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      • Family Sacrifice
        During the French revolution, Madame Saintmaraule, with her daughter, and a youth, her son, not yet of age, were confined in prison and brought to trial. The mother and daughter behaved with resolution, and were sentenced to die; but of the youth no notice was taken, and he was remanded to prison. &

      • Samuel Taylor Coleridge

        Coleridge, the Poet, once dined in company with a person who listened to the conversation and said nothing for a long time; but occasionally nodded his head, and Coleridge concluded him a thoughtful and intelligent man. At length, towards the end of the dinner, some apple dumplings were placed

      • Polite Mayor
        At the time when Queen Elizabeth was making one of her progresses through the kingdom, a mayor of Coventry, attended by a large cavalcade, went out to meet her Majesty, and usher her into the city with due formality. On their return they passed through a wide brook, when Mr. Mayor's horse sever

      • Peter the Great and the lawyers

        Peter the Great, being at Westminster Hall in term time, and seeing multitudes of people swarming about the courts of law, is reported to have asked some about him, what all those busy people were, and what they were about? and being answered, "They are lawyers." "Lawyers!"

      • Napoleon and His Engineer
        Bonaparte was passing along the dreadful road across the Echelles de Savoie, with his engineer, when he stopped, and pointing to the mountain, said, "Is it not possible to cut a tunnel through yonder rock, and to form a more safe and commodious route beneath it?" "It is possible, cert

      • Louis XII
        This father of his people was told that the players
        of Paris had the insolence to take him off upon
        the Theatre, as an avaricious man who drank
        out of a vessel full of pieces of gold, without
        being able to quench his thirst. "Buffoons,"
        said he coolly, " think

      • Bungtown Riflemen
        Sparrowgrass' proposition, that the Home Guard should not leave home except in case of invasion, is equal to the old story of the Bungtown Riflemen, an Ohio military company, whose by-laws consisted of two sections, namely :
        - Article First. — This company shall be known as the Bungtown R

      • Sentimental poem
        A Sentimental Young Lady in Northern Georgia indited the following to some of her admirers in the — "Ridgeament":

        "'Tis hard for youens to sleep in camp;
        'Tis hard for youens to fight;
        'Tis hard for youens through snow to tramp

      • Grave Inscription
        A rebel soldier, after burying a Federal who had been killed during one of those sanguinary engagements which terminated in the retreat of the Union army from before Richmond, fixed a shingle over the grave, bearing this inscription:

        “The Yankee hosts with blood-stained hands
        Came so

      • General Kelley and a Secession Girl
        When the General was in quest of guerrillas in Western Virginia, he captured a young woman named Sallie Dusky, two brothers of whom were Captains in the rebel army. The General, feeling confident that the girl knew the hiding-places of the guerrillas, had a private conversation with her, and during

      • Thomas Aquinas and the Pope
        St. Thomas was one day with Pope Innocent
        the Fourth in his closet, when an officer of his
        chancery came in with a bag of gold, procured by
        Absolutions and Indulgences. The Pope profanely
        said: "See, young man, the Church is not what
        it was in the times when it used t

      • Thomas Aquinas

        St. Thomas possessing an ardent mind, devoted it to the studies then in vogue, scholastic philosophy and theology. In the latter, indeed, he was so eminently successful, that Bucer said of him: Tolle Thomam, et Ecciesiam Romam subverterem: "Take away St. Thomas, and I will effect the down

      • Thomas Aquinas - bos mutus
        THIS extraordinary person, like many men
        of great talents, showed in his early youth none of
        that liveliness and vivacity of disposition which is
        but too often mistaken for quick parts. He was
        called by his companions “bos mutus” (silent ox),
        but his master, Albert the Grea

      • Louis IX and "a lady of quality"
        A Lady of quality once appearing before Louis,
        to solicit some favour of him, in a dress too
        juvenile for her years, the good Monarch said to her:
        "Madam, I will take care of your suit,
        if you will take care of your situation. Your beauty
        once made a great noise in t

      • Crusade of St. Louis — Teaching by the signs
        Joinville, in his Memoirs of St. Louis, tells us of a
        woman who, in the crusade headed by that king, was
        seen carrying in her right hand a porringer of fire,
        and in her left a bottle of water. With the fire,
        Joinville says, she wished to burn paradise, with the
        water to drow

      • The Greek Prize of Vicory
        WHEN some Arcadian deserters asked to be admitted into the service of the Persian king,
        Xerxes asked them what the Greeks were doing. The
        answer was that they were keeping the great feast of
        Olympia, and beholding the contests of wrestlers and
        horsemen. On hearing this, a Persian