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-4 • POKTKT.
Is it true 1 have built insecurely ?
Do no foundations remain ?
Were the structures I planned so surely
' Ff unded and built in vain ?
wav 3* so madly careering,
No pity for wrecks laid bare ?
' Ah ! why are they ever appearing.
To mock me in my despair ?
Just as if my hopes were their vassals.
They have felled them in their strife ;
And the last was the lordliest of castles,
Replete with the dreams of my life.
I watched, from my rampart and towers.
Hie storms sweep over the main ;
And, soorned, in my daintiest of bowera,
The fury of wind and rain.
I saw the stars pale in their splendor,
And die out in darkness above ;
While music, entrancing and tender,
. Was soulless beside my love.
But my castles were crushed on the morrow—
My hopes that were life to me ;
I was mad in my first wild sorrow,
And cursed the relentless sea.
I saw with powerleaa emotion.
The wrecks strewn far and wide ;
And I watched the foam-crested ocean
Bear them away on its tide.
Rememembranoe and life are yet left me
Memories of sorrow alone ;
Of the rest has the sea bereft me,
Claiming my all aa its own.
The Harks ot a Minister.
A correspondent of the 'National
Baptist' tells this story of the late Dr.
On one occasion, when the Doctor
was resident in Philadelphia, he went
for a few days of rest to a trout stream
he had heard of in the interior of the
State. Arriving, an entire stranger, at
a house kept by a man who had been
accustomed to entertain those who
came there to fish, he was coldly re
ceived. The man told him frankly
that he had attended a protracted
meeting during the Winter, that he
hoped the Lord had forgiven his sins,
ana that he hadjoinad the Methodist
Chnrch, and meant to give up gsing
with the kind of men who came up
there to fish. The Doctor's humor
overcame his scruples so far as to gain
admittance for the night, and the next
morning succeeded still further, pre
vailing upon the man to go out with
hlai and show him the best places of
the stream. They spent most of the
day together, and, on. returning to the
house in the afternoon, the man slapped
him on the shoulder, saying:
"Doc., I like you."
"Why do you like me, my friend f'
"Well, Doc., Pll tell you. We've
been out almost all day, we haven't
caught much, yon fell in and got wet,
and I hayen't heard you swear •nee."
After supper, as the Doctor was
smoking his pipe In front of the house,
- his host came out, and, with some hesi
tancy. said: "Doc., since I jined the
church I've had prayers every night:
we are going to have them now, and
maybe you wouldn't object to come in.'
"Certainly not, my friend;" and he
went in to listen to the reading of a
passage in a broken way. and to join
heartily in a good old Methodist hymn.
Daring the singing the man watched
him closely, and at the end said an
xiously, "Maybe vou wouldn't mind
leading ns in prayer." The Doctor
knelt and offered one of those full and
hearty, yet ample supplications which
are so well remembered by all who
knew him. He was hardly seated in
front of the house again Defore the
man reappeared, saying,' Doc., I kinder
"What do you suspect me of! Noth
ing bad, I hope!",
c No, nothing bad, and maybe Pm
wrong; but 1 kind o' think yon are a
"What makes you think Pm a min
"Well, 111 tell you: I haven't hearn
yon swear since yon came; then the
way yoa jined us in the hymn; then
the way yoa prayed, made me think
you was « minister."
',7 The doctor langhed heartily as he
acknowledged that he was indeed a
Eight pounds of oxygen gss and one
pound of hydrogen are oombined in
nias pounds of water.
GRAHAM, ALAMANCE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA, TUESDAY, MARCH 16, 1875.
"Suppose we give it up, Berry, and
stay at home," suggested the young
husband, laying aside the dainty invi
tation cards an he spoke. You wouldn't
care a great deal, would you ?"
Berenice put up ber cherry lips in a
childish pout. "Of course I care,
Bruce,"she said reproachfully ; "every
body else is. going ; why cannot we go ?
