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MONTHLY MAGAZINE.

VOLUME XL.

FROM JULY TO DECEMBER, 1874.

BOSTON:
THOMES & TALBOT, PUBLISHERS.

No. 36 BROMFIELD STREET.

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Scenes on the Connecticut River - 105
Ocean Pleasures and Perils

109
Haunted : or, Florence Ivington's Oath 113
The Robin's Nest

121
The Last of David Whippey -

122
Too Late

136
Elinor's Fortune

136
Wild-Cat Jim

146
An Unfortunate Match

151
Immortal

103
The Earl's Daughter

164
A Pet Parrot

177

A Plea for Rest

180
Aunt Sarepta's Ghost

181
OUR YOUNG PEOPLE'S STORY-TELL-

ER.—Leila Grey: or, Twice an Or-
phan

185
Bobbie's Kite

190
Curious Matters

195
Ruthven’s Puzzle Page

196
The Housekeeper

197
Facts and Faucies

198
Sporting Adventures.-(Humorous Pic-

tures.)

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TO ALL OF OUR PATRONS A CHRISTMAS GREETING. We wish to remind the readers of BALLOU's MAGAZINE that this number completes Volume XL., and that the January number will begin Volume XLI. The patronage of the Magazine during the past year has been liberal, more so than any other year of its long existence. Subscribers have poured in rapidly, and the periodical sales have increased instead of diminishing. This is remarkable, considering the dullness of business, but it shows in the most unmistakable manner the popularity of BALLOU's MAGAZINE. From its prestige in the past, we have bright hopes of the future. We wish to retain all our present patrons, and receive as many new ones as it is possible. The more of them the better, for we shall thereby be enabled to add new improvements, to introduce new contributors, and make our Magazine second to no other publication in the country. A little effort on the part of our friends will enable us to roll up a monthly issue of one hundred thousand copies. This we hope to do before the year 1875 espires. One determined effort and it can be accomplished. If any of our patrons read a story in the Magazine which pleases them, let them speak of it to others, and so excite an interest in those who are strangers to BALLOU's many good qualities. Such advertising is better than that which appears in print.

To those who have remained our steady friends for years, we return our thanks; and to those who have enrolled their names on our books the past season for the first time, we also return thanks; and to one and all, whether buyer or subscriber, we tender a sincere wish for a MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAB; and may they enjoy many of them, is the ardent wish of, Yours truly,

THOMES & TALBOT.

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The theatre was crowded, and a sea

Of eager faces turned toward the scene,
Viewing the stage with rapt expectancy,

Waiting the entrance of the ballet queen.
The lights flashed down, the footlights glared and blazed,
And still the waiting throng impatient gazed.

The mimic actors of a mimic scene

Performed their parts with their accustomed zeal,
And won some slight applause, but still between -

The few faint rounds, one seemed to keenly feel
That this was but preliminary to
Something more pleasing and more fair to view.

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