Sometimes these books are called easy readers, early readers, emergent readers, or beginning reader books. No matter what you call them, this list of books offers good reading choices with minimal text for beginning readers for kids in kindergarten and first grade.
Biscuit by Alyssa Satin Capucilli, illustrated by Pat Schories The Biscuit books are classic early readers that give kids successful reading experiences. Biscuit is a cute, playful puppy who lives with his little girl and her family. See ALL the Biscuit books for kids.
Ling and Ting: Not Exactly the Same by Grace Lin Six short stories about twins, Ling and Ting, show their unique personalities, even though they look identical. From getting their hair cut or making dumplings, kids will find their daily adventures to be funny, sweet, and relatable. This diverse easy readers series is a favorite with many kindergarten and 1st-grade students.
Hi Melissa, I was really impressed to see these fabulous books for five to six years old kids. It helps to build their literacy foundations and keep them engaged with reading. I really appreciate bob books. My First Bob Books: Pre-Reading Skills are fun and simple books you read to your child. Each story contains important foundation skills as part of the plot. Inside the front cover you ll discover games to play with your child, discussion ideas and other simple ways to enjoy each story. As always, signature Bob Books quirky humour and silly illustrations mean fun for all. My best wishes for fun, joy and success as your family enter the wonderful world of reading.
The Weakest Link show is still shown on BBC TV and is an excellent source of funny answers and amusing material for speeches, presentations, training diversions, etc. The answers are funny in themselves, and also illustrate the peculiar workings of the brain and how people don't always know what they think they know, or say what they mean to say. Here are the questions, funny answers and the correct answers shown in brackets.
Recipe.. Idea.. whatever you want to call this, we need to try it! My family loves prosciutto, especially my kids. We've never tried pairing it with melon though. I can't wait to try this sweet and salty/savory combination.
, fVOL. XIII. NO. 4.BOLIVAR, TENNESSEE, THURSDAY, AUGUST 30, 1S77.$1. 50 Per Annum.Harieman County Directory.Judicial.CHANCER Y COUP.T. Chancellor L. J.Livingston; Clerk and Master, Jamei Fentresa, jr.CIRCUIT COUB --Jade, T.J. Flippin :Clerk. J. M. Richardson; Attorney General,J. J. Dupuy.COUNTY COURT. Chairman, C. II. AnHrrson; Clerk. W. C. Dorion; Register, K.F. Aniroon; Sheriff, V. W. Ff.rley; DeputifH, W.J. Rlair, W.C.Crawford, Jeff. Hudioa; Surveyor, C. C. McDaniel; StandardKeeper, I". A. Parran.BOLIVAR.Professional.FRANCIS FENTRESS, Attorney at Law,aril Solicitor in Chancery. Office north sidepublic iquare.DR. P.'T. JONES. Office in rear of Dr. E.A P. Moore's drug store. Calls answered atoffice.DR. J. J. NEELY, Jr. Office over IlarkinB & Durrett', where order for his service!will receive prompt attention.DR. D. C. DAY. Office at th old Methodist churchMercantile.R. M. IIAMNEIt. wholesale and retaildruggist, keeps constantly on hand oils,paiuta, stationery and fancy articles. Eastnide of public kquare.E. D.MOORE, wholesile and retail drugsilt, kef p full supply of smokin;; and chewin tobacco, oils, paint1, iajs, etc. Southfide public sauare.GEO. T. INGRAM & CO., family grocers.Full stock of uj;ars, meat, Hour, teas, coffee,etc. South side public square.T. P. CAMPBELL manuficturer of botsand- shoes, makes gents' low-quarteredshoes a specialty. Repairing neatly done.Over Moore fc Tate's.AV. II. CARUTII, machinist, opposite Bolivar foundry, dealer in aids and V harrows.Repairing dona.' R. L. LIGIITFORT & CO., watchmakersand jewelers, Complete stock on hand. Repairing neatlv anil cheaply done. Store atD. J. Well's old stand.Hotels and SaloonsEUROPEAN HOTEL, A. F. Yopp proprietor. Meals at all hour. Main street, southof the square.CITY SALOON, J. P. Smith & Co., proprietors. R-st liquors kept constantly onhand. South side public square,TEMPEST SALOON. P. W. Austin, proprietor. Han on hand pure liquors, finecigars. South side public square,GEM SALOON, A. S. Osburn, proprietor.Full stock of flue wines and other liquors.South side public square.GrRAITP JUNCTION..Professional.PUS. N. II. & T. E. TREWITT, physiciansand regular practioners, Oflica over Capt.Kail's store.W. A. TURNER, Attorney at Law, practices in Hardeman an. I adjoining counties.Educational.GRAND.! UNCTION MALE and FEMALEAcademy commences Sept. 1st, 18 7.Edward Recton, Principal,Hotels.F. L. PLEDGE, Proprietor of the Stonevail House; excellent fare ; cheap rates.lMaBlBanIMHBIiBHaBhMMercantile.J. G. KAESTLE, Grand Junction, bootand stioi' maker. Work done in the lateststyle and a fU guaranteed.G. L. PEELER, Grand Junction, watchmaker and jeweler. Repairing and cleaningdone on short notice and at cheap -rates.Work guaranteed.WM, McK. HALL, Drugs and groceries.New and lull stock, (roods sold at Memphisprices.W. W. HAWKINS, dealer in all kinds ofdrygoodnand genreal merchandise. Newand complete stock.IRWIN & MAULDIX keeps constantly onhand a complete assortment of dry goods,groceries, etc.COLLINS & CO., druggists, have a fullstock of drugs, oils, paints, lamps, glass, etc.STINSON. WELLS & CO., manufacturersof glass monuments. Orders solicited. WorkGuaranteed. Office opposite depot.DR. A. J. ADAMS, proprietor of the celebrated Aslatid Flour Mills, Orders solicitedand promptly filled.DENNIS FLANNERY, proprietor of theNational S iloon. Full supply of fine liquors.Opposite Stonewall House.J. M. PRE WITT, dealer in dry goods andgroceries. Give him a call.TOON'S STATION.Mercantile.ANDERSON A BRADFORD keep constantly on nana a iutt assortment of drygoods groceries, etc. Great bargains tobe had for cash.T J. RUFFIN, dealer in family supplies,hats, traps, boots and shoe.' Libera termsoffered to buyers.MIDDLETON.Professional.DR. J. S. NEELY offers his professionalservices to the public. Calls promptly attended to.DR. J. D. NASSER offers his professionalnervices to the public. All orders