Why, the ball at Belvidere Place is all
the talk. Carrie Dubant's going, and
she's got the loveliest dress that human
eyes ever beheld. And such lace—real
point—and a brand-new turquoise set,
and her husband's not half as well off
as vou are."
"Well, well, don't fret, Berry," said
her husband, with a sigh ; 'if you've
set your heart on it you shall go. But
I thought,*' he added, hesitatiflgly, "I
mean—well, the plain truth is, Berry,
that I'm a little cramped for cash now.
That heavy note comes due on Friday,
and my affairs are not quite so steady
as I like. And this ball—"
"Oh, nonsense," interposed the
young wife, giving her red gold ringlets
a toss : "you men always talk that way.
Papa always did, I remember, when
mamma went to him for money. Bat
you can't impose on me, Bruce ; I'm
too well posted. You've money enough;
there's no mistake about that. And I
sha'n't need a fortune ; so the matter's
settled ; we shall go to the ball at
"Very well; you shall have it your
own way," he replied ; and, rising up
from his bright little breakfast table,
Bruce Danbar kissed his wife, and went
down town to his place of business.
They had not been married quite a
year, and the young husband could not
find it is his heart to deny his pretty
child wife a single gratification ; but
he looked moody enough as he walked
down the cheerful, sunlight street. He
told the truth when he said he was
cramped for cash ; there was not a spare
dollar in his till.
A few years back this same hand
some Bruoe Danbar had been what is
termed in fashionable parlance "fast."
He drove a blooded horse, indulged in
oards and champagne suppers, and
sowed his wild oats pretty plentifully.
But in the midst of all this he fell in
love with pretty Berenioe Holbrook,
and the whole manner of his life was
Since the hour of his marriage he
had given up all his bachelor in
dulgences, and walked unswervingly in
the narrow path of reotitude and virtue.
He was doing his best to redeem the
past and retrieve his fallen fortunes.
And here came the invitation to the
Belvidere ball in the most inopportune
He reached his office with a heavy
heart, and set about his work, counting
over the long list of unpaid bills, "If
Berry would only give Up the ball!"
he thoqght every time he raised his
eyes from the dreary ledger.
But pretty Berenice, with her peach
bloom cheeks and red-gold tressess,
had no such thought as that. Just be
fore the hour of closing she oame flirt
ing into her young husband's offioe,
such a radiant creature, in her silks and
jewels, that he forgot his cares, and
looked up with a smiling welcome.
"I've been out shopping love," she
said, touching her ripe lips to his brow ;
"getting our things for the Belvidere.
I've got you an exquisite vest and tie,
etc., and I wish, I do wish, you oould
see my Stress ! I bought it already
made—a Paris, affair, you know, silk
tissue and rose-buds, and knots of
Paris-green. Oh, it is too lovely!
Carrie Dubant's won't compare with it
at all I—And1 —And Madame B said that I
must —1 positively must—have an emer
ald set to match it; a light emerald,
you know, to suit my complexion. And,
darling," touching her lips to his brow
again, "I was sure you wouldn't mind,
and I got these"—unclasping a casket
and flashing a blaze of sea-green
splendor before the young husband's
eyes —"at a real bargain, too. Ain't
they ? And the whole bill,
for dress and everything, is only five
hundred dollars ! Now, haven't I been
an economical little wife ?"
Bruce Dunbar almost reeled where
he stood. Five hundred dollars, and
he with scarcelv five hundred pennies
at his command ! Bat he muttered no
word of reproach. He kissed the pretty
face looking up to him, and then called
a cab and drove home, with his happy
wife ohatting beside hmi.
They went to the ball at Belvidere
place, and Berenice Dunbar took the
palm for beauty, in ber shimmering
robes, with her fresh cheeks and red
gold ourls.and childish manners. Her
husband followed' her lead, forgetful
of everything but the joy of the mo
The "Beautiful. Blue Danube" had
ended, and they were in the refreshment
"Come, Bruce, let's have a glass to
your beautitul bride's health and hap-
Einess," said an old friend, meeting
im for the first time since his mar
The yonng man shook his head, and
was on the point of uttering a polite
refusal, but his wife pinched his arm.
