrHensen
has anaw ed by proving that the worms
greatly aid plant-growth by making
| burrows through which the delicate (
j roots reach the moist subsoil. They
; also draw into their burrows vegeta- [
, hie matter from the surface (where its
| fertilizing ingredient* would be wasted)
| hasten its decomposition and distribute
it through the various layers of the
Besides the conspicuous displays of
aurora Isirealis so frequent iri Arctic
! regions, several obserx ers have rejwrted
the presence at times of a peculiar dif
fused light after the total disappear
ance of daylight. The phenomenon
was witnessed last winter by I'rof. ■
Lcmstrom from his observatory in
Lapland. He describes it as a phos- j
phoreeeent shine or diffused luminosity, j
of a yellowish white color,rendering the |
night as light as when the moon shines
through a thick hazy air. He is dis
js>sisl to believe tbat the apja-arancc
has an auroral nature, and that it is
present in Northern Lapland during
most winter nights.
Ir. Hoetan iHdaunay has just coin- i
municated an interesting paper to the
French Anthropological society, in
which he seeks to establish that right
handedness is not an acquired habit, ,
hut is a natural attribute, character!*- I
tir of the superior races. >avagi
tribes, he stat<-s, and communities in i
an inferior state of civilization, show
a much larger proportion of left- j
handedness than highly-civilized peo
ple do. Idiots and epileptics offer a
very large percentage of left-handed
Individuals, and there are more b-ft
handed women than men. His gener
al conclusion is that in the evolution
of the species there hits M-en a steady
tendency t" the development of tin
right side of the Imdv at the expense
of the other, and that the examples
of left-handedni-ss still t.. Is- no t with
in the superior race are mere -survi
Prince and Prince** of Wales.
The London mrres|Mindent of the
New York ' ■imm'T'-itil, having seen
the Prince and Prims-** of Wales at
the o|era. draw* this picture of the
royal | air "The Prim Wale*. '
who was linking uncommonly well,
studosl his libretto with hi* usual dili
gence. I have remarked this fait,
that 'the royalty' scarcely take their
eves from their book*. The prince has
probahlv s.-en -Lohengrin' fifty times.
I will venture to sav that during a.
many evening* he has held a libretto
in hi* hands from the commencement
almost to the close of the js-rforin- i
ari'-e. The Princes* of W ales, by the
way. iisualtv in fact, always doe*
the same. How much she is loved by
everyls*ly. Her ebk—t son sat lieside
ner, and she looked young enough to
le bis sister, she was drcssisl in a
dinner gown of pale blue silk, high in
the back, and Vt) mined with magnifi
cent Vab-nciennes lace. Her hair wa*
dressed high, and several diamond or
naments glittered among her tresse*.
she is to my rnind the most distin
guished and lovely woman in England.
Her face is sweet beyond words, but
very sad. 1 have never si-en her smile
more than good breeding would sug
gest. Is it etiquette or melancholy
which imposes such quietness upon
the featuresof so charming a woman?
I have often wondered."
Catching a Prairie l>or.
I was assured that I might as well
try to dip the creek dry. a* each dog
hud a passage from his residence to the
level of the creek, that all the water
that could l>e emptied in would not
rabe an inch above the river l>ed. 1
didn't take much stock in this watir
passage idea, however, so. after secur
ing a box for the game and half a
dozen water buckets, I took three or
four tnen and ran the engine up to the
water tank, filled up the engine tank,
and then ran down to call on the deni
zens of prairie dog park. The old
pioneer was at his post as usual, hut
disappeared like a flash when the en
gine stopped opposite his door. 1 dis
connected the hose on the engine tank,
and the bucket brigade went at it live
ly. Dozens of buckets of water were
used, and the tank was getting low.
when at last the hole was filled to the
i mouth, and shortly the old fellow put
his noss out for a little fresh air. He
was put in the box, and in less than
an hour he hail a dozen more to keep
him company. AmerUxin Field.
