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FIRESIDE DEPARTMENT. The following day he was brought out again
and one hundred and fifty blows, with a stout Answer to Enigma in June Number.
bamboo, were again administered upon his
swollen and inflamed feet. After other barWe have received only one answer to this
barous usage he was returned to prison for enigma since our last issue. That is from C.
that day. On the third day he was taken out B. C., Providence.
to the square of punishment, and there unJerry must not give such hard lessons to
derwent the final torture of the knives, a most the young scholars in warm weather. Now,
severe and barbarous punishment, which reJerry, mind that. As this is vacation, we
sulted in his death."-Harpers' Weekly. will give you an easy one this month, but we have another from Jerry, which we intend to
The Will o' the Wisp, called also, Jack o' keep till cool weather.
Lantern, Igneus Fatuus, and Feu Follet, is usually seen in swamps and battle-fields, be
cause it is produced from the gases arising Father Chapelaine, Will o' the Wisp, Mosi- from the putrid matter found in these places. oatunya, Victoria Falls, Zambesi, Acacia,
'The Falls of Mosioatunya, (meaning, “Smoke Thorny, Salt, Muromba, Tsetse, Side, Ner
does sound there,”) were discovered by Dr. budda, Lauterbunnen.
Livingstone, in South Central Africa. He Whole-Innumerable flies, called Tsaltsalya,
| supposes the falls to have been formed by a or Zimp, burst into life, which drive both
fissure or crack in a hard basaltic rock, openman and beast aoross the mountains.
ing from the right to the left bank of the
Zambesi, and prolonged to the left through EXPLANATION.
30 or 40 miles of hills; and that the whole ~ Father Chapelaine was a French Jesuit valley of the Zambesi, before this fissure was missionary in the province of Quangsi, in made, was one immense lake, of which the Southern China. He had labored a number of small lakes scattered about in the valley are years, faithfully and quietly, in various prov- the deep places. Victoria Falls, the name give inces of the Chinese Empire, until February, Jen the above by Dr. Livingstone, is the only of last year, when he found himself suspect- name which he gave to any of his discoveries. ed by the authorities of being in league with "The Acacia, or Egyptian Thorn, is a na. the -- at that time -- victorious rebels. He tive of Africa, growing within the limits of was rudely dragged before the mandarin judge, the tropical rains, where the soil is rank from who silenced him with blasphemous ques-excssive heat and moisture. They seldom tions, and then ordered that he should re- grow above fifteen or sixteen feet high, then ceive one hundred and fifty blows with a flatten, and spreading wide at the top, touch bamboo upon the soles of his feet — sufficient, each other, while the trunks are far asunder ; often, to kill an able-bodied man. He bore and thus, under a vertical sun, for many miles these without a murmur. Enraged at his he-together, there is a free space, in which both roic silence, he was then taken to one of the men and beasts may walk in a cool, delicious squares of the town, and placed in a cangue, shade.” or wooden collar, where, for three hours he Both Bruce and Livingstone speak of salt was left bareheaded, exposed to the heat of being used for money in East Africa. Livingthe sun and to the jeers of the multitude. I stone also speaks of calico as a currency.
Muromba is a hill discovered by Living- tation of man, while the country on the opstone, in the middle of a lake north of the posite side of the mountains is teeming with Zambesi.
luxuriance, and basking under the rays of a Side was an ancient town (not tower, as prolific sun. The inhabitants of these adprinted in the enigma,) on the sea coast of joining territories, availing themselves of this Pamphylia, in the route of Alexander.
singular dispensation of Providence, migrate Near Lauterbrunnen, in Switzerland, is the
from one side of the mountains to the other,
so that, while their cattle are feeding in the beautiful water-fall of Staubach, descending perpendicularly 800 feet. " It is one of the cool of the morning on the most luxuriant
pasture, and, during the burning sunshine of principal waterfalls of the eastern continent.”
the day, are browsing on exuberant foliage, a Whole. “The mountains which run par- | mere geographical line divides them from a allel with the western shore of the Red Sea, I land deluged with a pouring rain, deserted by separate vast districts, which, though exactly I almost every living creature, and condemned in the same latitude, have nevertheless a most I to gloomy and cheerless solitude." — Bruce's remarkable difference in the period of their Travels. rains. Both countries are deluged with rain for six months in the year; but the wet sea
Answer to Puzzle. sons are diametrically opposite to each other. On the east side, between the mountains and
SLATERSVILLE, 1858. the Red Sea, it rains during the six months I find the solution of the puzzle in the which constitute our winter ; while on the op- June number of THE SCHOOLMASTER to be posite side it rains during the whole of our this: summer months.
