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WHAT THE PAPERS SAY OF THE…

THE CUSTOMERS AT OUR SHOP!

A HINT TO VOLUNTEERS.

A SKETCH OF THE POPE IN PUBLIC…

A PERSECUTED PRIEST.

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A PERSECUTED PRIEST. A capital story is told by the author of the article in the CiviltA Cattolica, which is to the point here (says the author of a very amusing article—" Robo di Roma"—in the Atlantic Monthly) and which, even were it not told on such respect- able authority, bears its truth on the face of it As very frequently happens, a, poor bottegaio, or shopkeeper, being hard-driven by his creditors, went to his priest and prayed him earnestly to give him three numbers to play in the lottery. But how under heaven," says the innocent priest, has it ever got into your head that I can know the five numbers which are to issue in the lottery ?" Eh Padre mio I what will it cost you ?" was the answer. Just look at me and my wretched family; if we do not pay our rent on Saturday, out we go into the street. There is nothing left but the lottery, and you can give us the three num- bers that will set all right." Oh, there you are again! I am ready to do all I can to assist you, but this mat- ter- of the lottery is impossible; and I must say, that your folly in supposing I can give you the three lucky numbers, does little credit to your brains." Oh, no no do not say so, Padre mio Give me a terno. It will be like rain in May, or cheese on my maccaroni. On my word of honour, I'll keep a secret. Via You, so good and charitable, cannot refuse me the three numbers. Pray, content me this once." "Caro mio! I will give you a rule for always being content:—Avoid Sin, think often on Death, and behave so as to deserve Paradise,-and so Basta basta Padre mio That's enough. Thanks! thanks God will reward you." And, making a pro- found reverence, off the bottegaio rushes to his house. There he takes down the Libro dei Sogni," calls into consultation his wife and children, and, after a long and earnest discussion and study, the three numbers corresponding to the terms Sin, Death, and Paradise are settled upon, and away goes our friend to play them in the lottery. Will you believe it ? the three numbers are drawn,—and the joy of the poor bottegaio and his family may well be imagined. But what you will not imagine is the persecution of the poor priest which followed. The secret was all over town the next day, and he was beset by scores of applicants for numbers. Vainly he protested and declared that he knew nothing, and that the man's drawing the right numbers was all chance. Every word he spoke turned into numbers, and off ran his hearers to play them. He was like the girl in the fairy story, who dropped pearls every time she spoke. The worst of the imbroglio was, that in an hour the good priest had uttered words equivalent to all the ninety numbers in the lottery, and the players were all at loggerheads with each other. Nor did this persecution cease for weeks, nor until those who had played the numbers corresponding to his words found themselves, as the Italians say, with only flies in their hands.

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PARLIAMENTARY SCRAPS.

A MYSTERY TO BE UNRAVELLED.

AN ODD PARLIAMENTARY SCENE.

A GOOD TIME COMING! '

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