left at hisoffice promptly answered.DR. W. M. ALLEN may be found at hisoffice at all hours to attend to professionalcalls.A. M. LAMBETH, Esq.,and Solicitor in Chancery.Attorney at lawMercantile.J. K. P. LAMBETH has a large and assorted stock of dry goods, etc., which beoflers very cheap for cash. Call and examine his new arrival of merchandise.g. C. WILSON, wholesale and retail druggist, dealer in slrngs, paints, oils, soap and'ncy articles.A. J. BAREUM. dealer in drugs, oils,paints, glass and fancy articles, wholesaleand retail.F. G. BARTLIFF, wholesale and retaildealer in tine wines, liquors, groceries, ete.SAULSBTJRY.Mercantile.WRIGHT & DURDEN have a full stockof lry goods, groceries and general merchandise. J. H. SANNONER has a full and assortedstock of drugs, paints, oils, fancy articles, etc.M. M. THURMAN; fall and completestock of genuine merchandise, dry goods andgroceries.IRWIN, McFARLANE & CO. have a largeand well appointed saw mill. All ordersfilled at short notice and upon reasonableterms.J. P. SMITH keeps constantly on band afull line of desirable dry goods, groceries,etc. Sells very cheap for cash. Call andget bargains.CRANESVILIiE.Professional.Dr. VM. THOMPSON, physician, can befound at all hours in his office to respond toprofessional calls.Dr. D. S. WEBB offers his professionalservices to the public. Orders left at kioffice promptly attended to.HICKORY VALLEY.Professional.DR. R "W. PEGRAM offers his professionalservices to the public. Calls promptly attended to.Professional.CIIAS. A. MILLER,ATTORNEY AT LAW,Bolivar. Tenn.Office with Chancery Court Clerk.Feb'v l.-tf.S. H. WOOD. A. T. SIC'SIAL.WOOD A McNEAL,Attorneys at Law,Bolivar. Tenn.East side of Court Square, over J. II. Larwill's Drug Store.JEjSEK XllBJIKST, . A. J. BOATES.NORMENT & COATES,-A-ttorneys at Hiaw,...AND ...COLLECTING AGENTS,BOLIVAR, TENN.North sidejof public square. may3-tf.JOHN JOHNSTON.-. FOKD.JOHNSTON & FORD,Attorney at Law,No.40 Madison St.,MEMPHIS : : : TENNESSEE.P. B. ROBINSON,Attorney at Law,Solicitor in Chancery, andGeneral Collecting Agents,Will practice iu the Supreme Court.JACKSON, : : : TENNESSEE.april 20-Iy.A..-M, LAMBETH, Jr.,Attorney and Counsellor, at Law,Solicitor inlCUanecry, andGeneral Collecting Agent,FOR WEST TEXXESSEE.MIDDLETON, : : TENNESSEE.jany20-lyUeorgaGant. Jnttaa Patterson. Too. C. Low.Gant, Patterson & Lowe,Attorneys at Law,293 Main Street, MEMPHIS.rsuSpecial attention to Bankrupt and inurance cases. oct 6-lyw.-w. PLEDGE.W. J. EVANS.PLEDGE & EVANS,UNDERTAKERS,GRAND JUNCTION.Keep ou hand and made to order all kindsof ready-made coffins. Caskets furnished atshort notice.The Socratic method is thus irreverently explained by the New York Times:S. "They tell me, O Alcibiades, thatyou have cutoff your dojr's tail." A."It is true, O Socrates ; I did it with mylittle battle-ax." S. " What is a dog?Is it not an animal with four lees and atail?" A. "You say truly.' S." Then your dog is not a dog, for it is ananimal with fourlega, yet without a tail."A. " I see that I must admit it." S."But you will also admit that neitheramong Greeks, nor yet among barbarians,is there any animal which, having fourlegs, has no tail." A. "Againthousayest what nobody denies of." S." How then can you claim that you havethe very animal which does not exist?"A. " By Zeus, I make no such claim."S. " Then you see you have no dog."" These are such small peaches," saidthe man to the dealer. "Wal, ye-as,"answered the dealer, "they are ratherlittle, but what else can you expect butthey Tould be stunned-like, takin' inter'count the war this year, an' hard times,an' the strike, an' what not, an " Thiswas all the other man stopped to hear ofthe argument. Chicago Journal.A gay bird is Khalid Pasha, the Turkish embassador at Paris. In fifteen yearshe has squandered a fortune whichoriginally yielded him $250,000 a year.Tae porte has re-called the pasha becausehe was posted at a club for $80,000 whichhe had loet at ecarte and was unable topay.TKEASIHF.S.& maiden sitting at the close of diyWithin the shadow of a rose-wreathel bower,Dee p brooiing o'er a soul that's p isned away,While fall her tears upon a fadei flowerThat awaet furget-me-nei. thrice precious now,binoa Death hits set his seal upon the giver's brow !Yet though the floweret now has lost its blue,Though dull and dead are Its once lustrous eyes.It id Tea the maid a peace she never ttneVoteven when 'twas pluckei 'neath summer skies;It leads her from the darkness of the tombTo him in that bright land wher flowers aie ayein bloom.A mother gazing on a curl of gold,Or on two little shoes of brightest pink.Which tell her of ths time sae did enfoldClose in her breast- her heart about to sinkHer blue-eyed boy the angels claimed one uiht ;The Lord had need of hiaa There all is love and light.But soon tbe fond one sees in her despairThat in His love and wisdom God hath rivenHer boy from her ; and that tbe golden hairShe treasures is her angel child's in Heaven ;And that the little feet those shoes once shodAre bound now wita the sandals of tbe love of God.An aged man, with waving Bilver'd hair.A rosy child asleep upon his knee.Breathing with peace-throned smile a tender prayer,When rapt in some ecstatic reverie;A preciaus casket ef the by-gone yearsWithin his hand, and wan leaves wet with sacredtears.The child is all unconscious as he sleeps,That he's a link in that great golden i haij,W hlch joins each blessed one who vigil keepsAround his grandsire. in the heavenly train ;The old man knows not what his life may be,Butfor thoje treasures. end that child upon his knee.UP IX 3IARS.Bnuona Tor Believing that the Planet isInhabited.The conditions which favor the bliefin the existence of life in the planetMars present the clearest possible evidence ot being one in origin and structurewith our own earth. We cannot tellwnat the nature of the soil of Mars maybe, but its generally ruddy tince sowell marked that, though the telescopeshows an almost equal part of the surfaceto be greenish in hue, the red prevails,giving to the planet, as seen by the nakedeye, its obvious red color eee'ms to showthat it resembles the red