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Good Enough The Boys

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30
Month
January
Year
1880
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Public Domain
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"Do not hasten," said Mra. Kivcvs to lier friends, Judge and Mrs. Clifford, is they rose to leave, after a visit of an ïour onc evening. "I want to take Mrs. Clifford up-stairs to see what I ïave been doing to-day. I havo just )ccn puttiug 1he finishing touches to my boy's room, and 1 ieel quite proud of my achieTeiaent 3." " Your boy's room! What, Harry's!" said Mrs. Clifford. " l'on are eeftainly ono oí the very few mothers who spend ny tinie 011 their boys1 rooms, and I èar your labor wil] not be appreciated. Wiiy. 1 dou't believe my boys know vhat is in their room, and they abuso everything so that I should never thiuk of taking any trouble or making any outlay f or them. I used to keep wor ing over them, and making myself miserable because they would not be ïeat or carei'ul, bul of late I've settled lown to the inevitable, and have made up my mind that they would be rough myway, and it was of no use to try to make them different. People o'ften speafc of your Harry as looking so neat, md appearing so gentlem it )e s certainly an exception to most boys," said Mrs. Clifford. As they went up the stairs, Mrs. Rivers answered, "I don't know abont your theory, Mrs. Clifford; my expertiioes not aaxcfi at ail wiiii must inevitably be rbugh, for Harry was not inclined to be any bettcr thau the majority of boys." Here they reaehed the end of the hall, and Mrs. Éivers Btepped forward, and, as she lit two jets 01 gas, Mrs. Clifford exclaimed: " How lovely this room 13, and you have done this for Harry? Tin sure I hope he will appreciate it, for 1 see at a glance that you have expended time and taste and money on it." "Notso much money," said Mrs. Rivera. "Nearly everything in the ornamental way is inexpensive. Now that chair you are sitting on was made from s, barrel, and the chintz I co it with was an oíd dress I liad a many years ago, so that cost me really ng bul the making; and these unohed curtains are very simply made, and of srnall expense; the red stripes were but liity cents, Ithink, and Harry made the cornices for me, and helped me cover them. rhese I brackets and slipper-pooketa and brushl- '- -■;1-"':1 ' . Mr. Riv ■ ad to me that I hardly missed the tune I have taken for theïu. # "But these shelves," stie oontinued, as she moved asido :i b wrought curtain, " are Harry'i delignt. He is quilo a ood geologist, and very fond of collectmg specimens, anu somc of his mieles who live in California., who kaow of his taste for such things, sent him these crystals and quartz and eoppef gems, while other friends who have been in Enrope have brought him relies fiom many historical places thcre, so that he has had for some time quite a largo box of valuables, as he c:ü!s them, and has been wanting a handsome inclosed caso for them; but I did not feel that we could quite afford to get him one just now, so I induced him to make three walnut shelves, and I embroidered this sliding enrtain, whioh is quite effective but very simple, to sliieldthem fromti: id he was delighted with it. I think, myself, it is far prettier, and furnishes the room moro than a case with ihe glass doors voulcl. ïhc books lie I roa grndually; many of thom are Christïias presenta, and lliis Frenehy tablecover an ramt of his gave liim. He akes real solid comfort hore, and I can sec that he enjoya having so many jretty things of bis own. The cliair uid bracket Ihave just finished to-day, jut the other things have been here ior sonio months." " Now, how vvill this room look as it does to-day?" said Mrs. Clifford. Harry will not keep things in order, willhe" " Indeed he vvill,"' said Mrs. Rivera. " I would like to have yon seo hisbureau;" then openingthe drawers, which were i:i perfect order, she remarked: "Harry eould lay his hand on any artiele in his room" in the dark, and he never leaves his brushes or anything he has boen using about the room. His clothes are hung in his closet, and for ycars he has been so in the habit of beorderlythat it is second nature to hiin now." "I don't know what my boys wi say iL they should see this room," said Mrs. Clillbrd. "Theirroom loofcs liko pandemonium all the time. I would not daré show a friend inlo it after they havo gone out for an evéning. Their muddy shoes would be in the center o the floor; a wet towel and wisp-broon oa the bed; their shaving matei-i: I over the bureau; every drawer open and neekties, shirt-sleeves, strings, sus penderá and papers hanging in any thiDg but an artistic way out of tl while elotlies would bu slung about othe chairs in a repklcss style, and th it doors Standing wide open, ex hibitmg a most forlorn prospect. Bï I have reached that point tnat I don' speak of it any move, but just groa and pass aïong. Of course it has dis I couraired me from tryinsr to have anj limur nicc, and v,üh such boys it is no wonder that we all say, 'That'sgood enough tor the boys -anything is good h for them.' " "lint did you ever think," said Mrs. Rivers, " '■■ that theylfelt tïa1 you actcd Erom Lhe feelta1 arylhin;; was goo h ior tfiom hacfmade them moro car and heedleïs than they otherwise would have been? I have a great bump of order, and wl.cn Harry was quite a linio boylmadeup raj mind that I could never endure il i and ir. the house for