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cost thirty-five dollars before the war, and it may be ruined before I get
there. Come on, all of you, every moment is precious. If you would
have breakfast on the table at the appointed hour to-morrow morning,
then follow me ; we will strangle this monster at its birth, and then we
can revel in perpetual freedom.

{Exeunt Omnes, cum celeritas.)


The Student and Schoolmate.

[UST a year ago we spoke of a new
volume from the pen of our valued
friend and contributor in terms of
merited praise. This was " Mark, the
Match Boy," in which Mr. Alger gave
an account of Richard Hunter's Ward.
What reader of the Schoolmate for
1867 has forgotten " Ragged Dick," or
failed to be interested in his ward ? Since
then, " Rough and Ready " has present-
ed his claims and his fortunes, and those
of his little sister Rose, which are being
followed as each number of the School-
mate reaches our large and increasing
circle of readers.

But while Mr. Alger has not fallen in-
to the too common error of writing too
much and publishing too frequently, he
has not been idle. In gathering the
facts connected with our serial, he has
fallen in with a case which prompts to
the publication of another volume inde-
pendently of this Magazine.

A beautiful volume of near three hun-
dred pages is now before us, and we
most heartily welcome " Ben, the Lug-
gage Boy," to a place among the juve-
nile literature of the day, where it must
hold a prominent position.' It is dedi-
cated " in tender remembrance " to
" Annie " the young and long suffering
sister, whose transfer to her home above,
so lately Called together sisters and
brothers to join with their revered pa-
rents in the first funereal ceremonies to
which the family have been called.

The book itself is an account of a boy
who ran away from home to escape the
severe discipline of a stern father, and is
therefore worthy a careful perusal by
those who bear the relation of a pa-
rent, as well as the young for whom it
is expressly written.

What he passed through in the streets
and upon the wharves of New York, is
but a record of what is passing there
day and night, while the circumstances of
his restoration to his old home and
friends, the joy of his mother, and the
changed aspect of the father are given
with Mr. Alger's usual clearness and

In order to bring both these volumes
into the homes of our subscribers, we
have offered them at a very low price,
and : t has afforded us much satisfaction
to answer many orders. We shall con-
tinue to promptly respond to any demand,
feeling assured that both amusement and
instruction will come from the perusal
of these books.

Several other volumes are, and some
have been for a long time upon our table,
but we must defer noticing them till our
next issue.

The prize story will appear in our
July number.

Oliver Ditson & Co., 277 Washington
Street, send us the following music.

1. Cradle Song. Music of the Russian
Chorus, by Pivoda, arranged by Slavian-

2. Over the Heath. A Ballad, by J.
W. Turner.

3. Golden Chimes. Rondoletto for
the piano, by Franz Abt.

4. Broken Down. Song, by Harry

5. Roses dream of Spring. Polka
Mazurka, by Oesten.

5. La Belle Coquette. Polka, by T.
H. Howe.

6. Ring on, sweet Angelus. No. 2 of
the collection called Perles Musicales.

Our Desk.


7. The Jolly Brothers. Galop, by
Franz Budik.

8. Ring on, sweet Angels. Evening
song, by Gounod.

9. The Broken Ring. Song, by Hen-
ry Smart.

10. Parting Song. One of the collec-
tion called Gems, from the Germans.

11. O Ye Tears ! Words by Dr. Mac-
kay, music by F. Abt.

Minnie J. Wilbur, of Taunton, sends
answers to all but 83 thus :

74. Petersburg.

75. William Cullen Bryant.

76. Marcus Tullius Cicero.

77. Year — ear.

78. Star — tar.

79. Chair — hair — air.

80. Price — rice — ice.

81. Schoolmate.

82. Harriet Beecher Stowe.

The answer to 83 is " Also every man
after his own desert, and who shall es-
cape whipping."

84. Cross Word Enigma.
My first is in wise, but not in good ;
My second is in fire, but not in wood ;
My third is in shawl, but not in hood ;
My fourth is in meat, but not in food ;
My fifth is in man, but not in child ;
My sixth is in strange, but not in wild ;
My seventh is in food, but not in meat ;

My eighth is in sugar, but not in sweet ;
My ninth is in old, but not in new ;
My tenth is in some, but not in few ;
My eleventh is in wood, but not in tree ;
My whole each one should strive to be.

Emery W. Bartlett.

