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Tho lire on tho kaartfa has almost gono out in New England : the hearth has gone out ; the faniily lias lost its centro ; age ceases to be respeeted ; sex is only dis tinguishod by the difference between miU inery bilis and ttúlors' bilis ; there is no more toast and eider ; the young are not allowed to eat minee pies at tn o'clock at uight ; half a cheesc is no longer set to toast befare the fire ; you scarcely ever see in front of the coals a row of roasting apples, whieh a bright little girl, with many a dive and start, shielding her sunny tuce irosa the file with onehand, turna froni time to time ; soarce are the grayhiiitcd sires who strop their razors on the f:unily Bible," and doze in the chiumey corner. A good many things havo gone. out with the iire on the hearth. I do íiot mean to say that pubho and private ínorality have vanished with the liearth. A good degree of purity and considerable Uappiness aro possible with grates aid blowers ; it is a day of trial, when we are passing tlirough a fiery furnace, and very Hkeíy we shall be purified as wc are driád up and wasted away. OL course the family is gone, as an institution, though thero are still attempts to briug up a family round a " record. " But you inight just as well try to bring it up by husid as without the rallying point of a hearth-stone. Are there tmy homesteads now-a-days':1 Do people hesitate tochange houses any more than they do to change their clothes 'r People liiro houses as they would a masquerade costume, liking, sometiine, to appear for a yoar in a littlo íictitious stone-front splendor above their mean. Thus it happens that so many people live in house that do not ttt them. I should almost as soon think of woaring another persón's clothes as his house, unless I could let it out and take it in until it ritted and souiehow expressed my own character and taste. But how we have fallen into the days of oonforinity. It Í9 no wonder that people constantly go into their ueighbor's houses by mistake, just as, in spito of the Maine law, thew wo;uaway eaoh other's hats froin an evening party. It has almost come to this, that you might as well be anybody else as


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