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“A BIRD IN THE HAND IS WORTH TWO IN THE BUSH."

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| where poor Flanders now lies—in the cold grave. ing so near it as to be struck when it flew open, and

And," she added, with a despair that crushed every being off his guard for any such occurrence, he was | hope of getting her to leave.. and God knows, my staggered to the ground. At a glance, as I emerged,

dear boy, I don't care how soon the time comes for I saw him down; but seeing my mother lying on the me to lie there. There is no hope of our ever being floor, I forgot Terry in a moment, and rushed towards

together on earth, and therefore the sooner I start on my mother. I bont over her, and found the blood 1. my journey to heaven tho soonor will my misery streaming from a frightful gash in her forehead into from our separation and from slavery cease.".. - ir her eye. I took her apron to wipe the blood away,

I could say nothing to these crushing words, so I and just as I did so I felt a terrible blow on my own fell on her shoulders and maturated her dress with head, and then another-but I felt no more, for I bemv tears. rape in mendapatis api) Shinde denne med came unconscious.. . In

i In a little while her anxiety for me returned, and When I came to myself, about an hour afterwards, she began to entreat me to go back to my home in I found a coloured man keeping guard over me. My Columbus. I at last reluctantly consented to leave first request was for water, so excruciating was my her; and bowed on my knees, with my head in her thirst. The slave, while getting it, soundly abused lap, I received her counsels, and a message of love me for running away and getting my mother into for my sister. i it

of 1,17,01 trouble, and for keeping him from visiting his wife on Before she had finished all she had to say, we heard a neighbouring plantation, he having been put to footsteps at some distance from the cabin; but, as they guard me till the morning. The mention of my continued to draw nearer, my mother said to me, mother's name recalled the scene and events of the "Perhaps that is Mrs. Terry. She has been to her cabin, and I asked quickly where she was. mother's since Thursday, and Mr. Terry told me she “She's in de smoke-house," was the answer; and might be home to-night. And if it is, she is coming gittin' all dis 'buse about you. Master been whipto order me to cook some refreshments. She must ping her dare for de last quarter of hour-dare the not see you-80 you just get in this clothes-press.” | lash goes now.".. And with these words my mother opened a rudely. And listening, I heard that awful sound of the constructed clothes-press that fastened with a wooden blows of a raw hide coming in contact with human button on the outside. I got in and she fastened the flesh-a sound that was always horrible to me, but door. '.

'1i . .which now seemed as if every blow tore from my I had not been in a minute before I heard a heavy own heart pieces of quivering flesh. I cried aloud to footstep enter the cabin, and a heavy, gruff voice say, I be untied; I besought the slave to let me up. But “Winnie, where is that boy of yours?” Of course the poor fellow was afraid to do it, and I was this astonished my mother, and for a moment she compelled to lie there and listen for the next ten was incapable of a reply. The question was repeated minutes-minutes that made ages of agony--to the | two or three times, with a threat that Terry-for it sound of the lash and the loud outcries, and then the 1was he would knock her down if she did not an- wailing, and then the groaning, and at last the moan

swe. My mother of course refused to betray me, ing of my mother. Remembering what had occurred and at last, losing all patience, he struck her a blow there that morning, the low moaning of my mother with the same heavy hiekory stick which he had sounded like her dying farewell to me; and the used that morning upon poor Flanders, and which thought became so overpowering that for awhile I he always carried with him. When I heard the seemed to go mad, and raved so that another slave blow, forgetting that I was a boy and a slave, and came to the help of the guard. Let me be silent on that he was a strong man and a merciless slave- the time I spent from this till morning, and leave this holder, I burst the door of my hiding-place open by part of my narrative by simply stating that the time dashing with all my might against it. He was stand- embraced nearly four hours.

lisensi dhe (To be continued.)

A BIRD IN THE HAND IS WORTH TWO IN THE BUSH.