"O, Bruoe, don't" she whispered ; "it's
so old fsshioned and Why
don't you drink like other men ?"
Bruce Dunbar's cheeks flushed. It
hsd oost him a great struggle to givf,
up his socisl glass, but he had Con
quered for his wife's sake. And this
was his reward ! He seised the glass
and drained it at a draught. The
glowing liquor ran like fire through his
veins, arousing all his old thirst, all his
old craving for strong drink. Before
the great ball at Belvidere was over his
cheeks glowed and his eyes flashed, and
bis step was a trifle an steady; bat
Berenioe did not mind—all the gentle
man in her set drank champagne.
Two weeks after the ball Berenioe
waited impatiently for her husband's
return. —Dinner was spoiling, the sal
men steaks would be utterly ruined in
ten minutes more, and the young wife
was dreadfully impatient. She had a
new dress and tickets for Nilsson. Why
did not Bruce oome ? But the dinner
hour passed, and the twilight with a
dismal rain, and still he did not oome.
Berenioe went up to her chamber and
sat down in her little rocking chair be
fore the fire, and there she sat for hours
bewailing her fate. On the bed lay her
lovely new dress. It was oruel in Bruoe
to treat her so. She cried till her eyes
were red and swollen, and at last, in
order to beguile the dreadful hours, she
picked up the evening paper.
There it was, in groat, glaring capi
tals—the failure of the firm of Dunbar
k Chase. Her husband was bankrupt.
A sharp cry escaped her lips as the ter
rible truth flashed upon her. And
where was he ? Why didn't he oome
Midnight oame—a black and stormy
midnight—and still the young wife sat
there watching and waiting.
At last there oame an unsteady stop
on the porch below. She hurried to
the window and threw it up.
"Bruce, is that you ?"
A thiok, unnatural voioe answered
her, "Yes, it's what's left o' me. Berry,
let me in ; the polioe are after me,"
Berenioe flew down and opened the
door. An offloer mounted the steps as
she did so, and laid his hand heavily
on Bruce Dunbar's' shoulder.
"Mr. Dunbar, you are my prisoner."
"He's my husband ! shrieked Bere
nioe. ''What are you arresting him for?"
She looked down at Bruoe, standing
in dogged silenoe, and by the light of
the hall lamp saw that his hands were
red with blood, and with one awful cry
she fell white and senseless on her own
She aWoke to consciousness in her
old home, and from her mother's lips
she heard the terrible story. Her hus
band had failed, and in order to drown
his trouble had drank deeply. In a
gambling house, where he was trying
to retrieve his losses, he had got into a
brawl, and had given his adversary a
mortal wound upon the temple.
"And it is all my fault, not his,"
wailed the poor young wife ; "all mine.
I lured him to his ruin."
The morning before the trial a little
slip of paper was found beneath the
window of the ohamber in whigh
Berenioe lay unto death. It ran thus :
"Good-bye, Berry. I won't stsyhere
and disgraoe you. I've managed to
escape from prison, and I'm going-
Heaven knows where 1 Forget me, and
be happy. • Bhuos."
Five years afterward a pale, sweet
faced woman Bat in the oottage that
had onoe been Bruoe Dunbar's home,
with a little child playing at her feet—
a very different woman from the frivo
lous Berenice of days gone bv, yet we
know her pearl-fair cheeks and red gold
hair. Sorrow and suffering had done
their work, and at last poor Berry saw
clearly. Her remorse hsd been deep
And now, day by day, with the little
boy who bore his father's faoe and his
father's name, she hoped and waited.
Her hasband's crime was not murder ;
the .wounded man did not die; and the
way was clear for Bruoe Dunbaa to re
turn ; yet he did not come. He was
dead, his friends thought : but Berry
hoped with the faith of a deathless
One summer day "she sat at the cot
tage window with her child at her feet.
