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Streamlets *well the river's flow ;
Hlvcrs Join the mountain billows,
Onward, onward, as they go!
Life's made of smallest fragments,
Shale and sunshine, work and play;
So may NO. with greatest profit,
Learn a little every day.
Tiny reeds innke bound less harvests.
Drops of rain the showers,
Seconds make the flying minutes,
And the minutes lit ike the hour* !
Let us hnaten, than, and catch them
AH they pan* UH on the way ;
A d with honest, lno oinleavor
Ix*arn a little e .e.%' day
Let »» read some striking paesa^e.
Cull a verso in in every page;
Ilr-e a line, and there a sentence,
'(iainst the lonely time of ace!
1 At our work, or by the wavside.
While the sunshine's uiu'Mnir hay;
Thns we tiny, by help of study,
Learn a little every day.
The Si'yer Tankard.
On a slope of land opening itself to ,
the south, in a now thickly-settled town
in the state of Maine, scmo hundred
and more years ago, stood a farmhouse :
to which the epithet "comfortable" might i
be applied. The old forest came down
to tho back ot it; in front wore eulti- 1
yated fields : beyond which was ground '
partially cleared, full of pine stumps, 1
aud here mid there, standing creel, the j
giant trunks of trees, whioh the tire had j
scorched and blackened, though it had
failed to overthrow them.
Tho houso stood at the very verge of
the settlement, so that from it no other |
cottage could bo seen ; the uearest neigh- !
bor was distant about six miles. Dan- ;
iel Gordon, tho owner and occupant of !
the premises wo have described, had 1
chosen this valley in tiie wilderness, aj
wide, rich tract of land, not only as his j
own home, but, prospectively, as the!
homo of his children and his children's
children, 110 was willing to be far oft
from men, that his children might have 1
room to settle around him. lie was '
looked upon as the rich man of that dis- !
trict, well known over that part of the
country. His houso was completely
finished, and was large for tho times,
having two stories iu front and one be
hind, with a long, sloping roof; it seem
ed as if it leaned to the south, tc offer
jts back to the cold winds from the
It was full of the comfortr of life—
the furniture a little showy for a Puri.
tan ; and when the table was set thero
was, to use the Yankee phrase, "consi
derable" silver plate, among which a
large silver tankard stood pre-emiuent.
This silver bad been tho property of his
father, and had be«n brought over from
the mother country.
Now we will go back to this pleasant
valley as it was on a bright and beauti- [
ful morning in the month of .1 turn. It |
was Sunday ; and though early, the two
sons of Daniel Gordon and the hired
man had gone to meeting, 011 foot, to the
Landing, a little village on the banks
of the river, ten miles distant. Daniel !
himself was standing in the door, with !
the horse and chaise, ready and waiting
for his s'iod wife, who had been some- !
what detained. lie was standing at Ihe
door-step enjoying the freshness of the
morning, with a little prido 111 his heart
perhaps, ns he cast his eye over the ex
tent of his possessions spread before
him. At that instant a neighbor, of six
miles distance rode lip 011 horseback,
and beckoned to him from the gate of
the enclosure around the houso.
♦'Good morning, neighaor Gordon,"
said he. "1 have come out of my way
in going to meeting to tell you that
Tom Smith—that daring thief—with two
others, have been seen prowling about
in these parts, aud that you baa better
look out lest you have a visit. I have
got nething in my house to bring them
there, but they may be after your silver
tankard, noighbor, and the silver spoons.
I have often told you that these things
were pot fit for these new parts. Tom
is a bold fellow, but I suppose the fewer
ho meets when he goes to steal tho bet
ter. I don't think it safe for you all to
be off to meeting to day ; but I am in a
hurry, neighbor, so good-byo."
This communication placed our friend
Daniel in an unpleasant dilemma, it
had beeu settled that no one was to be
left at homo but his daughter Mehitable,
a beautiful little girl about nine years
DANBURY, N. C„ THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15, 1881.
