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Talking And Writing

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A man never knows what he hs read un. i! bo has eithr talked about it or written ubuut t. Talkkig and Nvriting are digestive processes which are absolutely esseiitial to the mental consliiution of tha man wlio dévoúra many booka. But it is not every man vho can talk. Talking iraplies, first of all, a readirioss on (bo part of tbe speaker, and, next, a sympathtic 1 atener. It is tbereforo as a digestive process the most ditficult, if it is the most rapid, in itá operatioo. Wiitiog ie a difficult afluir: i raao may tafce t$ time to it, and not require a ivador; he-can bo hi own reader. It is au eaaiei, although more formal, procesa oí (Jigestiou than talking. It is in everybcdy'e power and everybody wbo retd8 much rnakes more or leas uso of it, because as Bacon says, if he does not write, lhen he otight (.o havo extraordinary faculíies to compénsate for Ruch negleot. It is in th:s view that we are to understund the com plaint of a well know author that he waa igDorant of a certain subject, and the meaos by which he was to dispeJ bis ignorance - camuly, by wtiting on it. It ie in this view that the inrmoitorial System of Dstruetion has its teaching. It is from the sime point of view that Sir William Hamilton used to lament tho decay of teaching aa a part of the education of stiidents at the universiíitios. Id the olden timo it was neeessary to the obtaining of a dbgree that the graduóte should give evidence ot hid capacity aa a teacher; and in the very titles oi bis dcgree, as magister, and doctor, he vas designated a teacher. A man nver knowa anything, Sir William used to say, until he has taught it in sorae way or other- it may be orally it may be in wiiting a boök. It is a grand truth, and pointa a fiuo moral Knowledge is knowledgo, uay the philosophers; it is precious for its owl Bate, it is an enu to it se.l. üut nature sayg the opposite. Knowledge ia not knowledge uutil we use it; it is not ours unt'l we have bronght it under the coramand oí the great social faculty, speech; we exist for society, and knovvledge is nuil until we gíye it expreseion, and in so doing make it over to the ■ocial ioatinct. - Blackwood.. "Wocld't "Back Down."- A good anécdota is told of a man named Bently, a confirmed drinker, who ■would never drink with a fi'iend nor in public, and always bitterly denied, when a little too steep, ever tasting liquor. One day some bad witnesses concealed themselves in his room, and when the liqnor was running down his throat seized him with his arm crooked and his mouth open, and holding him fast, asked with an air of triumph: "Ah, Bently have we caught" you at last. You never drink, ha?" No one wou 1I hare supposed bnt that Bently would have acknowleged the corn; not he, bnt with the most grave and inexpresable face, he calmly, and in a dignified marmer said, "Gentlemen, my name is not Bently." A Cautious Judgk. - An Irish Judgo tried two notorious fellows for highway robbery. To the astonishment of the court as well as of the pnsoners themeolves, they were iound not guilty. As they_ were being removed from the bar, the judgo, addrcs6Íng the jailer, said: 'Mr. Murphy, you would greatly easo my mind if you would keep these two respectablo gnntlemen until seven, or half past seven o'olock, for I mean to start lor Dublin at five, and I should like to have at leatt two hours start of them." Cp A minister approaching a inischievouB urchin about twelvo vears old aad laying his hand upon his ehoulder, addressed him, 'My son, I believe the devil has hold of you 'I belioTe so too, wa? the significant reply of the urchio. L" A man recently got married in Kentucky one day and hung himself the next. No doubt he wantod to try aH'varieties of nooses, to see which be liked best. t3F ''That's my imprcssion," as the printer said to a pretty girl when he kiBod her. "And that's a tnkcn of my regard, repliad the lady, boxing his ar.