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Chapter NumberBOOK III II
Chapter TitleSARAH PURFOY'S REQUEST.
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Newspaper TitleThe Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933)
Trove TitleHis Natural Life
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His Natural Life."

BY MARCUS CLARKE.

BOOK III. CHAPTER II.

SARAH I'URFOY'S REQUEST.

1 HE evening passed as it had passed a bundi ed times before , and, liming smoked a pipe at the barracks, Captain Ireio returned home His home was a eottago on the New Town load-a cottage w. Inch ho had occupied since his appoint

meut as Assistant Police Magistrate, an appoint- ment given to him as a lew ird for his eveitious m connoction with the Ospi e) mutinj Captain Maniaco Frei o had usen m life Quartered in Hobart Town, ho hld issuiued a position in society, and hld hold se\eial of those excellent appointments which m the yeai 1S34 were be stowed upon olhceis of giiuaou He had been Supei luteudent of Works at Bridgewatei, ami, when ho got his ciptunc), Assistant Police Magistrate at Bothwell Tho allan of the Ospt ey made a noise, and it w as tacitly resolved that tho first "good thing" that fell \iicant should bo given to tho gallant piesor\er of Majoi Vickers' child

Majoi Vickers also prospered Ko luid aim na s been a cireful man, und, ha-wng saved some money, had purchased land ou favoi iblu tel ms Hie "assigtiuiout system ' enabled bim to cnlti\ ate poi tiona of it it a small expense, and, following the usiul custom, ho stocked his um w ith cattle an I sheep He had sold his com- mission, and waa now a comparât»el) wcilth) man He ou ural a fine estate , the house hu lived in waa pin chased piopertj Ho w13 in good odoi at Government House, aud his othco of ¡superintendent of Conuots cmsed him to tako au active part 111 thit local goaoinuient which keeps a man constantly befoio tho public AIivjoi Vickers, l colonist against his will, had become, by forco of cn cumsUnccs, one of the leading men 111 Van Diemen a laud His daughter w as a good mateh for an) man , and 111 my ensigns and heuten nits cursing then haul lot 111 "countiy quartern, ' 111 iii) sons of setllera living on then fatliei s station among tho niouu tams, and man) dippei cleils on tho ei\il establishment em led Muuico 1 rere hu good foituue Some went so fur as to Bl) tint the beautiful duifehtci of "Regulation Viekeis

was too good for tho coat se, led faced lieio, whoso past hfo had not been tho most mond, and who w13 noted foi hu fondness of low societ), and in elbe u mg, almost hi ut ii demo mor No one denied honcvci, tint Cqloin liuo was a \ ubi ible otheer It w us t ml that, in con Bequcnco of his tistes, ho knew moro about the tucks of coiiTiets thin an) min on tho isluid It w as s ml, o\ cn, that lie w os w out to disguise himself, and mix with tho pia? holders md con Met Bei v nits, 111 oulei to le 1111 then sigua and ni)Btoiies Vi hen 111 chaigc at Budgowatoi it had been Ins dolight to into the eli un g inga 111 thoir own hideous jargon, and to astound 1 now comer by his knowledge of his pi mums histoiy

Tho coiiMct population hated and ciinged to him, foi, with his hi ut iht) and uolcnce, he mingled a foi ociotia good buniol, tint lesnlted sometimes 111 tacit poi mission togo without the lettel of the law Yet, as tho com iota them Behes saul, "a man x\us ncici bife willi the Captain ,' foi, aftei dunking and joking with them, is the Sn Oiacle of some publiehouao whoso hostess he dohghted to I101101, ho would disappeu thiough a side dooi just as tho eon stables buist in at tho biek, and show himself as reinoiselcss, in his no\.t mornings seiitoneo of the captured, is it he lind liol cr cnteicd a tap loom 111 all his life lim Biipeilois el led tins "/oil ," his inferióla, "tieiiehei) Foi lum self, he laughed " E\ er) thing is fan w ith thoso wletches, lie was leoustomed to si)

