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Title: Josh Billings' Old Farmer's Allminax - 1870-1879, with Comic Illustrations
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    JOSH
    BILLINGS'
    OLD
    FARMER'S
    ALLMINAX
    1870      1879


    WITH COMIC ILLUSTRATIONS


    PERHAPS
    RAIN

    [Illustration]

    PERHAPS
    NOT


    NEW YORK
    G · W · DILLINGHAM CO
    1902



    COPYRIGHT, 1870, 1871, 1872, 1873, 1874, 1875, 1876, 1877, 1878,
    1879, BY G. W. CARLETON & CO.


    COPYRIGHT, 1902, BY
    WM. H. DUFF

    ADMINISTRATOR ESTATE OF HENRY W. SHAW


    JOSH BILLINGS'
    FARMER'S ALLMINAX



SIGHNS OV THE ZODIAK.


The undersighned iz an Amerikan brave, in hiz grate tragick akt ov being
attaked bi the twelve constellashuns.--(May the best man win.)

    [Illustration]

_KEY TEW THE ABUV PERFORMANCE._

Tew kno exackly whare the sighn iz, multiply the day ov the month bi the
sighn, then find a dividend that will go into a divider four times
without enny remains, subtrakt this from the sighn, add the fust
quoshunt tew the last divider, then multiply the whole ov the man's
boddy bi all the sighns, and the result will be jist what yu are looking
after.



_BILLINGS' FAMILY TIME TABLE._


Amazi begot Hezaki, Hezaki begot Eldad, Eldad begot Behomath, Behomath
begot Zepheniah (_Zepheniah waz a conumdrum maker, sum ov which hav been
handed down down_), Zepheniah begot Ezekiel, Ezekiel begot Issacher
(_Issaker waz a bad speller, which haz bin handed down too_), Issaker
begot Nehemiah, Nehemiah begot Methuseler, Methuseler begot Nabob
(_Nabob waz a snob_), Nabob begot Jerrymiah, and Jerrymiah begot Absolum
Billings (_who is admitted bi every boddy who remembers him tew be the
most humblyest looking man in the 9th Century_). Absolum begot Josh, and
so they kept bizzy begotting.

After the Billings family once struck the front name, _Josh_, they clung
tew it. I find over 6 hundred ov that name extant, besides a grate menny
who haz bekum extanted.

The Billings hav bin a helthy old breed az fur back az i have dug for
them, which they owe principally tew a milk diet. It iz sed that
Behomath Billings, one ov our pristines, could drean a cow perfektly dry
at one sitting. If this iz so, it helps explain the great amount ov milk
in the Billings natur.

I dont find enny old bachelors, nor old maids, amung our ansesstors,
inkrease and multiply haz alwus bin the battle cry of the Billings.



OPINIONS OF THE PRESS

AFTER SEEING THE ADVANCE SHEETS OV

Josh Billings' Farmers' Allminax

FOR THE YEAR 1870.


"We seldum notis the current Amerikan literature ov the day, but the
Billings Allminax, soon tew be issued by Carleton, is a work for the
mothers of the Amerikan Union."--_London Times, June 6th, 1869._

       *       *       *       *       *

"Josh Billings' Farmers' Allminax iz az phull ov gems az a diamond
neklace, az phull of knowledge az Webster's Spellin Book, and az phull
of cooking and cures az a parson's wife."--_London Atheneum, May 31st,
1869._

       *       *       *       *       *

"The virtewous thoughts in Josh's Allminax iz gin cocktails for the
idle, and brandy straights for the viscious."--_Atlantik Semi-Monthly,
May 3d, 1869._

       *       *       *       *       *

"The Billings' Allminax will prove a rare acquisition tew Amerikan
literature; the astronomikal calculashuns are unique, the language
elegant, the moral perfekt, the sentiments just, and the whole thing
extremely bully."--_Boston Ledger, May 1st, 1869._

       *       *       *       *       *

"In theze daze of tawdry novels, imbecile poetry, and florid historys,
it iz charming tew take up such a brilliant thing az Josh Billings'
Farmers' Allminax, whare philosophy and sentiment frolik together, and
whare wit sits in state, with one arm around the waist ov
morality."--_Omaha Patriot, July 4th, 1869._



_JANUARY MONOGRAPH._

This month waz named after one Janus, a sharp sighted old chap, with a
face like a pikaxe, so that he could look both ways at once, back onto
the old year, and forward onto the new one. At the latter part ov his
life he died of a thaw, leaving a snug little property, sum six or seven
hundred dollars, which akordin tew one ov the bye-laws ov hiz will, waz
invested in tin back thermometors, and distributed amung the suffering
poor ov his native village, az mementoze ov Janus.