Why ( orhlncal and Carmine are so
The IroiiiH'jngtr, of London, explains
why the beautiful cochineal and ear
mine colors are so exjiensive. It says:
One of the beet and most powerful
animal dyes used in the arts and man
ufactures Is the body of the female
cochineal insect, dried. This insect
exists on a species of cactus, and when
alive is about the size of a ladybird, or
perhaps a trifle smaller. It is wing
less, rather long, equally broad all over,
and is marked behind with deep inci
sions and wrinkles. It has six feet,
whieh, curiously enough, are only of
use directly after birth, and secures
itself to the plant by means of a trunk
which is found between the Lire feet
and derives its nourishment from the
sap. The male cochineal is like the
female only during the larva period.
It changes into chrysalis, and even
tually appears as red Hies. The female
deposits some thousands of eggs,
which she protects under her body un
til they are hatched, and on the ajc
pearanee of the young ones the parent
dies. While the young are in their
larva state their sex cannot be det -r
-rained. They lose their skins several
times, and while the female fixes her
self on the plant, the male, after get
ting over the pupa state, is winged.
Two or three months is the extent of
the life of these littl- insists. They
are gathered before they lay eggs, and
an- then rich in coloring matter.
Carmine i* prepared from the cochi
neal insect, the <'r) -ti.i arti, which is
collected by brushing the branches of
the Cactus with the tail of a squirrel or
| other animal; this is very tedious work.
They are kiilisl by immersing them in
Muling water, and this has to le done
at once or they would lay their eggs,
and thereby lose much of their value.
There are many processes for prepar
ing the carmine. The French process
may be taken a* an example: one
jwund of the powdered cochineal in
sists is boiled for fifteen minutes in
three gallons of water ; one ounce of
cream of tartar is then added, and the
Milling continued ten minutes longer ;
then one ounce and a half of jsiwdcred
alum is thrown in, ami the Muling con
tinual for two minutes longer. The
; liquid is then [toured off, and set aside
the carmine to settle down. In
other processes, carbonate of Soda or
js>tash is used.
Popular expressions are often very
significant. " I saw throe dozen lights
of all colors," or some similar expres
sion, may frequently M- heard from
jwrson* who have received violent
blows <>n the head or face. Under the
I influence "f shocks of this kind, the eye
really seem* to *<-e infinite numbers of
-park- Shocks of .i certain class uu
prcssed u|-n the nervous system seem
to have the faculty of producing phe
nomena of light. This remark ha*
been suggest'*l by the facts which we
ire uM>ut to relate, which lead us to
tippoc that sonorous vibrations are
susceptible in certain cases of provok
ing luminous sensations. There are,
in fact, persons who are endowed w-ith
siu-h sensibilitv that they cannot hear
a sound without at the same time per
| cciving colors. Each sound to them
ha* its pis uliar color; this word corres
pond* with nsl. anil that one with
green, one note is blue, anil another is
i yellow. This phenomenon. "Color
hearing." as the English call It, has
loen hitherto little observed.
Ir. Nusshauiner, of Vienna appears
to have Iws-n the first person who took
serious notice of it. While still a child,
w hen playing one day with his brother,
striking a fork against a glass to hear
the ringing, lie discovered that he saw
colors at the same time that he per
ceived the sound ; and so well did he
discern the color that, w hen he stopped
his ears, he could divine by it how loud
a sound the fork had produced. His
; brother also hail similar experiences.
Hr. Nussbautner was afterward able to
add to his own observations nearly
identical ones male by a medical stu
dent in Zurich. To this young man.
musical notes were translate! by cer
tain fixed colors. The high notes in
duced clear colors, and the low notes
dull ones. More recently, M. Pedrono,
an ophthalmologist of Nantes, has ob
served the same peculiarities in one of
his friends.— popular Science Monthly.
A man asked for admission to a
show for half-price, as he hail but one
eye. Hut the manager told him tt
would take him twice as long to aee
the show as It would anybody else,
and charged him double.