I old. Shall 1 stay or go ' was ques
tion. Daniel was a Puritan; he had
; strict notions of th® duty of worship
! ping God in His temple, and he bad
| faith that God would bless him only as
ho did his duty ; but then he was a fath
er, and little llitty was tho light aud
joy of his eyes.
But these Puritans were stern and j
unflinching. I will not oven take llitty \
with me : for it will make her cowardly. |
The thieves may not 001110; neighbor j
Perkins may be mistaken : anil if they •
do come to my house they will not hurt j
■ that child. At any rate, she is in God's j
| iiands ; and we will go to Him,
j vvhf n e\ar jkc: t!.o\.; wliO put tl. il' j
I trust in Him. Ashe settled this, the
j little girl and her mother stepped to the
| chaise; the father saying to the child. |
1 "if any strangers come, llitty, treat !
them well. We can spare of our ttbuii- j
j dance to the poor. What is silver and ;
gold, when wo think of God's Holy 1
; Word With these words on his iii.s!
be drove off - a troubled man, in spite j
!of his religious trust; because bo left I
his daughter in the wilderness alone.
I Little IT it ty, as the daughter of a
Puritan, was strictly brought up to ob
i serve the Lord's day. She knew that
! she ought to return to tho house, but
nature, for this once, at least, got the
! better of her training. "No harm,"
| thought she, "to see the brood of chick
ens." Nor did she, when she had given
them some water, go into the house ; but
loitered and lingered, hearing the robin
! sing, and following with her eye the bob
; 'linooln,as he flitted from shrub to shrub,
j She passed almost an hour out of the
house, because she did not wish to lie
, alone, and she did not feel alone when
J she was out among the birds, and was
j gathering here and there a little wild
| flower. But at last, she went in, took
her liiblo and seated herself at the win
dow, sometimes reading and sometimes
1 looking out.
As she was there seated, she saw three !
| men coming tip toward the hoti«c, and ;
hlie was i j iJoi them'.
felt and there was a dreary, long '
day before her. "Father," thought I
she, "meant something, when h told me j
to bo kind to strangers. I suppose he
expected them. 1 wouder what keeps
them all from meeting f Never mind ;
tbey shall sec that 1 can do something,
if lam little llitty." So putting down
the Bible, she ran to moot them, happy,
confiding, and eveu glad that tbey had
coiue ; and, without waiting for them to
speak, she called to them to come in
with her, and said, "I am all alone ; if
mother was here she wonlil do more for
you, but I will do all 1 can and all
this with a frank, loving hcarl, glad to
do good to others and glad to please her
father, whose last words were, to spare
cf their abuudauee to the weary trav
Smith and his two companions enter
id. Now, it was neither breakfast-time
nor dinner-time, but about half-way be
tween both; yet litilo llitty's head was
full of the direction. "Sparc of our
abundance," and almost before they
wore fairly in the house, she asked if she
would give them something to cat.
Smith replied : "Yes, 1 will thank you
my child, for we are a'l hungry." Tins
was, indeed, a civil speech for the thief,
half-starved, had \ieen lurking in the
woods to watch his chanee to steal the
silver tankard, as soon as the men folks I;
had flono to meeting. "Shall I giye
you cold victuals, or will you wait till 1
can 000k some meat ?" "We can't
wait" was the reply, "give us what you
have teady, as soon as you can." "1 am
glad you do not want me to cook for
you—but 1 would do it if you did—bo-
cause father would rather not have much
cooking on Sundays." Then away she
tripped about, making preparations for
their repast. Smith himself helped her
out with the table. She spread upon it
a clean white cloth, and placed upon it
the silver spoons and the silyer tankard
full of "old orohard," as was the custom
in those days, with a largo quantify of
wheaten bread and a dish of oold meat.
