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Cap Wnxmd €ajgk \W. \W. AM-DEBS, 3P-o.tolisher, OAPE VINOENT, N. X. Kitty's Choice, A 'wealtb.v n d farmer -was Absalom Lee, He had but one daughter, the mischievous _ Kitty; So fair, and so good, and so gentlo was .she, That lovers came 'wooing from country and city; The first and the boldest to ask for her hand Was a trimly-dressed dandy, who worshiped her tin; She replied, with a smile he would well under- stand, \ That she'd marry no ape for the sake of his skin!\ The next waB a merchant from business re- tired, Bioh, gouty, and gruff -a presuming old sin- ner ; And thought-to himself,\ I can easily winher.\ So he showed her his palace andmade a bluff bovr, And said she might live there but -wickedly then Kitty told him she'd long ago made a rash vow \Not to marry a bear for the sake of his den!\ A miser came next he was fearless and bold In claiming his right to fair Kitty's affection; He said she'd not want for a house while his gold Could pay for a cabin to give her protection. Half vexed at his boldness, but calm in a trice, She curtsiedand thanked him, and blushing- ly then Demurely repeated her sage aunt's advice, \Net to marry a hog for the sake of his ponl\ The next was a fanner, yonng.bashful and shy; He feared the bold wooers from the citv; But the flush on his cheek and the light in his eye Soon kindled a flame in the bosom of Kitty. \ My life will be ono of hard labor,\ be said, \But darling, come share it with me, if you can.\ \I suppose,\ she replied, gaily tossing her head, \I must marry the farm for the Bake of the • man 1\ BUY TOUR OWN CHERRIES. It was about 3 o'clook one scorching hot, Saturday afternoon in July, when John Lewis) the carpenter, laid down his hammer on the bench, put his hand in his pocket, and drew out a few coppers, \Just the price of a pint,\ as he said to himself; so he resolved to step across the road to the \ Golden Eagle,\ and have some ale to slftko his thirat. Just as he opened the \ bar\ door, what, should he see on the polished counter, but a plate of beautiful ripe cherries, the sight of which made John's mouth water so freely, that, ere he knew exactly what he was doing, he had stretched out his hand to take a few, when the shrill voioe of the landlady called out: \ You touch 'em if you dare, sir !*' \ John was startled; but before he oould reply, she added: \ The idea of taking such liberties! I should like to kn»w what you are think- ing about?\ \ \Well missus, I was only going to take • one or two to wet my whistle.\ \You had better not try it on,\ she re- plied with warmth. \ Why not; you won't mind my having a few, will you ? I am so thirsty, and they look so tempting,'' said John, think- ing she was joking. \No sir, not one. I have just bought 'em as a treat for my children; they are a fine sort, and very dear.\ \ Well, just let me try one.\ \No not one!\ she answered, with determination in every look; \if you want any, go and ' buy your own cher- ries!'\ \ Well, I was going to have a pint of your best,\ replied John; \but I think I'll take your advioe, and go and buy some cherries instead,\ and turning round, he walked out of the shop. The landlady saw in a moment she had made a mistake, and called loudly for John to come back. This only made him quicken his steps to get away as fast as he could. \ Well, I've done it now,\ she said, as taking up the plate of cherries, she passed into the bar-parlor; \ what a stupid T was, not to let him have just one or two. He iB too good a customer to lose without an effort, so I must look out for him when he comes to pay his score, and coax him; he must be won over again if possible.\ She thus tried to calm down her feelings while these thoughts passed through her mind. As she was thus planning his ruin, he was tar down the street, looking out for a shop where fruit was sold. As soon as he caught sight of some cherries, he called out: \Here master, left me have three pen'- orth of those oherries, will you?\ \Yes sir,\ said the man, and soon placed in his hand the oherries in a paper bag, with whioh John at onoe returned to the workshop. All this had taken place in ft few minutes, and the events had come so quickly one upon the other that he had hardly time to feel the full force of the treatment he had received. But when he had opened the bag of cherries on the bench, and put one in his mouth, its sweetness seemed to bring back the sour words of the landlady with such addi- tional foroe that they seemed to \ stick in Ms throat.