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“ Pooh !” said Jack; “so have I. There word was to be believed before Hannah's, aren't any fairies here. I used to bleeve Jack thought, after pondering these things. there were when I was as small as you, but And, after all, would people make so many I don't bleeve it now.”
books about fairies, if there were no such “When you were as small as I!" echoed things? Nan, scornfully. “You're nly just two "Are they people, or birds, or what do summers and a part of a winter older than you think, Nan?” said he; wonderfully I; and I guess I know as much as you do, condescending, Nan thought, for be seland more, too, perhaps. Girls always know dom deigned to apply to her for informore than boys, boys are so full of mis- mation. chief. Pat is very old, as much as twenty, “Well,” said she, her dignity greatly and can hardly 'member when he was a flattered, “I don't s'pose they're either, little boy, it was so long ago; and he's edzactly—something like people, and someseen fairies hin self !"?
thing like birds. They can talk, you know, Jack opened his eyes very wide at this, and birds can't; and they can fly, and peofor he believed in Pat above every other ple can't.” earthly being. What was there that Pat Jack looked greatly enlightened. could not do? Nobody could use a gun as “Well, I tell you what, Nan,” said he, Pat could; he could make violins out of a " if there are any fairies, I am going to see bit of wood, and draw the finest music ever They're little, and they can't hurt heard from their strings, according to any one, and-0, you don't know what I Jack's idea; and such bows and arrows as ani going to do!' he fashioned were never known before. “They are good, and they wont hurt any The wildest horse grew tame under his one,'' corrected Nan. “If anybody's very magic influence, and the hens would go to bad, though, they punish them. Don't you sleep at his mysterious bidding. Seth, the 'member 'bout their putting thorns into other hired man on the farm, was great, in the bad boy's bed in my story book ?” his way, but nobody at all compared to Jack grew a little less enthusiastic about Pat.
what he was going to do. “ Did Pat say that he had seen fairies,
“ Pooh! I aint afraid of 'em, anyway,” Nan ?” queried lie, with a little look of said he, after a little reflection, “ I'm goconviction.
ing to set my trap, anyway!" “Course he did,” said Nan; “and a “I wouldn't," said Nan, thinking of bogtrotter, too, when he was coming
woodchucks. “ They always puuish cruel through the swamp one nightma funny lit- people, and it's cruel to catch woodchucks. tle fellow with a light."
Come to think of it, Jack, I wouldn't set Jack examined the foxglove with a sort
it for anything.” of a we.
Nan had always protested against Jack's “Don't pick any more of them,” said catching these poor little animals, and she she; "the fairies don't like it, if you pick hoped she had a little hold upon him now. them, 'coz they have to go without their * What a goose you are, Nan!” said he, caps, you know. Pat says so. He said he impatiently. “I'm going to set it for would have got more of them for me, if it fairies, right here in the midst of this hadn't been for that."
clump of foxgloves-iny bird-trap, I mean. Jack had never interviewed Pat on the 'Twont hurt 'em, you know; 'twill only subject of fairies, having usually been en- shut 'em up till a fellow gets a chance to gaged on more important topics. Once he
see one." had been considerably exercised about Nan looked perfectly aghast. She could fairies, but oblaining no satisfaction in his not have been more shocked if he had research of fairy knowledge, he had given talked about setting a trap to catch angels. it up, and believed Hannah when she de- “ You don't mean it, Jack ?" she uttered, clared that there was no such tribe on the in a terrified whisper. face of the earth. But Hannah was not “Course I mean it,” said he; " and if infallible, by any means, and was dread. you wait here long enough, you'll see me fully ignorant on the subject of jam tarts, do it." when she lierself had just locked them into And Nan saw that he did mean to do it, the dark closet, to save for company. Pat's and that all she could say against the pro
ceeding would be utterly in vain; so she freshment, and cracking the nuts, disposed was silent, but her small mind was torn them in the most tempting manner; then with misgivings.
he arranged the trap, and left it to its fate. “What are you going to use for bait ?” Nan was afraid to play in the field any she found the courage to ask, after her first more that afternoon, and Jack went fishterror was over. "I don't suppose fairies ing with Tom Jones, and came near forwill eat worms, or cabbages, like birds and getting it altogether. woodchucks."
“I shan't look at it till Monday," he anThis question was a poser.
nounced to Nan at bedtime. "What do they eat ?” he questioned. Nan could hardly sleep for fear that
"I shan't tell you, because I don't want night, and Jack gave rather anxious glances you to be so wicked!" said Nan, airily, toward the field himself before he was safe
But she was finally induced to withdraw in bed; and dreamed that a dreadful fairy her objections, and give him the full bene- took the form of a great bird, and came fit of her knowleilge.
and pecked his eyes out! That trap inter“My book says they live on honey and fered with Nan's Sunday school lesson dew; but Pat says he bleeves they eat nuts dreadfully; she said it all wrong; and and berries."
