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YOUTH. In general I have no patience with people who talk about the thoughtlessness of youth indul- gently. I had infinitely rather hear of thoughtless old age and indulgence due to that. When a man has done his work, and nothing can be in any way materially altered in his fate, let him forget his toil and jest with his fate, if he will but what excuse can you find for wilfulness of thought at the very time when every crisis of future fortune depends on the chances or the passions of an hour? A youth thoughtless—when the career of all his days depends on the opportunity of a moment! A youth thoughtless—when his every act is a foundation- stone of future conduct, and every thought a fountain of life or death Be thoughtless in after years rather than now though indeed there is only one place where a man may be nobly thoughtless-his death-bed. No thinking should be left to be done there. RUSKIN. Of Dr. Doyle's tour it is related that his un- usual christian name once proved a stumbling- block to a literary club in Chicago. The host in- troduced him as "Canon" Doyle, and all the guests addressed him by various clerical prefixes. Lord Salisbury, while on a recent visit to his nephew, Mr. A. J. Balfour, M.P., in Haddington- shire, amused himself by playing golf. One day the noble lord struck too low, with his iron, and asked his caddie What have I hit ? The youngster, who was without reverence, gruffly made answer :— Scotland." What duration do you expect for the immortal fame you would win-one, two, three, or four thousand years ? How many fames have survived the latter date. ? CASTLE STREET. An impromptue Competitive meeting in connection with the Literary and Debating- Society, was held in the above chapel on Saturday last, Mr. William Evans in the chair. A lengthy and entertaining programme was gone through, and among the suc- cessful prize winners were, Mr. Probert for sight singing and Mr. John Robinson for a speech, and also for answering six questions. The adjudicators were Messrs. Dryhurst Roberts, Arthur Griffith and Tom Hinds.

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