A royal summer dsy, the skies blue and
cloudless, the sanlit air sweet with the
breath of the roses and the purple
She hsd worked hard and faithfully
in those dreary five years, poor, re
morseful little Berry I Jewels snd
lsces, even her father's downr, had
gone to pay off her hnsband's debts and
clear his name. Her work was done
now. She owned the oottage, and in the
shadow of the purple lilac bloom she
sat, her sweet, sad faoe full of an un
utterable despair. Would he never
oome back ? Would Heaven never for
The latch of the Hcket gave a sharp
click, snd the old house-dog stsrted
forward with a peculiar cry. Berenioe
looked up. A tall, gaunt' fignre, in
threadbare garments, was coming up
the walk. The haggard, unshorn face
and bleared eyes bore no resemblance
to handsome Bruoe Dunbar, but the
wife's unerring instinct oould not be
deceived. She darted through the
window with a low, passionate cry.
"O, Bruoe, my husband—at last, at
Pi _ ,
She put oat her srms to clasp him,
but he held her back.
"Don't; lam not worthy," he said,
hoarsely ; "I'm a lost, degraded wretch.
But, Berry," his poor, haggard face full
of inexpressible tenderness, "loonldn't
die till I had seen yon onoe more. Let
me look at yoa, and I'll leave you for
Bat her young arms caught bim in a
close embrace, her fond lip» covered
his white face with kisses.
, "No, you won't," she cried, "yon
shall never leave me again. Tour name is
clear, your debts are paid, and there is
a new life for us to lead my husband. I
have waited so long! It was all my
fault, Bruoe ; the ball at Belvidere did
ii. Oafi you evsr forgive me f
* He held her in bis arms and sobbed
upon her shoulder, like a woman, in his
weakness She turned to the open
window W beckoned to the child.
"Ana flpre't something else, Bruoe,"
she said, "for you to live for now.
Look here I"
He raised his head and saw the little
fellow at his feet looking up in grave,
And Bruce Dunbar, with his wife and ;
child in his arms, looked up to the far
off summer sky, asking Heaven to give !
him strength to begin the new life he
intended to live.
And the strength must have been j
vouchsafed to him ; for in five years 1
more he was one of the first men in his j
native town, and if ever any feminine J
weakness or temptation aasailtd Bere- j
nice, she had but to calico miud the
sad results of the Ball at Belvidere.
Mrs. Livermore, Olive Logan and j
the Hon. Carl Schurz have given so
much time in discussing this important
subject that we have made up our mind
that if the girls are trained at home in
the following manner they would give
these wise heads something else to talk
Teach them self-relianoe :
Teach them to make bread.
Teach them to make shirts.
Teaoh them to foot up store bills.
Teach them not to wear false hair.
Teach them to wear thick warm
Bring them up in the way they should
Teach them how to wash and iron
Teaoh them how to make their own
Teaoh them that a dollar is - only a
Teach them how to darn stockings
and sew on buttons.
Tesch them every dsy, dry hard prao- |
tical common sense.
Teaoh them to say no, and mean it; ,
or yes, and stick to it.
Teach them to wear calico dresses and j
do it like queens.
Give them a good, substantial com
mon school education.
Teach them that a good rosy romp is
worth fifty oonsnmptives.
Teaoh them to regard the morals and
not the money of their beaux.
Teaoh them all the mysteries of the
kitchen, the dining room and parlor.
Teaoh them the more one lives within
his inoome the more he will save.
Teaoh them to have nothing to do
with intemperate and dissolute young
Teaoh them the further one lives be
yond his inoome the nearer he gets to
the poor house.
Kely upon it that upon your teaohing
depends in a great measure the weal or
woe of their after life.
Teaoh them that a good steady me
chanic withont a cent is worth a dozen
loafers in broadcloth.
Teaoh them the accomplishments,
music, painting, drawing, if you have
time and money to do it with.
Teach them that God made them in
his own image, and no amount of tight
lacing will improve the model.
