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Tuesday, March 23, 1880. Copyright, 1880, by HARPER & BROTHERS. $1.50 per Year, in Advance.




Sunshine on the meadow, Sunshine on the sea; Green buds on the rose bush, Blossoms on the tree. Two wee children singing In a rapt delight One as fair as morning, One as dark as night. Hymn book held between them With the greatest care, Though they can not read a word That is printed there.

"Jesus, Saviour, meek and mild, Friend of ev'ry little child, Once a child Thyself, we pray Thou wilt guard us day by day; For such helpless things are we, We can only sing to Thee!"

Standing in the doorway, Arnak smiles to hear Bird like voices blending Sweet and loud and clear. "'Pears to me de angels Mus' be lis'nin' too Lis'nin' an' a lookin' From de hebbens blue; Lookin' an' a smilin' At de pretty sight; An' in dar eyes bress de Lord! Bofe dem chillun's white."



"Come, Nell, and you too, Harry. I have planned a delightful trip for you, and we must be off bright and early."

"Where where, Miss Eleanor?" cried both children together.

"To the large greenhouses just beyond the city line. You remember the minister said on Sunday, 'Let every person bring flowers, if but a single lily or a rose, to make God's house beautiful on Easter day'? There are millions of flowers in blossom now at the greenhouses, and I wish you to see them, and learn how the florists make them bloom out of season."

"I hope you will tell us something about it," said Harry, as we rattled swiftly over the rails in the steam dummy; "that is, when we get out of this noisy old trap."

In a few minutes we alighted at the city line, and Harry, taking my arm, declared himself ready for more "flower talk."

"Suppose," said I, "that a florist wishes to have several thousand plants in bloom for Easter, does he allow them plenty of water and sunshine, and opportunity to bloom several months in advance of the day? No; he stows them all away to rest, or sleep, as he calls it, for weeks and weeks, in cool, dry, shady places, some on shelves, some in sand, and some in pots 'in cool houses.'

"After a time the bulbs are taken out of the sand, and placed in earth, and with the other plants are allowed to enjoy a little warmth and sunshine.

"The rose bushes are pruned, bound, and tied in trim forms, and placed in rows, and though destitute of foliage, look so healthy and neat one can not but admire them. In a week or two, as if by magic, thousands of buds are swelling and bursting into leaf on every stem.

"Five weeks ago I visited the greenhouses we are now going to, and as I stood in the Easter 'roseries,' I thought it must be quite delightful to be a young rose in training for Easter, the sunshine was so warm and golden, the air so soft and dewy sweet. Every bush showed signs of coming buds very, very tiny, but they were there. The bulb houses were stocked with rows and rows of cherry red pots filled with rich brown mould; in some the point of a tulip or hyacinth leaf peered up green and bright, in others there were already brave crowns of strong leaves.

"'Ah,' thought I, 'these will surely please the florist's eye;' but I assure you they had a very different effect, for he looked at them with a frown that said, plainer than words, 'My brave young folks, wouldn't you like to blossom before Easter, and spoil my fine show for me? Indeed you shall not.' He thought that, of course; for the next minute he cried out, 'John, take these forward bulbs and put them back in the "cold house."'"

"What a pity!" murmured Nell.

"Not at all," replied I, "for soon they would have had spikes of fine blossoms; then Madam Hyacinth and Mr... Continue reading book >>

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