In the hand-futtering fearfully,

Lonely and helpless--poor little thing!
In the bush-peeping out cheerfully,
Two together, gaily they sing.
Why is it best to have one in the hand ?

Father, tell me,- I can't understand.
Best it is because you have hold of it;

Child, it is only a figure of speech! Sunset shines, you look at the gold of it,

Knowing well it is out of your reach;

But the sixpence your godmother gave,

Yours it is, to spend or to save.
Ah, that sixpence! already I've done with it:

Never a penny with me will stay.
If I could buy but an inch of the sun with it,
I might look at it every day.

Father, the birds shall stay in their nest!
Things that we never can have are best.

M. B. BMEDLEY.

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AT DOCTOR WARR'S.

"I hope there will be no objection, Michael Green.” | Dublin University, he thought he could best employ!

“Oh no, sir, of course not-there's no objection; his leisure for tho benefit of others in teaching. And! but I want to know if I may go to Aunt Campbell's probably no one before or since ever conducted a this evening?"

school in the same manner. I am sure no one ever “I hope there will be no objection, Michael Green," knew the ways of boys better. Our number was 1, Doctor Wärr repeated, with marked emphasis. rigidly restricted to twelve boarders and six day

I could not make out what my new schoolmaster scholars, that being as large a number as Doctor meant, and was going to question him farther, when Warr thought he could personally superintend with one of the other boys came up and pulled me away, efficiency. I waited two years before a vacancy saying, “ What a muff you are, an't you? Why he occurred, and it was thought even then a piece of mcans you may go, of course." You see I was fresh good fortune to got into his school at Vizborough. to the school then, and didn't understand the Doctor's In addition to his own instruction, we had a resident ways, or I should have known he was never accus-tutor and lecturer, and two professors came twice tomed to use stronger affirmatives or negatives than, a week from Marbury College, besides drawing and “I hope so," _“I trust not," _“I hope there will be music masters. no objection;" “Yes” and “No” being weighty / The first innovation I noticed on ordinary school asseverations reserved by him for the most salemn practice was this, we had no school hours. There occasions, when other men would employ an oath. was so much work for each boy to do every week, and This was the Doctor's reading of “Let your yea be masters were always ready at specified times to hear yea, and your nay, nay;" but as we never once in all lessons. It mattered nothing when they were done, so our lives heard him employ those words, we used to long as they were done. Certain classes and lectures fancy he read the passage, “Let your yea be 'I hope | had to be attended, but without any of the ordinary / so,' and your nay 'I trust not.'” Indeed, it wis a restraints of school hours. Each boy was thus placed standing joke in the school that when Doctor Wart on an independent footing, similar to that of a man married Mrs. Warr, and was asked if he would take at college. If a boy could get through his week's that lady to be his wodded wife, he had undoubtedly work in five days, so much the better for him if he replied, with gravity, “I hope there is no objection." | liked holidays. These were not given us; they were

If you had met our schoolmaster in company you earned ; we bought them. For all our school busiwould probably have thought of him only as a quiet, ness was regulated by a currency of paper money, in mild, little man of about eight and thirty, whose dress which we were paid for everything we did. At the you would remark as rather shabby. You might close of each day we made out a bill for work done, have also noticed the peculiar deference with which thus: he would listen to the conversation of other people,

Doctor Wank, seldom obtruding a remark of his own. He was one

.. . Dr. to MICHAEL GRZEX, of the very few who are not content with admuring Carlyle's precept, " Speech is silvern, silence is To 50 lines Virgil, at 3s. per 100 ... 16 golden," but act upon it. You would require to see

, 25 , Homer, at 5s. . , . . . . . 1 3 a great deal of our Doctor before it would occur to

French lesson . .

