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the new, kind meaning to the words, the phrase really come true. Any boy or girl who thinks it a will come to be as good as the Golden Rule in the good prophecy, that ought to come true, can begin New Testament, and everybody will be interested to fulfill it right away. Every good thing that in knowing about it.
has ever been done in the world, has been done by Then this seeker out of meanings, of the year one person's beginning it first! Then this person 2090, might perhaps read something like this: makes others think and do as he does, and so the
“The phrase, · Tit for Tat' has undergone a thing is at last accomplished. curious change. For a long time it was what peo- As I have great hopes that some among the St. ple said when they returned evil for evil: “Tit NICHOLAS children will agree with me that we for Tat,' “This for That,' i. 2., this injury I do you ought to give poor “ Tit for Tat” a chance to beis in payment for that injury you did me.” come respectable, I have written two little verses,
“But in 1886 some American children thought which will be good to help them to remember their that they would give the phrase a new and nobler duty in the case: meaning: would make it the watchword of kind deeds done in return for unkind ones; in other
“ It was the Dutchmen said it first.
They called it . Dit vor dat.' words a sort of supplement to the Bible's Golden
It 's grown to be an ugly rule, Rule. Their example spread among all the chil
As we say, 'Tit for Tat.' dren in the land, and now in America the phrase is never used in the old sense."
But what the Dutch words really mean,
Is simply, *This for that;' The more I think of it, the more I feel as if I
We might make it a Golden Rule, must be writing a sort of prophecy, and it would
And still say, 'Tit for Tat!'"
THE GREAT SNOWBALL FIGHT.
BY CHARLES BARNARD.
The boys from Tin Horn were always trouble- never put themselves in the skaters’ way, nor laughed some, to begin with. On the other hand, the village quite so loudly when any fellow sat down unintenboys, and especially those belonging to the Boat tionally, the village boys might have been more Club, were never friendly to the Tin Horn boys. friendly. But it did seem as if the boys from Tin There was a mill at Tin Horn, and nearly all the Horn were forever making trouble of some kind. boys worked there, and on Saturday afternoons, One night in February, there was a heavy fall when the mill was closed, they came over to the of snow, and the skating on the Great Pond was Great Pond, half-way to the village, to see the boat- greatly impeded. The members of the Boat ing and skating. These mill boys were not ex- Club, knowing that everybody would wish to try actly bad, but their confined life and hard work the skating on Saturday afternoon, went down to made them rather rough playfellows. Perhaps the pond, and with brooms and shovels cleared off this was partly owing to the fact that they had the snow over quite a large part of the ice in front never felt the soothing influence of a lapstreak of the boathouse. But the snow had drifted badly nor the moral support of a pair of good skates. in the night, and the dawn of Saturday broke clear, They were poor boys. The village boys had cold, and very windy. Parts of the sandy road skates and lapstreaks and a good boathouse. So along the north shore were bare, and the wind it happened there was not much intercourse be- was northwest. These things the boys did not at tween the two sets of boys. It was even said the the time observe, which was a great pity, for had Tin Horn boys stood on the shore and made fun they noticed them, the great snowball fight might of the younger members of the honorable Boat not have happened. Club. On the other hand, the village boys had Soon after one o'clock, the entire Boat Club, acnever once invited the mill boys to take a sail, companied by every boy and girl who owned a though there was always room enough in the boats. pair of skates, went to the pond. When they In the winter, the poor little fellows stood and looked reached the cleared place, the skating was comon while the more fortunate boys cut beautiful fig- pletely ruined. The ice was covered with sand. ures with their club skates. Perhaps, if they had Every one said at once that those dreadful mill boys had spread sand on the ice, out of mischief, part and be sure to do something far worse than just to spoil the fun they could not enjoy them- putting sand on the ice. selves.
