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Uncle Tunis And The Autographic Bed Quilt

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It was Dot beotuse there niu) daujjer their lelowd pastor, Rev. C. W. ('oojicr, wuuld suffer f'rom eold while iu bed diuin? ilie approaching long winter nightH that (hë ladfes of" (hè South Centerville (N. Y.) l'resbyterian cUurch resolved to present liiiii with a bed-quilt. Fat from it. Bul they had hiui fitted out witb alincist everyihiiii' elso, botli uiut'ul and ornaiuuntul, and iuiii.ur-,..rt aaek had i'iv.'ii its shep herd a sofa pillow larger ly .xvral .squares of silk tlian one the South ('enterville liail a short tirue before surprïsed Üieir pastor with, aaothcr demoustration on their part w:n nee:.-ary, and so the bedijuilt was decided upon. It was to be tn autograph bed-quilt. Kvery old, youiur, roarried and unmarried wouian of" the. congiugatiun was to douale a fragiueat of sume wearing material f'roin which the quilt was to be made. Then tho autographs of all Mioli doners or anybody else who chose lo oi nlributa tin? Muail suui of oue dime was to be ltïttfully wrouclit on the patches in 1 mIW, by the needles of the 1 "f the tlock. Work was begun on tliii wonderful quiltfwo uionth.sago. lxn; before it was finishcd the question of who should have the honor of presentinR it to the pastor wa.s the leiuling one lor discussio at tho meetings of tlte ladies. When tlic (juilt was complcted, three weeks ago, the (juestion was still undecided. Two prouiiuunt young ladies wero rivals for the tionor. Fioally, to settle tli matter, without ereatiog uiiüiutetly feuling and makinfi the quilt a stumbling block, it wasconcludcd to deoide by lot who should place the .iiilt in tlio pas-tor's hond.'. The plan Was to h'dra a social, at which the drawin was to t.-iku placo. Chances were to be "solid 1 'ur ton conti: each, the pjoceeds to go to rhim-h ffcd. W hoever should draw a ticket inBcribed "quilt" secured control of privilege of presenting it. The Mjcial wus Beid a lew ni;lits shioe at (lic l)04sa of.Brother Willlam Lavj'. KvtiyUdy was there. The quilt, gorincili.iwiL' au'l rtujarkable astoautognphic uscnptioD, was promineotly displayod. liiere was great exeilernent over the taking of chances. The two young ladies were suppoAèd by (lieir respective friemls, and altnost every chance was placed in the name of one or the other of tliein. Old Uncle Tunis Wood, who lives near ('enterville, was passing Brother Davy's house about nine o'clock on the night of ooikble. Be heard the sounds of Uiérritiient within. Ha knew it was a public gathcring, and tlio purpose of it. He went in. 1 ncle Tunis was Mirrounded by the young ladies aod their iiiends at once. F-ach bpsouRht kin to buy a chance lor her. l_an tchoose Detwixtye, a)ü He, 111 Mjilit the differenco and buy a chance f'or uiyself. " He bought one. Seven hundred and sixty chances were all that could be sold. Then the drawing began. After about four hundred tickets had been drawn and the nrize ticket was slill in the bat, Tunis V ood's ñame was called. He drew out a ticket. It was marked "quilt." The old tnan had drawn the prize. He was beBieged by each young lady to let her be Iih sul'stitute in presenting the quilt to the her. "The preuoher! (ivu lliis quilt to the preacher." he yellcd, " not this year, I guess. Ain't thi.s ((uilt good enough for mei I glMM no preacher won' t git this quilt I won it, I reckon!" And tho old man took the quiltand went home with it. The eoinmittee followed him to teil hiui that he didn't aeeui to unaerstand the object of the drawiög. He HÜd that he thought ha undertood it vcry well. Sinee then the ladies havo visited him and offered to nioke him aquiltexactly llM MM One be ilnw t' lic WOUld lel them urn that one. "Thisuji suiis mu todrath," he replied, "an' I'm afeerd you couldn't git the oolors jist like that agin. I wouldn't lUce to part with it, ladies." And at last accounts neither pleading nor tlireats had induced him to change his inind. Meantitne the neighboringfluck remtiiis speral squares in a mik sofa uuglüon ahead of the South ('enterville ladios, and, it is said, has a dressing-gown for its hepb( nj nearly completed. N. ï. Times. The wrongs we inflict upon others follow us like our shadow. What a foliy to dread the tbought of throwing away lifeatonoe, and yet have no regard to throwing it away by par.vls und pieoe,mel. John lluwe. O how good a thing and how peaceable it ia to be silent of others, nor to believe all that is said, nor easilv to reDort what one. has


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