As the tune foi his nmiiie,o oppioaehcd, howovei, he hld 111 11 meisiuu fen en up these exploits, and stioio, by his ileineinoi, to make Ins acquaintances folget sei el il icuinkablo scandals conçu mug his pin de lift, for tho piomulgttiou of which he oneu cued little When Commandant it Mina Island, and foi tho fust two years aRoi ins 1 oran 11 bom tho unlucky expedition to Macquarie Haib», ho had nit Butlued any fen of soeicl) a opinion to ic3tiiun Ina milln al coaisencss of disposition , but, as tho afloetion foi tho puie young gul, who looked upon linn as hei sauom fiom a diculful deith, ineioased in I10m.1t «ticngth, ho had lOsoHcd to shut up thoso d 11k imgeB in his colonial ox poiionce, ind toicnd thucm no 111010 Ho was not lepontant, ho waa liol lemorseful, ho waa not e\ on disgusted Ho merely cuuo to the conclusion that, when a man ni 11 ned, ho was to considei eeitain e\lia\ igailcics com mon to all bachelor as at au end Ho hail "had his Hing, hko most )oung mon,

poi!ii_ia ho lind been foolish like moat young men, but no icpioachfiil ghosts of past misdeeds aioso to haunt him His «atnie w 11 lu too piosine to admit the existence of HUL.1I phantoms S)lvia, in hei purity and excellence, was so fin above him, Unit 111 laiaing Ins o)oatohoi, he lost bight of ill tho soldai cielillies to whoso level he had oiieo debased himself, md had como m part to rcgaid tho sina ho had committed, befoio his ledemption by the lol o of this bl _ht )oung ci o lluro, as sina committed by him uiitloi it past condition of existence, and foi the cou Bcquencoa of which he w is not c died upon to be íesponsible One of the consequence?, how e\ei, was \eiy close to lum at tim moment His convict sei vant lind, aceoiding to Ina 111

atructious, Bit up foi lum, and as ho enlcieil,

handed lum a lcttei, beiiung a siipeiscnption 111

n female baud

"Who biought tina' asked Fieie, hastily

tenting it open to icad

"Tho gloom, au Ho sud that thcio waa a gentleman at the Geoigo tho 1 oui tit who wished

to seo you

1 rero smiled, 1« if 111 ndmu ition of tho in- telligence which had dictated am h a mess ige, and then frowned, as if in angel at the contentB of the lettel "\ou needn't wait, he said to tho man "I shall ln\u to go back again, I suppose ' Changing Ina forago cap foi a soft hat, and selecting a stick fiom a miscollaiieoua collection ni a coiner, ho piopaicd to lotntco his stopa "Whatdoea she w mt now Í ' ho asked himself liol eely, as ho uti odo down the moon lit road , but bene ith the fieicciiass there was au under cunoiit of petulance, which seemed lo imply thal, whatcvei she did w mt, sho had a fan right to expect to get

The George tho Fourth was a long, low house, situated ill Elizabeth s'a cet Ils ft out was painted 1 dull led, and tho niinow panes of gla _ 111 its windows, and tlio oatentatious affect ition of 1 ed curtains and homely comfoi t, gnvo to it a «pinion« tppeaineeof old English jollity A knot of mon round the door melted into au as Captain Fi oro approached, for it was now past 11 o clock, mid all persona found 111 the streets aftei 8 could be compelled to " show then pass" or explain thon husmea") The convict constables were not scrupulous in tho cxcicise of then duty, and the bluil Uguie of Frere, elad 111 the blue serge which he aQcoted as a summer costume, looked not unlike that of a

convict constable

Pushing open the side door willi the confidont manner of one well acquainted with the house, Frere en to ed, and made his way along a. narrow passage, to a glass dooi at tho fui ther end A tap upon this door brought a while faced, poek pitted, lush gul, who curtsied with surulo recognition of the visitor, and ushered him ups tun H Ihe 100m into which ho was SIIOHII was a large one It had tinco wmdowa looking into the stieet, and was handsomely furnished The caipct was soft, the candles wero blight, and the supper tray gleamed uiiitiugly from a table between the windows An Ireie entered, a little ten lei ran balking to his feet. It was evident that ho was not a constant visitor 1 he rustle of a silk dress behind the tcuici beti a) ed the présence of a woman , and Pi ei e, rounding the promontory of an ottoui in, found himself face to face with S it ah Purfoy

"Thank you foi coming,' she said "Pia),

sit down "

This was the only gicetmg that passed he tween them, and Frere sat donn, in obedience to a motion of 0 plump hand that twinkled with

rings

The eleien years that han passed nineo we last saw this woman had dealt gently with her Her foot was as small and her hand as white nu of yore Her lim, bound close about her head, w as plentiful and glossy, and her c) es had lost none of their dangei ous brightness Her figure was certainly coaraei, and the white arm that gleamed through n, muslin sleeve shotted an outline that a fastidious artist might wish to