sandstone ofour own earth. This, we know, is one oftne oiaer geological tormations, and if wecould safely compare terrestrial withMartian geology, or, let us say, geologywith aerology, we might almost betempted to find in the present prevalenceof a tint belonging to one of the earlierof our terrestrial formation an argumentin favor of the theory that Mars passedthrough fewer stages of developmentduring its life bearing condition thanon r earth, and that thus the later formations of our earth's surface are wantingin the surface of Mars. This reasoningwould not be very safe, however, it implies a resemblance in details which isnot likely, the observed rule of natureseeming so far as we can judge, to besimilarity in generals, variety in details.We may well believe that the ruddinessof the soil of Mars is due to the samegeneral cause as the ruddiness of ourred sandstone the general prevalence ofcertain organisms but neither the actualcharacter of this particular formation,nor its position in the territorial series ofstrata can be safely predicted of theruddy formation constituting the chiefpart of the visible land surface of Mars.Few will now suppose with a Frenchwriter that the ruddiness of Mars is dueto the color of the vegetation there. Acertain support is given to the idea by.the circumstance that the degree ot ruddiness is variable, and is somewhatgreater during the Martain summer thanin spring and autumn. In this sense wemay say of the summer of Mars with thepoet Wendell Holmes :The snows that glittered on the disc of MarsHave melted, and the planet's fiery obBolls in the crimson summer of its year.But the ruddiness of the planet's summer which will be well marked thisyear, for on September 18, only elevendays after its time of nearest approachand greatest splendor, it will be midsummer's day lor the southern half ofMara can be otherwise and better explained than by supposing that theMartian forests glow with fiery foliageduring the summer days. We can see,as the summer proceeds, the white mistswhich had hidden the planet's lands andseas breaking up, and the features of thesurface being gradually revealed withmore and more distinctness. It is to thedisappearance of these mists and clouds,not to the red leaves of Martian trees,that the change in the plant's color mustmost probably be referred. We have lessreason for doubt as to the nature of thegreenish markings. The spectroscope, aswe have already explained in "Life inMars," shows that the air of Mars is attimes laden heavily with the vapor ofwater. We can no longer, therefore,follow Wbewell in doubting the real nature of the green parts of the planet, orrefuse with him to accept explanation ofthe white polar marking long since advanced by Sir W. Herschel. Undoubtedly wide seas and oceans, with manystraits and bays and inland seas, exist onMars. Snow and ice gather in the winter time about his polar regions, diminishing gradually in extent as summerproceeds, but never entirely disappearing.Thus we are not left doubtful as to thegeneral resemblance of Mars, so tar as thestructure of his surface is concerned, tothe earth on which we live. He has asurface of earth, probably in large partformed by deposition at the bottom offormer seas and subsequently raisedabove the sea level by subterranean forces,or rather caused to appear above thesurface by the effects of the gradualshrinkage of the planet's crust. CornhillMagazine.Retaliation Scenes in Sistova.Every other house lies open to inspection, for the Bulgarians finished the workof destruction commenced by the Muscovite soldiery. It was natural enough, too ;tbe latter came in with their blood upfrom the fight, and; the ravaps. as liberated slaves, sought to vent their furyupon their former masters. The negroesaid it at San Domingo, and there is nonegro fresh from the shores of the Congowhom I would insult by comparing himsocially or intellectually with a homebred Bulgarian. There were some horridscenes, they tell me, in Sitaova on themorrow of the assault, and for days after,and Turks were hunted out or theirhiding-places aud shot down like dogs,and rape and murder and pillage andevery foul deed which lust and brutalitycould imagine was perpetrated, underthe eyes of the Ilu.sian officers, untilthere was nothing left wherewith to ,reproach the Osmanli for last summer'satrocities, except, it may be, in thenumber of the victims. But this wasnot the fault of the Bulgarians, and theywill do better when the field for theexercise of their reprisals fhall havebecome more extended. And whenhuman victims w.re wanting to theirvengeance, they wreaked it upon inanimate things ; every house, from cellar toroof, has been gutted ; chimney placesand walls have teen demolished, floorstorn up in search of concealed treasure.Handfuls of wool, bundles of rags ofevery sort and color, the accumulationsof generations of Osmanli for the tufiingof their traditional divans, are scatteredabout the rooms like a thick carpet, orlie in heaps in the streets and gardens,i where even the fiuit trees have been1 chopped and hacked simply because theywere onr.fi ripsr tr t.hfi !inslf:m. i don tthink that this wanton destruction ofproperty caused me any very painfulfeelings; it brought its own punishmentwith it, for these unreasoning brutesmight have occupied the comfortabledwellings of their old tyrants with noone to say them nay; and the soldier,even of the most civilized people, iainclined to " loot" when the fighting isover. But it was sickening to gaze uponthe shattered and upturned tombstonesaround the desecrated mosques, for thereis something sacred in the repose of thegraye, and respect for the dead is writtenin every conscience. N. Y. Times.INSURANCE MATTERS.An Interesting Letter on the.SabJeet fromVictim.:New York, May 31, 1877. Mr. ,Vice President, etc. Dear Sir: I am inreceipt of a postal card advising that mynext annual premium (policy No. 43,369)is $147 93. Thereby I am remindedthat the life insurance business, as managed by your company, is, like the providence of God, "past finding out." Ibegan paying $80 cash and $52 note onthis policy in 1867. It seemed an