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The field lies waste where the useful seed
dream-bound eyes the mystic sea,
say there is a wrong as well Better people than ourselves we are as a right way for doing a thing, but apt to despise, while worse ones, if this is a mistake ; for that which is there are such, we perhaps feel as if called the wrong way is doing some- we could pity. thing else. There is none but the Persons generally use their time,
money, and friends, pretty much alike. Many persons call that common It takes a body and a mind to make a which is general, and which they man. Some people act as if they did understand; and to avoid being com- not know this. mon they are apt to talk about things The greatest folly I know of is for of which they know nothing.
a person to hope to prosper by opposiTo become wise and good at once tions and contraries. The less opposiis as impossible as it is to build a house tion the more speed; and nearly all with one stroke of a hammer.
opposition can be avoided. People can only deal with little To give up when you are even sure things, and if they accomplish any- of being right, is generally the easiest thing great it is by the accumulation of way, and often the only one by which many of these little ones.
you can conquer an opponent.
HOW JASPER STANDISH WAS BADLY SCARED. .
BY DANIEL CONNOLLY.
“Don't b’lieve in 'em, eh! Well, natural. She was a sharp, seriousI do; and I guess you would, too, ef looking little woman, but with a generye knowed as much about 'em.”
ous fund of kindness under the mantle “Knew as much about them! Why, of severity that seemed to infold her gracious me, Aunt Jerusha, what can diminutive person. Her niece, Sophia you know about"
Ann, to whom she habitually did the “Never you mind, Sophia Ann, how injustice of ignoring the remaining porI come to know about 'em, but I do. tion of her name
ne-Summerton—was Not that I ever see one on 'em myself, spending the Christmas holidays with but that don't make no diff'rence. I her, much against her own inclination, b'lieve there is sich things, plenty on for this peculiar old lady's temper and 'em, and I can't never forget that Chris'- manner were not at all attractive to mas night when Jasper Standish come the young; but in filial obedience to runnin' into our house—the old house her parents, who would have indigdown yender, Sophia-scart a’most nantly repelled the insinuation of being out of his life. He'd been a-comin' mercenary, but who knew that Aunt pooty of'en, Jasper had, not that I Jerusha had some money, and did not ever gev him—but never mind about like to contemplate the possibility of that, dear. It was long before your its going out of the family. Aunt time, and of course ye don't care noth- Jerusha, pinched and somewhat petin' about it."
ulant, and Sophia Summerton, plump, “But of course I do care a great pretty, and pleasant, were sitting be
a deal, Aunt Jerusha. Come now, that's fore a cheerful hickory fire when the a good dear old aunty, tell me who conversation recorded took place. was Jasper Standish, and what was it Aunt Jerusha did not at once rethat scared him so much."
spond to her niece's desire for further Aunt Jerusha and her niece were information concerning Jasper Standish sitting by an old-fashioned New Eng- and the cause of his scare, but seemed land farm-house hearth on Christ- absorbed in softening reminiscences ;
| mas Eve, passing the time chatting for her usually grave face became mild about various trifling things, until the and almost tender, while the blooming little aunt, who was much smaller and girl beside her waited eagerly for a reseemed five times older than her bloom- sumption of what she thought must be ing, pretty niece, finally and without an interesting story. any provocation thereto, suddenly At last, awaking from her reverie, dropped into regions of the super-| Aunt Jerusha vigorously attacked the blazing wood on the hearth, poking all turned quick, and there stood that and punching it violently with the old creetur, lookin' so awful shook that tongs, as though it had offended and she father jumped up and took hold on him were inflicting summary and salutary and made him sit right down by the punishment, and then, settling herself fire, at once. He did'nt say nothin' once more in her comfortable chair, at fust, and I rec'lect how I was abruptly returned to the point at which wonderin' what could be the matter ; the conversation had been dropped. but by'n by he come round a little
“Well, then, Sophia Ann, ef ye and 'peared to feel better, seein' real really do care, I'll tell ye all about it. human faces about, and then, when
, This is Chris’mas Eve, and let me he'd stopped shakin', and his narves see-yes, it will be forty year to-got nat'ral agen, he up and told us morrow night since Jasper was scar't what it was and how it all happened. a'most to death."