Taking IX from SIX leaves S, “ These periodical rains, which in them
" X from IX leaves I, selves constitute one of the wonders of na
• L from XL leaves X, ture, produce another which is almost equal- | making SIX, or half a dozen. ly extraordinary ; for, as soon as the fat, I have not been able to solve the enigma. black earth becomes saturated with water,
MINNIE. immense swarms of flies burst into existence ; and, with the rains, drive almost every living
For the Schoolmaster. creature from them. This insect, called tsalt
Geographical Enigma. salya or zimp although it is scarcely larger than a common bee, becomes formidable from its immense numbers; and the buzzing sound announcing its arrival is no sooner heard, My 25, 15, 17, 39, 53, 41, 49, is a city conthan the cattle forsake their food and run taining one of the most magnificent cathedrals wildly about the plain, till thay actually die in Europe. from fear, pain, and fatigue. Even the rhi- | My 52, 36, 42, 6, 35, 10, 32, 22, is a river noceros and elephant, whose hides are con- in Asia. sidered almost impenetrable to a musket ball, My 3, 9, 22, 27, 16, 34, is a river in one of are severely persecuted by these insects. the territories. Therefore, either region becomes, for six My 23, 18, 46, 30, 34, is the name of 4 months of the year, almost unfit for the babi. I mountain in New England.
I AM COMPOSED OF PIFTY-FOUR LETTERS.
My 35, 16, 11 40, 7, 6, was the birth-place ing the sights in the Franconia range, and of an eminent naturalist.
managed to reach home just in time to comMy 4, 41, 33, 3, is a cape on the coast of mence his autumn term. He had seen all that Africa.
tourists see, he had enjoyed and learned more My 48, 14, is the birth-place of one of the than they. patriarchs.
His friend, the student, listening to his tales My 1, 13, 31, 43, 28, 37, 11, 31, is a town by the fireside, in the winter, was straightway in Germany.
seized by a desire which drew him into a like My 45, 3, 24, 14, 34, 38, is an island in laudable notion of pilgrimage. So, when his Oceanica.
college vacation occurred, he took his bag, My 1, 54, 26, 21, is a gulf tributary to the into which he dropped his Virgil, by way of Mediterranean sea.
ballast, and a dozen of his mother's gingerMy 28, 47, 53, 44, 5, is a naval station in bread cakes, with a half dozen turn-over colEurope.
lars, and other etceteras, and, putting on his My 8, 29, 20, 19, 51, 16, 34, is a river trib- Sophomore hat, he stepped over the daffyutary to the Gulf of Mexico.
down-dillies on his way for the train towards My 2, 35, 46, 50, 12, 40, 33, is a cape on Mount Tom. His own journal contains an the coast of Asią.
elaborate account of the “natives” of the My whole is an old proverb.
several towns of Worcester and Springfield, JENNIE.
which he saw at noon and by gas light, and a
thrilling description of his sensations on first For the Schoolmaster.
discovering Mount Tom over his right shouldHospitality.
er, in the Springfield train. Emulating the
example of the schoolmaster, he traced with An old writer tells the story of Abraham's
his foot-prints the banks of the beautiful Conhospitality. The command is often repeated
necticut and scientifically investigated, as was not to be forgettul to entertain strangers,
his duty, the vibrations of Hadley Falls, his In the summer vacation, our schoolmaster
observations on which, together with sketches slung his satchel on his arm and put his left foot
and remarks thereon, are in his portfolio. forward for thc White Hills, which he reach
Space fails to tell of his approach to the ed in due time. He shunned hotels, because
mountain by moonlight and of his dismay at . he always found that his money pocket shrunk
hearing a “moping owl to the moon comupon leaving the clerk's desk, and it was none
plain,” of his ascent of the mountain, round too full at first. So, when he became weary
its southern face in the morning, and of his at night, as a rap on the door of the nearest
journey due west, “ towards the setting sun,” house generally brought a hospitable host to
as his journal sayeth. All these may be found the sill, he stepped within and was generally
duly written in the aforesaid journal. But welcome to the country fare and hearty socia
our subject is most concerned with an advenbility which he found there. The rubbing out
ture which is wholly left out on his record. of a light score in the morning preceded his departure, when he shouldered his bag and Night coming on, our Sophomore, after a trudged on. Thus our schoolmaster traveled. | bowl of milk at a country house, made nuHe ascended Mount Washington on foot. I merous scrutinies of the countenances of peovalked leisurely through the Notch after see- I ple whom he met concerning the “hospitality"
of that vicinity, which was entirely unfur- rious face peeps from behind the inner door. nished with inns. He summoned all his res- Here occurs a moment of awkward silence. olution.
"I would like to know,” insinuates the Rap, rap, rap, on the first door.
Sophomore, “if I can get lodged anywhere “Good evening, sir,” remarked the Soph- in the vicinity.” omore.
| “Well,” (with a ghastly smile.) “We've “Good evening,” answered a surly voice got company, or we would keep you." at the door, the possessor of which scowled Sophomore turns nervously on his heel. grimly at our Sophomore.