Major Powell, whose descriptions of
the canyons of Colorado are so interest
ing end so eloquently told, tells as of a
passage through one of those teriible
flows in his boats, as follows :
About eleven o'clock ws hesrd s great
roar ahead, and approached it very cau
tiously, the sound growing louder and
louder aa we ran. At last we found
ourselves above a long, broken fall, with
ledges and pinnacles of rock obstructing
the river. There was s descent of
seventy-five or eighty feet, perhaps, in
a third of a mile and the ruabing waters
were broken into great waves on the'
rocks, snd lashed themselves into foam.
We conld land just above, but there was
' no foothold on either side by which s
j portage oould be msde. It wss nesrly
a thousand feet to the top of the granite
so it was impossible to carry on? boats
around, though we oould climb to that
point ourselves ba side guloh, and
passing along a mile or two, oonld de
scend to the river. We disoovered this
on examination, but such a portage
wonld have been impracticable for us,
and we were obliged to run the rapid or
abandon the river.
i We did not hesitate, but stepped into
the bosts, pushed off, snd dashed swsy,
1 first on smooth but swift water, then
| striking s glassy wsve snd riding to its
i top, down sgsin into the trough, np
again on a higher wave, and down ana
' up on the waves, higher and still higher,
until we struck one just as it curled
beck, when a breaker rolled over our
little undaunted boat. On we sped, till
the boat was caught in a whirlpool and
spun around and around. When we
managed to pull out again, the other
j boats bad pasaed us. The open com
partment'of the "Emms Dean" was
I filled with wster, snd every breaker
rolled over us. Hurled back from the
rock now on this side, now on thst, we
were carried st lsst into sn eddy, in
whioh we struggled for s few minutes,
and then out sgsin, the breakers still
rolling over us. Our boat was un
managesble, but she could not sink snd
! we drifted down snother hundred yards
through breaker* how, we, scarcely
knew. We found the other boete hsd
turned into an eddy at the foot of the
fall, snd were wsiting to cateh as as we
oeme, for they had aeen that oar boat
wss swsmped. They pushed oat ss we
came nesr, snd pulled as ia sgsinet the
walL We bailed out the boat snd
started on again.
Oliver Wandell Holmes, in a recent
medical article, maintains that rhyth
mical instincts have a physiological
origin in respiration, and thinks "one
ean hardly doubt that Spencer breathed
habitually more slowly than Prior, and
that Anacreon had a quioker respira
tion than Hon*er. M ...
We present below authentic informa
tion concerning the date of birth and
death, and other items connected with
the lives of the .dead Presidents, in
connection with the date of birth and
the age of the ex-Presidents now living,
and the date of birth and the age of
the present incumbent of the Executive
George Washington was born in
Virginia, February 22nd, 1732. He
was unanimously elected to the Presi
dency in 1789, re-elected in 1793, and
died at Mount Vernon, December 14,
1799, aged 68.
John Adams was born at Braintree,
Mass?, October 30, 1735; was elected
Vice-President in 1789, re-elected in
1793, and elected President in 1797.
He dU5d July 4, 1826, aged 91, on the
fiftieth anniversary of American inde
Thomas Jefferson was born in Vir
ginia, April 13,1843. He drafted the
Declaration of Independence, while a
member of Congress, in 1775. He was
elected Vice-President in 1796, elected
President in 1800, and re-elected in
1804; died July 4, 1826, aged 83. It
will be observed that both Adams .and
Jefferson died on the same day—July 4,
James Madison, the "Father of the
Constitution," was born in Virginia,
March 16, 1751; was elected President
in 1809, died June 28, 1836, aged 85.
James Monroe was born in Virginia,
April 2, 1759; was elected President in
1816; unanimously re-elected in 1820;
died July 4, 1831—the fifty-fifth anni
versary of American independence—
John Quincy Adams was born in
Braintree, Mass., July 11, 1767; was
elected President in 1824, and served in
Congress from 1830 to 1848; died Feb.
