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A Greedy Cormorant

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There was a story in tbe newspaperi the other day about & Massachusette minister who resigned his charge because somo one had given his parish a fine house and h;s parishioners wanted him to live in it His sa:ary was too sraall, he said, to admit oí his living in a big house, and he would not do it. He was even deaf to the proposal that he should share the proposed tenement with the aewing sooieties and clubs of hischurch, and when the matter came to a serio'is issue, he relinquished his charge and sought a new field of usefulness. The situation was an amusing inatance of the embarrassment of riches. Let no one to whom restricted quarters may have grown irksome, and who covets lanrer dimensions of shelter, be too hasty in deciding that the minister was wrong. Dd you ever see the house that Hawthorne lived n at Lenox? Did you ever see Emerson's house at Concord? They are good houses for Araericans to know and remember. They permitted thought " A big house is one of the greediest cormorants wh'ch can light uponalittle income. Backs may go threadbare and stomachs may worry along on indifferent fillings, but a house will have things, though its occupants go without It is rarely complete, and constantly tempts the imagination to flights in brick and dreams in lath and piaster. It develops annual thirsts for pa nt and wall-paper; the plumbing in it must be keptin order on pain of death. Whatever price is put on coal it has to be beated in winter; and if it is rural or suburban, the grass about it must be cut even though f unerals in the family have to be put off for the mowing. If the tenantsare not rich enough tohire peoploto keen their house clean they must do it tbemselves for there is no excuse that wU pass among housekeepers for a dirty house. The master of a house too big for him may expect to spend the leisure which might be made intellectually or spiritually profltable in acquirintf and putting into practice fag ends of the arts of the plumber, the bell-hanger, the locksmith, the gasfitter, and the carpenter. Presently he will know how to do everything that can be done in the house except enjoy himself. He will learn about taxes, too, and water rates, and tiow such abominations as sewers or new pavements are aiways liable to accrue at his expense. As for the mistress, she will be a slave to carpets and curtains, wallpaper, painters, and woraen who come in by the day to clean. She will be luclcy if she gots a chance to say her prayers, and thrice and four times happy when she can read a book or visit with her friends. To live in a big house may bealuxurv, provided that one has a full set of money and an enthusiastic housekeeper in one's family, but to scrimp in a b:g house ís a miserable busmoss. Yet such is human folly, that for a man to refuse to live in a house becauso it is too big for him is such an exceptional exhib.tion of sense that it becomes the favorito paragraph of a day in the newspapers. -


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Ann Arbor Courier