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thin Tho most noticeable change was in her face Tho cheeks owned no longer that delicate purity winch the) once boasted, but had be como thicker, ii hilo hero and there show ed those faint streaks-as though the rich blood throbbed too painfully in the leins-ovluch aro the first signs of the dtcn) of " fine ' ii omen \\ ith middle ago lind como that fulness of figmo to which most women of hoi temperament are I IOHO and mtli it had corni also that indes cnbible oulgant) of speech and minnel which habitunl absonce of moral restraint noici fails to pioduce.

Al nu ice Freie spoke first, as if anxious to bung Ins oisit to as speed) a, termination as pos sible " AA'hat do you want of me ' he asked

Saiah 1'urfi) laughed A forced hugh that sounded so unnatural, that Ti ere turned to look at hoi "hi ant ) ou to do mo n fal our-a great f nour , that is if it will not put )ou out of tho

wi)

' What do )ou mean? asks Fiero longhly, pulsing Ins lips with a sullen mr ' 1 avoi ' A\ lint do )ou call f/m I stnking the Bofi on which ho sit "font Mt* afnoi! What do ) on c ill ) oui pi étions house and all th it s m it ? lsntí/mí ii faior? A\ lint do 3 ou uitin!

lo Ins litter astonishment tho 11 oin 111 îeplied by shedding teal s For EOmo timo he legirded her m silence, as if unwilling to bo softened by such shallow denco but cicntuoll) folt con strained to sa) something ' Haio jon been drinking agamí ho asked, "01 whits tho mattet with you ! lell mo 11 hat it is )011 want, and hal 0 done w ith it I don t know 11 h it possessed mo to como here lit all

S ir iii sat upi ight and el ashed an ty her tears

with one passionato hand " I um ill, cm t j ou I see )ou fool, said she "The nous has un

lien ed me If I line been dunking what | then ! Its nothing to ) ou, is it 'f

' Oh no, rctui ned the otliei, ' it s nothing lo me You ate the piincipal put) conçu ned If jou choose to blunt ) oin self 111th brmd), do it b) all means

" You don t pa) for it, at an) into, said sho, with that quickness of 1 etnliitiou which showed th it this w as not tho only occ isiou on » Inch the) had qu 111 ulled

Come, si)s 11010, împaticntl) wutul, " get on I can t btop heio all night '

She suddcnl) 1 so and ciossod to where he was standing "Alunice, jon weio lory fond

of mc once

1 Once,' so)8 Mounce

" Not so 1 cry man) ) cm s ago

"Hang it1 sojs la, shifting his ann fi oin beneath hei hand, 'dont let in hue all that stufl 0101 tig 1111 It w is before )ou took to dunking and sweating, and fcoing ming mad with pnssion, mi)mi)

"Well, deai, saul she, with hci gi eat ghttoinig o)es bcljiug the soft tonis of hei loicc, " I Bullet ed foi it, didn 111 Didn t )ou tin 11 mo out into tho slieots? Didn t )ou lish mo with )0in whip like 1 dn0 / Didn t jon put ino 111 ¡jiol foi it, eli I Its haul to sti ng^lo ngunst ) ni, Alailiico

Hie compliment to Ins obstmnt) seeined to pie iso linn-pu lui] s the ciaft) 1101111111 intended tlint it should-mid ho smiled "Well, there, lot old times be old times, Sat ith \ou boa cn t

dine badi), aftu nil, mid ho lo iked lound tho I well finnislieel 100111 ' AUiit do )ou mint? '

llioio 01ns ti transpoit eiuno lil this I

morning

" A\ eil ?