inexpensive luxury. It would have been ifI had died. 1 unhappily survived, andand now for ten years have beenstruggling as much to keep the policyas myself alive. But the appetite of thepolicy, I ob?erve, does grow by what itfeeds on, and the danger is that it willshortly exceed its demands and my abilityto answer, and I shall see it die on myhands. The steady and constant increasein the amount of premium on this policybe;an to excite my curiosity, not to saymy admiration, several years ago. Theagent to whom I applied for enlightenment I have passed through the handsof five or six.'each'of whom have amasseda fortune and '.retired s overwhelmedme with mathematics of the mostmixed and abstruse character that I fellback from the investigation greatly humiliated at my own ignorance, and profoundly impressed with the resourcesof either the company or theagent, I could not decide which. Ithink I realize, and I hope I appreciategratefully, the beneficent operation ofthis steady progression in cost of thepolicy. It makes one contemplate deathwith resignation, and to look upon thatconsummation as a checkmate to thecompany. Did you ever think how Boothor John McCullough might improveHamlet's soliloquy and thrill any ordinary audience by just holding up one ofyour life insurance policies as suiting theaction to the word, at the passage :" There's the respect that makes calamityof so long life VBut I fear I trespass on your time, is ittrue that insurance officials, notwithstanding the meagerness of their salaries,are overworked ? I will come at once tobusiness. I need not trace the steady,upward progress of these premiums.Sufficient that last year I paid 112.75,and this year you call for $147.03 npon apolicy, the annual premium on whichwas $ 1 32 ten years ago. At this rate ofincrease, and with my discouraginglysound health, I cannot undertake to compete with the company. I am aware, ofcourse, that a policy holder who has paidten annual premiums can hardly expectthe consideration due those who, not being insured, seek information. Being afish in the basket, I do not expect the consideration due one in the sea, and yet Iwould like to know whether policy No.43,369 has any surrender value? (?anyou give any information on the subject? I am already in possession of aconsiderable accumulation ot tracts,pamphlets, circulars, almanacs, calendars, and extracts from religious newspapers which afford abundant knowledge&a to the facilities and methods for getting into life insurance ; what I seek nowis information to get out."Pardon me, sir, if I have used toogreat a familiarity in addressing a manwhose acquaintance with logarithms andmortality tables, and the differentialculculus entitles him to the name ofbenefactor and the salary of actuary. Iam not ignorant of what is due therepretative of $27,000,000, if that's the figure,of assets. I address you because yourname appears on the seductive postalcard which invites me to add $147 03 tothe $27,000,000. I presume you are nostranger to the complaints of disappointed policy holders, and it is not improbable that you dismiss them all with theremark of the Apostle Paul on returninga box of Dr. Ayer's celebrated compound jcathartic pills to the elders otthc churchat Ephesus, 'None of these things moveme.' But there may be some in youremploy who can show me the cheapestway out. Will you please refer me tohim, that I may present my policy andreceipts and things wth the conundrumwhich at one time staggered the intelligence of such a statesman as DanielWebster: 'What is all this worth ?' Butthen, Webster knew scarcely anythingabout life insurance."Yours, very respectfully."School and Church.Next year's tuition ia the universityof Mississippi will be free. The stateappropriates $30,000.The English House of Commons hasrefused, by a vote of two hundred andfour to one hundred and forty-three, toabolish church rates in Scotland.The plan of an international Catholicleague has been sanctioned by the pope,and is now in course of elaboration atVatican. Rome is to be its headquarters.Archbishop Bailey, of Baltimore, announces, from Vichy, France, thatBishop Gibbons, of Richmond, has beenappointed his coadjutor, with the rightol succession.The Baptist church of Manchester,Va., has solemnly resolved to excludefrom its membership every member thatis able and refuses to help pay the expenses of the church.Shuje Isawa, a young Japanese, latelygraduated at the Bridgwater (Ct.) Normal school. In his graduating essay hegave statistics showing the condition ofeducation in Japan and thanked Americans lor efforts made in that direction.There are over 20,000 common schools,nearly 2,000,000 children receiving education in them, and 35,866 instructors inJapan.Affaele young man, who is smokinghis after-supper ciar on the roof of aBroadway stage, aks the driver why thecheck-trap is like conscience; intending,of course, to amuse him with tbe timehonored explanation that it is an inwardcheck on the outer man. But tht charioteer's answer, " Because it stretches."showed a more thorough knowledge oithe practical workings of both elementsof the comparison.LAM) OF THE MIDNIGHT SUN.Within the Aretic C'irele Peculiarities orThe Norwegian 'oot and of (hePeople.The Rochester Union makes the following extracts from a private letter datedat Tromsoe, Norway, July 3 :He steamed into this pretty Arctictown night before last, and shall makeour home here a week longer while a portion of the party finish "their northerntrip around North Cape to Vadsoe. Wecrossed the mountains by means of horsesand carriages, using 120 for our ride of 200miles. The law reauires every stationfrom six to ten miles apart to furnishtravelers with fresh horses within half anhour of their arrival. We are now twodays into the Arctic Circle, and wherewe now live the sun shines brightly atmidnight from May 20 to July 22.Even two days before reaching this pointthe sun was so sUii0 midnight thatthe ladies wanted shades. This coast isperfectly beautiful, or, I should havesaid, grand, as well as wonderful. Fornearly 2,000 miles the islands are sothick so close together that it is likesailing