GEORGE WASHINGTON, the first President of the United States, died at his home, Mount Vernon, on the 13th day of December, 1799, and was there buried. 

John Adams, the second, and Thomas Jefferson, the third President, both died on the 4th of July, 1826. Adams was buried beneath the Unitarian Church at Quincy, and Jefferson was buried at Monticello, his Virginia home. Madison died June 28th, 1836, and was buried at Montpelier, his home on the Virginia Mountains. 

Monroe died on the 4th of July, 1831, at the residence of his son-in-law in New York, and he was first buried in the Marble cemetery of that city, but was finally buried in Hollywood cemetery, Richmond, Va. 

John Quincy Adams died in Washington, February 21st, 1848, and was buried by the side of his father at Quincy. 

Jackson died June 8th, 1845, and was buried at the Hermitage, which had long been his home. Van Buren died July 24th, 1862, and was buried at Kinderhook, his home. 

Harrison died April 4th, 1841, and was buried at North Bend. 

Tyler died January 17th, 1862, and was buried in Hollywood cemetery, Richmond. 

Polk died June 15th, 1849, and was buried in the lawn of his own home in Nashville. 

Taylor died July 9lh, 1850, and was buried in Cave Hill cemetery, Louisville. 

Fillmore died March 8th,1874  and was buried in Forest Lawn cemetery, near Buffalo. 

Pierce died October 8th, 1869, and was buried in Minot cemetery, Concord. 

Buchanan died June 1st, 1868, and was buried in Woodland Hill cemetery, Lancaster. 

Lincoln died April 15th, 1865, and was buried in Oakridge cemetery, Springfield. 

Johnson died July 31st, 1875. and was buried at Greenville. 

Garfield died September 19th, 1881, and was buried in Lake View cemetery, Cleveland, September 26th, 1881. 

Four Presidents died in office Harrison and Taylor by illness, and Lincoln and Garfield by assassination. 

Only two ex-Presidents are now living Grant and Hayes, and three ex-Vice Presidents are yet living Hamlin, Colfax, and Wheeler.


BOYS, while the history of our great and good President is fresh in your minds, remember that he laid the foundation for his noble character early in life. He began to be good, industrious, studious, sober, and useful while he was a boy; he grew up with proper habits. Though you may not be gifted, or called to fill as exalted a station, you are sufficiently gifted to do the best you can. You may not become as great as Garfield, but you may become as useful and as much beloved in your own sphere of life, if you set about it at once to be just what you ought to be. Start right, boys, and have the courage always to do right, even though it cost you many sacrifices; and always remember that earth's greatest men have been for the most part self-made.

OUR greatest glory consists not in 

never falling, but in rising every time 

we fall.


YOUR purpose in life, children, what is it? I do not mean what calling you are going to follow. Johnnie says he is going to be a farmer, and William wants to be a machinist, and Tom expects to have a store; Sarah is studying hard, so that she may learn enough to be a teacher, and Mary does not care for anything so much as to be a good housekeeper, while Laura says somewhat indefinitely that she "means to have a good time."

Now, I do not mean any of these things, or things like them. One can intend to be a farmer, or a merchant, or a teacher, or what not, and yet have no good purpose in life. These things make one's calling, but purpose is different. Purpose means, not the kind of work you do, but what you mean to accomplish by not your work only, but your whole life.

There was Dr. David Livingstone, the great missionary explorer of Africa. He studied to qualify himself for this work. But his purpose was to do good to the heathen of Africa, by exploring the country and finding out all he could about it, and telling the natives, as he met them, about the Saviour. It was this purpose that held him to his studies, and that kept him steadfast in the midst of many dangers and hardships. It kept him to the very end, till he died on his knees in the great African forest.

Now, none of you are too young to have a purpose in life. That purpose ought to be to serve God and to do good. What an empty thing a purposeless life is! It is a butterfly life; 

it flits about without any meaning, and brings little good to itself, and none to any one else. But if you have this true and high purpose, then your life will be useful, it will accomplish something. It will be a happy life, too, for the useful people are the happy people.

Let me tell you that the way to begin to show purpose is in little things. 

You can study your lessons diligently, because that is the right thing to do. 

You can help father or mother in those many little ways that a loving child knows about. You can do something to make your brothers and sisters happy. Now, if you do all these things to please God, you have a high purpose in life; and so your life, in whatever calling it may be spent, will be useful and blessed. 

Child's Paper.

THE day grows longer or shorter as the traveler goes north or south of the Equator. The longest day at London is sixteen hours and a half; at Hamburg, seventeen hours; at Stockholm, eighteen hours and a half; St. Petersburg, the capital of Russia, has eighteen hours in the longest, and five hours in the shortest day. In Finland the difference is greater still twenty-one and a half for the longest, and two and a half for the shortest; while at Spitzbergen the longest day is three months and a half.


LET no man, having put his hand to the plow, look backward.