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AN invalid Frenohman who hired a horse every morning tarly from a livery-stable, particularly desired the ostler, after having breakfasted himself well, te see that the horse had nothing to eat before going out. Because,he remarked, "monsieur Ie docteur he say I mus' tak' ze gentle exercise en ee empty stomach." TRAINED BEES.—Mr. Cotton, a clergyman, the eon lo! a late Governor of the Bank of England, took bees, in the firsi place, out to Australia, and afterwards to the islands of the South Pacific. His behaviour to his bees was the wonder of all who were in the ships with him. He would call them by certain sounds, and they came te him, covered him as he lay, and he would actually handle and fondle them in such a fashion as would hare been to another very dangerous. Then, when he wished to relieve himself of them, he gathered them together as one would a mass of loose worsted into a ball, took the mass near to the hive and at a given sound or signal, they new apart and retire i to their proper home.—Thoreau: his lAfe au Aim8,! by H. A. Page. STOARES OF PRESIDENT LINCOLN. — Lincoln particularly liked a joke at the expense of the dignity of some high civil or military official. One day, not long before his second inauguration, he asked me if I bad heard about Stanton's meeting a picket on Broad Blver, South Oarolina, and then told this story: ¡' "General Foster, then at Port Royal, escorted the secretary up the river, taking a quartermasters's tug. Reaching the outer lines on the river, a picket roared from the bank,' Who have you got on board that tug ?' The severe and dignified answer was.. The Secretary of War and Major General Foster.' Instantly the picket roared back, We've got major-generals enough up here—why don't you bring us up some hard-tack ?'" The story tickled Lincoln mightily, and he told it until it was replaced by a new one. Anything that savoured of the wit and humour of the soldiers was especially welcome to Lincoln. His fondness for good stories is a well-accepted tradition, .but any incident that showed that "the boys" were' mirthful and joUy in all their privations seemed to commend itself to him. He used to say that the grim grotesqueness and extravagance of American humour were its most striking characteristics. There was a story of a soldier in the army of the Potomac, carried to the rear of battle with both: legs shot off, who, eyeing a pie-woman hovering i about, asked, Say, old lady, are them pice sewed or pegged ?" And there was another one of a soldier at the battle of Ohancellorsville, whose regiment, wait- ing to be called into the fight, was taking coffee. The hero of the story put to his lips a crockery mug which he had carried with infinite care through several; campaigns. A stray bullet, just missing the coffee- drinker's head, dashed the mug into fragments and left only its handle en his nnger. Turning his head in that direction, the soldier angrily: growled, "Johnny, you can't do that again!" Lin- coln, relating these two stories together, said, "It seems as if neither death nor danger could quench the grim humour of the American soldier." Lincoln's shrewdness is well known sometimes it almost seemed like cunning. But with all of this there was a certain element of simplicity in his character which was child* like. Unless very much pre-occupied, he never heard any reference to anything that he did not under- stand without asking for further information. "What do you suppose makes that tree grow that way ?" he would ask, and he was not satisfied until he had found out. Or he would take one of his boys toys to pieces, find out how it was made, and put it together again. "Tad," as his youngest boy was called, on more than one occasion had cause to bewail loudly his father's curiosity. One day we were looking at a photograph of the President, taken in a sitting position, with the legs crossed. Lincoln's attention was attrac- ted to the foot of the leg which was crossed over the other, and he said, If Now, I can understand why that foot should be so enormous. It's a big foot, anyway, and it is near the focus of the instrument. But why is the outline of it so indistinct and blurred ? I am confident I did not move it." I studied it for a moment, and told him that probably the throb- bing of the large arteries inside of the bend of the knee caused an almost imperceptible motion. The President, very much interested in the discovery, as he1 called it, immediately took the position of the figure in the picture, and, narrowly watching his foot, ex- claimed, "That's it! that's it! Now, that's very curious, isn't it." Similarly, when somebody told him of the somewhat fantastic derivation of a word, he said," Now, that is very queer, and I shall never say capricious again without thinking of the skipping of a ,.t.&ribeÿ, Monthly.

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