“In them times, Sophia Ann, folks “But what was it that scared him, didn't hev new notions, like nowadays, Aunt Jerusha! I'm sure it could not and wasn't above believin' things jest have been"
because school-books said they couldn't “ Child, ef ye can't keep still, I be so. It was arter the witch times, shan't tell ye nothing about it. consid’rable, but folks was still a-talkin' There!”
about them days, when old women was This threat had the agreeable effect soused and sich for bringin' badness on of inducing pretty Sophia Ann to put people that never done 'em any harm, one arm around Aunt Jerusha's neck and a story had been goin' round that and give the displeased and venerable suthin' strange was happenin’ at nights maiden half a dozen rosy kisses; then, down to Jelliker's Pond, nigh the road with a little coaxing and a promise of from our house to Jasper's, and that no further interruption, the old lady Nancy Jelliker, who was drownded consented to go on.
ever so many years ago for bewitchery, “Well, as I was sayin', Jasper was 'pearin' down there, floatin' around came in drefful badly scart, lookin' in the air, and sometimes divin' down a’most as white as the snow that was into the pond and risin' out of it agen, lyin' deep all round, and a-tremblin' as and floatin' and floatin', jest like ef she though all the ague in Tuckertown had was a fish-bird. It was dark that night got into him right there. Father, when Jasper started up the road, walkyour grandfather, Sophia Ann-was in' fast on 'count of the cold, for it was settin' at one side of the fire, and a drefful winter and the snow along the mother was settin' at the other, and road was froze 'most as hard as ice. Jemima, your mother-she wa'nt “Deary me, what a long time it do more'n about ten then—and me was seem since that night! Sophia Ann, a-lookin' at some picture books between ef you stay in this world as long 's I've 'em, when the door opened suddent ben in it, and don't have no husband to and Jasper came in without knockin', make things light and easy and sociawhich 'peared kinder strange, for Jas- ble for you—though indeed some on per had good breedin' anyhow. Wel'em don't do that, but quite contrary
—forty year will be a drefful long the old story 'bout Nancy Jelliker, but time when you look back at 'em and pooty soon he buttoned up his coat think how much everything is changed tighter and started on agen, wishin' since you was a young gal, with no the road was shorter, or at least somefrettin' or worry to trouble you, but body with him to make it pleasanter everything fresh and pleasant and travellin'. Somehow or other though, nice, as you are now. My, my, what he couldn't get his mind off Nancy Jela long, long time, to be sure !