There are only five states In which no
beer is brewed Arkansas, Florida,
Maine, Mississippi and Vermont. Laat
year Alabama produced only eight
lmrrels and North Carolina thirty-one.
/V>t M'l Kirlf
Corn* out to play.
Pot took arid alat
And alu'ly away.
Coma willi a about.
Coma with • call,
Coma with aiexxl-will
Coma otia and ail.
Charriaa and totri<a,
And awnat-acenlnd cloaer,
ItoaiMi and poaixa, *
The whola wida world over,
v/ut in tha inaadowa
lieneath tha warm auo,
Itip'niiix and waiting
For children to coma;
Put book, and alata, and aludr away. ,
Vacation'* here, it'a lima for play.
Chrittian at h ark.
One day Patty ran into the house
with her yellow hair a tumble, and her
blue eyes sparkling with excitement.
"Mother, <> mother," he cried, her
little brown hands fluttering like the
wings of a bird, "the bees are swarm
"Sure?" asked her mother, doubt
fully. For, you see, Patty was the
least bit in the world like the lxiy in
the fable who cried "Wolf! wolf !*'
when there was no wolf. Not that
she meant to lie, but so many ix-ea /
would fly about making such a buzzing
in the warm spring sunshine, that
Patty w as often quite certain that they
were swarming, when they hadn't any
idea of it. And that is why Patty's a
mother ask'-d in a doubtful way, s
"Yes'rn." said Patty meekly.
Her mother stepped to the door. 1
True enough, there was a roar like I
that of a very small waterfall in the
air, and over the bee-hives floated
little black cloud.
"I do believe they are," she said.
"But they're not all out yet, I guess,
and will not begin to light for some
little time. Bun down to Mr. Jessop'a,
I'attv, and tell your father—no, I'll
go," with a smile, remembering that
Patty ha/1 gone for her father once be
fore, when the bees were not swarm
ing after all.
"May I go out and watch 'em,
mother?" asked Patty, dancing heel
and toe on the white kitchen fl'*>r.
"Yes; put on Aunt Nabby's shaker
and don't go t/*i near." I
So Patty got into Aunt Nabby's
big shaker bonnet which was so much
too large that you could not see her
little round face, unhtss feeling quite
sure it was there, you stooped and
jteeped in. and the brow n calico cape
almost reached the hem of her short
Then l'atfy went into the garden
and sat down on a box by the cucum- (
Sh<* watched the dancing black
swarm until her eyes grew heavy.
The sun shone brightly, the wrest wind ]
fragrant. The buzzing of many toes
grew louder and louder, until it seemed H
to swallow up every other sound. Then
the big shaker togan todroop. an 1 that fl
was all Patty knew, until
"Patty' Patty, child' Iton't stir for
This wa w hat called Patty out of
Hrearoland, her father's voice, deep and
At first she wonderel where she I
was. There was a roar, like distant
thunder, in her ears.
"IXm't move, Patty dear. D /n't
lift your head!" That was her mother I
The words sounded to Patty a great I
way off, and there was a tremble in I
them and a sob at the last. What could
Patty was frightened, but she was a
brave little girl, and had always
taught to oley. So she sat very st
with scarcely a quiver of an eyelid. andH
presently she felt the big shaker
lifted from her bead.
"All right!" said her father.
And Patty looked up with s littljfl
cry to see the shaker—Aunt Nal
shaker, truly, hut bigger than
with that great cluster of
buzzing bees hanging to it—
within an empty hive.
Then Patty laugheil. "Did they
on my head?" she criel, jumping upH
"What fun!" jH
lint her mother took the little girl ifl
her arms, and carried her into
house and cried over her.
are such queer people,
"That shall be Patty's hive," safl
her father, coming in later;
with a twinkle in his eye, "I've
of a l>ee in one's bonnet, but I n< fif
saw so many bees on one's bonnet ifl
"Nor I." said Patty, laughing rtfl
"They shall make me some honey
pay for that,"—ToMtAV Companion. U
In ten years the wheat
the United has
ported at W
000 at the w C.