I SUPPOSE all the children who read this have heard of foolscap paper, and perhaps they have wondered why it was so called. 

It happened in this way: Some two hundred years ago there was a civil war in England, in part growing out of disagreement among the people about the kind of religion they ought to have. The king, Charles the First, and his followers were on one side, and Oliver Cromwell at the head of the king's opposers on the other side. Cromwell was successful, and the king was executed by his party. Then Cromwell became head of the government, and he had a Liberty cap made as a stamp for all the government paper. After his death, and when the royal family had regained the throne, it happened one day that King Charles the Second wanted to write a letter. They brought him some of the Cromwellian paper. He noticed the stamp and said, "What is that in the corner?" When he was told, he flew into a passion and said, "Take it away. None of your foolscap for me!" This little bit of history will make you understand why one class of paper which you use has so dull a name.


A friend of ours, who was one day hearing his little eight-year-old Alice say her "definitions," asked her the meaning of "Earthquake" and "Volcano."

She hesitated a moment, but finally said, "I think that God tells us in the Bible what they are, father."

"Does he? Why, where, Allie? " 

"In the 104th Psalm, 32d verse." Now turn to that passage and see if this little student of the Bible didn't make a good answer.