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TOO POOR TO PAY.
We were so poor when baby died,
And mother stlched his shroud,
The others in their hanger cried,
With sorrow wild and loud;
We were so poor we could not pny
The man to carry him away.
I see It still before my eyes j
It lies upon the bed,
And mother whispered thiough her sighs,
" The little boy is dead."
A little box of common pine
His cofllu was and may be mine !
We were too poor to hire a hearse,
We couldn't get a pall,
And when we drove film to the grave,
A wagou held us all.
'Twas I who drove the horse, and I
Who told my mother not to cry.
We rode along tho crowded town,
And felt so lone and drear,
And oft our tears came trickling down,
Because no friends were near.
The folks were strangers, selfish men,
Who hadn't lost a baby then.
We reached tho grave, and laid him there,
With all the dead around,
There was no priest to say a prayer,
And bless the holy ground.
So homo we went with grief and pain i
But home was never borne again !
And there he sleeps, without a stone
To mark the sacred spot,
But though, to all the world unknown,
By us 't is ne'er forgot,
We mean to raise a Btoue some day,
But now we are too poor to pay.
WHAT MISS PRY DISCOVERED.
4 "JITYdear," Bald Miss Tatty Pry
1Y1 " I'm morally certain that some
thing is wrong !"
Little Mrs. "Wrinkficld looked up, and
began to flutter nil over like a frighten
" Something wrong ?" she repeated.
"Oh, Miss Tntty, what can possi
bly be wrong "
Mrs. Wrlnkfield was a pretty little
Monde, with great surprlsed-looklng
blue eyes, a deprecating expression of
face, and a voice soft and sweet as the
coo of a ring-dove. Miss Patty Pry was
a tall, grenadier-like female, with a sus
picion of a beard, high cheek bones, and
elbows that wore holes through all her
dresses, so sharp and uncompromising
" My dear," said Miss Tatty, lowering
her voice to a husky whisper, " it looks
suspicious ! Wrlnkfield is a great deal
too willing for you to go home and spend
the night with your mother."
" He thought it would bo a pleasant
little change for mo," asserted Mrs.
"Exactly," snarled Miss Patty.
" And it'll be a pleasant little change for
" I dou't understand you," said Mrs.
Wrlnkfield, with a bewildered look.
" Oh, you little goose," cried Patty.
" He's going to give a bachelor party.
He means to invite his friends and turn
your house Inside out I. That's his Idea,
you may depend upon It.' I know, for
a positive certainty, that Ddllahee has
received an order for a hundred pickled
oysters, a dozen of champagne, and a
tureen of lobster salad. ' For to-night,
my dear. i I wondered ? ho it could pos
sibly be for, and iiow I know 1 And
that, my dear," with fearful emphasis,
" explains your husband's kind willing
ness to let you go to your Mother's, for
the night. An-li-h! .TheyVa all alike,
these men I"
Mr. Wrlnkfield burst into tear '
I won't go," she cried. I'll stay at
"Don't do that, my dear," said ; Mis
Pry. "Pack your bag and go with the
baby. Who know when, you may again
have an opportunity J And I'll make
K nay business to watch Wrinkfleld." -
" But how V" questioned the perplex
ed young wife. -
" Just give me the key of the back
stairway door," said Miss Pry. " I will
secrete myself In the china closet that
opens out of the dining-room. I'll
listen. I'll find out the secrets , of the
whole tribe and generation of 'em. And
I will tell you every single word I
" But would that be honorable ?" hes
itated Mrs. Wrlnkfield.
" Honorable 1" dolefully repealed Miss
Pry. " My poor dear, don't you know
that us women must avail ourselves of
every possible means of keeping even
with those tyrants, the men V"
" I suppose so," said Mrs. Wrlnkfield,
restlessly twining and intertwining her
fingers. " But I never could have be
lieved that Charles would treat me so."
" They're all alike," said Miss Try.
" And we single women nre a deal bet
ter oil". I wouldn't marry, not If forty
men were to go down on their knees to
me at once! No, indeed! lvalue my
own independence a deal too much for
And Miss Pry tossed her head with a
sniff, half of triumph, half disdain.
Mrs. Wrlnkfield gave her the key.
She knew she was soft-hearted, easily
deluded little thing, and she had a great
respect for Miss Patty Pry's discrimina
tion anil judgment. But her conscience
pricked her a little when Wrlnkfield
tucked her up In the railway ear so cosi
ly, and bought oranges for the baby nnd
little Minnie. She would have con
fessed all If Miss Patty' had not been
down there to see her off.
"I shall count every moment until you
come back, Mary, "said Wrlnkfield,with
a farewell kiss.