DOMESTIX RECEIPTS.

Tew find the square root ov a hog's noze, turn him into a gardin patch.

       *       *       *       *       *

Tew enjoy a good reputashun, giv publickly, and steal privately.

       *       *       *       *       *

Tew remove grease from a man's karakter, let him strike sum sudden ile.

       *       *       *       *       *

Tew giv oysters an extra good relish, eat them at sumboddy else's
expense.

       *       *       *       *       *

Tew git wrong things out ov yure child's head,--comb it often.


    [Illustration]

    I never argy agin a suckcess, when i see a rattlesnaixs
    hed sticking out ov a whole, i bear off to the left, and say to
    miself----that hole belongs to that snaix.=

    Josh Billings


    [Illustration]

    Cider may be a good temprance beverage, but i hav seen
    folks git so drunk on it, that they couldn't tell one ov the 10
    commandments from a bye law or a base bawl klub. =

    Josh Billings


31 Days.

JANUARY.

1870.

Q.--What iz an old bachelor? @ () @ ¶

A.--The hero ov a cot bedstead. @ † @ @ †

    [Illustration]

    _He who bi farmin would git ritch,
    Must plough, and so, and dig, and sich,
    Work hard all day, sleep hard all nite,
    Save every cent, and not git tite._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||     _Prognostix._      |             _INK BRATS._            |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| S || @ _Cold_ @ @ @         |                                     |
| 2| G ||     Daniel @ Lambert   | When a rooster crows, he crows      |
| 3| M || @ @ born @ @ 1793      | all over.                           |
| 4| T || _high_ @ _tides_ @     |                                     |
| 5| W || @ _perhaps_ @ @        |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 6| T ||   _rain_ @ _perhaps_   |                                     |
| 7| F || @ _not_ @ Milky        | A nu milk Cow is stepmother         |
| 8| S || way @ fust @           | tew evry mans baby.                 |
| 9| G ||    discovered @ 1386 @ |                                     |
|10| M || @ _Weather_ @ @        |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|11| T || _shifty_ @ @ lay in @  |                                     |
|12| W || @ yure ice @           | Whenever i kan find a real          |
|13| T ||         cream cow @ @  | hansum woman engaged in the         |
|14| F || @ for @ next @         | wimmins rights bizzness, then       |
|15| S || @ summer @             | i am going tew take mi hat under    |
|16| G || @ @ _Sighns ov a_ @    | mi arm, and jine the procession.    |
|17| M ||    @ @ @ _thaw_        |                                     |
|18| T || _it duz thaw_ @ @ @    |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|19| W || @ @ Gulliver           |                                     |
|20| T || @ returns @            | Debt is a trap, which a man         |
|21| F ||         from his @ @   | sets, and baits himself, and then   |
|22| S || @ travels @ 1700 @     | deliberately gets into,--and        |
|23| G || @ @ now harvest        | ketches a kursid phool.             |
|24| M || yure @ snow @ @        |                                     |
|25| T || @ _blustering_ @ bull @|  *       *       *       *       *  |
|26| W ||    frogs quiet @ @     |                                     |
|27| T || @ @ @ John @ @         | Angels handle the dice when         |
|28| F ||  Smith @ born @        | doublets are thrown in the cradle.  |
|29| S || @ @ @ for the          |                                     |
|30| G ||      fust time @ 485 @ |                                     |
|31| M ||                        |                                     |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_FEBUARY MONOGRAPH._

This month haz but 28 days, the extreme kold weather that prevails haz
puckered up the month. Once in four years thare iz a big melt and then
the month swells, and haz 29 days. This month iz looked upon az
unpleasant, and it iz unpleasant for digging out woodchucks, but for
setting in front of the fire, and skinning apples, and snapping the
seeds at the galls, it kant be beat. The name ov this month is derived
from an old Chinese word (now lost) which means _condem kold_.


