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died not in vain in the last great struggle. Standing, long ago, in the capitol of Texas, with my oath to support the Constitution fresh upon my lips, I uttered these words, and from a full heart I repeat them here to-day: They died not in vain.” Whether wearing the gray or the blue, their lives were offered freely, like libations of water, for right-as each dying soldier deemed--and for native land. In their graves, made immortal by the same ancestral heroism of race and blood, let us bury the feuds of that stormy hour of our history.

In this generous and knightly spirit, Texas to-day sends fraternal greeting to all the States of the Union.

ST. PATRICK'S MARTYRS.

I wonder what the mischief was in her, for the mistress was

niver contrairy, But this same is just what she said to me, just as sure as my

name is Mary; ‘Mary,” says she, all a-smiling and swate like,“ the young

ladies are coming from France, And we'll give them a welcome next Monday, with an ele

gant supper and dance." "Is it Monday, ye're maning ?" says I; " ma'am, why, thin,

I'm sorry to stand in yer way, But it's little of work I'll do Monday, seeing that Monday's

St. Patrick's Day; And sure it's meself that promised to go wid Cousin Kitty

Malone's brother Dan, And bad luck to Mary Magee,” says I,“ if she disappoints

such a swate young man!" “ Me children have been

years

" -- and she spoko in a very umfeelin' way-"Ye cannot expect I shall disappoint them either for you

or St. Patrick's Day; I know nothing about St. Patrick." "That's true for ye,

ma'am, more's the pity,” says I, “For it's niver the likes of ye has the luck to be born under

the Irish sky." Ye see I was getting past jokin'—and she sitting there so

aisy and proud, And me thinking of the Third Avenue, and the procession

and music and crowd;

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And it crossed me mind that minit consarning Thady Mul

ligan's supper and dance, Says 1, “ It's not Mary Magee, ma'am, that can stay for ladies

coming from France.'' "Mary," says she, “two afternoons each week—ivery Wed

nesday and ivery MondayYe've always had, besides ivery early Mass, and yer Vespers

ivery other Sunday, And yer friends hev visited at me house, two or three of

them ivery night.”. “ Indade thin," says I,“ that was nothin' at all but ivery da

cent girl's right! " Very well, thin,” says she,“ ye can lave the house, and be

sure to take wid ye yer right;' And if Michael and Norah think just as ye do, ye can all of

ye lave to-night.”. So just for St. Patrick's glory we wint; and, as sure as Mary

Magee is me name, It's a house full of nagurs she's got now, which the same is

a sin and a shame. Bad luck to them all! A body, I think, had need of a com.

fortable glass; It's a miserable time in Ameriky for a dacent Irish-born

lass, If she sarves the saints, and is kind to her friends, then she

loses her home and her pay, And there's thousands of innocent martyrs like me on ivery

St. Patrick's Day.

THE ROSARY OF MY YEARS.-FATHER RYax.

Some reckon their ages by years,

Some measure their life by art-
But some tell their days by the flow of their tears,
And their life by the moans of their heart.

The dials of earth may show

The length, not the depth of years,
Few or many they come, few or many they go
But our time is best measured by fears.

Ah! not by the silver gray

That creeps through the sunny hair,
And not by the scenes that we pass on our way-
And not by the furrows the finger of care

On the forehead and face have made

Not so do we count our years ;
Not by the sun of the earth, but the shade
Of our souls-and the fall of our tears.

For the young are ofttimes old,

Though their brow be bright and fair;
While their blood beats warm their heart lies cold
O’er them the spring-time, but winter is there.

And the old are ofttimes young

When their hair is thin and white, And they sing in age as in youth they sung, And they laugh, for their cross was light.

But bead by bead I tell

The rosary of my years;
From a cross to a cross they lead—'tis well!
And they're blessed with a blessing of tears.

Better a day of strife

Than a century of sleep;
Give me instead of a long stream of life,
The tempest and tears of the deep.

A thousand joys may foam

Ou the billows of all the years;
But never the foam brings the brave bark home:
It reaches the haven through tears.

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THE HOLE IN THE FLOOR.-Lizzie CLARK HARDY

In the primitive days of our grandfathers' time,

When the fire-place, genial and bright, Its cavernous recesses glowing with flame,

Filled the old-fashioned kitchen with light; They used often to gather at close of the day,

Round the hearth-stone, that altar of yore,
But men of this modern and glorified age

Collect round-a hole in the floor.
The grandfather sat in the chimney nook,.