"Ah h hi the deceiver!" hissed
Miss Pry, on the other side.
Just about dusk Miss Pry carefully
made her way Into tho china closet and
crept back as much out of sight ns pos
sible to avoid being discovered by Bar
bara, the deft little maid, as she trlpped
to and fro with the table furniture.
" But it won't be long," thought Miss
Patty Pry. " The guests will soon begin
Barbara put coal on the grate, hung
up the hearth-brush, and withdrew. Mr.
Wrinkficld lighted his cigar, and began
to smoke and read, bis slippered feet on
the fender. Miss Pry regarded him in
tently through the crack of the door.
" Isn't ho going to change his eout or
dress himself up?" she asked herself.
" Upon my word, he's taking matters
f Seven o'clock struck eight o'clock
nine o'clock ten o'clock, and still no
company arrived. MIbs Pry began to
fidget fearfully In her cramped up littlo
den, but still Mr. Wrlnkfield read com
posedly on, turning leaf after leaf, with
a serenity which was aggravating in the
highest degree to Miss Pry. s
Kleven I Mr. Wrlnkfield rose, with a
prodigious yawn, turned down the gas,
and locked the china closet door on the
ontside. , '
Then he went up stairs, thinking that
the silver was quite safe in the closet,
and little dreaming of the other valuable
that was incarcerated there.
The next morning, just as Mr. Wrlnk
field was taking in the morning paper,
little Barbara1 came to him: 1 " - "
! " O, sic," said she, " I think . there's
burglars in the , china closet I ; Such a
groaning and Shrieking there is there !"
" But it is locked," said Mr. Wrlnk
field. " And I've got the key in my
pocket.". , , , , . .
"Then they'e locked i,: sir," .said
little Barbara, as pale as a sheet. "O,
sir, the noise is perfectly awful. 1 ; WoiVt
you please come and listen for yourself,'
Mr. Wrlnkfield got the .revolve and
the kitchen poker, and thus armed un
locked the closet. There, douched up
in one corner, with a pocket: handker
chief pressed to her face, eat Mls Patty.
Pry, tho victim' of a sharp ' attack of
neuralgia In the jawbone, , ' '
V'JJorlaP.i ehouted Mr." Wrinkficld,
scarcely able to believe hU own eye.
"Miss Pry!"- 1 i ;i..r . I
' yi was locked in by Wsk'e,?','l,8al(i
Miss Pry .between. the, Jerka, of iin.,
" Please let me out" i iisi, ut ..,..,
; At the same moment t;here wasf a-tuN
moll ori the stairs Mrs. WrinkflelrJ an4
the babies, returning by the early train,
i The little wife flew Into her bubband'a
arm. ' -! . ;'!. v, l j
" Dear Charles," she sobbed, "I Could
not sleep for thinking I'd set spies on
you. And I'll never, never, never do it
" There's been nobody hero but rats
and mice and black beetles ," said Miss
Patty, behind her pocket-handkerchief.
" And If I'd known you were such a
weak, poor-spirited thing, Mary Wrlnk
field, I would never have offered to help
" 1 want no more of youf help !" said
Mrs. Wrinkficld, with a spark of cour
age. " Get a husband of your own If
you want to play the spy and.eavesdrop-
Miss Patty Pry went home in a rage,
and didn't speak to Mrs. Wrlnkfield for
three weeks. '
" To be sure," said she, " Mr. Wrlnk
field didn't give a bachelor supper that
nigli.t ; but it wasn't my fault! And for
Mary to be so ungrateful, too, after the
neuralgia I got In that dump closet, look
ing after her concerns !"
While Mr. Wrinkfield's verdict Is,
" Served her right."
DOCTOR HABllY BBOOKS, the
latest accession to the medical fra
ternity of Parkerville, sat one morning
in tho dingy old office of Dr. Able, who
had kindly taken hlin Into a conditional
An observer would have thought that
Dr. Harry, was very much absorbed in
the large leather bound volume which
lay in his lap, but such, in reality, was
not the fact. The old volume had been
taken up with the laudable intention of
study, but the young Doctor's mind was
running In a different channel, and his
thoughts properly written out would
have read something like this :
" Here, I've been a partner of old Doc
tor Abie's about six months, and in all
that time haven't bad a case fit for a
charm doctor to experiment upon. Peo
ple will insist on asking for Doetor Able,
and look at ine with a fearful frown
when I dare to offer my services. Wish
I was old, gray-headed, married Ah!
yes, perhaps that would help me Into
practice, married! Wonder if I could
prevail upon sweet Kato IMchmond to
bestow her hand and expectations on
such as I ? I believe she loves me,
and I know I love her. But that moth
er of Kate's ; Whew 1"
Bap rap bang ! us if the door was
about to be knocked in, and Doctor Har
ry's book rattled on the floor as he let
down the front legs of his chair.