85. Charade.

Parts two compose me — cause of
pride ; —

The first, my second oft becomes ;
Indeed to it belongs my whole ;
What am I then ? Guess, who can tell !

86. Numerical Puzzle.

20009001 180 500900500 72005001000250
408001000 9000 1000900500116010900

500100160 552505050 1500V80 400500-

16020025080250 5005050 160200250 20-

009001 180 5012507. Hautboy.


87. Ytsenoh si eht tseb ycilop.

88. Redro si snevaeh tsrif wal.


89. Enigma.

I am composed of 15 letters.

My 7, 10, 15 giveth light.

My 1, 5, 4 is a useful metal.

My 2, 12, 9, 3 is an animal.

My 11, 5, 15, 2, 5, 4, 7 is a favorite

My 9, 6, I, is a troublesome animal.
My whole is a place of interest.

Robinson Crusoe.

90. Enigma.

I am composed of 15 letters.

My 6, 7, 8, 5 is a participle of leave.

My 1, 2, 3, 5 is a verb in the Impera-
tive mood.

My 15, 13, 14 is a game of cards.

My 4, 3, 10, 1, 7, 5 is a kind of apple.

My 11, 3, 4 is a dog.

My 12, 3, 5 is a building.

My 15, 14, 5 is dimensions.

My whole is a public building in Bos-
ton. Edith Cleary.

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The Student and Schoolmate.





Use thy Talent.

It is no man's business whether he has
genius or not ; work he must, whatever
he is, but quietly and steadily ; and the
natural and unforced results of such
work will be always the thing God
meant him to do, and will be his best.
No agonies nor heart-rendings will ena-
ble him to do any better. If he is a
great man they will be great things, but
always, if thus peacefully done, good and
right ; always, if restlessly and ambi-
tiously done, false, hollow, and despi-

Forget not that

The brave only know how to forgive ;
it is the most refined and generous pitch
of virtue human nature can arrive at.
Cowards have done good and kind ac-
tions — cowards have fought, nay, some-
times conquered ; but a coward never
forgave ; it is not in his nature ; the
power of doing it flows only from a
strength and greatness of soul, conscious
of resenting every fruitless attempt to
interrupt its happiness.

Twenty years ago there were six post-
offices in Minnesota. Now there are six

Are You Such ?

God bless the cheerful person, man,
woman, or child, old, young, illiterate,
or educated, handsome or homely. Over
and above every other social trait stands
cheerfulness. What the sun is to na-
ture, what God is to the stricken heart
which knows how to lean upon Him,
are cheerful persons in the house and by

the wayside. They go unobtrusively,
unconsciously about their silent mission,
brightening up society around them with
the happiness beaming from their faces.

Most of the shadows that cross our
path through life are caused by our
standing in our own light.

Talue It.

The household is the home of the
man as well as of the child. The events
that occur therein are more near and af-
fecting to us than those which are sought
in senates and academies. Domestic
events are certainly our affair. What
are called public events may or may not
be ours. If a man wishes to acquaint
himself with the real history of the
world, with the spirit of the age, he
must not go first to the State House or
the court-room. The subtle spirit of
life must be sought in facts nearer. It
is what is done and suffered in the house,
in the constitution, in the temperament,
in the personal history, that has the
profoundest interest for us.

Tall Indeed.

, The tallest chimney in existence is
said to be the one at the Port Dundas
Works, Glasgow, Scotland. This chim-
ney, one of the tallest masonry struc-
tures in the world, — only two steeples
in Europe exceed it in height, — is, reck-
oning from the foundation, four hundred
and sixty-eight feet high ; the height
above the ground is four hundred and
fifty-four feet.

What is the difference between a girl
and a night-cap ? One is born to wed,
the other is worn to bed.

A Useful Discovery.

Mr. Hausel, architect at Neustadt,
Grand-Duchy of Hessen, being once in
need of tracing-paper in a small village
where none could be obtained, thought
of using, as a substitute, ordinary writ-



ing-paper saturated with petroleum by
means of a brush. The effect was a
surprising success. It did not take him
more than four or five minutes to paint
a sheet of writing-paper with petroleum
and to wipe it off till it was dry. He
thus obtained an excellent tracing-paper,
on which he could write and print just
as easily as if it had not been treated
with petroleum. Also drawing-paper,
when impregnated with petroleum, be-
comes sufficiently transparent to be used
for tracings. Since Mr. Hausel made
this discovery, he has never used any
manufactured tracing-paper, but has al-
ways preferred to use petroleum paper,
which he can make himself at any time.
He strongly recommends his method to
all who can make use of it.