" ) o« huon who uns 011 bo ud hci, Mimi ice I

Alum ice biotifaht 011c hind into the palra of the othci with niotgli lough ' Oh thais it, is it Í G id, what« Hat I was not to think of it befm 0 ' You w mt to sec lum, 1 siq p >so '

Sho cunio CIOHO to linn, mid, 111 hu oin nest iles«, took his hand " I nant to s no hw life

'Oh, that be hanged, )ou know I &n\o Ins

life ' It can the dine

" You c in do it, Main ice

"I sale John Roo. s hfo ? cued Tieie " Ai li), ) on must he mad I

"He is tho only cieatme that loies nie, Alum ice-tho onl) mnn wlio caits foi mo J le Ims dont 110 Inn ill Ho only ¡mulei tobofico -\ina it not mitin 1 ' Yn\t ¿lil silo lum if you

like I onl) ask foi his life AMnt IIDOS it niattoi lo ) on '-A nusoi able 1 1 isonei - his death wottl 1 be of 110 u»c Let lum lue, M nineo

Mímico loiiLhid "AAlnt haio 1 to do nilli

it?

"You mo tho puncipnl witness ngniiist lum Ii jou sa) tint he behm ed well-mid ho did bohiio well, you know, many men would hue left 3 ou t > st nie-the) 11 on t bane, lum

"Oh, wont the) ! 'lhit wont 11)iK« much

dill 01 once

"Ah, Mum ia, be meiaful !

She bent townidii lum, mil tnod lo lotiini his hand, but lia »ithilien it "Youie anice soit of woman, to nsk mc to liolp joui I0101-1 mun who left mo on lint cm «eil const to die, foi nil he cued, he said, with 1 galling iccullecUon of his humiliation of lliu j cain back "Suo bun I

C iiiCound linn not I !

' Ah, Mumitc jon will She sp lo 111th a Buppios-.cd sob 111 hei ooice ' What is it lo )ou ! You dont eaie foi mo now You beat mo, and tinned me out of doois, though 1 neioi did )ou mont lins man was 11 husband to me -long, long before I mot jon Ho neioi did you in) hal lil, ho ntl ei will He Will bless you if jon t-aioliini MniHlCe

lieio leikcd his head impititllll) " ßlcss mel ho sud "Idont nant his blossings I ct lum su inf, A\ ho c 11 es í

Still she poisisted, with toai s sti taming fiom liei t)e«, 111th white iii ins upraised on hci knees ovon, e iltluiiL, at his coat, and beseeching lum 111 btokeii accents In hei wild liereo beauty and passionate abandonment she miLht haio beou a deserted Aiuidne-1 sujpliant Medea \n) thing 1 athel than what she was-a dissoluto, half iniiddoned woman, prn)ingfoi the poldon of

hu cono ict husband

Main ice Fioio flung hei off with an oath "Got up 1 ho cued biutall), "and stop tint nonsense I lell )ou tho man s as good as dead

foi all 1 li do to sue him

At tins lepulse, hoi pent up piSBion bioko forth She spiong to her feot, and, pushing bick tho han that m hei fien/icd pleading huí filien about hei face, pom ed out upon lum a toirent of abuse ' You I AA'ho aie you, that )ou dine tospeik tomo hke thal) His little lingci is w nth joui whole body Ho is a man, a bl aie mun, not a cowaid like you nie A cowuid . A es, a ton aid ! a cowaid I a cowuitl ' You mo vci) hi no 111th dcfenceloss men and weak womtn A ou hitit beaten me until I wis bruised block, you eui , but who over saw you attack a man unless ho was tharne I 01 bound I Do not I know jon Î J I11110 seen jou taunt a mau at tho ti unfits, until I wished tho »cronin nig w retell could f,cl loose, and murdo! ) oil its )0u dcseiied You will be uiuidcred one of these da)s, Mum ice Frere-take my wold foi it Men me llesh and blood, and flesh and blood non t cnduio the loi monts you lay on it'

" lheit, that 11 do, says Fiero,glowing paler " Don t oxcito youl self He might have spoken to the chau by which she held, willi as much hope of auswoi

"I know you, jou brutal coward I havo not boen jour mistieäs-God f01 give mo !-ovithout leal nmg j on hy heai t lie seen ) our ignoi once and youl contoit lit soen the men n ho nto your food and drouk youl ivmo laugh at you I ve heard what jour fnouds say , 1 it heard tho comparisons thoy innke One of youl dogs li is mote bram than jou, and tinco as inucli heart And these nie tho mon they send to 1 ule us ' Oh, Heoi en ' And such ntl nnirnul as this has life and death 111 his hands ' Ho may hang, may ho ? 111 bang with linn, the«, and God will foi gut ino foi mm der, for / will kill you

