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WHY LIAB AND I PARTED

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N. S. EMERSON.
ES, Liab brought home from the lawyers that paper for

me to sign,
Saying what was his should be his, and what was mine

should be mine; For Liab and I had quarreled so many times, you see, That at last we agreed together we couldn't never agree. So I read the paper over, each separate paragraph, And found that of all our property he'd gin me the better half; For he gave me the house and homestead and kept the Holy

rock hill, He gave me the colt, Saladin, and kept the lame horse, Bill; He gave me the brindled heifer-we'd lost the line-back cow; gave me the sheep and the two white shoats, and kept the

lean old sow. I was mad because he favored me, and made it show so plain, And I s'pose if he hadn't done so much I should ’a’ been mad

again; But, looking along the paper, the next thing that I read Was, " Lay us under the maples together, when we're dead.” Then I knew the one choice left me was a flood of tears or

tongue, So I told him I wouldn't sign the thing to save him from being

hung; In his mean old farm or live stock I scorned any part or share; I was going home to my mother's, and 'twas none of his busi

ness,—there! Then straight in my face looked Liab, till I turned my head

away. He walked out through the kitchen, without a word to say. I heard his steps fall heavy, but I didn't see him go. The maples were blushing scarlet, that he planted so long ago, And under them played our Bessie, child of our happy years. I heard her calling “ Papa !” and then came a flood of tears. But before I could reach the doorway, click! went the garden

gate, And to all my sorry feelings it seemed to say: “Too late.”

Then Bessie came in from playing, a tear on each round red

cheek, And asked, "Where's papa going? He kissed me, but didn't

speak.” Up in my arms I caught her, and murmured and sobbed her

name, Bemoaning that ever my darling was born to such woe and

shame. But Liab was gone! The sunshine lay golden along the lane. I strained my eyes with watching, but he did not turn back

again. The hours crept by slow-footed. At last came Saturday night. I tidied up the kitchen, and set the house to right, And cuddled little Bessie until she fell asleep, Then laid her on her pillow, and kissed her eyelids sweet. Oh, how I did miss Liab. I'd given half my life To hear his kind voice saying: “Where are you, Betsey,

wife?And I thought of how I'd fretted and aggravated him; It made my heart too heavy, and my eyes with tears grow dim. But there was the prayer-meeting gathered that night by Dea

con West. First I thought I wouldn't go, and then concluded 'twas best, For the neighbors knowed.we'd parted, and as Liab allus said, They'd lent their kindest sarvice to help the thing ahead. That night they turned up their noses, with a smile that was

mostly a sneer, And asked: “Where's Mr. Pratt, pray? Why isn't he with

you here?

I was mad as a pestered hornet, though I tried to be proud

and cool ; I hated them for hypocrites, and called myself a fool. But when I could bear it no longer, and deacon was praying

still, I slipped out and hurried homeward along by the Holyrock

hill. Silent I entered the kitchen, and silently crossed the floor, But my heart stood still a minute as I opened the bedroom

door, For there was my dear old Liab, a-kneeling by Bessie's bed, And a few tears shone on the pillow, that Bessie never shed. One look, and the very next moment I kneeled beside him

there, And more tears fell on the pillow and some on my darling's

hair.

Next morning we burned the paper we both had forgotten to

sign; I didn't ask his forgiveness, and he didn't beg for mine. But we both pretty much concluded, without any words to tell, That what was mine was his'n, and his'n was mine as well.

THE BABY'S NAME.

“Mo

ORDAUNT,” she called him. In a novel book

His mother found the name she give to him;

I didn't like it, fer I'd kinder took
A sort of notion favor'ble to “ Jim.”
But when she looked up at me from the bed,

Half dead but happy, an' she said: “I want
That you shall name him after all,” I said:

Why, blame it all, of course it is Mordaunt.”

She knew the way I felt about such names

An' that this was a sacrifice, fer she
Had often heard me say that honest "James

Had just about the proper ring fer me;
But though 'twas disapp'intment, still I thought

She was the one that had the right to choose,
An' I—there wasn't any question-ought

To reconcile my wishes to her views.
He was so delicate—so teeny small,

But smarter than the cracker of a whip.
I don't believe he ever cried at all;

Sometimes he'd pucker up his little lip
An' look at you until you was ashamed

Of all the sins you knew he knew you'd done.
I often thought he grieved because we'd named

By such a name a helpless little one.

An' thinkin' that, when we two was alone,

I called him by the name I liked so well;
His mother would 'a' grieved if she'd 'a' known,

But neither Jim nor me would ever tell.
We never told. He'd laugh an' crow to hear

Me whisperin' so happ'ly to him;
“Yer name's Mordaunt, old boy, when mother's near;

But when there's only me about, it's Jim.”

We never told our little secret, an'

We never will—we never, never will.
Somewhere off vonder, in a flow'ry land,

A little baby's toddlin', toddlin' still,
A-seekin' in the sunshine all alone

The God that give an' then that sent fer him.
Mordaunt's the name carved on the little stone,

But in my heart the name is always Jim.

OUT OF HER RECKONING.

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66L JOW many in your family?” the census-taker said.

“ Hoo mony?” Mrs. Rafferty she shook her tousled

head. Well, shure, I think there is elivin. Jist let me count," said

she. “There's Mike, my mon, that's did, an' me an' Patsy,—that

makes threeThe triplets four an' Mary five, Tim six, an' Bridget sivin; The blessed twins is eight. Thot's all." “ But that is not

eleven." “Now wait a bit. There's me,—thot's wan—an' little Patsy,

two; The triplets three an' Bridget four, an' Timmy there by you Is five, an' poor did Mike is six, an' me darlin' little twins Is sivin, an' Katy eight. Oh, dear! Now if I jist begins Wid Mike that's did-hivin rest his sowl !—I'm sure to git

thim right, For 'dade there's 'livin; leastways there was when they went

to bed lasht night.

Poor Mike is wan, the twins is two, Timmie au' Patsy four, An' Mary five an' Mike-oh, no; I counted him beforeAn' Mary five, an' Bridget six-ah, now I've got thim

straightAn' Katy sivin, the triplets eight-sure, the triplets they make

eightAn' Katy sivin, the triplets eight. Where have the ithers gone? By all the saints in hivin, I know I've counted ivery wan.

Now whisht an' shtop yer shpakin’. I'll count them jist

wance more. There's me an' Tim an' Patsy an' Katy—thot is four; The triplets and the twins is six, an' Bridget—now just waitAn' Bridget sivin, an' poor did Mike-yis, poor did Mike

makes eight. Yes, thot is right,” said Mrs. R. and rubbed her tousled pate, ,

, "I t'ought there was elivin, but I see there is but eight.

'CEPTIN' IKE.

WILLIAM DEVERE.
HAR wuz Si, thar wuz Hi, thar wuz Alec an' Dan,

Martha, Samanthy, Matilda, an' Fan,

Eliza, Mirandy, an' Flora, an' Belle,
An' they all got along most uncommonly well,

'Ceptin' Ike.

T

Somehow or other Ike never could work,
Didn't cotton to nothin' exceptin' to shirk.
All of Spragues's boys an' his girls had some spunk,
An' he bragged that none of 'em no one could skunk,

'Ceptin' Ike.
Thar wuz Si could split rails, an' Dan he could mow,
Thar wuz Alec could harvest, an' Hi he could hoe;
Martha, Matildy an' Fan could spin yarn,
An' everyone on 'em could work on the farm,

'Ceptin' Ike.

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