Jack kept awake all through the service, "Well, it's of no use to put dew in- thinking about it. Jack was not a coward, though I suppose we could find some in not a bit of it; he could have faced a bear the tall grass-'coz 'twould all dry up so with calmness, and thought very complasoon; then, besides, if they wanted dew, cently of robbers; but there was something they could find plenty of it anywhere. uncanny about fairies, and to tell the What can I put in, so's to be sure of 'em ?" truth, he was afraid to go and look at the
“There's strawberries," said Nan, “and trap, for fear it might have captured a there's honey at the house; only I don't fairy. Nan watched him breathlessly, exbleeve Hannah would give you any." pecting every moment to see him suddenly
“She would give you some," said Jack; vanishi from her sight, or be changed into you go and bring it."
something terrible; but confiding her fears But Nan refused to have anything to do to Pat, who was made to declare solemnly with trapping the fairies in the most de- that he would never tell about Jack, she
felt her burden lighten. He was sure the “Papa told you not to set any traps in fairies wouldn't do anything very bad to this field,” said she, “ for fear the chick- him, just for trying to get a sight at one; ens and little turkeys would get into it.” though it wasn't safe to meddle with them
“He didn't say not to set traps in the in any way. But she felt a little disapfield at all,” said Jack;" he said not near pointed, nevertheless, because Pat was so the house. And Nan, you're the stupidest sure Jack wouldn't catch one. girl I ever saw, and would spoil all a fel- “Why, bless me soul!” said he; "a low's fun, if you could. I'm going back to fairy could turn into a fly while I was the bouse now, to get some honey, and I winking me eye, and be off in a second; or guess I shall go to the store, too, and get into somethin' stranger than anythin', and some nuts. I've got five cents. Nuts and burst the trap open! There's no trapping honey both’ll bring 'em. As for you, you
a fairy, belave me." can go where you like. I don't want to But Nan wasn't sure. Books were even play with you any longer.”
better authority than Pat, and with her Anxiety on Jack's account softened wide knowledge of fairy lore she rememNan's resentment. Was there ever such a bered cases where fairies had languished hazardous undertaking? and would Jack in prisons. And Jack, who spent the afescape with any less punishment than be- ternoon studying up fairy history, instead ing changed into a toad, or snake, or some of reading his Sunday school book, as he such dreadfal thing, if he really should was supposed to be doing, wasn't quite so
sure, either. But just before sunset he Jack procured his bait, and came back took courage, and asked permission to triumphant
. He placed a great blotch of walk in the field. Nan had a great desire yellow hovey on an oak leaf, which he to go, too, for fear made the fairy-trap adfancied was the fairy fashion of taking re
catch a fairy?
“I aint afraid," said Jack, stoutly. There had been a circus and menagerie or
on “ There aro Seth and Hapnah walking on the village green a short time previous, the hill. If ariything should happen, we and one of the famous family of talkingcould call them.”
parrots had been advertised as lost. “I shall only go a little ways,” said Nan; “Come here Nan, and see the fairy!" "and o Jack, I'm afraid to have you go! shouted Jack at the top of his voice, and he You mustn't go!"
held up the screaming parrot to her view. “ Pooh!” said Jack, growing more and Both the children were delighted as if it more brave every moment, out under the had been a real fairy, and Jack gave it as blue sky, among the matter-of-fact daisies his private opinion that Poll was as good a and buttercups; “I don't bleeve in fairies, fairy as any there were. Nan hardly agreed anyway. I wish I'd been sensible, and set with him in that part, however. my trap for crows !”
“How do you 'spose she happened to get By this time they were quite near the in to the trap?” said Nan. “0, I 'spose fateful foxgloves, and Nan was afraid to she was hungry wandering round in the go any further. But sbe climbed on a woods so long, and spying the nuts, thought small knoll, and strained her eyes in the she'd like to see how they tasted.” direction of the trap. Jack paused to take They bore the bird home in triumph, and a survey, also. But the wind was tossing she is a great source of amusement in the the grass in its old unconcerned way, and house to this day; for wben Jack's father there was nothing unusual to be seen. The wrote to the proprietor of the menagerie trap was hidden in the leaves and grass of to tell him that she was found and he could a little hollow, however. Everything was have her by sending to Greenville, he wrote as still as still could be while they waited, back that he would make him a present of until, all of a sudden, the most unearthly her, if he would accept such a present, it sound that ever reached mortal ears rang would be so much trouble to trausport the out in that direction, mingled with a noise lady. Jack bought a fine cage for her, and like the flapping of wings. It seemed to they call her fairy, and every day almost, he be a human cry, but unlike any voice they sets more traps in the field hoping to catch cver heard before, 60 harsh and shrill. another prize. But he never does, nothing And it said, “Come here! come here! Let more marvellous than a frightened crow, or me out! let me out!" and then went off a trembling little woodchuck, never the into a perfect string of gibberish, that was least thing that resembles a fairy. I know Greek to the ears of Nan and Jack, who some children who set different traps for had both taken to their heels, and were fairies, and with far better success; perhaps scrambling through the buttercups at a I will tell you about them sometime. speed amazing to behold.
