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Fr' i !:dr. The pleasuro of Easy Chair's oompany was lately requested at what was callea "a chiM's hop," and Mr. Easy Chair acoepted tbo invitation with very greateatisfnctioii. Ho had sonio knowledgo of childreu, and a great 9eal of lovo for theui. IIü kneu' tliat it 's their nature to hop and to run, and to shout and rejoice, and he repaixed to tho proper placo at tho hoar namod. That hour, indeed, was suspieious, for it was 8 o'clock, and that is very nearly tho hour when most chililrcii should be going to bed. Mr. Chair found the room brilliantly lightsd, and decorated with boautiful fiowers ; and pre8ently tho guests bogan to assemblö. ïiicro were, iirst of all, a party of ladios and geontlemcn in i'ull dress, and and then a largor party of very much smaller ladies and gentlemen in the same general kind of magnifleeace; Ini there was an extravagance of oostlinem and ricbnesa in tliu dress of tho smaller peoplo whii-U e:: . iln-y Chair to suppose theni to belong to some imperial or ti val cmbassy lateiy arrivcd froni Lilliput. JU' I ' resentí y turncil anu asked a neighbor of his oivn sizo when tho feu might be expocted 10 appear. And t his airïazment, he reoeived u look ol' astonishtnent and 110 answer. '■Jiut I pruy you, madame, who aro these woncioriuiiy drèaeed smali people, wbose costuuia is a grotesque re-production of youra and that of the other ladiesr And who in particular is that remarkable little figuro with a fun in her hand, and simpering to that little t'ellow in velvet beside her? Are they indeed princo and princesa of Lilliput?" it is my daughtcr, sir," was tho roGhair's noighbor, glaring at him, as it were, and sweeping away with a rustling digiiity that was withering. Tien it wus explaioed. Those olnborately dressed littlo people were the children who were to hop. Futile expectation '. 3ir. Easy Chair might as well have expeeted to spc his grandraother hop at the age of 90. iperbsiaall ■ did only what their elders would have donfi. They looki d at each other's line dresses and displayed their ov.-n. Thcso who hadini who had. The boys who were iuirly out of the nursorj-, had an air of grave Beniority that was profoundly depressing. Thcra wcro oven signs of enntii, as if dancing were very well for those who wero still young. And by-aud-by thero ku.0. a supper, and it was tiu'.y splcnclid. Then more dancing; and later, at Mr. Easy Chair knows not what hour, thcro was the gay coi. fusión of departuro, and the y parody was over. It was ceitftinly pretty, but it was :i very sobci spe tacle. Childri n are naturallj' gay and they frolio and dauoe and romp with a wil). Butohildhood seemed to have bron eliininatod from these littlo folks. They wtre sallow and anxioufi and worn. And hov stupid and sleepy they must havo been tho noxt ïnorning! And how uawillingly, with no siiiniug morning face, they must have orepi to school' And what poor little abused and how surely the freshness and cbarm of life are being destroy■ tbeml !Tet, Mrs. Ad end her children, and what can Mrs. Usul, Cad or Dad do bat send theira 'i And iï Mrs. Thompson's daughter has i siilc oaught up : id with lace orllowers, I know, my d ar i hat you do no( to have j'our dr.nghtei' dragraioed, and 1 take care that ourdear girl shall bo as lid as any of tlicm ! These are na that the children learn, and in turn as paren ts, teach. Aod it is curious that O.h American tlicory of eVerybody's being as good as anybody has this perversión, that everybody must . nd do as anybody dors. Everybody who yielda to the manía of extraragance i'or childn n makés it barder for everybody else not to yield. But there is no uso in preaohing about it, if only asuro of yourcompany is requested at a child's hop. Then yon seo for ■ is Dothing more melaneholy than such a speotacle at a watering-pluce hotel. The forward rul of the poor little overdressed figures is pitiful. T!ic swe t modi sí y of childhood, tho breezy bloom of health upon the cheek, the plain, simple dress, the artless ardor of joy - all that is in the lcjvoly age is wanting at the child's hop. Mr. Easy Chair sought tlie neighbor of wh.'iii he had asked iuformation, ai I to her ; "Madame, who is responsible for all il'i-'r" But she eluded him with terror, i hadbeen amaniac. fes she really fied before tho terror of hoaring, "Thou art the woman." For that is the answer to tho question. Every parent who fostors this kind of extravagance stcals tho bloom from hor child's obeek and the freshm ss from her heart atid tho eharm from her liic. The one question of her ■omes. "Whocan give mcpearls and fine dresses, equipagos and a splendid house ':" As I! r. ga d at lr . called tho bitterness of Swiït and of Carlyle. The unuttcable anguish of Carlyle, his rtormy and 'i'itanic conti mpt, :ir due to his olí M perceplion of the faot that tho misery could bo so oasily avoided. If it were fatc, he could be as i ■ ireek. But his feeling is rage that we who might ily make the world ft heaven, chbose to make a heil. 'ín the fear of the I ;.n old - preacher, ferveutly - "train up your child in the fear oí' the Lord, and then he will malee the devil and all his angels fear him." Mr. ir wiis about saying somnthingofthe kind to the mother of iho most extravagant littlo persun in the room, when he s;iw her precipitately escaplng. Yinnie Ream will attempt to do what thewicked Woodhullcoul t tlleiiiy '. ber.


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