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Somo people wonder why it is that thcy possess no friends. They live in fine liouses, dress in eoitly garmnts, appcar in royal turnouts, and Matter their money with a prodigal haul", bat somohow their uoighbors shun them, and jioople of far leis maans are roceivod and passed alom; in society from which thej' are oxcluded. The fault rests wtiolly ís thomelves. Ten to one if everything they do is not prompted by solíish motives, which are so pparont as to repol ovcrybody but paratos and lecches. It is within the power f all to make and knop friends it' wa ïold se'fi.lmess oif at arm's length and ultivato kindnesí ot' heart and couitvsy t' mannor. " Gentleness," say3 Saiuuêl miles, "is likö the silont intluence of ight which gives color to nature; it is 'ar more powerful than loudness or force, nd lar more fruitful. Little courtesitís, vhich form the small change of life, may iparately appear of little intrinsic value, )ut they acquire their importance from epetition and accumulation. Affability nd good breeding may even be regarded s essontial to the success of a man in any mineut station and onlarged sphere of' ife ; for tho want of thom has not unfreuently been found, in a grout measuro, o ncutralizu the results of much industry, ntegrity, and honesty of character." Wfl lave but to act on the sujjgcsüon here brown out, in order to surround ourselves vith fïiends. " Old Trottoi' " is an eccentric genius, vho drives tho iirst stage out of Fort [earney wostward, and whose deeds and lyinirs will, in future, becoine historical. 'he fullowing is related of him : One ay he stopped a man on the road who rovo a miserable team of siek and aged ittle mules, with the ejaeulation : " Look a-hero, pil grim ! I know a man who would givo cight hundrod dollars if he ould seo thom mules." Why," exclaimed tho man, startled by such an unexcctcl prospect of 1 uc.k, " you don't say so ! Who is ho P" " Hes a blind man," said Trotter, "g'lang!"


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Michigan Argus