Breathless with haste and fear, they flew to wise and sympathetic Pat, who volun- A LARGE BIRD. -Fossil bones of a giganteered to go and find out the mystery at
tic bird of prey have been discovered in once; and under his protection, Jack found New Zealand, exceeding in size any yet courage to go, too, or, at least, to within a known. Dr Haast, F.R.S. the government few yards of the place, while Nan hung geologist, says, in describing these bones, behind, in an agony of suspense. Well,
that the phalanges are nearly as large as and what do you suppose they found in the
those of the lions and tigers in the present fairy trap? what but a great staring-eyed, day, and that the bird to which they bechattering parrot, which, delighted at the longed must have been of prodigious prospect of release, bailed her deliverers strength. And after having seen its curved with shouts of welcome more hearty than
talons, he adds, the fable of the bird roc no musical!
longer seems so very extravagant and “Howly St. Pathrick !” exclaimed Pat; strange. A human being would have stood “what a stunner for talking! I never heard a very poor chance against so formidable a the likes! A fairy, indade, Masther Jack.
foe. It is believed that this gigantic bird It's the circus Poll, that was lost."
hunted down and ate that other big bird And sure enough, it was the circus Poll.
known as the Noa.
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RENEWAL OF OIL PAINTINGS.-The of these poor Eastern porters quietly plodlinseed oil used by artists has in it a prin- ding his way up or down some hilly street ciple which extracts oxygen from the air, with a perfect mountain of material piled forms a varnish, and dries, enclosing the upon his back. The loads they carry are particles of color: in lapse of time the var- most iniscellaneous; but even old residents nish contracts and changes, according to were lately astonished to see a “hamal” the action of damp or heat that may assail staggering along the Grande Rue de Pera it. Pettenkofer suggests a plan for restor- with a large four-wheeled carriage-allcoming altered pictures which is so simple as to plete except the horses_lashed on to his be capable of application by any one. The purter's knot. picture is fastened face downwards to a lid of a box lined with a layer of glue, and the Tux STARS OF HEAVEN.-The number bottom covered with tlapnel; this inust be of stars visible to the naked eye in the ensoaked with alcohol of 80 per cent, and al- tire circuit of the heavens has been usually lowed to remain until the oil is affected and
estimated at about 6000. An ordinary rendered transparent. Another method is opera-glass will exhibit something like ten to apply copaiba balsam to the back of the
times that number. A comparatively small picture, though this can only be done to
telescope easily shows 200,000; while there canvas bodies.
are telescopes in existence with which,
there is reason to believe, not fewer than A MILK-PRODUCING PLANT.-M. Gillet
25,000,000 stars are visible. And yet, when Damitte has addressed a paper to the Acad
all these are seen and numbered, the eye emy of Sciences, to announce the nutritive
will have visited but a mere speck in the and lactigenous properties of the plant illimitable bounds of space. called Galega officinals. As fodder, its value is thirty-three per cent higher than the best meadow hay. Cattle easily take to
AN ODD CUSTOM.--A curious contribuit, and chemical analysis shows that it is a
tion to the literature of that excellent but milk-producer. From experiments made
dolorous root, the onion, comes (says the on cows exclusively fed on galega, it ap
Garden) from a little French village. The pears that in twenty-four hours they yielded
inhabitants of this place regularly perform thirty-three per cent more milk than others a ceremony without which they hold the fed on other kinds of fodder; some gave as
general well-being of the said vegetable much as fifty per cent.
could not be secured. This ceremony con
sists in the gorgevusly-attired people of the INK-PLANT.-The botanists of Europe
village dancing in a circle, holding hands,
and is said not only to make the onion are endeavoring to acclimatize a plant growing in New Granada, which is valuable for
healthy, but to impart to it a fascinating the manufacture of ink. The juice, called
roundness and perfection of form. The
festival continues eight days, and is ac"chanhi,” is reddish, but changes after a
counted generally pleasant. few hours into a deep black, and is then ready for use. The“ Chanhi " has less destructive influence on steel pens than com- ELECTRICAL GAS LIGHTING.-A novel mon ink. Experiments made in Spain device for lighting gas by electricity, lately demonstrated that the ink was not even patented, is made as follows:-A glass cup spoiled by sea-water, which is invariably is immersed in liquid, and when the gas is deleterious to ordinary ink.
turned on it enters under the cup and lifts
the same, thereby establishing connection TURKISH PORTERS.—The strength and with a battery which beats a platinum wire dexterity of the “hamals” of Constanti- placed over the burner, and thus ignites nople in carrying enorinous burdens are the gas. Mueller and Meier of Hanover, proverbial; and it is surprising to see one Germany, are the inventors,