George. — " Kitty ! Where are you ? "
Kitty. — " Here I are, George ! "
George. — " Don't say ' Here you are,''
say, ' Here you am,' when you 're speak-
ing of yourself."

So Goes the "World.

A man is first judged by his dress ;
afterwards, by what he turns out to be.
There is the story of the celebrated
painter and poet, Buchin, who walking
out one day in very shabby clothes be-
came more an object of derision than
regard. He was mortified and went
home, and arraying himself in his best
again walked out to receive on every
hand obsequious attention. His morti-
fication turned to anger, and going home
he threw his gold-laced coat on the floor,
and stamping on it exclaimed : " Art
thou Buchin or am I ? "

Striking and Truthful.

Count Waldeck, the venerable artist
(one hundred and five years old,) is en-
gaged on a picture entitled " Absinthe "
(a popular drink in France), in which a
vase of the beverage is represented with
a skeleton floating therein.

Mothers Heed it.

Great care should be taken with weak-
ly children not to allow them to begin to
walk till their bones have become suffi-
ciently ossified and strong to support the
weight of the body without bending.
Parents are usually anxious to have the
" baby " begin to walk at as early an age
as possible, and they force it upon its
feet before the bones of the legs have
become strong enough to support the
weight of the body, and they bend under

A young officer who was always " hard
up," upon being asked by a lady whether
he liked babies, replied that he did not
think them very interesting until they
were able to stand a loan.

Just This !

" If a man faint away," says Hall's
Journal of Health, " instead of yelling
out like a savage, or running to him to
lift him up, lay him full length on his
back on the floor, loose the clothing,
push the crowd away, so as to allow the
air to reach him, and let him alone.
Dashing water over a person in a simple
fainting fit is a barbarity. The philoso-
phy of a fainting fit is, that the heart
fails to send the proper supply of blood
to the brain. If the person is erect, that
blood has to be thrown up hill ; but if
lying dovvn, it has to be projected hori-
zontally, which requires less power, as
is apparent."

Worth Remembering.

Men change, but truth never. The
sweep of time bears on its surface a
thousand floating things, but in its calm
and tranquil depths lie unmoved the
pearls and diamonds which beauty covets
and wisdom labors to secure.

Kindness Begets its Like.

On entering the stable of an Irish
friend, lately, I was delighted to find
most pleasing evidence of genuine affec-


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tion between horses and groom. One
horse actually stretched out his head
and commenced licking the face of the

" O, your honor," said the man, " he 's
kissing me ! "

" You do not, I suspect, need a very
heavy whip when driving your horses ? "

" Whip, your honor ! if I touched that
horse with a whip, he 'd fret like a child.
No, sir, horses properly and kindly train-
ed very seldom need any whip ! "

Ever Present, Ever Near.

Galileo, the most profound philoso-
pher of his age, when interrogated by
the Inquisition as to his belief of a Su-
preme Being, replied, pointing to a straw
on the floor of his dungeon, that from
the structure of that object alone he
would infer with certainty the existence
of an intelligent Creator.

Pause and Ponder.

Men work for it, beg for it, steal for
it, starve for it, and die for it ; and all
the while, from the cradle to the grave,
nature and God are thundering in our
ears the solemn question: — "What
shall it profit a man if he gain the whole
world and lose his own soul ? " The
madness for money is the strongest and
lowest of passions ; it is the insatiate
Moloch of the human hearts before
whose remorseless altar all the finer at-
tributes of humanity are sacrificed. It
makes merchandise of all that is sacred
in the human affections, and often traffics
in the awful solemnities of the eternal.
Be Patient, Deserving.

Every man must patiently abide his
time. He must wait, not in listless idle-
ness, not in puerilous dejection, but in
constant, steady fulfilling his task, that
when the occasion comes he may be
equal to the occasion. The talent of
success is nothing more than doing what
you can do well, without a thought of
fame. If it comes at all. it will come he-

cause it is not sought after. It is a very
indiscreet and troublesome ambition .
which cares so much about fame, and is
shouting ever to hear the echo of its own

A generous soul never loses the re-
membrance of the benefits it has receiv-
ed, but easily forgets those its hand dis-

To be Copied.