24, 1848, aged 81.
Andrew Jackson was born in South
Carolina, March 16, 1767; was elected
President in 1828, re-elected in 1832,
and died June 8,1845, aged 78.
Martin Van Buren was born at Kin
derhook, N. Y., December 5, 1782; was
elected Vice-President in 1832, elected
President in 1836; died July 24,1862,
William Henry Harrison was born
February 9, 1773, in Virginia; was
elected President in 1840, and died on
April 4,lß4l—just one month after his
John Tyler was born in Virginia,
March 29,1790; was elected President in
1840, succeeded to Presidency upon
the death of President Harrison, died
January 17, 1862.
Jtunes K. Polk was born in Virginia,
in 1795; was elected President in 1844;
died June 15, 1849—a short time fitter
the expiration of his Presidential term.
Zachary Taylor was bom in Virginia,
November 24, 1784; was elected Presi
dent in 1848, died July 9,1850.
Millard Filmore was born in New
York, January 7, 1800; was elected
Vice-President in 1840, and succeeded
to the Presidency upon the death of
Franklin Pierce was born at Hills
boro, N. H., November 3, 1804; was
elected President in 1852, and died Oc
tober 8, 1869. .
James Buchanan was born in Penn
i sylvania, April 22nd, 1791; was elected
President in 1856; died June 8, 1868.
Abraham Lincoln was born Febru
ary 12, 1806, in Kentucky; was elected
President in 1860; was re-elected in
1864, and died by assassination April
Andrew Johnson was born in North
Carolina, December 29, 1808; was elec
ted Vice-Piesldent in 1864, and suc
ceeded to the Presidency upon the
death of Mr. Lincoln. Mr. Johnson
succeeds Horace Maynard in the Uni
ted States Senate.
Ulysses S. Grant was born at Point
Pleasant, Ohio, April 27, 1822; was
elected President in 18*58, and re
elected in 1872. He is the present
Virginia has been eight times repre
sented in the Executive Office.
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The most amusing Shakespearean
misquotations are derived from the
stage, and when not made on purpose,
are generally traosable to the stupidity
of supernumeraries. Bach a one is the
line from "Biohard the Third" :
Mr lord, at and back, and let the co«n pua,
which the person who delivers it is
warned to beer carefully in mind, and;
which, bearing ig mind his warning, he
isapt to read :
Uy lord, (tand back, and let the panon •oogh.
The impreoation of ''Lear," containing
the lines :
That ahe may fa»l
How aharpcr than a asrpant'a tooth it la
To have a thinHw child I
was onoe turned to worse than non
sense by a greet tragedian when he was
tearing his passion to tatters:
Tb*t ihl DAT fMI
How sharper than a serpent's thanks it la
To have a t jothieaa child I
Aneeceitric actor, whose mania took
the form of new readings, maintained
that Horatio was really Hamlet's father
and jnatified himself in the seene in
which Hamlet moralizes over the skull
of Yoriek, by saying :
And amelt ao. Pa.
In London they think more of oar
"Pub. Does." than we do ourselves.
The solemn publications of the Govern
ment printing office bring very high
prices there ; as for instance, the Be
port of the Bureau of Statistics is sold
at $6 25; the report of the Commis
sioner of JSdnoatioft $7.00; United
States Digest $9.80. These books cost
from 7* cents to *1.25 in Washington.
t . ' .»• s 1 t
No churoh is too wfeak to take np a
collection. . '* ,
A circuit ooart -the longest way home
from singing echool.
Broken China. A civil war is impend
ing in the celestial Empire.
Every pound of cochineal contains
70,000 insects, boiled to death. .
Whalebone is reported scarce, and
the dress reformers are correspondingly
~ The worth of a State, in the long run
is the worth of the individuals com
A man never gets hold of the real
gist of life till he begins to appreciate
his own company.
A bronze statue of Robert Barns,
costing twelve thousand dollars, is to be
placed in Central Park.