I don't know why the silver spoons were
put cn—perhaps littlo Hitty thought
they made the tablo look prettier. Af
ter all this was done she turned to Smith
and with a courtesy told him that din
nor was ready. The child bad been so
bnsy in arranging he- table, and so
thoughtful of housewifery, that she took
little or no notice of the appearance 01
maimers of her guests. She did .the
work as cheerily and as freely, and was
as unembarrassed, as if she had been
surrounded by her father and mother
and brothers. One of the thieves sat
dow i dogg. dly, witn his hands on his
j kne.;s, and his face almost to his hands,
jb o ing all the time on the floor. An-
I oti( . ,a younger and better looking nun
I sto.yi : unfounded and irresolute, as if he
i h I t been w ■!! broken into his trade:
1 a . It en would go back to the window
■ 1•' . -uU out, keeping his back to the
. trbhttr liiol^ul
' unfrtmoorned, as if he had quite forgnt
teu his purpose. II.? never once took
| hi?, attention off tiie child, following her
I with his eye as she bnsllcd about in ar
i ranging tho di.;ner-tablo : and there was
) even a half - nile on his lace. They all
I moffcd to t!ie table, Smith's chair at
t the iioad, one of his ecmpanious 011 each
j side, and the child at the foot, standing
j there to help her guests, and to be ready
j to g.i for further supplies as there wa*
The men ate as hungry men, almost
in silence, drinking occasionally from
the «ilver tankard. When they had
done, Smith started up suddenly and
sai l, "(Vine ! let's go." "What!" ex
claimed the old robber, "go with empty
hand-, when this stiver is hero ?" lie
seized the tankard, "i'ut that, down,"
shouted Smith : "I'll shoot the man who
takes a single thing from this house."
i Poor llittv at once awoke to a sense of
tho character of her guests : with terror
111 her face, yet with a childlike frauk
n.,ss, she ran to Smith, took hold of his
hand, and looked iuto his face, as if she
fell sure that he would take care of her.
Tho old thief, looking up to his young
companion, and finding that 110 was
ready to givo up the job, and seeing
[ that Smith was resolute, put down ihc
! tankard, growling like a do? which has
; had a bone taken from him. "Fool!
e.i&h .'ne c-oAij.r.hy ngnim;*' and
! with such expressions left the house fol
l IOVCAJ by the other. Smith put his
i hand on the head of the child and said :
"don't be afraid; stay (juiet in tho
house : nobody shall Hurt you."
Thus ended the visit of the thieves.
Thus God preserved the property of
those who had put their trust in him.
What a story had the child to tell when
the family came home! How hearty
was the thanksgiving that went up from
tho family altar.
A year or two after this, poor Tom
Smith was arrested for the commission
of some crime, and was tried and sen
tenced to be executed. Dauiel Gordon
board >f this, and that 110 was confined
in a jail in the seaport town, to wait for
the dreadful day when he was to be hung
up like a dog between heaven and earth.
Gordon could not keep away from him.
He felt drawn to him for the protection
of his daughter, and went down to see
him. \\ hen he entered tho dungeon,
Smith was seated ; his face was pale, his
hair was tangled and mattod together—
for why should he care for his looks '
There was no other expression in his
countenance than that of irritation from
being intruded upon, when he wanted to
hour nothing, see nothing moro of his
fallow man. He did not rise, nor even
Jook up, nor return tho salutation of
TToroon, w ho continued to stand before
him. At las f , as if wearied beyond en
deavor, he asked : "Whatdo you want
of ma ? Cau't you let mc alone even
"I come," said Gordon, "to see you,
because my laughter told me all you did
for her when you—"
As if touched to the heart, Smith's
whole appearance changed ; an expres
sion of deep interest caino over his feat
ures ; he was altogether a changed man.