>> 2 propositions Euclid, at 6d. . . . you to recognise in such a gentle, quiet, unobtrusive

» attending lecture . ... man the deep thinker and the subtle philosopher » English history . ..,...,409 which he was. It was a great trcat to see him when a

'59 new boy described his attainments in Euclid, algebra, trigonometry, Greek, Latin, or Hebrew. Only an Every evening the Doctor would sit at his desk and old boy could distinguish the odd twinkle in the gravely pay our bills in cardboard shillings and Doctor's eyo as he congratulated the new-comer on sixpences and half-crowns, from out his little mahohis knowledge, and trusted we should find it so. “It gany box. A boy might do what he pleased so long 1 is my practice," he would say, " to begin at the be- | as he could earn five shillings a day, and be able to ginning, and it will doubtless prove beneficial to you pay Doctor Warr thirty shillings of his cardboard to refresh your memory with the first three rules of money every Saturday night. Whatever surplus rearithmetic and a little of the earlier portions of the mained after paying our Saturday's dues went towards Latin grammar." A simple sum in subtraction or buying a holiday. These were of two kinds, pripivision, or some odd question on the Latin declen-vate and waggon. A private holiday cost you ton sions, as Doctor Warr would put it, was always sulli- shillings. A waggon holiday occurred when the cient to floor the new boy. Our Doctor would never united savings of the whole school amounted to five, teach a pupil until he had made him feel exceedingly pounds. On these occasions we had out our large ignorant, which is only another word for teachable, I tilted waggon and a pair of horses, and dryvo away and then he would begin with him at first principles. for a day's pic-nic, the locality being settled by the

Doctor Warr kept school neither for profit nor captain for the day, who was the largest contributor fame. A wealthy man, and a wise one, an LL.D. of to the holiday sund. Marlborough Forcst, Stono.

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henge, Chantrey's birthplace at Heddington, Silbury he would reply at such times, fixing his large, Hill--We visited them all in this manner. We might calm, brownish-grey eyes on the offender. “Go go anywhere the horses would take us and our cap- into the playground and pick mo up two thousand tain's will suggest, and then roam away over the leaves." This was a favourite punishment for a boy Viltshire Downs until, tired and glowing, we would in a passion. I have seen a good many boys go into n turn to the waggon to be taken home at night. | our playground to this task, mad with passion, abusing We could earn a waggon holiday once in three Doctor Warr and the school, and everything else in weeks if we worked hard. Ini ?

the world, but I never saw one come back with his The prices paid for our work varied in accordance quota of leaves in a bad temper. It is an old injuncwith each boy's abilities and proficiency. For instance, tion, when you are angry count a hundred before

oni commencing to read Virgil for the first time you you speak. Very annoying, no doubt, but an angry I would be paid at the rate of five shillings per hundred | man is "not himself," as we say, and if you can only

lines, while, as you proceeded, the price would be re- | prevail on him to do some very monotonous work, dored until when you got to the 9th book of the like counting, for a short time, his mind will come to " Eneid" you would receive but one shilling and six- itself simply because it is let alone. And when a puzce per hundred. If the Doctor found you dis- lad's mind comes to itself in a mechanical occupation posed to neglect mathematics for classics, a little of this kind, he begins to think what a fool he must reduction in the prices paid you for Virgiland Homer, have been that he required to be set scavenging leaves, and some induccment in the increased scale of pay and that it should be necessary to make him waste his ment for Euclid, would probably equalise the receipts time doing useless work with his hands, in order to keep of revenue you derived from the consumption of those his mind out of mischief, after the manner of those Cecisable articles for the current half year... monkeys who work themselves up into such awful