up a liver which expands intolakes. The whole distance is overshadowed with snow-capped mountainsfrom 3,000 to 5,000 feet in height, risingabruptly from the water, while in thedistance are to be seen those which aremuch higher. We were, exposed onlyonce or twice to the open sea, and thenonly two or three hours at a time.Ihe air here is veiv exhilarating.Yesterday the children picked wildnowers as we were walking, and withina iew ieet maae snowoaiis. it is awonder that in so short a season anythingcan oe grown in tnis latitude, and yetgrass springs up rapidly, often growingan inch in 24 hours. They have buttwo seasons really ten months of winterand two of summer. Although theseason is so long yet the fords neverfreeze, and I think we often have ascold weather in New York. The occupation of the place is fishing, mostlyherring and codfish. All are well to do;no rich and no poor. The people areintelligent, the masses receiving a faireducation. But what a queer place andwhat queer customs! From the belfryof the church between the hours of eightat night and six a. m. a man shouts thetime of night through a large tin hornat intervals of every half hour. Theclergymen wear large wide ruffs. Wehave just been to see the Laps, somethree or four miles from town. Theywere notified the day before, and for asmall sum spent the whole day amongthe mountains gathering their reindeer,wnicn tney drove down lor us to seesome 400 of them in number. It wassuch a novel sight to see them comingdown the steep mountains. They willnot live low down, as they eat only reindeer moss which grows where it is verycold. Cows will not eat where tney havebeen as the scent of the little hair theyshed is very offenseve to them. We gofrom here to the fords around Moldeand Berjren and puriKse srwnding a fewweeks there; from thence we go t Ham.-burjr, th rough fierrrMuiy - io JGenarareaching r ice about the 1st of JSovember. The trip so far has been one ofgreat pleasure. "How the Uallas Kill the Black Panther.Wonderful stories are told of how theGalia hunters capture it, for they darenot meet it face to face with their spears,and therefore resort to straU-gy. It issaid that, when the Galla hunter has discovered the haunt of a black panther, hedigs a round hole in the ground somesix feet deep, and just large enough for'him to stand upright in. He then getsinto his hole, and, placing his round buffalo-hideshield on the top of it, so as tocover him entirely, calls to the pantherin a mocking voice, daring it to comeout of the jungle where it. is concealed.The panther, who is naturally a very,passionate beast, on hearing this defiance,immediately rushes out nd tries to getat the hunter by gnawing at his shield,which covers the top of the hole wherehe is ensconced; but the Galla holdstight, and tnen ensues a dialogue, orrather a monologue, for, though thepanther is supposed to understand Galla,he only answers by growls. The hunterfirst abuses the panther, and then ridicules it, calling it all sorts of names,until the unfortunate panther graduallyworks itself into such a frenzy that it. atlast fairly dies with rage, and the hunter,emerging from his ho'e, secures its skin.In confirmation of this story, the Abyssinians declare that when the black panther skins are brought to market theynever have any mark of lance-thrustsor swerd-cuts upon them, as have theskins of other animals which are killedin the chase. I fancy the truth is thatthe panthers are snared by a .devicewhich they often use in Abyssinia forcatching the spotted Jeopard. A running-nooseis firmly tied to the branch ofa tree, and the branch is then bent downand attached to a stake iu the ground insuch a way that anything moving thenoose will set it free; a kid or piece ofmeat is then placed behind the noose,which is carefully concealed among theleaves and placed in such a way that theleopard, in springing at its prey, willpass through the nooe; of course, hebecomes entangled in it; the movementsets free the branch, which flies up, andthe leopard, instead of eating the poorlittle kid (whose feelings must be anything but pleasant), suddenly finds himself suspended in the air, where his struggles soon cause the running-noose totighten round him, and he ia easily killedby the hunters.The Dangers of tther.It has always seemed to us the heightof folly to declare there could be no dangerin any anaesthetic. The lesson taught bythe late death from nitrous oxide has, itis to be hoped, been well learned, and weshall in future hear less of the abnoluteBafety of any agent capable of deprivinga person of ail sensation. Some caes inwhich ether has been followed by alarming symptoms haye lately been accorded.They have been termed syncope, but theword ia not appropriate, as the heart continued to beat after respiration ceased.This is what should have been anticipated. When death is produced by etherthe animal's heart continues to beat longafter the arrest of respiration. The pulaeis quickened by ether and maintains itsforce through a loDg state of aca-theiiia.In these facta lies the safety of ether.But it should never be forgotten thatthere is darger at a certain stage, and thedanger is from thesideof the respirationswhich at lencth ceaes. Stertorou,breathing proceeds from paresis of themuscles of the palate, and should leadv, ti,ar wai suspended. So respiration growing more and more shallow !and less frequent is a warning and should !i.ot be overlooked. It u very rare that marches round mm, rcsimWitijr cabausticthe heart fails perhaps never. Pallor j word. This we-ms to be a kii.d of exorisrare too and should excite attention j ci-m, and would indicate a belief that theif it occur! But, we repeat, the danger ; illnecs is cau-d by witchcraft, or demois from the side of respiration; that of niaeal po-esion.chlorof jrm from the heart ; and this factgoes far to explain their relative safety.In chloroform narcosis the daDger ismuch more sudden. Ether gives warning.A Little Delay Fatal.It is well known that Julius Cfe3armight have escaped assassination in thesenate chamber if he had read deliberately a letter put in his hands by oneinformed