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The Cardinal Virtues.— Old Parson (whohad once been .'Curate in tho' Parish) —“How do you manage to get on in these bad times, Mr. Johnson 1 ” Farmer ~f ‘Well, Sir, about as bad aa can be ! Last year we lived-ori Faith 1 ; this year’we’re a livin’ in Hope ; and next year I'm afraid we shall have to depend on Charity !” A Young Mother.— A. census enumerr ; in a New Hampshire town found ohe family the mother’s age was 26, „nd that of her eldest son 14 : years, j nquiry revealed the fact that the mother married when eleven .years and six old to a man 23 years old. She a native of Khoda lsland, and claims to jjd’Ve been the youngest mother in the gtate. " .Worsethan Strong Drink. — A good story conies from a State school not a hundred miles from Te Aro. A teacher,. enthusiastic in the cause of temperance, offered a prize of LI -to any boy in his class who could 'answer the question PsWhat is worse than strong drink ?” The younssteVs were fairly puzzled ; but one dilhunutiye urchin determined to make a shot for tbb fifthy 'liicte; , anc|answered, “ Weak drink.” Tlio liorified master still retains the stakes.

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Ashburton Guardian Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 241, 13 January 1881

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