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A hard case.

--‘"That which thou hast to do, do with all thy might,"’ said a clergyman to his son one morning.

‘"So I did, this morning,"’ said Bill, with an enthusiastic gleam in his eye.

‘"Ah, what was it, darling ?"’ and his father ran his fingers through his offspring's curls.

‘"Why, I wholloped Jack Edwards,"’ said the youthful, ‘"till he yelled like blazes — You should have heard him holler, dad."’

The father looked unhappy, while he explained that the precept did not apply to any act like that; and concluded mildly with, ‘"You should not have done that, child."’

‘"Then held a wholloped me."’

‘"Better,"’ said the sire, ‘"for you to have fled the wrath to come."’

‘"Yes, but,"’ replied the hopeful, by way of a final clincher, ‘"Jack can run twice as fast as I can."’

The father sighed, went to his study, took a pen and endeavored to compose himself.

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