In an old-fashioned splint-bottomed chair,
And solemnly read from the blessed old Bock,

Then knelt with the household in prayer;
Their altar the time-honored hearth-stone with gleams

Of the fire-light flickering o'er.
We moderns all worship’neath fresco and gas,

Our altar-a hole in the floor.

When from the old hearth-stone the children went forth

To join in the soul-thrilling strife
And win themselves laurels or valiantly brave

The buffeting surges of life,
Then with world-wearied hearts yearning sadly for rest,

They would seek the old hearth-stone once more;
But we, when aweary with toil, and oppressed,

Return to the hole in the floor.
When the tumult of war overshadowed our land

And our forefathers rushed to the fray,
To repel the invaders that threatened their homes,

Leaving mothers and daughters to pray-
The thoughts of their hearth-stones gave strength to their

arms
And thrilled their brave hearts to the core,
But our heroes when called on their homes to defend,

Must fight for-a hole in the floor.
Then let us rejoice that we live in an age

When instead of the hearth-stone's bright glow,
Or the cavernous fire-place cheery with flames,

We have“ modern improvements,", you know. And when we converse of those primitive times, And the jolly old customs of yore,

as we think of their old-fashioned ways, As we sit round-the hole in the fioor.

We will laugh

LORD DUNDREARY ON MENTAL PHOTOGRAPHS.

(Enter Lord DUNDREARY, sniffing a perfumed note.] What a fwagwant cweachaw she ith! Yours, Awabella." My Awabella! Not if I know it. (Sniffs note again.) Awamatic Awabella! What a pwetty idea!

Awamatic Awabella.” ”Pon my life, it would pay some fellah to follow me about and jot down my pwetty ideas, like what's-his-name used to do with Dr. Watths. No, not Dr. Watths ;-he wath the “ Bithy Bee” man, but the other fellah, Old Dicthonary.

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(Reads note.)

“Dear Lord Dundweary,

“Knowing your lordship's cwitical taithte, I have ventured to thend you my Mental Phothogwaph Album, in the hope you will kindly fill in one of its pages from your own

pen."

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‘My own pen!" Why, why-what the dooth does sho mean? Does she think I'd steal thome other fellah's pen! Her“Mental Phothograph Album.” Wants my phothograph, I thuppose. Well, I can't blame her for that, you know. (Opens album.) “Question No. 1.-Whath your fav'wite name for a lady?" Now, Awamatic Awabella, that won't do. You ekthpect I'm going to fill in your own name ;you know you do, and then you'd have an acthon for bweach of-bweach of what-you-call-it against me. That's just how my brother Tham was caught. Auguthta Gadily, a vewy knowing girl, and who got up pwetty early in the morning, pwetended one day to be thick. So poor Tham (he wath such an impulsive fellah, was Tham)-sends her a pot of pweserved peaches, and composes a label like this, which he stwirgs on it :

" Auguthta, when you take this jam,

I hope you'll twy and think of Tham." “Think of him!" By George, she did think of him,-and so did old Gadily and the whole crew, and, between 'em all, they scared poor Tham into believing he had wuined Auguthta's peace of mind, and that the only escape from £10; 000 damages was to marry the girl at once. I don't want to be let in for a scwape of that sort :

“What's your fav’wite name for a gentleman ?" Well, I've always thought "Dundweary” rather a pwetty name. It's so ew-eu--something or other–uniform-no-unicornno-euphonious. Talking of names, who should I meet in the park to-day but Perky Pilkington! Hadn't seen him for years. “Hallo, Pilkington !" I cwied, “glad to meet you again, old fellah,—but how you have changed;-would hardly know you again!” “You're mistaken,” says he,“ my name isn't Pilkington.” And the fellah bobs his head and passes on. Why, you see, his vewy name must have changed too; or, perhaps, after all, he was some other fellah. But then, if he wath some other fellah, how on earth could he have deen Pilkington ? And then if he wath Pilkington, why wathn't“ Pilkington” his name? Unleth, of course, he had got married; but then he didn't look like that. Thome. thing doosid odd about it all.

She next wants to know “what's my fav'wito widdle pas

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