To be able to say the riglit tliinsr at the r 'eht moment is a great art .and said only toue acqured by tliose who have a natural talent that way. When a careless talker, wlio was criticisinj; a young lady's father severely, paused a moment to say: "I hope lie 8 no relation of ycurs, Miss B. ?" Quick as tiiought she replied, with the utmost nonchalance: "Only a connectiou of motber's by marriajre." Few culd hoie to show such a readitipss of speecli in a dilemma of that kind. Yet in a more curioti and aniiislug way tlns was m itciied by a eautious, old ornan, who, wlien a.-knl wliat she tbought of one of lier i!eirhbors of the iiHine of Jones, with a knowing look replied: "Why, 1 don't like to sny xnvthing üboiit my nt-iïhbors ; but aa to Mr Jones, 8omftiines I tliink, and tlien again I don't know; but attpr all I rather jrucss he'll turn out to be such a sort of man as I take him to be'