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“Beautiful moonlight when I came in last night,” said Soszle, breaking the ominous silence at breakfast. Yes,” said Mrs. Soszle, blandly, from the. pther side of the table; “ But scarcely .light enough for you to open the front; door with a boot-liook, or hang the door-mat on the hat-rack.” New England has over 230 farmers’ clubs with 72,000 active members, and library books to the number of 21,0000 and in the United States there are nearly 2,000 agricultural societies, with 58,000 volumes in their libraries; and access to 360 different agricultural publications, all exerting a direct influence on the intelligence and future prospects of tillers of the soil. Had.— Curran once met his match in a pert, jolly, keen-eyed son of the sod, who acted as ostler at a large stable; and who was up as witness in a case of a dispute in the matter of a horse-trade. Curran much desired to break down the credibility or this witness, and thought-to do it by making the man contradict himself—by tangling him up in a net-work of adroitly framed questions—but - all to no avail. The ostler was a companion to Sara Weller. His good common sense and his equanimity and good nature ware not to be overturned. By and by ‘ Curran, in towering wrath, belched forth; 'as not another counsel would have dared to do in the presence of the court: “ Sirrah, you are incorrigible ! The truth is not to be got froiq you, for it is not in in you. I see the villain in your face 1” “ I’faith, yer honour,” said the witness, with the utmost simplicity of truth and honesty, “my face must be moity clane and shinin’ inda le, if it can reflect like that!" For once in his life the great barrister was floored by a simple witness. He could not recover from that repartee, and'the c use went against him. /■Vh.vt’s in a Name. — What is a name w/rth ? A good deal apparently in the '/.ind of Alfred Tennyson, who, says a .writer in “ Truth,” is so fully alive to the magic charm of his patronymic that he has declined to become the heir of certain estates in Lincolnshire rather than exchange it for that of Turner. The Laureate’s eldest brother inherited Grasby Hall and some neighboring farms many years back, aud for the sake of the LIOOO or L2.)00 a year which they yielded he entirely dropped the Tennyson, and became the Bev. Charles Turner, a name which appears on the title-page of his book of sonnets. He died a few months ago, leaving no issue, and his wife followed him to the grave within a few weeks. The next heir is the Laureate, but he will not accept the condition which rigorously enforces the entire suppression of Tennyson. Doubtless there will be found a brother or a nephew, if not a son, willing to forego the prestige attached to'the,'family name for the sake of a comfortable Inheritance ; but the succession is still,' I believe, unsettled,

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 37, 20 December 1879

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Page 4 Advertisements Column 4 Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 37, 20 December 1879