Fren, hndcowciedbefor« this fnghtful torrent of rage, but, at tho scream 11 Inch acomp unod the lost words, ho stepped forward as though to 80170 hei In her desperate courage in her own weakness, she flung herself before him " Sti ike mo ' You daron t . I defy j 011 i Bring up the wretched creatures who leam tho way to Hell in this cursed house, and let them set jou do it Call them! Hie) are old ftitnds of jours 'Ihey all know Captain Maurice 1 icio

" Sarah '

"You remember Lucy Barnes-pooi little Lucy Barnes that stole siNpenn) worth of c dico She IB downstairs non Aiould jou know her if jou saw litr ! Silt isn't the hnyht faced b ib) she was nheu they sent her hereto 'rtform, and 01 hen Lieutenant Freie wanted a ntw house maid fiona tho lactorj ' Call for her '-edi ' do you hear? Ask any one of those beasts whom you lash and chain, foi lucy Barnes Hell tell you all about her-nj, aud about many more-mauj more poor souls that are at the bidding of auj drunken brute that has stolen a'pomid note to fee the deni with. I Oh,

you good God in Heaven, will you not judge this

man ?"

Frero trembled. He had often xvitnessed this creature's whirlwinds of passion, but never had he seeu her so violent as this. Her frenzy frightened him. " For Heaven's sake, Sarah, be quiet. What is it you want ? What would you

do?"

" I'll go to this girl you want to marry, and tell her all I know of you. I have seen her in the streets-have seen her look the other way when I passed her-have seen her gather up hor muslin skirts when my silka touched her-I, that nursed her, that heard her say her baby prayers (0 Jesus pity me I)-and I know what sho thinka of women liko rae. She is good and virtuous-and cold. Sho would shudder at you if she knew what I know. Shudder I She would hüte you ! And I will tell her ! Ay, I will I You will bo respectable, will you ? A model husband I Wait till I tell her my story, -till I sond some of theso poor women to tell theirs. You kill my love ¡ I'll blight and ruin yours I"

Fiore caught her by both wrists, and with all his strength forced her to her knees. " Don't apeak her nnnio," he said, in a bourse voice, "or I'll do you a mischief. I know all you mean to do. I'm uot such a fool as not to see that. Be quiet! Men have murdered women liko you, and now I know how thoy came to do it."

For n fow tulnutea a silence foil upon the pair, and at last Frero, releasing her hands, fell back

from her,

" I'll do what you want, on one condition."

" What ?"

" That you leavo this place."

" Whore for ?"

" Anywhere-tho farthor the better. I'll pay your passage to Syduoy, and you go or stay thero as you idease."

Sho had grown calmer, hearing lum thus relenting. " But this house, Maurice !"

" You aro not in ilobt ?" "No."

"Well, leavo it. It's your own affair, not mine. If I help, you must go."

" May I seo Aim !"

"No."

"Ali I Maurico 1"

" You eau seo him in tho dock if you liko," says Frere, with a laugh, cut short by a flash o£ her oyes. " Theie, 1 didn't mean to offond you."'

" Offond mo I Go on."

"Luton hore," said he doggedly. "If you will go away, ami prourso novel- to intorfcro with mo or mino by word or deed, I'll do what you

want."

"What will you do?" abo asked, unable to suppress a smilo at tho victory sho had won,

" I will not Bay all I know about -tilla man. I will say ho befriended mo. I will do my beBt

to Bavo bia lifo."

" You can savo it if you like."

" Well, I will try. On my honor, I will try." "1 must beliovo you, I supposo ?" said she, doubtfully ; and then with sudden pitiful plead- ing, in strange contrast to her former violence, "You aro not deceiving mo, Maurice Í"

"No. Why should 1 ? You koop your premiso, and I'll koop mine'. Ia it a bargaiu ?"

" Yes."

Ho eyed her steadfastly for somo seconds, and then Uirnud on his hool. As ho reached the door BIIO called him buck. Knowing him as abo did, alio felt that ho would koop his word, and her feminino natura could not resist a parting

Biicer.

" Thoro ia nothing in tho bargain to prevent me helping him to escapo I" she said, with a

smile.

" Escapo ! Ho won't escape again, I'll go bail. Once get him in doublo ¡rona at Port Al Muir, mid bo's safe enough."

Tho smile on her fnoo soomed infectious, for his own sullen feature) relaxed, " Good-night,

Sarah !" ho said.

Sho put out hor hand, as ¡£ nothing had happened. " Good-night, Captain From. It's a

bargain then."