of the conspiracy. The samefact is true of one or two of the Frenchmonarchs who perished by the assassin'sknife. But the delay of a few hours toopen these important letters renderedescape impossible.We have never seen the following incident before, but it is vouched for byDr. McChesney, of Trenton, a reliableauthority.The success of Washington at Trentonhas been generally considered as theturning point in the war of independence. Yet few persons are aware upon howslight an event this critical action wasmade to hinge. On the Christmas eve,when Washington crossed the Delaware,Col. Rahl, the commander of the Hessians, sat in a private room near lrenton,engaged in drinking and playiDg cards.A Tory, who had discovered the movements of the American troops, sent a noteby. a special messenger to the colonel,with orders to deliver it into his ownhand 8.The messenger found the way ta thehouse, and a negro opened the door butrefused him admittance, took the letterand delivered it to the colonel, who wasjust shuffling for a new game.Supposing the letter to be unimportant, or not stopping to thiok at all, hewent on with his play. The reading ofthe letter would have thwarted the de8is;n ot Washington ; but the love ofplay conquered the cornel's prudenceand gave success to a worthier cause,involving the loss of his life and army,and intimately the freedom of thecolonies. Little did the colonel think,when he was shuffling those cards, thathe was losing the greatest game that wasever played among the nations of theworld.How She Served two Masters.The sweetest oratory that I have listened to on the cliff or in the forest waswhen I awoke from a twilight dreamwhich had overtaken me as I sat leaningagainst the base of a monster tree. Theywere upon the opposite side, and I couldnot run. Said she: "Since we were children I have felt a deep interest andfriendliness in vour welfare, and since Icame to know the blessedness of hope, Ihave longed to share my joy with you.Will vou give your heart to yourMaker?"He said: "I can't do that, Molly. Iwould if I could, because you wish it.I gave it to you last winter during ournieeting:-of the 'Jeu d' tresprit,' and if youreally don't want to keep it yourself, ifyou really dou't in the least care for it,you may give it to whoever you .like,XorI never have anv use for it. Iwould like, you know, to share a blessedness of hope very lively much the sameas yours if you would only arrangethings so that I mia;ht have you all thetime to divide the joy with which 1 hopeyou mean; can't you, Molly?"She said, "O, John!" and then therewas a fumbling, and if he didn't kiss herand she didn't kiss him, why "Katy did,"and the woods are full of them. Thenhhe said, "You must tell pa how youfeel," and he said:"Isn't it too soon after getting a newheart to tell a fellow's experience?" andshe said, "Not at all. It is proper, and Iam very happy."He said: "Not as happy, Molly, as ifI had given my heart to the lxrd, areyou?" He aked his question in a pathetic and apprehensive tone, and she replied, "It is all the same, John. I'll seethat the good Lord gets it at last."Then they went off to inform pa, andget an earthly blessing from him, forJohn is in the leather business, andvery prosperous.The Lost Found.Fifty or sixty years ago, itcustom for gentlemen wishingto visit emigrant ships as soonarrived in port. Selecting thewin theservantsas theyman orwoman who pleased them, they wouldpay his or her passage money, about seventy ar eighty dollars, to the captain,agreeing to give the servant clothing andboard, and at the end of three years' service, twenty or thirty dollars.One day, a gentleman, a man of fortune, residing in Philadelphia, went onboard the emigrant ship to hire a girl,or " purchase her time," as it was thencalled. He selected one, and was shownher father. The old man was anxious togo with his daughter, and after somepersuasion the gentleman purchased histime. " Well, now," said the old man," there's my old wife ; take her also."There was something so attractive in thecountenance of the old woman that thegentleman bought her time.Going together to the register's officeto complete the bargain, the gentlemanwas surprised to find that the namewhich the emigrants gave was spelt andpronounced like his own Inquiriesended in discovering that he had boughtthe time of his own father and motherWhen six years old, a s"n of the oldfolks had been taken to Ani-'ica by agentleman, and they had luni all knowledge of him; itid.-t-d they had lniotforgotten they had a son iu America.They recollected, however, that theirboy had a figure of a cubumber on oneof his ehouiders. Tbe newly found wnwas stripped in the office, and, to thedeli2ht of the aged couple, there wasthe birth-mark.Medical Science In Servia.Doctors do not flourish in Servia. Upto a very recent date their place was supplied by 'a wise worren," called " babas."These "babaa" profess to have an intuitive knowledge of medical plants ; butthat intelligent being, the Servian peasant, placed much less trust in their medical man than in their magical skill.Their performance in this lioe was remarkable, and their rustic patients hadevery faith in it. The most commonlyfatal di-ieases in Servia are consumptionand congestion of the luDgs. The fctapleremedy for the latter ailment is to administer three apples grown on the sameI. n wn cii,,tvW1m1 1 1 h 9 m A TY1 VBf .rious connection with the Trinity, the pa-t eut feels no better, tnen, uut not tinthen, the wise woman adopts more vigor-1ous measures.lit H 11 1 v ' 1 vuiiaiK; UidlHUt: JIs laid on the ground on hishtomacb; thewise woman scatters salt over him, and jThe Solar System.That group or system of celestiabodies called the solar system is composedof nine principal planet, with theirmoons, and a large number of imallplanets or asteroids. They may bedivided into1. A central body, the Bun, comparatively immovaoie in tne group, muchlarger than all the others, and self-luminous.2. The planets, situated at differentdistances from tbe sun, revolving arundit in nearly circular orbits, and receivinglight from it. Iheee may be divideainto three groups :(a.) The inferior planets, so called onaccount of their size. These are situatedthe neaaest to the sun. and in order ofdace are : Mercury, Venus, the Earth,Mars.