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Where Is The Shovel?

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"Nathan, where id theVihovel ? lloro I've been hunting long cnough todo rny work twice over, and caii'l find the shovel." The farmer was wrothy. " I don't know whero 'tis faiber ; summtrs about, I supposè," Tho Iwojoined in the search. "Nathan, you have k-f't the shovel whero you bave worked, I know. hy don't you ahvays put the tools in their place?'' " Wherc is the placo for (hu shovel, ] should liko to kow, father ?" He couldn't teil. It had r.o place Sometimos it was laid on the wagon, and occusionally aecoinpanied thut vehicla when harnessod in ahurry. - Sometimos it wr.s bang up withthe baroess, to fall down wheu not wanted, or get coverod up whes it was. A great deal of shoe lea her had come to naught by that shovel. It had at times inoro tlian the obliyiouaness of 8ir John Jranklin, and defied discovery. So it was with all the otber tools. - They would seem to vanish at times, and" thon come to ligbt again rusty as old anchor.s. The farmer's barn was crowded, He had no " spare room" there. There were several in his dwelliug. Bnt his bani was crammed - it was a kind of a mammoth sausagc - stuffed every year. So there was no room for a spocial apartment for the tools. In his imagination ho never saw his hoes hung on a long cloat, his chains all regular in a row, his rakes and his long forks overhead ; ccrtainly he was never anxioüs for such a convenieat room. Why ? His father never 7ad a tool-heuse, aud bis latíicr was callee! a goud farmer. So lio vvas, tlien - io his day - but there are better husbandrnen now, let ine say, and í desire to shock no ono's veneraüon. Did tbey find thesbovel ? No ! thoy rnight as vvoll have searched for theplñlos-phor's stone, seemingly. Nathan started íbr Mr. Goodinarrs to borrow one. Their work must be clone, and borrow ho niust. "I don't know :s yon can Jïnd one in my tool-houss," replied Mr. Goodman. Nathan noticed that be boro down on Borne of his worda liko a man on a plow-beam. Didn't he mean sorae thing? Nathan wo it to tho tool-room thoughtfully. A doo.' on w heels opened with a slight piiib, and thure wero Goodman's trols enough, Nathuu thought, to equip acompany of sappers and minera ! Hatchete, oxeí, sawa, tree scrapers, grafting tools, hoes, dig gers, shovels, spades, piek-axes, crowbars, plow, harrows, cultivators, seedsowers, sieves, trovvels, rakes, pitchforks, flail?, chains, yoke?, nmzzles, ropee, twine, baskets, measures - all were there, neatly and eompactly arranged. It was Goodmaa's ark- io savo him from tbo delugect untbriftj Here overy night Uu; tools were brought n and wiped clean and bang ap in their places. The next morning a job could be connnenced atouce, Goodman knew. iïepartitioedti of alarge room in his new barn for tools. It vvas o pieasant place for a visitor ; the tools was the best of their kind. p]very new shovel, or rake, or fork, beiore use was oiled with linseed oil, wlnch left the wood sinooth and irnpervious to water. Goodman froquentlysays, ': 1 had rather havo the few hundred dollars, I have invested for tools, so invested, tban the same in rail road stock. It pays better." Now,there is no patent on Goodmun's plan, and I hope many will go into it ; the inore "sucoessful imitations" the better.