" Come in I" he roared, stimcwhat in
proportion to the strength of the knocl.
A blight looking Irish lad about six
teen years of age appeared, grinning.
"Good mornin','',Doctor Bipoks. ,
" Teddy Mileen, is that you', why did
you not cave in at once V"
" Hadn't time,' sure ; am in a hurrah ;
where's the ould man V"
" Gone to the country. What's up
now ' Is Mrs. Richmond worse'"
"Worse is it? She'll be dead as a
mackerel in jist sixteen minutes and a
" Well, Doctor Able will return in
about an hour, and I will tell him he is
wanted there." ' '' "; " 1
" Better sind the undertake'!' along' wld
him," answered Teddy as he banged the
door after him and started up the street. '
Doetor Brooks knew that Mrs. Rich
mondKate's mother was a hypochon
driac and was only happy when ' she
could find a new doctor. . ' ;
He had been sent for In haste, on his
first arrival in town, and thus began his
acquaintance with Kate! But he. had
very incautiously asserted the real truth
to the afflicted mother, and she had in
dignantly dismissed him, and forbidden
Kate to speak to him again.
. However, there were many opportu
nities of meeting Kate, unbeknown to
the old lady, and such meetings had
taken place until Harry had come to
consider himself an accepted suitor, but
poverty had prevented him from decid
ing the matter definitely.
" Something must be done to kill time
when there are no patients at hand for
the same purpose," thought Dr.' Brooks;
" and why not play business for want of
tlie genuine article." : ' l 1
I Acting on this Impulse, he rang for
the stable boy, and ordered out his
horses and buggy, for he wasi fortunate 1
in the possession of those very necessary
adjuncts to his profession.' ''When they
mffiUAEY SO, 1877.
arrived he took up his cases, and spring
ing into the buggy, drove furiously
through the principal part of the town,
as If a matter of life and death was at
Of course people stared, and wondered
who it could be in such need of a physi
cltin and duly canvassed the merits of tho
young doctor. '
At last, having done the most Impor
tant part of the town, Harry struck out
upon a pleasant country road, and once
beyond the range of the village Slacken
ed his pace, and prepared to enjoy the
A little womanly figure appeared
coming down the road, and at a glance
he knew it could be no other than the
one uppermost in his mind Kate Rich
mond. "Good morning, Miss Richmond," was
his salutation, and it was returned cor
dially. "Taking a morning walk for your
health 5"' he asked.
"O, no sir. I have been out to see
Uncle John; you know he lives about
a half a mile from town I often walk
out there on little errands for mamma."
This was an opportunity not to be lost,
and Dr. Harry used his arts of persua
sion so well that Kate consented to take
a little ride, and so he helped her Into the
buggy, and away they went.
What transpired on that eventful ride
we cannot exactly state, but certain it Is
that those two came to so"me kind of an
understanding during tho hour they
were exercising Harry's fine horses, and
at her urgent request he allowed her to
alight where he had found her, and they
returned to town by different roads.
" Katie !" called tls petulant Invalid.
" Yes, Ma ;" and Kate Richmond en
tered the parlor wheie her mother sat
bundled' up in a comfortable rocker.
" It is about time for me to take ftiy
medicine, dear," she suggested.
Kate bustled around to prepare the
usual dose of strengthening cordial rec
ommended so highly by old Doctor Able.
" Mamma," she said hesitatingly.
" Well, Kate, what is iff bo careful
or you will spill the medicine."
" There is a wonderful doctor coming
to town, and I am sure he can cure
" Oh dear, Katie, I never shall be well
I fear, these doctors do not know my
trouble, this pain In my back, this suffo
cating this "
" But mamma," Interrupted Kate,
"this new doctor, Professor Mohoc, tho
great Indian charm doctor, as his adver
tisements say, can charm away disease
of all kinds, and performs wonderful
"Well, it may bo beneficial to try
him," said the invalid, as if grasping at
the last straw of hope."
" Shall I have him called mamma ?"
"When, dear V" ''
' To-morrow evening.' He will arrive
In town this evening and remain a week
or more." 1 1
" As you like, Katie. - O, this suffoca
tion 1 my dear. Aunt Melinda was cured
of the agire by" a charm It may do me
good. We will try it."
A smile of satisfaction illuminated
Kate's face as she re-arranged the wraps
around her mother and tripped lightly
out of the room.