\ As he swallowed the juicy fruit, eaoh seemed to repeat the landlady's words, \Buy your own cherries,\ \ Yes, that 1 will,\ said John to him- self, \ if this is the way yeu serve a fel- low, after spending many a pound with yon; and now to begrudge me even a paltry cherry I\ And striking his hammer on the nail, as he muttered the words, its sound seemed to answer back to him, \ Buy your own cherries.\ All the rest of that afternoon these words haunted him. Do what he would, the saw, the plane, and every other tool, gave the same advice. At times he ap- peared -to grow desperate, and from his lips would rush the' words, \Buy your own cherries.\ \Ah! yes,\ said he, as his wounded conscience galled him, \I'vebought them too long for her and her children; I'll take care of number one for the future, I shall then not only be able to buy 'my own oherries,' but many other sweet things beside.\ At length the bell rang for leaving off work. John went to the counting house and received his wages, which amounted generally to about thirty Shillings per week. Now, although he was in the habit of paying frequent visits to the public-house, he was not by any means what people would call a drunkard. In- deed, he would have felt insulted if any one- had dared to apply such a term to Mm, and, no doubt, would have been ready in his way to prove that he only took what h e thought would do him good. It was true he did on a Saturday night sometimes get over the score, as the friendly glass went round more freely than usual, and also went home later now and then. But the cheerful song caused the time to fly so fast that he felt he must prove that he was a good fellow, who must do as others do. If at such times the wife complained that the money left was ba'rely sufficient to purchase the need- ful things for the coming week, he was apt to tell her to \mind her own busi- ness,\ and a few sharp words between them would often, follow. But, alas ! such scenes are too Well known to need description, and Mary, like many others, had grown weary with complaining; so she had firmly resolved to do her best to make the house as comfortable as her limited means would allow, and, by kind words and looks, to strive to make the home as attractive as possible, feeling as- sured that by such means she might ex- peot t» draw him from the public-house; the opposite course would most likely •drive and keep him there. John, having received his wages, went back to his bench, and for a few minutes stood with his money in his hand, evi- dently hesitating what to do. \ Well, what shall I do ?\ at length he said to himself. \ I must go and pay my score, for I don't wish to be dishonest. If I knew how much it was I'd send it; but never mind, I'll go and pay her off and have done with her forever.\ In a few minutes be was once more within the reach of the landlady of the \Golden Eagle.\ The moment she caught sight of him she put OD her best smiles, and without giving him time to utter a word, said in the most pleasant way she could: \ I am so glad to see you, John. -We've just tapped a barrel of our best.\ Draw- ing a glass and holding it to him, she added, \I wish your opinion of it.\ \ No, thank you, I don't want any,\ said John; \I've come to pay you what I owe. How muoh is it?\ \ \What's your hurry ?\ said Mrs. Boni- face. \ Oome, take a glass like a man I\ \ No, not a drop,\ said John; \ I want to be off.\ \ Well, will you have a- glass of some- thing short?\ she asked again, very press- ing. \Tom Smith's in the parlor, and Dick Bates will be here direotly ; you're not going just yet!\ \ Will you let me know how much I owe you!\ said John, getting impatient, \or I'll go without settling.\ \Ah! I see now that I put my foot into it this afternoon, and offended you,\ said the landlady; \ but I hope you won't mind a few words spoken in haste; come, do let us be friends onoe more.\ \ Not a dram will I take here or any where else, if T know it; and as to offend- ing me,I don't see that it matters to you so long as you get your money.\ \ But,\ said the landlady, while she was reckoning up the P's and Q's (pints and quarts), \ I don't like to quarrel with any one, especially with you. Now do let us make it up; and as for the cherries, why I was only joking, as you will see, for I've kept them on purpose for you\—fetching them out of the parlor—\ see, here tbey are.\ \No thank you,\ said John, with a smile; \ I took your advice and went and bought some, whioh were delicious. Now, take what I owe you out of this sover- eign, for 1 want to be off. \I don't like,\ said the landlady, as she took up the money, \ really to change this without your tasting something. What will you take?