Ihe sullen indifference passed away in
an iustant. "Are you the father of that
little girl ? Oh, what a dear ehild she
is! Is sho well and happy ? How I
love to think of her. That's one pleas
ant thing I have to think of. For onoe
I was treated like other men. Could I
kisa her onoe I think I should be hap
pier. ' In this hurried manner ho pour
ed out an intensity of feeling little sup
posed to lie in tho bosom of a condemn
t | Gordon remained with Smith, whis
. ; pored to him of peace beyond tho grave
for the penitent, smoothed in some de
gree his passage through the dark valley
| and did not return to his family until
Christian love eould do no more for an
I erring brother, on whom scarcely before
: had the eye of love rested ; whose hand
j had been against all men because their
1 hands had boon against him.
1 have told the story more at longth
and interwoven some unimportant cir
cumstances, but it is before you sub
stantially as it was related to 1110. The
main incidents are true ; though, doubt
less, as the story has been banded down
] rVom g~ne.nti.nl to generation, it has
; been colored by the imagination. The
silver tankard, as an heirloom, has des
cended iu the family——the properly of
the daughter named Mehitable, and is
now in tho possession of a clergymans'
! wife in Massachusetts.
The man who saves something every
| year is on the road to prosperity. It
j may not be possible to save much. If
not, save a little. Do not think that
a dime is too small a sum to lay by.—
Everybody knows how little cxpendi-
Lures got away with large sums. But
few seem to know that the rule is one
I hat works both ways. If a dime spent
hero and a dollar there, soon makes a
largo hole in a man's income, so do
dimes and dollars laid a,wiy soon be
come a visible and respectable accumu
lation. In this country, any man may
make himself independent, or keep him
j self under the harrow for life, according
a:; he wastes or spends his small change.
1 How many tilings do individuals and
families buy that they do not need, or
cannot nflord. Think twice before you
spend that small coin. Do not be stin
gy or ineui, Lui also ilo not bo foolishlv
self-indulgent. The self-indulgent per
son is far more likely to become ungon
: erous than tho self-denying one. Tho
money wasted 011 hurtful thiug* alone—
the medicines arid drugs we mingle with
our diet 111 the form of tea, tobacco, al
j eohol and tho like—stand on the very j
threshold of prosperity, and bar the way
i of thousands to a home in their old ago.
The- Folly of (lie Day,
There is a dreadful ambition abroad
; for being "genteel." We koep up ap.
; pearances too often at tho expense of
1 honesty ; and, though we may not be
rich, yet we must seem to be "respeeta
| ble," though only in the uiemest souse
—in mere vulgar show. We have not
! the courage to go patiently onwasd in
, the condition of life in which it has pleas
* ed God to call us ; but must need live
in some fashioned state, to which we
ridiculously please to call ourselves, and
| all to gratify the vanity of that unsub
stantial, genteel world, of which wo form
| a part. There is a pressure for front
: scats, in the social amphitheatre, in tho
j midst of which all noble, self-denying re
| soke vs trodden under foot, and many
j fine natures are inevitably crushed to
j death. What waste, what misery v bank
| ruptcy, come from all this ambition to
1 dazzel others with the glare of ap-
I parant worldly success, we need not de- j
j scribe. The mischievious results show I
| themselves in a thousand ways, iu the
' rank frauds committed by men who daro
| to bo dishonest, but do not dare to seem
poor; aud in the desperate dashes at for
j tune, in which tho pity is not so much
for those who fail, as for the hundreds
I of innocent families who are so often in
! volved in the ruin.
SLEEPING APAUT. —"More qnarrels
| raisu between brothers, between sisters
j between hired girls, between school girls,
between clerks in stores, between kired
i men between husbands and wives owing
to electrical changes through their sys
tems by lodging together uight after
: night under the saiuo bod clothes, than
;by any other disturbing cause. There
: is nothing that will so derange the
nervous system of a person who
i is climinative in nervous force, as to lie
all night in bed with another person who
is absorbeut in nervous force. The ab
sorber will go to sleep and rest all night
while tiro eliminator will be tumbling
and tossing, restless and nervous, and
wake up in the morning freifnl, pcovish,
( faultfinding and discouraged. JS T o two
persons, no matter who they are, should
habitually sleep together. One will
thrive the other will lose. This is the
law."— From the law of Life.