(b.) The superior planets, situatedfarther from the sun Jupiter, Saturn,Uranus, Neptune.(c.) The asteroids, a large number ofverv small planets, revolving in a ringbetween Mara and Jupiter.3. Twenty-two moons belonging to thedifferent principal planers, Jupiter bavin? four, Saturn ei-nt, Uranus eiirht.Neptune one or two, and the Earth one.4. A nebulous ring, the zodiacal light,the position of which is not exactly determined, and also one or two rings ofaerolites shooting stars and meteors.5. Several comets, or bodies revolvingaround '.he sun in very elliptical orbits.Some ot them have well-defined orbits,but of many the paths are still unknown,some of them probably never reachingour system but once.The sun, the planets, and the moonsare of a sperieal shape, slightly flattenedat the poles in most instances. Most ofthem are known to have a revolution ontheir axes similar to that of the earth.The planets revolve around the sun andthe moon or satellites around the planetto which they belong, in the same direction ; that is, if an observer be eupposedto be placed at tne center of the system,the sun, and facing the north, the planetswould pass in front of him from right toleft, or in a direction opposite to that ofthe hands of a watch. They have arevolution on their axe from right toleft also.The curves described by the planets intheir revolution around the eun are ellipses, which are almost circular, andthey are nearly in the same plane, calledthe ecliptic. The angles they make withthis plane are very small in the case ofthe true planets, being only seven degreesfor Mercury, and averaging about twoand one-half degrees. The asteroids differmore from this plane, the angles of someof them being as much as thirty degrees.So that, looking at them from the earththey seen to "revolve in a belt or zonecalled the zodiac.If, then, we look at the solar system inthe plane of the ecliptic, we see a brightpoint, the sun, in the center, and variouslittle sparkling points moving from oneside of it to tbe other. Looking at thesyitem from above we see the centralluminous point and. tne emaUer pointsgoing around it in nearly circular eclipsesat various distances.From analogy, since the satellites revolve around the planets and the planetsaround the sun, we would imagine thatthe sun and its satellites would be foundto revolve around some other and largersun. Such seems to be the case, but theexact location of the central point mustremain conjectural for many yean tcome.Living- Without Food.It is true that many chronic diseasesall the world over arise from eating toomuch. But it is possible, on the otherhand, to eat too little; and we doubtwhether many could maintain a healthyexistence on the meagre diet of suchmedical philosophers as the celebratedCornaro. How long one could contriveto live without eating anything at all, isa question of which lew will be inclinedto undertake the practical solution.Unfortunately, it has been solved overand over again in the case of many anaccident and many a deed of cruelty.Without something to eat cr drink, manwdl not live beyor.d a few days, or atmost a week. Access to water, however,makes a difference. There is a wellknown case of an Ayrshire miner wholived twenty-three days, buried in a coalmine, without swallowing anything butsmall quantities of a chalybeate watersucked through a straw. He had theadvantage of being shut up in a contaminated atmosphere, which, by diminishing nervous sensibility, lefsened thecravings of hunger. Even more remarkable examples of prolonged abstinencemight be given. Persons, indeed, havebeen found in coal-pits and mines, and inother situations where thtre was not amouthful of food, but where water wasto be had, as long as six weeks aftertheir seclusion, still alive, though ofcourse in a very feeble state ; and a smalldaily allowance of food has supported lilelonger even than that, as in some casof shipwreck and other accidents at a.Berard quotes the example of a convictwho died of starvation after eixty-threedays, but in this case water was taken.Cases of alleged fasting longer than thisare certainly in mot cases due to imposture. The insane appear to bearfasting better than those in their nobersenses, and in some morbid conditions ofthe lody nourL-hm"nt may certainly badone without for a surprising length oftime. A iiiii.als have au advantage overman, to tar living without food isconcerned liitil-snakes exist manymonths without eating anything, andretain nil th er vigor and fierceness; andmany creatures voluntarily spend four,five or six months in every year withouteating or drinking. The tortoi.-e, bear,dormouse, and other animals retire attheir seasons to their renpective cells andhide themselves home in caverns o' rocksand ruins, others dig holes under-ground,while some get into woods and lay themselves up in the clefts of trees. What afine piece of economy it would le if manin dull times could just curl himnelf upand take a long nap like these inferiorcreat u re !A IMXOEE threatens the Americanmeat transportation. Charles Brat in, aLiverpool butcher, has been arrested andfined ten dollars and costs for having ouhis premises four hundred weight rfAmerican beef unfit for human fA.The meat was part of a consignment bythe steamer Germanie. Brabin had beenfined twice belore, and was this timewarned that fpr another effense he wouldprobably be sent to prison. This howsjii.