\ \Nothing I say again; I don't believe in your throwing a sprat to catch a mack- erel,\ said John, speaking impatiently. Taking up his change, he walked out, and was soon on his way heme. \ Well, I have, made a nioe mess of it this time!\ thought the landlady. \If ever I get caught again losing my temper, I'll be bound it shall not be over such a good customer as he has been. If it had been one of those noisy fellows I shouldn't have caved a bit; but a nice quiet fellow like John, who takes his glasses so regu- larly, and pays up so well every week. But I'll look out and lay my traps to catch hiin before long, and the first chance I get to set him going again I will. He is not going to slip off in this way, I can assure him; he is too good to lose with- out an effort; and he may depend upon it that when I have him right again, I'll keep him, I warrant.\ While she was thus planning in her own mind John's future capture, he had hurried home, and reached it, much to the surprise of his wife, long before his usual time. She soon put the kettle on for his tea, and, while setting the tea things, the water boiled. John took his tea almost in silence, which was so unusal that Mary was on the point of asking him what was the matter, or how it was that h e was home so soon. Just as she was going to speak he put his hand in his pocket, and taking out some money, threw it in her lap, say- ing, \ I suppose you'll be going io market soon, Mary ?\ \ Yes,\ said Mary, and she would have added, \And I shall be glad to go soon:\ but she had learned, by past experience, that she must not say too much on Satur- day night. Taking up the money, she went into the bed-room to put on her bonnet and shawl. On looking to see how much he had given her, she was surprised to see some three or four shil- lings more than usual. \I wonder whether he knows how much he has given me,\ thought Mary; but afraid if she returned to ask, he might want it back, she quickly passed down stairs into the street, fearing every mo- ment that he would be after her for the extra shillings. She had not gone far before she heard some one running fast behind her, and thinking to be sure it was he, she looked round, but found, to uev great joy, that it was only a boy. So on she went, and being a thrifty body, who knew how to lay out money in the best way', she quickly visited the different shops, and bought the needful things that her family would want during'the coming week; adding to her store a few oomforts which the extra shillings enabled her to buy. When she came back with her bas- ket well filled from market, she found, from what the children • told her, that John started almost directly after her, and had not returned; so she feared lest, after all. he had goni. in search of her. When he'did oome in nothing was said on either side. Thus the night ended with that curious coldness which drink often causes between man and wife. Sfflnday was spent in John's usual man- ner. In the morning he went out for a walk, and after dinner stayed at home to read the newspaper. When the shades of evening gathered around, he strolled out and did not return until after 10 o'clock. This being a regular thing with him, no notice was taken of it. Yet Mary thought John quiet and dull, and once ventured to ask him kindly whether he was well. As he said he was all right, she did not venture to question him any more - about it, thinking it best to wait and see what was up. All the next week passed off at home without any change. But,. John, not liking to return home sooner than usual, went on, Monday to a temperance meeting. He was so much interested with what he heard, that'when another meeting was announced to be held not far from there the next evening, he decided to go; and from what the speakers said af the good it had done for them and their families, he signed the pledge. On the next Saturday, when the bell rang, and John went to the office for his wages, he felt a thr'll of joy run through him, as he retired to a quiet corner of the workshop after receiving them. Looking at the sovereign and a half whioh lay in his hand, he said, \ It is many along day since I could say you both belonged to me; and iiiow I have got you I'll take good oare I don't part with you unlesss I get plenty out of yon.\ Clasping the money in his hand, and putting it and its contents into his pocket, you might have heard him say, '' I'll buy my own cherries, that I will.