V [ FLOVVrRS tJuLLC.JTO. 25.
Making Home Attractive-
Mrs. IliggiubottoiD, as a first step,
visited her husband's favorite concert
saloon under the proteotion of a disguise
and a detective officer. When she had
learned what were the attractions which
most powerfully appealed to Mr. Hig
ginbottoiu's mind, she proceeded to pro
duce them as far as practicable in her
own house. She had tue parlor carpets
taken up and the bare floor sprinkled
with beer and cigar stumps. She re
moved the pictures from the walls, and
hung in their places cheap and gaudy
cbromos representing impossible young
jvomcn in undesirable costumes. Two
dirty wooden tables and a supply of
wooden chairs from the kitchen complet
ed the furniture of the room, and it be
gan to assume a really attractive appear
Before tho hour of her husband's re
turn from his business Mrs. Higginbot
tom hired a man to play on an accorde
-011 aud another to torture a violin, be
sides three professional drunkards of
great indecency of appearance aud con
duct, and a cotorious burglar kindly
furnished for the occasion by the police
captain of the precinct. There were in
the kitchen twe Irish girls who were de
cidedly ugly, but who were clean, de
cent. and modest girls. These two she
instructed in the art of serving boer and
spirits, and dressed them in costumes
that were exceedingly vulgar, though
they could not be said to be improper.
Having thus arranged all things, sho
met her husband at tho door ank escor
ted hira to the diniug room, where ho
ate his dinner, unconscious of the trans
formation that had been wrought in his
After dinner Mr. Hifcginbottem lit
his cigar, and remarked that he must go
out an hour to see a friend. His wife,
with a smile told him he nee l not go
out, for she had finally diseovered how
to make home attractive to him. So
saying, she showed him into the parlor,
and led Uiro to * seat at one of the dir.
ty tables. 'I he fiddler and the accor
deon player immediately struck up ; the
drunkards, at a sign from Mrs. Higgin
bottom, began to swear and wrangle,
and the burglar sidled up to Mr. Hig
ginbottom and asked him to drink
The two Irish girls brought the beer
and spilled it upon Mr. Iligginbottom's
table ; tbey called him "dear," and ask
ed him to open a bottle of wine, and
Mrs. lligginbottom apologizing for tho
fact that they were undeniably decent
girls, assured her husband that never
theless she was confident that she had
finally learned how to make home at
tractive, that she hoped to spend many
jolly evenings with and would like
a hot whisky without any further de
Mr. ITigginbottom was firsti oomplete
ly dazed, but iri a few moments he re.
covered his reason. Ho ordered the
girls to go into the kitchen and stay
there, and he pitched the drunkards out
of the front door and ordered the musi
cians and the burglar to follow them.
Then he informed his wife that ho had
bcon an idiot of the very largest size,
and that iY she would store the parlor
to its former condition, he would stay
at home ami make no further oomplai&i
of its want of attractiveness,
Wliy the Landlord Ralacd tho
Old Bob Key worth is one of the hard
est landlords in Galveston* Texas. Jim
Groce lives in one of Keyworth'i bouses,
and is a very good tenant, while the land
lord has never yot had a dollar's worth
of repairs done to the house. Not long
since Jim went to Keyworth and told
"I want you to have the bouse paint
ed. lam paying you, twenty leljars a
month, and you ongbt to have it dono."
Keyworth refused, so Grooe had it
done at his own repenso. As soon aa.
the painting was over, old Keywortli
raised tho rent to twenty-five dollars a
"Why do you raiso the rent 1" asked
"OB account of tho improvements,"
replied the old man; "you know th»
house has just been painted, and a new-,
ly painted bouso is always worth fiv»
dollars more than a shabby-looking on.v"'