A happy coincidence.--As a large-hearted Union lady, resident in Covington, Ky.
, wife of a gentleman of the same character, was distributing a lot of fine apples, of which she had a half-bushel basket full, to the soldiers encamped back of that city, she gave an apple to one soldier of a group who exhibited peculiar emotion as she handed it to him, observing at the same time that it was a pleasant thing to receive gifts from a lady.
At this she asked him whether he had a wife, and immediately his eyes filled with tears, which rolled down his cheeks as he replied, “Yes, madam, I have a wife and six children.”
Observing his emotion, her own eyes rapidly filling at the sight, she quickly remarked to him: “Well, keep up a good heart.”
yes, madam, that is my name; Goodheart is my name!”
Upon the instant their tears were changed to smiles, and Goodheart, the lady, and the soldier's companions, broke into a hearty laugh.--Ohio Statesman, Dec