\ He at once started off home, which he reached of course even sooner than the week before. Mary was doubly pleased to see him, and soon placed the tea before him, and bustle,d about the room, doing her best to keep the children quiet. She felt once or twice almost on the point of saying how pleased she was, but checked herself, lest he might, when giving her the money, stop somefor what shethought the last week's mistake. When he had nearly finished his meal he said, \ Well, Mary, you'll be wanting to go a. marketing directly, I suppose; there's your money,\ throwing it in her lap. She felt as if her heart was ready to sink as she took the money in her hand. \Ah I\ she thought, \ he has soon stopped the overplus of last week,\ but thinking by the light of the fire it looked rather yellow, she went to the window (for it was a narrow street in which they lived, where the daylight never fairly entered the room, except by accident, or when a streak of sunlight shot its rays down among them). \ Can it be possible ?\ she thought; a sovereign and a half I\ as with an utterance of surprise she asked, \Is all this for me, John?\ '' Yes,\ said John, \ and I hope you'll try and spend it well.' \I hope you haven't done any thing wrong to get it, John,\ said Mary, the tears standing in her eyes. \No my lass,\ said John, while his heart trembled with emotion; \I have done wrong long enough, and I am going to.try and do right for the future.\ \ But—\ said Mary. \Never mind any more questions now,'' said John; \ get your bonnet and shawl, and let us both go to market.\ Mary did not need telling a second time to get ready. But she kept all the while wondering how it was to be accounted for. However, while she was tying her strings, Bhe resolved that she would quiet- ly wait until John thought proper to give her an explanation. Bidding Sally and Tommy take care of the other children and put them to bed, and to be sure and mind the house, they went out together to market. On the road, John briefly told her all, and the deoision he Lad come to, and asked her to forgive him for the past, and help him to do better in the time to come. To all of which of course, Mary listened with trembling, yet joyful interest. Their conversation was soon stopped by their coining t© the first place that they should call at, which was the butcher's, who, when he saw them together, oeased cry- ing, \What will you buy?\ \For thought he. \ they won't want much. A small joint that everybody else leaves, or some pieces in yonder corner at 4d. a pound.\ So he turned round to look at his stook of meat with his baok towards John and Mary. He was soon aroused by hearing John's voioe, \ I say, guv'nor, what's this leg of mutton a pound?\ On looking round he saw John in the act of handling the joimj of meat. \ The idea of your asking such a ques- tion!\ thought the butcher. But quick as thought he said, \ Eight pence a pound to you!\ \ Take it down and see what it weighs,', said John. \ Yes,\ thought the butcher to himself, \I'll weigh it, and that will settle you, I know.\ \ I t weighs just eight pounds, and comes to five shillings and four pence.\ \Now you are done,\ thought the butcher. * \I'll have it,\ said John. \ Yes,\ thought the butcher, \ when you've paid for it.\ \Here Mary,\ said John, \give him the money,\ seeing the butcher looking 1'ath.er doubtful at them both. . Mary pushed her finger inside her old glove and brought out the soverereign, and laid it on the butcher's block as care- fully as if she was afraid of rubbing all the gold off. The butcher watched every movement, and thought that all this care was only part of a plan to deceive him, and that the money of course was bad. So, taking it up quickly, he bounced it hard upon the blook to test its quality. But when its ring assured him that it was all right, his face changed its expression and his voice its tone, as he asked, with great politeness \ Oan I send it home for you, sir ? Is there any other article—beef, pork, etc ?\ while the change rested between his fin- gers, as if he did not*wish to part with it. \No said John,\ feeling rather vexed, \ nothing else to-night.\ \Thank you, sir. Let me see, you live at No. 20 Broad street, don't you ?\ '' Yes,\ said John, as Mary took up the change. They then passed out of the shop. It is not necessary to follow them round to the other shops. It is only right to say that each shopkeeper was surprised and pleased to receive larger orders and more money, and of course showed an extra amount of civility. While they were going from shop to shop to make purchases, the ohildren at home were having their talk about the matter. \ How funny,\ said Tommy, \ to see father and mother go out to market to- gether.