With his back to the door and his foot on a “We have experienced very warm weather descending step, he makes the old inquiry. to-day, sir,” said the Sophomore, uneasily “Yes. I guess you can get a place at the moving his bag from his left shoulder to his / village." hand,
“How far is it?” Yes.”
“1) — about two miles." “Do you know, sir,” (very quietly and “Thank you." gently,) “where I can obtain lodging to- Sophomore departs, shouldering his satchel,
and gazing wistfully at the golden and purple “Well, I don't know but you can get put horizon. up at the next house. The folks there's bet-! A knock at the next door is unanswered. ter off than we are."
It is now dark. A damp breeze lifts the rim “ Thank you, sir. Good evening." of his hat from his wet forehead. Before Door shuts.
him, up the main road, is a steep, high hill, The “next house” is reached.
rising up black and dismal. He has arrived “I would like to get lodging,” says the at the village, over the high, dark, dismal hill. Sophomore to an easy, clever looking man at It is night. A tall, white house looms up on the door, which promptly opened to his knock. the right. The upper half of a door opens
“Y-e-s. We-e-11.” (Looking down at in answer to his knock, and a woman appears his left boot.) “We've got an old woman, with a candle. sick, here. Don't believe we can 'cominodate “Can I stop in this house to-night, madye. But there's Riley Perkins 't lives in th' am” next house but one. Guess he'll take you Madam is about to speak, but he goes on.
—“I have inquired at a number of places Exit, with compliments.
| back. I am weary and tired and there is, as Riley Perkin’s is just one mile and seven- I learn, no hotel within ten miles. I am a eighths from this gentleman's door. student, madam, traveling in pursuit of"
The Sophomore raps. He sees the sun just“ pleasure" he was about to say — " in purgoing down over the rocky hills in the west. suit of exercise. I will pay you for my lodgIt is a sublime sight, he would think, at any ing.” other time.
Madam looks wistfully at the Sophomore, The door opens.
who holds his hat in his hand. She has a “ A pleasant evening, sir.”
sweet face, and, withal, a benevolent, social “ Yes, sir,” answers the farmer, who is appearance. She wipes the top of the candleabout seating himself to his supper. A cu-stick gently with her apron.
“ I should have no objection to having you boys, and drying his wet feet – he was sleepstay, but the man of the house is not in.” ing in a comfortable bed in the “ south room." “ Will he be in soon?"
The next day our Sophomore took the “Yes, at nine or ten o'clock. He has gone Western Road at Huntington station for Alto East- "
bany, " What town is this, madam?"
We happen to know both the Sophomore “ West H-."
and the Schoolmaster. We hope that the • How far is it to the next town?” Sophomore's experience may never be ours. “ Four miles.” “ I think I will not stay. The man might
For the Schoolmaster. blame you for letting me in.” Something like The Tale of the Tub of Water. a tear drops on the Sophomore's cheek. “I
One and twenty hundred, two score and am much obliged to you, madam.”
four years have passed over the city of SyraDoor closes solemnly.
cuse, since the tale of the tub of water origIt is almost nine o'clock. Mud, over shoe,
inated. There was, among the numerous fills the road — there is no sidewalk. Dark
houses of that great city, one to which a poor ness, thick as Newport fog, closes in around
man, named Archimedes resorted for the purhim. He passes a new white house. Hope
pose of bathing; — this was a long time ago, revives. He shouts to a man who is walking
when bathing tubs were in fashion. His tub, in the yard with a lantern.
either by design or by accident, was filled enA reply, something like a growl, to his oft- tirely to the brim with the protoxide of hyrepeated question, says something about the drogen, which was the substance used in “ housen” a mile or two ahead, and about a those days for cleansing the body. The poor “ double handed man” who sometimes takes man, naturally a little bronzed, was evidently in travelers.
in a brown — a very dark brown — study, for Must he “ camp out?"
king Hiero, who was very famous then, but Never! He will trudge on till daylight! who has since died, leaving only his name and He will, at any rate get out of the town of a tin fountain, which squirts water to an West
amazing height, suspected that one of his His indignation drives him two or three goldsmiths had been cheating him by selling miles to a large dark mansion. He must go him plated instead of solid jewelry; the last in here. He is out of that inhospitable town, suspected article was a crown, which the king at all events. He knocks at the north door. had given orders to be made of twenty-four A man answers the rap. There is a good fire carat gold. Like many other great and rich in the kitchen, he can see, but all is quiet. men, Hiero considered rank and riches a sufHe is determined.
ficient apology for the lack of common sense, “ What town is this, sir?” he asks. so he commanded his son, whose name was “ Huntington.”
Gelon, to attend to the making of the crown “Can I stop here to-night?"
and to furnish the jewelers with the gold. “I don't know, I will see. Walk in, sir.” The crown was made, and, as Hiero thought,
This last stroke was a coup de main. In an contained an inferior metal; but how was he hour — after a cosy chat with the husband- to detect the deception? Instead of answerman, his hospitable wife and the girls and ing the question he asked Archimedes, his