A very pretty idea children have in
Germany, of forming themselves into
societies for the protection of animals
and the preservation of plants. They
all agree not to steal birds' eggs or de-
stroy their nests ; not to tread on the
plants or tear the roots out of the moist,
warm earth, and leave them to wither
and die ; not to beat the cows and horses,
or throw stones at the chickens.

Practicable Application.

A chemist in Albany, while expatiat-
ing on the discoveries of chemical sci-
ence, announced that snow possessed
considerable heat. An Irishman present
said chemistry must be a valuable sci-
ence, and asked the lecturer how many
snowballs it would require to boil a tea- ■
kettle. This was a poser.

A Noble Example.

D. C. Hill, formeily a telegrapher at
Cleveland, has been for ten years con-
fined to his chair by rheumatism, being
unable to stand or walk, and in that
plight has mastered several languages
and the law, and has been admitted to
practice at the Ashtabula County Court.

How Many Know It ?

The celebrated Dr. Gregory, in the
course of one of his medical lectures at
Edinburg, stated : '' One cannot stand
perfectly motionless for half an hour ;
that he had once tried to do so, and had
fainted at the end of twenty minutes, the
blood requiring the aid of motion from
the body in order to retain its full circu-
lating power."

An Illustrated Monthly,


Vol. XXVI.

JULY, 1870.

No. I.

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ARTIN was agreeably surprised at the attention

paid him by his new friend. There are some

who have no difficulty in making friends at first

sight, but this had not often happened to him.

In fact, there was very little that was attractive

or prepossessing about him, and though he could

not be expected to be fully aware of that, he

had given up expecting much on the score of

friendship. Yet here was a stranger, who to Martin's un-

discriminating eyes appeared quite the gentleman, who

had given him a cigar, paid his dinner-bill, and treated him

with a degree of attention to which he was unaccustomed.

Martin felt that he was in luck, and if there was anything

to be made out of his new friend, he was determined to

make it.

They turned down a side street, perhaps because the stranger's course
led that way, perhaps because he was not proud of his new acquaintance.
" So you 've had poor luck," he remarked, by way of starting the

" Yes," grumbled Martin, " you may say that. Things have all been
ag'inst me. It 's a pretty hard rub for a poor man to get a livin' here."

Entered according to act of Congress, in the year 1870, by Joseph H. Allen, in the clerk's office
of the District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

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" Just so," said the other. " What 's your business ? "

u I'm a carpenter."

" And you can't find work ? "

" No," said Martin. " Besides," he added after a pause, " my health
ain't very good. Hard work don't agree with me."

He might have said that hard drinking did not agree with him, and
this would have been rather nearer the truth. But he was afraid his
new friend would offer to find him employment as a carpenter, and for
this he was not very anxious. There had been a time when he was
content to work early and late, for good wages, but he had of late years
led such a shiftless and vagabond life, that honest industry had no more
attraction for him, and he preferred to get his living by hook or crook,
in fact in any way he could, rather than take the most direct path to a
good living by working hard for it.

" What is your name ? "

"James Martin. What 's yours ? "

"Mine," said the stranger, pausing, and fixing his eyes thoughtfully
upon Martin, " well, you may call me Smith."

"That ain't a very uncommon name," said Martin, thinking he had
perpetrated a good joke.

" Just so," said the stranger, composedly. " I 've been told so often."

" Well, Mr. Smith, do you think you could help me to some light
business, that would n't be too hard on my health ? "

" Perhaps I might," said the other. " What do you think you would

" Why," said Martin, " if I only had a little capital, I could set up a
little cigar store, or maybe a drinkin' saloon," •

" That would be light and genteel, no doubt," said Smith, " but
confining. You 'd have to be in the store early and late."

" I might have a boy to stay there when I wanted to go out," sug-
gested Martin.

" So you might," said the other. " There does n't seem any objection,
if you can only raise the capital."

This was rather a powerful objection, however, especially as Mr.
Smith offered no encouragement about supplying the capital himself.
Martin saw this, and he added, ''I only mentioned this. I ain't any
objection to anything else that's light and easy. Do you think of
anything I could do ? "

" I may be able to throw something in your way," said Mr. Smith.
'" But first, I must ask you a question. Can you keep a secret ? "

" Yes," said Martin, "just as many as you like."