Three of the big boys took the brooms, and in Then James Carter, the President of the Boat a very short time the sand was swept away, and Club, said the sand must be swept off the ice, and then the fun began. Teddy O'Brien was forgotten he appointed Jake Stiles, Fred Tinker, and in the sport, and time flew away more quickly Tommy Morris as a committee of three to go over than they knew. Perhaps an hour had passed to the Widow Lawson's and borrow one or two when one of the little boys who had broken his brooms. The Widow Lawson lived in a large skate strap, and was sitting on the bank trying to wooden house near the edge of the pond. Her mend it, saw a great number of boys creeping husband had died several years before, and she quietly along the road beyond the Widow Lawnow carned a living by taking boarders in the son's house. They were Tin Horn boys. When summer. The house was beautifully located on they reached the edge of the pond, they all began the road that skirted the pond, and the little place to pick up the snow and to make snowballs. What was about half a mile from the village and a mile did it mean? What was going to happen? Were from Tin Horn. There was a garden in front of the these enemies preparing for a snowball fight? house, and behind it a well with an old-fashioned Every one seemed to discover them, at the same well-sweep. It was said that the house, the little time, and the next moment the boys began to barn, and the garden made all the property the gather around the President of the Boat Club, widow had in the world, and taking boarders was and some of the girls sat down on the bank and her only means of support.
began to take off their skates. The committee found Mrs. Lawson busy in the " The committee on brooms," said the presiattic, cleaning some old clothes with naphtha. She dent, “has involved us in a nice little difficulty. came down to them and even went to the barn and Every boy at the mills has come over to avenge found three old brooms, which she said had been the wrongs of Teddy O'Brien.” very good brooms when they were new. The com- One fellow, who had lost three fingers in a haymittee took the brooms and said they were much cutter, suggested that it would be well to go home. obliged and would do as much for her some day. “No, sir!"exclaimed the others, adding: “We
“Mebby you will,” she said. “Folks have been must stay and fight it out. If we run away, they beholden to children before now. I hope none of will chase us and get the better of us.
The thing you 'll get drowned. Skating on the ice is danger- for us to do is to take off our skates, and make a ous - particularly in warm weather.”
lot of snowballs." “It is cold enough now,” said the chairman of “ Would n't it be better to make a fort?" the committee.
“No," said the President. “There is no time. “So the folks were saying, and I noticed iny well The best way is to form a line, and go at 'em as is nearly frozen up,” was the reply. “I suppose fast as we can. Unless we drive them off they will there 's not a drop of water for a mile, and the drive us off, and smash the windows of the clubriver frozen and the pond covered with ice. It's house afterwards." scurcely weather for ducks, I 'm sure.”
The President was made Captain on the spot, The widow always did like to talk, and the and he at once gave his orders for the fight. The committee bowed themselves out as politely and little boys must go home with the girls, and call quickly as they could. As they crossed the road every fellow in the village to come out and drive to go to the pond, whom should they meet but Teddy the Tin Horn boys back. Some of the girls O'Brien on his way to his home at Tin Horn. wished to stay and see the fight, and care for the
“ There's one of the little wretches who put wounded, and every boy declared he was not a sand on the ice,” cried the chairman of the com- little fellow, and would not go home with the girls, mittee. “ Let us tumble him into the snow.” anyhow.
They were three to one. Poor little Teddy was While this was going on, there came a loud yell all alone, and he had a pound of butter in one hand from the enemy, and they were seen advancing and a package of tea in the other. He dropped from the shore in a long line over the ice. The his bundles and tried to make a brave fight for it, fight was about to begin, and for a moment there but they soon rolled him in the snow and ran off, was some confusion. Every one was making snowlaughing heartily at his tears. All the boys and balls as rapidly as possible, and the Captain rushed girls saw what was done, and when the committee about giving his orders. Suddenly, there were arrived some laughed, but others said it was a very several shots fired by the enemy. Little 'Tilda mean thing to do, and that Teddy would go home Simpkins had her hat knocked off, and she began and tell the mill boys, and they would take his to cry loudly. There was some lively dodging
among the younger boys. Captain Carter stood
Can't ye run and call the men-folks before up bravely, and received a ball flat on the nose. my best things all burn up?" He never shed a tear, but squeezed a ball till it “What 's the matter, mum?” said General became quite icy.