üflcen or 1 went y yoars, and that it WÖVÜd make Min as disagreeable as it would me nervous :ind uncomfortable. So I bepoung (o have him put avyay all nis Wocks and playthings neatly when he had dono playiñg, and never leave his clothes on the flobr, or anything that he used out of place; and I did not let him feel that lic could leave things ; whereal lo.ose ends, for his mother onsome on else to piek up after him. Tin r - re re son, 1 think, for a wo.:: j.up her dresses and set íor a man to b and I nevéicould onderstand the philosophytlfttt allowed men to scatter newsxs and scraps about the room, sharpen pencils on the carpets, and do various otlior things of that kind which are by no means unconimon, and expert a woman to get np and piek them all rij) and pul : i order. I did not mean I b lys of mine should ever worry me in that way, or their i when they had homes of their ovn; so, as I said, 1 begun with them early, and Gicorge . as neat as Harry, and his vvife oflen thanka me for making him such a model in tl ets; and Harry, although it was '., for he seemed to have a natural love for disorder, or a natural dislike for order, lias been a perfect comfort to me for years, and is now ven free to acknowledge how much better de likes mr way than his." "I think," said iUrs. Oliïiord, "that some boys have an idea that it is girlish to be neat and. orderly, and that it lore nianly to knock things iboi:! e doors, and be :i h; lint your Harry, for all lii.s ne mnnly wi ; the most manly boy I ever knevi. Still it is a mystery to me how you ever ou have." "When he was nina years oid," said Mrs. Rivers, " and began to go to school, and play more with the boys, 1 to give him twenty-fire cents. a week ii' he would remember to come to the table looking neat at each meal, and to take off his boots and put on his ers when he was to be ia the liouse in tlie afternoon or evoning. He soon did these things from force of habit, although I paid him the dollar a. month for a long time, which he used to place in the bank." " Well, we must be going," said Mrs. Clifford, "bat you certainly have i me some new ideas this evening, i shall hardly dare say longer that anything is good enough for the boys, lugh I must ei hat I can hardly believe that my boys would appreciatewhat your Har: : i rfvers, who had returned fröm a gunning expedition, - telling of some of his ox: ;, Harry said to Paul: "Come up and sec the new fixin's in my room. Mother gave me qüite a surprise when I carne home last night." "Whew," said Paul, as they entered the rooiii, "I should say so! Fine, indeed. As nice as any eirl's room I ever saw! I can teil you, you don' t fin d many boys that have rooms like this. Yon ought to seo ours! My mother tliiiiks an; :ood enough for us boys, and' we have nol: a pretty thingin Uic room, and so I don't care how it does look." But the subject of eonversation turned again upon the ■;, and the room was forgotten for tiie time. However, at the tea-table that night Paul said to his mother: "1 wish I could have as nice a room as Harry Rivers, mof her. lt is hxed up as mee as a gírl's. I' be ashamed to show him a al way. "If youwould keep your things in as mee order as Harry does, there would be some eaoouragement to maka your room pretty," repüed his mother; " bnt if nice thiñgs are to be abused as the plain ones are, there would be little r.se in making them íor you; and iL yonr clothes, and books,' and drawers are to ba kopt in the way you generally have them, no matter how many pretty liings there are in your room, you would still feel asliamed to haveany one see it," said his mother. "If you will keep ever ice and in order in your room íor two weeks; put your lothes away when you take tlicm ofl'; ceep your drawers closed and closet loors shut, I will raako some pretty s for you, and perhaps giye you otnething nice for the room besides at Chvi 9." Aj aid Paul, "Til do it," andMrs. I oon f ound that even thpnh she had begun late with her there was quite an inspirationfor them to keep things nice, if they had i keep, and that they (lid te, for more than she had imied, little tastefnl things, and that such surroundings had the effect to make them iess' rough, more careful, more gentlemanly; and it taught her ncver to feel or to say again, that any(,;i. .i for the boy.'" - Chicago - - - The Olean (N. Y.) Times records a most singular case. It is the turning of a chiliTs hair froaaabeatrtiful aubnrn color to white as the result of fright. The girl is a daughter of Orrin Crandell, of Barden Brook, and she is nine years of age. Sevcral weeks ago two or three drunken men came along, and bytheir hideotis aotions and dreadfnl trance frightened the Httle girl terribly. She broke into a paroxysin oí grief, and cried three hours without on, 1 her parents and iriends ased ev. lini beir power tb quiot her. Shortly af te rible ilden locks boto turn gray, the change continuing uniiJ nov alarge portion isaswliite ut of oíd age. She is in good health, and has o physical ailments wtich might cause thia woiuieiñil e, and beyond doubt it o:;n ie atü'cd only to the serious fright descríbed above. t t r - Mr. ITcnvy Jackson is a eolored man who has just begun the stui law at Winthrop, Me. By mdusti Erugality he h : : and COD He was a slavc for uiteen ; three times sold at the auetion block " - Dr. Carristhe nominal head, but Mrs. Carr of the ( . nïa Süile Bureau of Agí rimental farms iu varioua parts of the ötate.

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