\ \ Yes,\ said Sally, \ isn't it ?\ \ I wonder,\ said Tommy, \ whether anybody has died, and left father some money.\ • While they were thus engaged in talk- ing, a sharp rap at the door aroused them. Sally opened the door, There stood a butcher's boy with a basket and a leg of mutton in it. \ Does Mister Lewis live here ?\ asked the boy. \No said Sally, \there's no one of that name lives here.\ \It's strange!\ said the boy, \I was told this was the house. Isn't this No. 20?\ \Yes this is No. 20; but no one of! that name lives here.\ \ Who does live here, then?\ asked the boy. \My father and mother, and me,\ re- plied Sally. \And what's your father's name ?\ asked the boy. \ They call him Jack lewis.\ \Well that's the same man; Mister and Jack's all the same,\ said the boy. \ Oome, here's a leg of mutton for him.\ \ Oh, I'm sure you're wrong,\ said Sally; \ we never have such things come to our house.\ \But I tell you it's all right,\ said the boy, \ for it's paid.\ \Well if it's paid for, I'll take it in; but I'm sure you'll have to come and fetch it back again,\ replied Sally. \ Oh, it'll be all right,\ said the boy, as he went away. \My word!\ said Tommy, \isn't it a whopper?\ And the little fellow fairly danced about the room for joy. While he was cutting his capers in this manner, another knock waB heard at the door. \ Here he comes,\ said Tommy. \Shall I bring the leg of mutton ?\ But on opening the door a baker's boy presented himself with three large loaves. \ Does Mr. Lewis live here?\ asked the boy. \Well replied Sally, thinking it strange, \ my father's called Jack Lewis, it that's him ?\ \All right I here's the loaves for him.\ \Are they paid far?\ asked Sally. \Yes said'the boy. \Oome make haste.\ \ Well, I'll take 'em in, seeing as how they are paid for, but we never have such big loaves as them oome to our house, and you'll have to fetch 'em back again— there's some mistake, I'm sure.\ \There that's all fudge i\ said the boy, and off he went. \My word! ain't them busters?\ said Tommy; \ see, sister, they're quite new. Only fancy if they was ours, wouldn't we make a hole in 'em!\ Again he started off with a danoe and a shout, in the midst of which another rap at the door was heard. \Here they are,\ Tommy said, \I'll bring 'em to the door.\ But upon the door being opened, there was a lad withparoels of tea, sugar, coffee etc. Again the same question was asked. But Sally by this time had decided to take in all that was paid for, telling each one \ they mustn't be surprised if they had to fetch 'em back again.\ The green grocer sent potatoes and cab- bages; the butterman, eggs, bacon, and butter; and a few other articles from dif- ferent shops arrived, until the table was full. \I do wish father and mother would come home,\ said Sally. \Suppose a policeman was to come, what should we do?\ \ I wonder,\ asked Tommy, \ whether father and mother's going to keep a sh op ?\ \ Don't be silly; you would be still il we were sent to prison.\ While they were talking in this way 1 they were Tejoiced to hear the voices of their father and mother. They were soon told that the things on the table were for the coming week, and* that all of them would have a share if they were good. Giving eaoh a piece of the loaf, they were sent off io bed, and told to be quiet. But quietness was out of the question; no sooner were they up stairs than they be- gan to talk of the morrow's feasting, and their tonguesmade suchnoise that it awoke the other children; and then Tommy was heard telling them that down stairs there was such a whopping leg of mutton, and such big loaves, am! lotB of other things. This soon led them to set up a shout which brought the mother to the foot of the stairs, and she Baid, \ If you children don't be quiet, you shan't have any pud- ding to-morrow.\ \Pudden! pudden!\ said the little ones, '• what's that ?\ And again the voice, of Tommy was heard felling the others that down stairs there was flour and currants, and that on the morrow mother had promised to make them Buch a big plum pudding. Of course, witli this additional piece of news, was it any wonder that their eyes were not much troubled with, sleep, and that, long before the proper time for getting t*p had arrived, Tonimy was showing them, by the aid. of the pillows, how mother would make the pudding? Oh, how they longed for the time to arrive when they might be able to know in reality that the \proof of,the pudding is in the eating!