Micky O'Toole. “ Stand steady, men ! Save your shots till you “ Mercy on us. Can't ye see my house is all see the whites of their
a-fire ! Can't ye call the men-folks to bring the A particularly icy ball whizzed past his ear and engine ! ” made it sing.
Yes, the widow's house was on fire. Already a “ Form a line, fellows -- form a line. Steady little wreath of smoke was issuing through the roof. in the ranks. Steady!”
In an instant, the two armies were running, friend They formed as strong a line as possible and ad- and foe together, toward the burning house. They vanced boldly, while all the girls ran away as fast had forgotten their battle in the presence of real as they could, to report the dreadful news in the danger and greater disaster. Captain Carter forvillage, and to carry 'Tilda Simpkins home to her got his bruised chin, and started to follow the boys mother.
running to the fire. “Forward !” cried Captain Carter. “Forward, “Will nobody call the men-folks?" cried the all together!”
poor widow, as Captain Carter ran past her. The charge was magnificent, and the mill boys, “'T would be of no use, ma'am,” he replied. who expected to take the skaters by surprise, were “There's not a drop of water to be had anywhere." for a moment demoralized. There were skirmish- “Call the men-folks! Call the men-folks. I'm ers thrown out in front, and there was a good vol- only a poor lone woman, and all my best things ley from the entire army. It was too much for are burning in the garret." them and they broke and ran, followed by the vil- Captain James Carter wished to go to the fire. lagers, shouting and firing as fast as possible. The poor woman appealed to him to go to the Reaching the banks of the pond, the enemy made village for the engine. Here was a good fight a stand. They had lots of spare balls stored up, within himself, between duty and selfishness. and with these they made a fierce fight. The balls “I must run to town for the men,” he cried, and flew thick and fast. Many a poor fellow had a was off in a moment. sore nose and cold fingers.
The village boys and the mill boys reached the It was no use. The mill boys were two to one burning house together, and stood perplexed and against the villagers. Captain Carter managed to alarmed. One corner of the roof was smoking at keep his line well formed, but it was too short. every shingle. There were tiny tongues of fire The enemy began to flank him on both sides and along the eaves. What could they do? The pond the fellows at the ends were getting badly pun- was frozen, the well-sweep stiff with ice. ished. Two had fallen out with a cut lip or sore “ Let us bring out the furniture," cried the hands. The fight waged hotter and hotter. Hot chairman of the committee on brooms. shots were plentiful, which was remarkable con- There was a rush toward the burning house, but sidering the snow was so cold. The Tin Horn just then General Micky O'Toole sprang on the boys fought savagely. They were bound to avenge top of the fence and cried out : Teddy O'Brien and his lost butter and tea.
“Hold on, fellows! Ye may get killed entirely Slowly they began to press their enemy across if ye go inside. Let's snowball the roof! That 'l the pond. The shots flew faster and faster. There put the fire out.” were shouts, and perhaps cries of pain, but no one And he quickly made a soft snowball and sent it minded how badly he was wounded, and all flung flying toward the house. It lodged on the roof the snowballs as fast as possible. The Tin Horn and rolled down through the smoke into the eavesline of battle was splendidly managed, and just as trough, and upon a tiny flame which sputtered and Captain Carter had retired to the boathouse to went out. care for his wounds, Micky O'Toole, the Tin Horn “Hurrah! That 's the idea! Snowball the General, succeeded in breaking the villagers’ line in fire!” In an instant, a dozen snowballs went flythe center. They were outnumbered, and greatly ing through the air. Each sent up a white puff of demoralized by the loss of their leader, and they steam as it struck the roof. Every boy was a were on the point of breaking up in confusion, fighter again, and took good aim at the sparkwhen there came a terrible cry, half a scream, half ling flames along the eaves. a shout of alarm.
