íDje Pktpn mis An anthor who had wTonght 3 book of fabÏCT(tfiü niftrit whereof transcended expression) was peacefully aslcep ntop of the modest erainence to whk'h he had iittainnd, whcn he wus Pndely awttkenéd by a thronjr of eritics, erïtiL adverso judjrment vtpon the tales hc li.-i 1 builded. " Apparently," saja lic, "I .havo been fruilty of sotne small grama of uncmisidpred wisdom, and the sanie hare provrn it Tiitterness to these excellent folk, the whioh they wili not abide. Ah ! we-Il, those who' produce the Strpsburg vate and the feather-piHow are prono to ropard us as ri ral cre.-ttors. I presume it is in oourso of nntrtrc for him who grown the pen to censure the manner of its use." So spffiikíng he extuuíert i smilc a harid's íirenth ín extent, and rosumed hiá uiry divam of dropping dueats. Moral - As above. 11 "What have yon there on your back?" sitid a wbra, jeeringly, to a " ehip of the desprt " in baflast. " Only a b:ilo of gridirons," wns the meel: reply. " And what, pray, may yon desiírn doin? with them ? " was the incxcdulous rcjoinder. " What am I to do with the gridironsr1 repeated the camel contemptuously. " Nk qaesiioii for you - who kare eviáently come off one." People who wish to throw stones Bhould' not live in glass houses ; but there eugHt to bo a few in their vicinty. Eli An ant laden with a grain of corn, which líe fiad acquired with infinite foil, was Breasting a current of his felToWR. Prt oí wlioin, n-a in. tho otiquotto, fnsis'ted in stoping him, feeling him all Overr arrd shaking hands. It to tim t&at an excesï of ceremeny is an abuse of courtesy. So lm laid down his tnirden, sat upon it, folded all his lega tight to his body, and smiled a smilo of great giimness. " Hullo ! What's the matter with yon "' exclaimed tbe first insect whose ovortures ■werp deolined. Sick of the hollow conventionalities of a rotten civilization,:' was the rasping reply. "Eclapsed into tlio lionest . simplicity of primitive obsen-anees. 60 to grass ! " "jïih: then wo mui=t trouble you for tKat corn; In a conditio-n of primitivo niinplicity there are no rights of property, you know. These are ' hollow coiiventíonalitiea.'" j "1 A light dawnod upon iho intellect of tn'at pismire. He shook the reefs out of Mislegs; he scratched the reverse of his er ; lie grappled that cereal, and' trotted away 3 wrt refreshcii. It was obnervod that hc submitted with a trealth of patience to manipulatiou by his frieeds and neiglibors, and went somo distance out of his way to shake hands with strángars on coir.petïng lines of trafile. Neertheless, the fable does not teacli tbat social obser-iances are always - or oven oornmonly - groundect ia good sense. If it did that would make it true. IV. A snake who had lain torp-d all winter in-his hole tooit advantage of the first ■warm day to limber up for the spring campaigñ. Having tied hiniself into an intricate knot, he was so overeóme by the -nrannth of his own body that he feil asfrep anfï'did not wake until nightfnll. In the darknyss lio was unable to find his head or his tail, aiui so conld not disentanglo and slido into his hole. Per consequenco, he frozo to deSth. Man'y a suitable philosoj)hfr has failed to solvfi that knotty problom, himsslf, owin io liis inability to discern bis begjhning ftud.hia end.