\ The day at length came, arid the whole of the articles were displayed to the as- tonished eyes of all tne children. When they were all seated around the table, and mother brought out a plate of nice rosy ripe oherries, was it any wonder that the children set up a shout of joy, and that Mary's heart was full of emotion? In- deed she could not help drawing close to John, while the children were making earrings of the cherries, aud putting her arms round his neck, she kissed him, while tears of real joy trickled down her cheeks as she softly said, \John if you will continue to buy your own cherries we may be happy yet.\ And so it was; for in a short time John found he could buy clothes for his chil- dren, then for himself and his wife. Then it began to be whispered that he was get- ting proud, for he had moved into a better house, where he only had to pay a little more rent. Soon after he begun to put his savings in the Building Society, and thus enable him to build a house for him- self. The master finding him more than ever attentive to his work appointed him as foreman, at an advanoed rate of wages. John began to say that \ he found it vast- ly more pleasant to receive £% 10s a week for looking after men do the work than 30s for doing it.\ Step by step he rose, until h e beoame a master himself; and instead of working, he could afford to pay other men to look after it and do it for him. He sent his , son Tommy to a first-rate school; and in due time he was apprenticed to a dootor, and is now practicing as a physician with a good connlection. The, rest of the chil- dren have been well educated. He him- self has built a nice row of houses, from which he receives sufficient to keep him • without work the remainder of his days. . Now, in a handsome \ Villa,\ which he has lately had built, and fitted up with everything to make it comfortable, he may often be seen reclining in an easy chair, viewing with evident satisfaction and pleasure, through the drawing-room window, a cherry tree, which he planted with his own hands, and on which he for some time past has been able to \ grow his own cherries.\ It was a pleasant sight when, added to all this, he and his wife became hearty supporters of the \Grand Alliance\ and the Temperance cause; and, by the blessing of God, con- sistent members of the Christian church. Workingmen! the moral is soon told: It is not how much money a week you earn, but wliat. you do with it when yon get it! How many home comforts, in -fee shape of carpets, sofas, clothes, books, boots and shoes, etc., are lost by your spending the money in the wrong way and at the wrong shop. If you learn nothing else by this tale of real life, you may learn this, that if you wish to have a \ Home, sweet home,\ you must \ BUT YOUR OWN OHEEBUBS ! \ ; ' A N EMBARKASSIN& MISTAKE. — The Baleigh, N. O., News is responsible for. the following: \Years ago live! in Warren Oounty a good, pious minister of the Methodist church, the Rev. Mr. Bcrge. His young eight-year-old hopeful, Watty, was mischievously addicted to the habit of purloining from big mother's closet sugarfrom the dish. Remonstrance, both by the father and mother, proved of no avail, and, though Watty protested his innocence, the old lady said she would watch for him and chastise him. The Bev. Dr. Close, then Presiding Elder of the oonierence district, in passing tkrough the section, halted at Mr. Burge's to spend the night. He was assigned to a room adjoining the closet, the scene of young Watty's depredations. At the first dawn of day on the following morning the rev- erend gentleman arose from his oouch and repaired to the closet, a door of which h opened into his room, to attend to his j^ morning devotions, and, unfortunately^' for him, knelt near the usual position of ft the sugar dish. At this moment Mrs. | v Burgehad occasion to visit the closet, and, fa quietly opening the other door, discovered |* Watty in the very act,, as she thought. | Highly inoensed, she administered several» severe raps upon the devoted bald head of the Presiding Elder before she discov- ered her mistake, adding at the same time, ' 1 have caught you stealing the sugar at last, have I ?' It is unnecessary to add that Watty was the only person on the premises who enjoyed the scene that ne- sued.\ A small boy out West, has been dis- covered purchasing eggs of the groeer on his father's account, then Belling) them at a restaurant, and afterwards; dividing the results with his mother.

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