The snow was deep and soft just there— just right 6: Fire! Fire !"
for making snowballs. They rose by dozens and “Mercy on us! Can't ye stop your play to hear scores, and fell like big white rain on the roof. me? My naphtha can fell over and set the roof The fighters stood on every side and put in the
shots from every direction, every man of them a nearly burned through, but still standing. The hero in a good fight.
house had been saved by snowballs. At first, it did not seem to do much good. The The Widow Lawson said “she was tired out smoke increased rapidly, and though every shot with shaking hands” with everybody, and she told, the fire seemed to increase. Faster and thanked General Michael O'Toole again and again faster flew the balls. Hurrah ! The men were for suggesting such a cute idea, and President beginning to arrive from every direction. They James Carter for calling the engine when it was n't saw the idea at once, and every one went to work wanted. “He meant well, James did, but he was throwing snowballs at the blazing roof. Suddenly a little too late," she said; but she thanked him, the engine arrived, but it stopped at the gate, and all the same.
every man and boy left the ropes and joined in the They called it a drawn battle, and ever aftergreat snowball fight.
ward the Tin Horn boys and the village boys Ah! The smoke is going down. The snow were good friends. It was soon known, of course, cannonade is too much for the fire. It hissed and that it was the wind that blew the sand on the ice. sputtered, and at last went out, while white clouds Peace was better than war, and every one of the of steam took the place of the brown smoke. The combatants had proved himself a hero in the great wind blew the steam away and there was the roof, snowball fight.
BY SIDNEY DAYRE.
“ Put on your hat, my boy, and go
And make your prettiest bow, and say
“ Well, how do you do, Ma'am ? –
I'm glad to see you, Ma'am."
SAVAGE AND COWARDLY.
BY JOHN R. CORYELL.
It would be difficult to imagine a more vicious where he was quite certain the deer would pass, brute than the wolf. It is so bloodthirsty that and was waiting patiently, when a wolf with hangwhen one of its fellows is disabled by wounds or ing tongue rushed across the trail, and was hidden illness, it will fall upon the helpless animal and in the brush before the startled hunter could make tear it in pieces. On the other hand, it is so cow- up his mind to shoot at it. ardly that when it is captured it is so stupefied by In another moment, from the opposite direction, fear that it makes no effort to defend itself.
a roebuck, with a magnificent bound, cleared a The wolf is a native of every portion of the large fallen tree, and with expanded nostrils and globe, from the hot tropics to the freezing polar head outstretched, was making straight past the regions, and everywhere he is dreaded by both man brush into which the wolf had disappeared. and beast. When hungry, and they are seldom The rifle was leveled, when the hunter's quick otherwise, wolves collect together, and set out in a eye saw a pursuing wolf scrambling over a tree band, ready to devour the first hapless creature not far behind the deer. With a speed that would that comes along. They are not so very swift, but have left the wolf behind in a few minutes, the rocthey seem absolutely tireless, and keep on the trail buck dashed onward. It rose to clear the brush; of a flying animal with a long, slouching gallop it fell back dying. The first wolf had been lying in that never varies, and that in the end is sure to wait there, and at the right moment had leaped wear out the feetest of runners. The horse and at the flying deer, and caught it by the throat. even the swifter deer sometimes fall victims to However, the triumph of the wolves was short. The the wolf. Nor is it only by sheer dogged pursuit sportsman's repeating-rifle put them beyond the that the wolf secures its prey. When a hungry need of roebuck. pack comes upon a fit victim, the fleetest two or In this country we have the prairie wolf, the three set off in direct pursuit, while the others, coyote, and the black wolf, the last-named being as if by preconcerted agreement, fall off to the the largest and most dangerous. In former days, right and left, ready to prevent escape. should wolves were common in England, Scotland, and the pursued animal seek to turn. They have even Ireland, but they were so dangerous to lonely travbeen known to adopt a finer strategy than this. elers that fierce war was made upon them, and
A credible story is told by a gentleman who had they were exterminated. In other parts of Europe, gone out to hunt roebuck, of a scene he witnessed however, they are still to be found, and many which displayed well-considered planning by two frightful tales come now from castern Europe, of wolves. He had taken up his station near a trail the savage doings of the hungry creatures.