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" Because the business which I have to propose is of rather a confi-
dential character, and a great deal depends on its being kept secret"

" All right, I 'm your man then."

" When I saw you in the restaurant," said Smith, " it struck me that
you might answer our purpose. You look as if you could be trusted."

" So I can be," said Martin, pleased with the compliment. " I '11
never say a word about the matter. What is it ? "

" You shall learn presently, that is, if my partner thinks we had
better engage you."

" Where is your place of business ? "

"We will go there. Let us jump into this horse car."

They had reached Eighth Avenue, and entered a car bound down-
wards. When the conductor came along. Smith said, " I pay for two,"
indicating Martin. This was fortunate, for Martin's purse was at a low
ebb, his entire stock of money being limited to fifty cents.

They rode some fifteen minutes, at the end of which Smith signalled
to the conductor to stop.

" We get out here," he said to Martin.

Martin jumped out after him, and they turned westward down one of
the streets leading to the North river.

" Is it much farther ? " asked Martin.

" Not much."

il It 's rather an out of the way place for business, is n't it ? " re-
marked Martin, observing that the street was lined with dwelling-houses
on either side.

" For most kinds of business it is," said his new acquaintance, " but
it suits us. We like a quiet, out of the way place."

" Are you in the wholesale business ? " asked Martin, whose curiosity
began to be considerably excited.

" Something of that sort," answered the stranger. " Ah, here we

The house before which he stopped was a brick dwelling-house, of
three stories. The blinds were closed, and it might have been readilv
supposed that no one lived there. Certainly nothing could have looked
less like a place of business, so far as outward appearance went, and
Martin, whose perceptions were not very acute, saw this, and was
puzzled. Still his companion spoke so quietly and composedly, and
seemed to understand himself so well, that he did not make any re-

Instead of pulling the bell, Mr. Smith drew a latch key from his
pocket, and admitted himself.

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" Come in, Mr. Martin," he said.

Martin stepped into the entry, and the door was closed.

Before him was a narrow stair-case, with a faded stair-carpet upon it.
A door was partly open into a room on the right, but still there was
nothing visible that looked like business.

" Follow me," said Smith, leading the way up stairs.

Martin followed, his curiosity, if anything, greater than before.

They went into a front room on the second floor.

" Excuse me a moment," said Smith.

Martin was left alone, but in two minutes Smith returned with a
tall, powerful looking man, whose height was such that he narrowly
escaped being a giant-

" Mr. Martin," said Smith, " this is my partner, Mr. Hayes."

u Proud to make your acquaintance, I am sure, Mr. Hayes," said Mar-
tin, affably. " I met your partner this mornin' in an eatin' house, and he
said you might have a job for me. My health ain't very good, but I
could do light work well enough."

" Did you tell Mr. Martin," said the giant in a hoarse voice that
sounded as if he had a cold of several years' standing, " that our
business is of a confidential nature ? "

" Yes," said Martin, " I understand that. I can beep a secret."

" It is absolutely necessary that you should," said Hayes ; " You say
you can, but how can I be sure of it ? "

" I '11 give you my word," said Martin.

The giant looked down upon Martin, and ejaculated, " Humph ! " in
a manner which might be interpreted to convey some doubt as to the
value of Martin's word. However, even if Martin had been aware of
this, he was not sensitive, and would not have taken offence.

" Are you willing to take your oath that you will never reveal under
any circumstances anything connected with our business ? "

" Yes," said Martin, eagerly, his curiosity being greater than ever.

There was a Bible on the table. Hayes cast his eyes in that direction,
but first said something in a low voice to Smith. The latter drew a
small brass key from his pocket, and opened a cupboard, or small
closet in the wall, from which, considerably to Martin's alarm, he
drew out a revolver and a knife. These he laid on the table beside
the book.

" What 's that for ? " asked Martin, with an uneasy glance at the

" I '11 tell you what it 's for, my friend," said the giant. " It 's to
show you what your fate will be if you ever reveal any of our secrets.

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Perhaps you don't want to take the risk of knowing what they are. It
you don't, you can say so, and go."

But Martin did not want to go, and he did waut to learn the secrets
more than ever.

" I 'm ready," he said. " I '11 take the oath."

" Very well, you understand now what it means. Put your hand on
the hook, and repeat after me : ' I solemnly swear on the penalty of

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