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"PA, what does thismean-g-l-u-t-i-n-o-u-aP" Why, that's eatm' too much, Ohauncey, such as you do sometimes. I'm glad to see you larnin' But, pa, the teacher said it meant sticks.' What sort of sticks are they um-sticke ? No, you gawky- sticks, to stick—to stick to your vittels!" ENGLAND'S WOOL TB.ADE.-The wool trade of this country has been marked by a little variety. In the fourteenth century England exported wool Largely to Italy and Flanders, the sheep themselves being also sent to the Continent by thousands. A large amount of the taxes was even paid in bags of wool, which were speedily exchanged for Flemish ooins. Repeated attempts were, however, made during the sibove period to check the exportation of the raw material. Many duties were imposed, and smug- glers were punished by the loss of the right hand, which was hung up in the market- places as a considerate warning to all. At length the nen-exporters gained the day, and rrom 1660 to 1825 it was illegal to send a pound of British wool out of the country. A long fight fol- lowed the woollen manufacturers procured a law for burying the dead in woollen cloth, and used all their influence to increase the quantity of wool in the country by the double process of bnnqing in foreign and keep- ing in all the native growth. The great sheep-farmers clamoured for precisely the opposite measures. Could ilie ovine creatures have comprehended the nature of the battle, they must have felt highly flattered by ce their influence in English politics. The contest gradually subsided, as wiser commercial views were adopted by all parties.—Catsell's Nsw Popular Edu- cator. FRENCH WOMEN AS TALKERS.—Of three sxterior forms of action—talk, manner, and dress— which are at the disposal of all women, it is from talk that the French extract theirreal results. Their employ. nenti of manner and of dress is conducted with a scien afic skill unknown in any other land; but, great as is their proficiency in the handling of those two sources of influence, it is by talk alone that they bring about the highest and most subjugating of their effects. Even ;he accident of beauty helps them but little; it is so fre- (uent amongst them; they are, by theirnature, so disin- clined to trust to passive elements of attraction; they are, on the contrary, so accustomed te energetically employ the most active measures of attack; they are all so thickly surrounded by examples of constant and rigorous use of personal exertion in order to please, to influence, and to win -that by the joint force of habit and example, they learn to regard mere ordinary beauty, if they happen to possess any of it, as a weapon which is usually insufficient to carry them to a victorious position in their world. Scarcely any of the French women who are endowed with it attach Bxcessive pride to it. They perceive that it disposes other people to look at them admiringly, andto talk somewhat about them; but with their prodigious common-sense, and with their singular national capacity for rightly estimating the relative value of things they recognise that, by itself, it rarely leads them to any solid influence. The men and womenround tnem want something more than prettiness—they desire to talk, to listen, to be amused and interested. So, as looking or being looked at is not enough for any of them, they end by laying down the law that beauty alone gives no sufficient masteries in life to its holder. And, futher- more, even if it did bestow complete authority and undisputed control, there are not many women in France who would content themselves with unwon homage-who would consent to leave their faces to inertly conquer for them-who would sit down silently in their beauty and adandon the inspiriting strife which leads to well gained consciously merited command. The women of France are an essentially living race—a race of combatants, who scorn unf ought-for victories and torpid triumphs. Their joy in life is, not only to fight, but to fight with arms which they have forged themselves for their own hands, and so to accomplish a double success as belligerents and as manufacturers. Under such conditions, and with such natures, it is comprehensible enough that Frenchwomen should regard talk as their sword of war, manner and drees as supplementary weapons of attack, and beauty as an un- aggressive ally, which adds, it is true, to the effect of a review of troops, but which is of little reliable service in campaigning.—Blackwood?» Nagasime.



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