Some of the poor-house authorities
in London have discovered a new
method of utilizing paupers. The
more picturesque are let oat as models
to artists-at 25 oents per hoar.
In Belgium it is now no longer
necessary, when taking an path before
a magistrate, "W invoke the Mints and
angels." This relic of the mediaval
ages has existed in that country until
The decline in railroad build
ing daring the last two years, amount
ing to a difference of 5,000 miles be
tween 1872 and 1874, involved the
throwing out of employment 100,000
men. , ,
Spoaking of law books, a recent
lecturer on the subject said : "Another
peculiarity of these books is, that none
but a lawyer ever reads them. All
other books have readers ontside the
olass for whom they are speoially writ
tea ; and we have accordingly, amateur
men of scienoe, amateur physicians,
amateur artists, and even amateur the
ologians, but no one ever beard of an
amateur lawyer." , '
In 1775, the superficies of Paris was
about thirty million metres ; it is now
seventy-eight millions. A century ago
there were in the oity at the most a
thousand streets, places, boulevards
and lanes; there are now over three
thousand. The population in 1775 waa
550,000 and the inhabitants oocupied
19,000 houses. To day it amounts to
nearly two millions in ronnd numbers,
and there are 60,000 houses within the
When spectacles were first introduced
it was considered fashionable to wear •
them, even by people who were not in
the least near-sighted. In Spain they
formed part of the oostume cf every
well bred person. This absurd use of
glasses was meant to increase the
gravity of the appearanoe, and conse
quently the veneration with which the
wearer of them was regarded. The
glasses of spectacles were proportioned
in sice to the rank of the wearer.
Those worn by the Spanish nobles were
as large as one's hand. The Mar quia
of Astoiga, viceroy of Naples, after
having his bast sculptured in marble,
particularly enjoined the artist not to
forget his beautiful spectacles.
A piano ahould be tuned at least
: four times in tike year by an experi
enced tuner. If yon allow it to go too
long without tuning, it usually be
comes flat and troubles a tuner to get
it to stay at oonoert pitch, especially in
in the oonntry. Never place the in
strument against an outside wall, or in
aoold damp room, particularly in a
country house. There is no greater
enemy to a pianoforte than damp.
Close the instrument immediately after
your practioe, by leaving it open, dust
fixes on the sound board, and corrodes
the movements, and if in a damp room
the strings soon rust. Should the
piano stand near or opposite to a
window, guard, if possible, against it
being opened, especially on a damp
or wet aay ; and when the sun is on the
window, draw the blind down. Avoid
putting metallic or other articles on or
in the piano ; suoh things frequently
cause unpleasant vibrations, and some
times injure the instrument. The
more equal the tempaturs of the room
the better the instrument will remain
Amongst oertain persons—and the
olass is rather a numerous one—that
which is oomfortable is unconsciously
considered to be wrong, and objectless
self-mortification assumes the character
• of a virtue. Saoh persons never wear
a topcoat, never hvre a fire in their
bed-room, always shave with ©old
wster, break the ice in their tub of a
morning in order to bathe. They are
apt to bosst of these feat*, and to look
down upon their weaker fellow-creatures
who do not imitate them. There is
probably a remnant of old ecclesiasti
cal terrorism in this, s trace of the
••hair shirt and no shoes" of the pil
grims, which is singularly out of plaoe
at the present dsy. In the matter of
the morning tub alone the absurdity is
well shown. Oar boasting friends
loudly rejoice that they are not ts other
men sre—the seasons makes no differ
ence to them as regards their morning
tnb. Now, granted that the oold water
bath is a good thing, it Hanat be re
membered that whereas in Summer
they immerse themselves in water
about 30 deg. or 30 deg. cooler than
their blood, in Winter the difference of
temperature may amount, as it has
done latsly, to no less than 50 deg: or
60 deg. Fahr. To be consistent they
should raise the temperatureof the bath
in Winter to that which it has in Sun- %
mer. As they are inconsistent, Ihey
suffer very of ten from muscular rheu