We paid our fines in the cardboard currency. Threo passions that they are obliged to have a bit of wood pence for asking unnecessary questions when Doctor given them to bite, lost they tear themselves to pieces Wart had once replied to us, and five shillings for in their rage. The lesson of the leaves was salutary. disobedience. In aggravated cases, when a boy's Few men are more ready at rejoinder than was our will was obstinately "on strike" against his master's, | Doctor. the latter fine was imposed at per minute until obe- “Please, sir," said little Bob Miller one day, "Wickdience was restored. In one instance I remember ham is making faces at me." Richard Vex was fined twenty-two pounds for holding “Don't look at him, Robert Miller," said Doctor out for an hour and twenty-eight minutes in his persist- Warr. est refusal to do a problem over again which ho had 1 “Please, Doctor Warr," cried Wickham presently, been all the morning doing wrong. When a boy got “Miller called me a beast." behind in his money like this he was kept indoors "I hope it isn't true, George Wickham,” was the incessantly at work till the fine was earned. At such reply. times he felt the restraints of school hours and school “Doctor Warr," I inquired one day, “do you dizcipline in a way which those who paid their weekly think it is wrong to go to theatres and to read novels ?" thälty shillings never did. For him there would be no | *** Whatsoever is not of faith is sin, Michael houlay--no pleasant jaunts in the waggon-no play Green." time, save an interval of a few minutes twice a day, “Do you mean you don't think it is wrong?” I when Doctor Warr would trot him round the play. | asked. Etound for a little air. In Richard Vox's case the "Whatsoever is not of faith is sin,' Michael Green,” sum was one which it would have been utterly im- he repeated, holding up three fingers, to inform possible to have made up in a whole term. He had me I had three pence to pay for asking a qucstion Crtainly applied himself very diligently to his work which had already been answered. For the Doctor for three weeks after the fine was inflicted. Then would never speak when a motion would do as wellthe Doctor came to him and said

not from idleness, or to save himself trouble, but "Richard Vox, I am afraid you will never pay me because he held that the roason why words are so the debt you owe."

lightly esteemed is that we speak too many of them "I am afraid not, sir."

for all sorts of unnecessary purposes. "Then, Richard Vox, hadn't you better do as other " Arthur Lloyd, do you know what you are doing?” x ple do when they can't pay their debts ?" | the Doctor would say to a fat lad who was often to "What is that, sir?"

be found neither at work nor play. "Se if your creditor won't take so much in the “No, sir; I am not doing anything." pound."

“ You are, Arthur Lloyd; you are templing tho I beliere Doctor War agreed in this case to acCapt a compromise of fourteen pence in the pound, In the playground Doctor War was one of us in ind the bankrupt was discharged.

all our games. He was particularly addicted to leapNobody ever saw the Doctor in a temper; his frog, and would make a "back” for us, going over quiet equanimity was oftentimes very provoking, ours in his turn with the best of humours, and when aat would occasionally aggravate a boy to call we called out “Tuck in your twopenny, Doctor," he hiar abusive names. - “Hard names break no bones," | would immediately obey the injunction.

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(Good Words, May 1, 1867 ya magottropompa

George Wickham was very clever with the tennis heard that the punishment for that offence was of a bort ball. He could throw it at the chimneys on the other ealeulated effcctually to prevent its repetition. I had side of the street behind our gates, right from the far reason, however, before I left, to endorse the popular end of the playground, never fniling to make it re- belief from personal oxperience. I am afraid it must bound into his hand again.' Other boys attempting have been dreadfully hypocritical of me to go on preto do the same broke no end of shop windows in the tending it was my Aunt Campbell. I was so anxious street, until at last this “ball praetice", was prohi- to see whonever I could get leave from school for it bited by strict order of the Doctor. Wickham, an- was no such thing. I went to my aunt's house not noyed at being forbidden his favourite pastime, used to see her, but my cousin Fanny, Fanny and I were at times to steal out in the playground when we were engaged" in a regular boys and girl engagement. all in at study, and have a shot, just to keep his hand We used to write to each other at least twice a week, il in. He very rarely did so, however, without hearing contriving to hand our notes clandestinely under the his name called from somewhere up in the sky, and tea-table, when absorbed, to all outward appearance, i looking up to the roofs of some of our school build- in the consumption of seed cake and the rapt contem- ' ings, would be sure to see the ubiquitous Doctor plation of the gas lights. We contrived to go for prowling about, eat-like, but with five fingers up, to walks together, too, whereof much of the enjoyment * remind him of the amount of the fine ho had to pay depended on their sccrecy, and the dread lost wa for disobedience. stilim tu on inimile pit tur should be found out. Ah me! they were happy walks, !