The summer twilight was deepening
into night as d pompous, flashily dressed
and rather portly man stepped up to the
door of the Richmond palace, and rang
the bell. He had on the shiniest black
hat, and swung ' a heavy, gold-headed
cane, and altogether assumed an air ex
His face was covered by a heavy black
beard, and the tawny hue of bis skin in
dicated foreign birth.
It was the renowned Doctor Mohoc,
the great Indian charm doctor, and he
was soon admitted by Kate Richmond
and ushered into- the presence of tho in
valid. ' I" '' . " 1
" Good efenlng," was his greetlng,with
a foreign accent, and laying aside hat
andcane,' ho approached- the invalid,
wasting no time In useless talk,
i Taking her wrist between his thumb
and fingers, he pulled out a handsome
gold watch and timed her pulse.
" Let me see tongue," Imperatively
's The' in valid exhibited that Important
member. ilt'' ''- ' '
) ;M Where paln--here V and roughly he
dug bis thumb into her "sjde. ' 1 . ' :
' "Oh I dear me, doctor you will kill
me !" screamed the Invalid, fairly jump
ing under his rough Inspection.
"Madame," eyeing, her pityingly.
" Tou haf called me just In time.. Two
weeks and you haf ben.dead !"
" (), mercy, Kate, d you hear that 'fj
But Katie had left tAe room with her
handkerchief to her Sice, shaking con
vulsively, but not with weeping we
Meanwhile DoctonMohoc had pulled
a mysterlouslooklnaf box 'fom his pocket
and taking out fen peculiar beans, wis
going over some monotonous ehantr in 1
a strange tongue, Mfting each bean at
arms length, above hlshead, and return
ing It to the box.
Kate slipped into the room again, and
watched the proceedings.
Afilnst the doetor spoke :
" Here great ebarm, sure cure. Mad
ame, must tak beans efery morning."
" All at once r" with a look of horror
"No swaUow," he said.' "Efery.
morning take beans, go out into garden,
lay bean at foot of every tree and bush,
on place. Do so tffery time lay bean,"
lifting both hands from his shoulder as
high as he could reach," den when beans
allout,go back where you begin,and take,
up samo way, understand t"
" O, dear, it will kill me to do all fiat,"
sighed the invalid.
" Must do it or die. Sure charm,. No
cure, no ask pay."
" But how often must I do this, doo.
" Efery day at six o'clock in morning
for two weeks."
" I just know it will kill me!, My poor ,
"This chair no good," asserted the
doctor, " it kills you too. Must not use
easy chairs, always use liard chair ; no
arms-'-no cushions. All spoil charm."
" But, doctor, I can't do without this
chair!" exclaimed the now horrified
" Must die sure if don't. Room too.
hot, open windows, doors ; get out in
sunshine then charm do good," and has.
tily gathering hat and cane, Doctor Mo
hoc departed abruptly.
The poor woman seemed deprived of
all strength at contemplating the new
rcrinw laid down for her; but faith
works wonders and it is said that every
body has some superstition. Mrs. Rich
mond had her belief in charms, and this
alone caused her to try the strange pre
It was hard at first, but after a few
trials she improved, and friends persuad
ed her that she was looking much better
and their kind flattery helped her.
In short, sho continued her exercise
under Kate "straining, until she found
it much nicer to be out and stirring than '
moping in a warm room.
Her views of life generally, changed,
and when at the proper thue, Kate ex
posed the fraud successfully practiced, ,
her indignation was suppressed, and a
full pardon granted Dr. Harry Brooks,
with the possession of Kate's hand, and
she now considers him a wonderful
Are You Ready?
Rev. Dr. Kldd was a Scotch minister
of some prominence, and very eocentrlc,
and one who had his own ways of doing
things. One of his parishoners say
"I was busy in my shop, when in the
midst of my work, in stepped the doctor.
" Did you expect me?" was his abrupt
Inquiry, without even waiting for a
solution. ' v. !
" No," was nay reply. .
" What If it had been death ?" asked
he, when at once he stepped out as he .
came, and was gone almost before I
What a question 1 What a thought for
every oue of us I Does not death come
to most, if not all as unexpectedly as
this ? And does not the inquiry Impress
the lesson from our Sa lour's lips: " Be
ye also ready ; for in such an hour us ye
think not the Son of Man coineth."
Hint to Girls.' '
We sometimes see lathes kke particu
lar pains to impress us with the idea of
their Ignorance of all domestic matters,
save crochet and fancy work. By ome
curious kind of hocus pocus, they have
got it into their heads that tho best way
to get a husband la to show how profound
ly capable they are of doing nothing for
hi comfort. This may be a good bait
for certain kind, of fish, but they must
be of that kind usually foo,ud. ahttllovr