liker, and the suddent great cold, and “Well, as I was sayin', Jasper the noise of the trees, and he was bestarted up the road that run by Jelli- ginnin' to feel kinder shook in the ker's Pond, and was walkin' fast to narves when he got up to the pond, keep off the cold, and p'raps whistlin' with thick ice all over it, and white for company, for it was dark and snow lyin' all round. A minute before lonesome through the woods in them that, he thought he'd go past the pond times, with no human place between quick, so 's he wouldn't have time to our house and his, 'way down in the see anything, but we ain't always able holler. He was thinkin', too, 'bout the to do what we want to, and Jasper warm fire before him, and picturin'a soon found he couldn't go half as fast pleasant Chris’mas night in our old as before. Suthin' seemed to come
' settin' room, with Jemima and me to over him, and kinder take away his talk to, tho' Jemima was only a chit of strength, and when he got to 'bout the of a gal, then, and nobody thought he middle, where a path run down among come so of'en to see her. But bless us, the trees, it ’peared to him 's if he'd dear, I never wanted him, and when have to set right down in the snow, he he went away, arter I had told him so, felt so tired like and done up. without-but this ain't what I was “ While this feelin' was on him, the goin' to tell ye, and—jest throw on air ’peared to light up with a pale, some more wood, Sophia Ann, you're drefful sorter light, and grow colder consid'rable spryer'n I be now. and colder at the same time, and then
“It was 'bout a half a mile from the cracklin' among the trees began Jasper's house to the pond, and an- agen and seemed to grow sharper and other good one to our house, and as sharper and come nearer and nearer, till I've jest said, there wan't no human it ’peared to be not more ’n a few yards place between 'em. He didn't see nor from where he stood. Then he turned hear anything partic'lar till he come round to see what it was, and the sight nigh the pond, and then it ’peared to he saw that minute made chills run up him 's if the bare trees standin' up in and down his body like ice. Jasper the snow was shakin' and rattlin' in a wan't no coward, I think, but I don't peculiar way, and the air ’peared to b’lieve no human creetur could stand grow ten times colder, so suddent where he stood and see what he seed that he stood still a-wonderin' about it without feelin' that he was sinkin' right and thinkin' what could make it act down into the ground. like that. It kinder russled him for " When he turned round, his face a minute or so, and made him think on was to the path that run down to the
pond, only about twenty yards away, he couldn't hear any sound of a word, and movin' down that path was a lot and tryin' to move her hands that was of people that 'peared to go in prices- tied tight behind, and the women sion, in a drefful solemn, funeral kinder around looked drefful at her and shook way, and Jasper noticed that they left their heads and pointed to the pond. no marks on the snow, which must ha' Some o' the men shook their heads too, been softer there 'n it was on the road. and their heads 'peared so loose that Their dress was strange-sorter old-Jasper ’xpected to see 'em drop off, fashioned, like folks wore 'way back and pointed to the pond jest like the in the witch times, and their faces women, and then a man that acted like had an awful pale look, like faces that if he was a cap'en over 'em made a was dead.
They went down the path motion fust to her and then to the pond. two and two, all stern and pow'rful Then two men went for'ard and took lookin' men, till about twelve on 'em hold on her, and two women come up and had gone, and then arter these came tied suthin' round her feet, and the ciran old woman, with her eyes shinin'cle pointed at the side next the ice, and like stars and her hands tied behind, the men carried that poor
old woman and then there come some more men to a high place at the edge and kept alike the fust and arter them a lot o'swingin' her to get ready for a good women that kept lookin' straight on, throw. Pooty soon they'd got all the with anger and malice gleamin' in their swing they wanted, and then they drefful pale faces. Sometimes the old throwed her 'way out from the edge as woman that had her hands tied would far as they could. turn her head and look back with an “The pond was covered with thick implorin' look, but the other women ice, but that didn't ’pear to make no only raised their long arms and pointed différence at all, for the old woman to the pond, and the men ’peared to dropped through like if it was nothin' shake their heads and point the same but water, and jest when she 'peared way. Onct the woman in the middle to sink she gev a drefful shriek that staggered and fell, but two o' the men aʼmost made Jasper fall right down, behind picked ḥer up and made motions but the men and women lookin' on like if they would strike her for fallin', didn't seem to mind it a bit. They and arter that there was no more mo- stood and watched the place awhile, tions or stumblin' till they got down to lookin' steady at it, and pointin' with a clear place at the end of the path. long thin fingers, and by'n by they
“When they got down there they all turned round and came up the path spread 'emselves around, sorter in a agen, movin' so close to Jasper that he circle, 'cept the old woman, who had could aʼmost have touched 'em, and to stay in the middle, and then it lookin’ straight for’ard with drefful ’peared 's though they was talkin' starin' eyes, and then went 'way down about her and discussin' what they the road as solemn and silent as death. should do. She looked awful scart, All that was done didn't take more'n a Jasper thought, and kept op'nin' her few minutes, though it seemed's long's mouth, like if she was speakin', though a whole night to Jasper standin' there on