“Now look here, Doetor Warr," said Wickham, when we lived in the sunshine of the golden present "mayn't I have just three shies’ at that farthest walks that come up in my mind as pleasant memories chimney in your presence, just to convince you it is now, though my wife, whose name is not Fanny, has not I who break the windows; and if I don't catch the book-marker she gave me on my birthday! I my ball gvery time I'll never throw again?" I must have dropped one of Fanny's little notes from

"If you think it will do you any good, Georgo my pocket in the playground, for I was startled to hear Wickham.” Lji ,te til hvis der 'M; George Wickham come behind me reading Fanny's

He had his three shots, and the ball came back to words, and "making game of them before the other his hand each time. Ti r elirit i boys. In an instant I flew at him like a tiger, toro 1, " There now, Doctor Warr, I told you so." mer! the note away, and struck him a blow in tho face.

Five fingers were elevated three successive times He returned the blow directly, and in a minute we , before Wickham's wondering ayos. ir turn; were fighting desperately, the boys cheering each of .,“What do you mean, Doctor?',,

T initulisa! us in turn as some well-delivered stroke gave one or "Three fives will be fifteen, in shillings, George the other a momentary advantage. We were both Wickham.” i pilis", ndon ll closing for severe battle, I hot and wild with passion, ..." But you said I might."..said it...,

when the Doctor walked quietly in between, and with"I said if you thought it would do you any good out laying so much as a finger on either of us, said, in You knew it was forbidden-- you also knew the fine his calm voice -- ,,

pret kartu , for disobedience.” Inst!!! - share ," Michael Green and George Wickham, I wish to

Deprived of this pleasure, and having stopped in speak with you in the school-room.”, t for a fortnight to work out his fine, the first use He never looked back to see if we followed, but Wickham made of his regained liberty in the play- walked leisurely indoors. Doctor Warr was a man ground was to ask the Doctor to go and stand at one whom to hear was to obey. We instinctively fol. end of it, and let him have å “shy” at his hat from lowed him, dumb, bleeding, and panting, tri the other. Doctor Warr stood still, saying, "If you , I am very sorry to find, Michael Green and think it will do mo any good you may. Later Georgo Wiekham,” the Doctor began, opening his

Wickham threw the ball almost as cleverly as Tell calm eyes very wide and fixing them on our flushed shot his arrow, and knocked the Doctor's hat off, but and burning faces, " that you have not yet learnt one in doing so the ball struck his head smartly, having of the first lessons most people learn in infancy--the caught the hat only just above the brim, and hurt use of your hands. You have both so obviously misDoctor Warr, somewhat severely. The five fingers taken the purpose for which hands were given you, went up. inlirmisini ...?") me that I am afraid we must go back again to first prin*$You gave me leave, Dr. Warr," remonstrated ciples. It is not my fault if I treat you like children, Wickham.

li ! l but yours that you won't act like men. Until you "I told you if you thought it would do mo any | know what your hands are for I cannot certainly good, George Wickham. You see it has not.”...! allow you to use them any more, lest you do moro

I am not certain, but I think there was the least mischief. To prevent mistakes, till you know better, tinge of malice in this instance of the Doctor's I am going to tie up your hands, Michael Green and inflicting a fine whilst smarting from the blow. George Wickham.”, Possibly he thought so too the next minute, for it. Thereupon the Doctor left the room, and presently was the only fine I can remember which was not returning with a piece of rope, gravely tied our hands enforced.

behind us. He then added—“After what has ocA fight was an incident of such rare occurrence in cuited, I cannot consider it safe to trust you at large our school, that I only vaguely remember having with the other boys, lest you do them an injury.

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