"A bargain."

" You lmvo a long walk home. Will you have somo brandy ?"

"I don't caro if I do," ho said, advancing to tho tablo mid filling hi« glass. " Here's a good

voyage to you 1"

Siuali l'urfoy, standing watching bim, burst into a bingil. " Human boinga aro queor cienlures," she said, "Who would have thought that wo had been calling each othor liamos just now ; I say, I'm a vixen whon I'm roused, ain't I, Maurie« ?"

" Romonibei' what you'vo promised," said he, willi a hint of a threat in his voice, as ho moved to the door, " You mimi bo out of this by tho next ship that loaves."

"Never fear, I'll go,"

Gelling into tho cool street directly, and seeing tho calm stars shining and the placid water sleeping with a peace in which ho had no blinra, ho strove lo cast oil' the nui-vuua fear that waa on bim. The interview had frightened bim, for it had mado him think. It was hard that, j ust íes ho had turned ovor'a now leaf, this olil blot should aeoni to slain tho pago. It was cruel that, having comfortably forgotten tho past, he should be thus liidcly reminded of it.

fio ni: e-oKriNuno.J

A large nulabor of infants in tin's country Buys the Vail Ma[l, Gazette of Jiilv n n¿:¿ annually muddled out oí the woild by boing what is termed "overlaid," or, in plain English, sufliocatcil by their mothers in their bed». Very liltlo sympathy ii" bestowed on thoso hapless bnbes ; and although at the inquests held on their remains coroners occasionally express regret that accidents of this nature are of such frequent occurrence, no bla'mo is, us a rule, attached to mothers for Ilma destroying thoir offspring. Yet there can bo llttlo doubt that these coaunltici aro easily preventable, and, moreover, that many of the suffocated babes owe llicir death to tho drunken habits of their mothers. A remarkable instance of the tenderness displayed towards ono of theso erring mothers is allbrded by tho caso of a little child aged five months, named Bunting, upon whose body an inquest was hold at Holloway Head, Birmingham, on Saturday, The child was found dead in tho bed with its parents ono day this week, having being, according to the medical evidence, " ovorlaiu " hy its mother. Tho jury returned a verdict of "accidental doalli," but as this was the second .child that Mrs. Bunting lind lost in the same manlier, and as that lady had boon seen in the conree of the day before the Bud oveiitin a stato of inebriation, they BUggested that BIIO should receive "an ad- monition " from the coroner, who accordingly admonished her in the following feeling terms : "Mr/. Bunting," ho remarked, " the jury have found a verdict of ' accidental death,' but they expressed a wish that you should hear from me the feeling they havo with regard to tho stato you were in that night, which probably in some measure Incapacitated you in the course of tho night from paying such attention to tho poor child when it was overlaid as would have averted tho loss you have sustained In the death of the child. However that may be, I think you would feel in tho losa of this child quite nflllctlon enough without my adding ono word moro, ex- cepting to express a hope that, if you can avoid intemperance, this would bo au ovent which would cause you to como to tho conclusion what manifold and sad results may ensue from such habits. Personally I desire to say nothing by way of reproach to you, because I sympathise so much with you in your grief." Thus the matter ended comfortablo for all concerned except tho suffocated baby.

As a Btranger was yesterday knocking at the door of a houso on Second-street, a. boy came round the corner and onquired ; " Got anything to sell ?" " Yes, I want to sell your niothera box of tooth paate." "Might as well get ofTu th'o steps," continued the boy, aa a smile broke out around lils mouth j "she's got store teeth, and she deans 'em with a woollen rag."

EFFECTUAL.-Re didn't tell the young man not to como any mora ; he didn't tell his daughter to discountenance her lover ; he didn't Bit up nights avlth a shot gun, or let the ure go out In the sitting room. No, no, ho knew u much better plan ; ho hung out a smallpox flag overy evening at dusk, and that did the business very effectual.

THE LETTER OF THE LAW. - Nervous old lady : " 0, policeman ! iiolicem.au I There's a, strange dog that will stick to mo, and won't leave me, and I can't get rid of lum I Couldn't you take bim In charge or something ?" Police, man (who doesn't like the job) : "Very sorry, ma'am,-but wo can't, interfere w ith any dog so long as he's a folleiin' o' somebody !"

AN old maid says of marriage : It is the sama as any other disease, while there's life there's hope.