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good, and does me good, etc," but as the Marquise
also remarked, "There never was an Eccles, they
don't exist," I suppose the above remark must go,
along with William Tell and Washington's hatchet,
Mary's little lamb, the colossus of Rhodes, Dusty
Rhodes, and all those dearly loved ideals of our
early days, when we swallowed most anything;
yarns, shoe buttons, coppers, and our own breath.

Everybody may not care a continental horse
chestnut, about seeing a man shoe a horse, but
there are others, and notwithstanding the philosophy
of the famous fictional Sherlock Holmes tliat it is
worse than valueless to crowd into the brain facts
that are never to become of use to one in their
sphere of life, still, the one who prides himself on
being well informed, can find room on his brain
file for what facts he can gather on blacksmithing.

The above famous detective knew nothing of
the fact that the world travelled around the sun,
and said it did not make a pennyworth of diflfereuce
whether it travelled around the sun or the moon,
in his business, and hence he only concentrated his
ideas on one thing.

As a child I recall tlie overwhelming fascina-
tion there was in standing just within the smithy's
door, and watching the shower of sparks that flew
from beneath the heavy hammer strokes, and how
I marvelled that the horse did not shrink from the
ordeal of fitting on a red-hot shoe. The nails that
were driven through the cheese-like hoof made my
flesh creep from sympathy. All this came from
ignorance whicii later years dispelled, along with
"Santy" and the other child illusions, but yet the
interest remained, and still remains.

From time out of mind the village smithy has
been the congregating place of village wiseacres,



and there the debaters of the conduct of the wars,
whether it be " all quiet on the Pot-o-rnac" or
" The .Japs have took the Liar-tung," it is still the
same, and, " If/ was Ku-rocky" only takes the
place of " If / was General Grant" of former
times.

Religion, politics, the village school-marm, the
Squire's recent visit to the city and his loss of
twenty dollars, are all rehearsed, along with the
coming of the circus, the summer boarder and the
potato bug.

The philosopher may get a fund of material by
cultivating an acquaintance with a cozy corner in
the blacksmitli shop, and what he does not know
of the genesis of human expression, may receive
copious additions from the experience.

It is not a dress suit parade of eloquence, and
the "biled shirt" cuts little figure in the picture,
for as Sydney Smith remarked of the Smiths —
although it is possible he did not allude to this
brand of Smiths : "The Smiths never had any
arms, and have invariably sealed their letters with
their thumbs," yet it applies all the same, and not
to their discredit.

It is not horses alone that the blacksmith shoes,
but flies and mules and oxen, although the latter
have nearly all gone to visit the plesiosaurus, and
ichthio-same-kind-of-rus. They wore a pair of
shoes on each foot, which beats the horse, and tq
shoe an ox required a sling ; the ox wouldn't stand
for it. David was not a blacksmith although he
employed the sling to excellent effect.

I am not giving lessons in horseshoeing, but
you can get a few short easy ones, by going down
where you daily hear the clang of the anvil chorus.

" Each morning sees some task begin,

Eacli evening sees it close;
Sometliiug attempted, sometliing done.

Has earned a night's repose."



SUNDAY SERVICES.

Rev. Father Hayes of Lewiston celebrated
mass at the Poland Spring House on Sunday,
August 7th.

Rev. E. F. Sanderson of Providence preached
in the Music Hall, Poland Spring House, at 11
o'clock Sunday, August 7th. His text was "The
Creed of the Spirit." Galatians 5 :22.

Rev. William H. Bolster of Nashua, N. H.,
preached at the Sunday evening service, which
was held in the-dining hall. His text was St.
Luke 12 :27 — " Consider the lilies how they grow."
These services are held every Sunday evening
under the direction of Mr. Julius Gassauer.



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THE HILL-TOP.




GOLF.

On Saturday, August 6tli, Miss ]?essio W.
Fenti made one of the best rounds of the season
for ladies as follows : 4-4-5-5-4-6-6-7-5—46.

The well-known golf professional, Mr. Bernard
Nicholls, arrived Thursday noon, and in the after-
noon played a scotch foursome of 9 holes. B.
Nicholls and N. Mallouf playing against A. H.
Fenii and Dr. W. S. Harban. Fenn and Harban
winning by 1 up. The scores were:

Fenn and Harban, 4-4-5-4-4^-4-5-i— 38
Nicbolls and Mallouf, 3-5-5-4-3-4-5-6-4—39

On August 8th William C. Chick in playing
the best ball of two of the guests made tlie best
amateur score of the season as follows :

Out, 4-5-5-3-4-4-3-5-4—37
In, 3-4-4-4-3-5-4-5-4—36
—73

There was a mixed foursome tournament on
Monday, August 8th, for four handsome cups,
presented by Austin P. Palmer of New York.
18 holes were played. The lowest net scores
played off at matcli play. Miss Constant Johnson
and R. N. Jackson, and Miss Mabel Chick and
Malcolm Meacham in the finals played off for the
first and second prize. Miss Johnson and Mr.
Jackson winning first prize. The following are
the scores in detail :

Qualifying Round.

Miss Helen Fay and H. F. Fay,

Miss May Peterson and M. N. Fay,

Miss Maijel Chick ami M. L. Meacham,

Miss Bessie W. Kenu ami W. S. Harban,

Miss Florence Aycrs ami J. G. Lindsay, Jr.

Miss Coiistimt .Johnson and R. N. Jackson,

Mrs. W. H. Lord and A. O. Beebe,

Mrs. H. W. Jackson and E. B. Hart, Jr.,

Miss Marguerite Pettit and Geo. Elkins, Jr., 57 56 113 l.'i— 98

Miss Florence C. Peterson and J. Dayton

Voorhees, 52 6-2 114 15- 99

Miss Emma Achelis and Beverly Norris, 59 60 119 15-104
MissClaraFay and M. Gardiner Miller, 61 62 123 15—108

First Round— Match Play.
Miss A.yers and Mr. Lindsay (2) beat Miss Fay and H. F.

Fay (10), ti up 5 to play.
Miss Jolinson and Mr. Jackson (2) beat Miss Peterson and

M. Fay (5), 3 up 2 to play.
Mrs. Lord and Mr. Beebe ((i) beat Mrs. Jackson and Mr.

Hart (.S), 5 up 4 to play.
Miss Cbick an



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