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I have a wife and children three;
your words imply is true :
Think you that this great earth would then
“ Allow me!” struck in Brown,
Catching the Cat.
(Verse printed as Prose.) The mice had met in council, they all looked haggard and worn, for affairs had become too terrible to be any longer borne.
Not a family out of mourning—there was crape on every hat. They were desperate-something must be done, and done at once, to the cat.
An elderly member rose and said :—“It might prove a possible thing to set the trap which they set for us—that one with the awful spring !” The suggestion was applauded loudly by one and all, till somebody squeaked, “That trap would be about ninety-five times too small !”
Then a medical mouse suggested—a little under his breaththey should confiscate the very first mouse that died a natural death, and he'd undertake to poison the cat if they'd let him prepare that mouse.
“ There's not been a natural death,” they cried, "since that cat came into the house !"
The smallest mouse in the council arose with a solemn air, and, by way of increasing his stature, rubbed up his whiskers and hair. He waited until there was silence all along the pantry shelf, and then he said with dignity :-“I will catch that cat myself! When next I hear her coming, instead of running away, I shall turn and face her boldly, and pretend to be at play; she will not see her danger, poor creature! I suppose; but as she stoops to catch me, I shall catch her by the nose !"
The mice began to look hopeful, yes, even the old ones; when a grey-haired sage said slowly, “and what will you do with her then?” The champion, disconcerted, replied with dignity—“Well, I think, if you'll excuse me, 't will be wiser not to tell! We all have our inspirations,”—this produced a general smirk—" but we are not all at liberty to explain just how they'll work. I ask you, then, to trust me; you neel have no further fears; consider our enemy done for !”—the council
three cheers. “I do believe she is coming !” said a small mouse nervously. “Run if you like,” said the champion, “but I shall wait and see !” And sure enough she was coming—the mice all scampered away, except the noble champion who had made up his mind to stay
The mice had faith, of course they had—they were all of them noble souls; but a sort of general feeling kept them safely in their holes until some time in the evening; then the boldest ventured out, and saw in the hazy distance the cat prance gaily about!
There was dreadful consternation, till some one at last said, “Oh, he's not had time to do it, let us not prejudge him so !” “I believe in him, of course I do,” said the nervous mouse with a sigh, “but the cat looks suspiciously happy, and I wish I did know why!”
The cat, I regret to acknowledge, still prances about that house, and no message, letter, or telegram has come from the champion mouse. The mice are a little discouraged, the demand for crape goes on; they feel they'd be happier if they knew where the champion mouse has gone.
This story has a moral—it is very short, you'll see; so, of course, you all will listen to it, for fear of offending me. It is well to be courageous and valiant and all that, but—if you are mice-you'd better think twice 'ere you try to catch the cat.
The Well of St. Keyne. A well there is in the west country, and a clearer one never was seen: There is not a wife in the west country, but has heard of the well
of St. Keyne. An oak and an elm-tree stand beside, and behind does an ash-tree
grow, And a willow from the bank above droops to the water below. A traveller came to the Well of St. Keyne; joyfully he drew nigh, For from cock-crow he had been travelling, and there was not a
cloud in the sky. He drank of the water so cool and clear, for thirsty and hot was he; And he sat him down upon the bank, under the willow tree. There came a man from the neighbouring town, at the Well to fill
his pail ; On the Well-side he rested it, and he bade the stranger hail. 'Now, art thou a batchelor, stranger ? " quoth he ; " for, an' if thou
hast a wife, The happiest draught thou hast drunk this day that ever thou didst
in thy life :
Or has thy good woman-if one thou hast-ever here in Cornwall
been ? For, an' if she have, I'll venture my life she has drunk of the Well
of St. Keyne.” “I have left a good woman who never was here,” the stranger he
made reply; “But that my draught should be better for that, I pray you answer
me why “St. Keyne," quoth the Cornish-man, "many a time drank of this
crystal Well, And before the angel summoned her, she laid on the water a spell: If the husband, of this gifted Well, shall drink before his wife, A happy man henceforth is he, for he shall be master for life; But if the wife should drink of it first-heaven help the husband
then!” The stranger stooped to the Well of St. Keyne, and drank of the
water again. “You drank of the Well, I warrant, betimes ?” he to the Cornish
man said : But the Cornish-man smiled as the stranger spake, and sheepishly
shook his head : “I hastened as soon as the wedding was done, and left my wife in
the porch; But i' faith! she had been viser than I, for she took a bottle to church.”
The Blank Bible.
I thought I was at home, and that, on taking up my Bible one morning, I found, to my surprise, what seemed to be the old familiar book was a total blank: not a character was inscribed in it or upon it. On going into the street, I found everyone complaining in similar perplexity of the same loss; and before night it became evident that a great and wonderful miracle had been wrought in the world: the hand which had written its awful menace on the walls of Belshazzar's palace had reversed the miracle, and expunged from our Bibles every syllable they contained :—thus reclaiming the most precious gift that Heaven had bestowed, and ungrateful man had abused.