-tt great care should be made in shipment, otherwise a lasting injury will leonicted on what promises t' ba perma-nent and ever increasinc trade tetweenV I ' I ' vyvuubf j anu J -Ji. i out .Fair charmer(who thinks that sheknows everythiralout college juiairc)"Is it possible, Mr. ThoirAin, that jvou are not acquainted with my brott-erRt Harvard? Whv he sinrrf. r cowl .base in the university base-ball ciewFACTS AND FANCIES.Ter the Sen-I cannot hear thee, for tbe wind r monlcg;1 cannot hear thee, for in wave are high :1 cannot hear thee, for the good bip groaning.Seaward doth li y.And yet my fond heart listen ia the singing ;And yet metuinks I clasp thee ocoe again ;I hear thy voice, as if I weie not winjlDgAcross the main.So he it ever 1 It the world torment roe.Happy in thee and in the pan I'll reet :To Bleep upon thy memory will content meAs't were thy breast.Shakspeare's chair fold at auction inEngland, recently, for $225.The communist wants to earn hiebread by the Bweat of some ether lellow'ibrow.Tbe New York Times says that theidea of teaching every girl to thump &piano and every bey to be a book-keeperwill make potatoes worth $4 per bushelin twenty years from now.Tavo ostriches, harnessed to a wagon,can pull a load of a thousand pounds,and all the care they need is a pail ofwater, two or three old bones and hodof brick. Send in your orders early.It has been decided by eastern doctorsthat it isn't the surf bathing nor themineral water which does a fashionableyoung lady good, but it's getting a goodsquare meal three or four times per day.Some men can never take a joke.There was an old doctor who, whenasked what was good for mosquitoes,wrote back : " How do you suppose Ican tell unless I knew what aila the mosquito ? "If the czar wishes to perfectly annihilate the Turks, he should arm hia soldiers with firearms " eupposed to beempty." They do more damage now-a-daysthan any other weapon. Philadelphia Bulletin.Tekstans can borrow a cooked hamfor .the family table, and when it is returned the dealer weighs it and chargesfor the amount that has been uped. Theplan wouldn't work in this Yankee landtthe borrower would fill the hollow bonowith shot and make out that the dealerowed him for two pounds and a quarterof meat. Worcester lress.Twelve hundred persons 'are employed in the New York city posteffice,ot whom only four hundred and eichtytwo were appointed by Postmaster James.Charles Forrester, head of the registering department, has been fifty years inthe office, and there are a large numberof employes who have served thirty,twentv-five and twenty year. Thepostollice has twelve branch offices andfour hundred and twenty-nine lettercarriers. One cent ou the dollar is the settlement which John F. Chamberlain, thefashionable gambling house keeper, ofWashington and Iyoug Branch, has madewith his eighty-one creditors. Thedebts included those of gambling, hispersonal, household, and every mannerof bills. Other claims are pendingairaiiiKt him by August Belmont and theLorillarda for purses on races.Ajt actual Philadelphia advertisement"A refined gentleman, who does not usetobacco in any form, but does have familyprayers and vocal blecsings at table, witha genteel wife (none others in theirfamily), tan have five or six rooms,partly furnished; every convenience,underdrainage, water cn each floor, andgive table board to two ladies for rent ;our superior house girl can be retained,if wanted."Perhaps one of the most cruel thingsever said wis contained in Foot's adviceto the duke of Norf.dk of that day. Ona masquerade night his grace consul tedthe famous actor as to what character heshould appear in. " Don't go disguised,"said Foot, "but assume a new charactergo sober." It was the successor of tbeduke of Norfolk in question who consulted Abernethy for some ailment, andwas asked wneiher he ever tried the remedy ot a clean shirt. Cornhill Mnqazinf.The travs-Atlantic sparrow gets thefollowing notice from the Boston Advertiser: " All our little American youngsters are harassed by the savage Entrli'ltpest, which makes up in pugnacity andnumbers what it lacks in size. It isdriving them away, and giving in itsstead its own untuneful cries and thechatter of its constant bickering underour windows. It is piolilic to a marvel,and if delicately favored, as in the pat,will soon suggest the frogs of Egypt.At a New Orleans hotel bar an eagercontroversy was pending 'twixt variousgenerals, majors, etc., when a quiet fellow obrcrved, " I happened to be there,gentlemen, and possibly may be able tore'resh your memories." Thereupon heproceeded to give a succinct accountof a small action. " What might have "been your" rank, sir ? " asked the hotelkeeper. ' I was a private." About tostart the next day, he demanded his bill." Not a cent, sir; not a cent. You'rethe first private I ever met.'Questions of importance by a ft nr-year-old:"How do they get our soulsout of our bodies when we die cut 'emout?" " Why don't we see the yellowembelopes the telegraphs come in goinlong the telegraph wires?" "If thfBible calls bad old folks goats, bad children are kids, ain't they?" "Is it toolate for me to have a twin brother?""Any rate, me and Billy fJreen is twincousins, ain't we?" "If you was mewhen you was a man, would you drive ahearse or join a circus? "The Indianapolis Sentinel says quitea dramatic scene occurred at a liockvilletemperance meeting lat week. Atramp who had been notified to leavetown stepped upon the platform and began to sjeak to the utter amazement ofthe audience. His outward appearancewas so hopelfK that when he betrayed byhis jierfect rethoric and eloquence tbeevidence of a fine education, his hearerswere astonished. The people were hodelighted with the speech Gf the poorfellow that he was invited to speak thenext night, and a subscription waB takenup for his benefit. In early days hestudied iu the office of aTerre Ilaute lawyer, and he was on his way to that placein search of employment.A MAN out on Westllill was grievouslytormented with a Thomas cat. And hedetermined to s.lay tbe same, bo hecaught the cat, put it in his basket, covered it with a board, intending to sitdown on it, intending to fill the bucketwith water, and thus drown the T. C.But as he sat down, the active prisonerpushed away the board, and when thema:i aro-e and sauntered into the houseto look for tbe "extract of witch hazel,"he could cot telr whether he had retdown on a stove lid, or merely slid downa shellhark hickory tree and lit in a gooseberry bush. Act that ci'hl, a worn,uttering man, lying on his lace tryirg tosleep, sighed us he listened to the mock-in MiuirH oi a twelve pound cji, peitiDgih lambent moonlight on the woodshedrwt.llawhfye. 2b1af7f3a8