USEFUL HINTS TEW BOARDIN HOUSE KEEPERS.

In buying roast beef, dont forgit, that roast beef, tew be bully, must
be tuff.

       *       *       *       *       *

Be kerful how yu soke yure makrel, too mutch sokeing, takes the wear out
ov them.

       *       *       *       *       *

In selekting a yung goose for yure table, dont forgit tew remember, that
the longer a goose has lived in this world, the more experience he will
hav, when he cums tew be chawed.

       *       *       *       *       *

Keep a cow, and then the milk wont hav tew be watered but once.


28 Days.

FEBRUARY.

1870.

Q.--What iz the best kure for lazyness? @ @ * @ # @

A.--Milking a cow on the run, and living on the milk.

    [Illustration]

    _Bring out yure bran nu cutter,
      And git yure galls consent,
    Then hitch up Dobbin, or sum other kruttur,
      And let the animile went._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||     _Prognostix._      |           _SHAD SCALES._            |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| T || @ _Gusty_ @ _squalls_ @|                                     |
| 2| W || St. @ Valentine @      | Fools are the whet stuns ov         |
| 3| T ||     @ killed 270 @     | society.                            |
| 4| F || @ _more gusty_         |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 5| S || Valentine @ @          | If a man haint got a well balanced  |
| 6| G ||       waz @ Cupid's @  | head, i like tew see him            |
| 7| M || @ Corresponding        | part hiz hair in the middle.        |
| 8| T || Secretary @ _snow_ @   |                                     |
| 9| W ||   @ _storms still_     |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|10| T || _loafing_ @ _around_ @ | It iz a strange and lamentable      |
|11| F || @ _the_ @ _sky_ @ Roger| fakt, that yu kant advance, nor     |
|12| S ||      Sherman waz a @   | even inaugurate, a moral movement   |
|13| G || shoemaker @ farmers    | without the aid ov money--yu        |
|14| M || @ will @ now @         | kan run a saw mill on credit,       |
|15| T ||  @ sprinkle their      | but yu kant run the gospel.         |
|16| W || hay with brine @ @     |                                     |
|17| T ||    @ and skratch their |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|18| F || pigs @ backs @ _snow_  |                                     |
|19| S || @ _falls_ @ _in_ @     | When i waz yung, i used tew feel    |
|20| G || _chunks_ @ now @       | good six days in two, but now i     |
|21| M ||      trap for @ mice   | am old, if I kan manage tew feel    |
|22| T || @ @ and other          | good two days in six, i think i am  |
|23| W || furs @ pepper @        | doing fust rate.                    |
|24| T ||   sass fust diskovered |                                     |
|25| F || @ 1496 _sighns ov a_ @ |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|26| S || @ _thaw_ Ben Franklin  | Flattery iz like colone water,      |
|27| G ||      waz a @ printer.  | tew be smelt ov, not swallered.     |
|28| M ||                        |                                     |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_MARCH MONOGRAPH._

This month derives her pedigree from the Danish verb "_Whizz_," which
means to blow, to wheeze, to snort, to pitch in endways, and crossways,
to shake winder blinds, to smash barn doors, to skare pigs, to brake
clothes lines, to make men sware, and wimmin balky. March iz principally
immense for wind, but whare it all cums from, and whare it all goes to,
are prize conumdrums which i kant untangle Dogs kreated this month
invariably hav the bark on.


_ATTENSHUN FARMERS._

Rathbun's "Old oaken bucket washing masheen." For washing, bleaching,
bileing, wringing, starching, blueing, hanging out, drieing, ironing,
marking, fluting, and folding clothes, this lovely masheen haz no
competitor in the male, or femail world. This iz the only masheen in the
western hemisphear, that takes the inside cloth oph from a man's back on
the keen jump, and puts it back agin, in 15 minnitts, washed, dried,
ironed, starched, the buttons sowed on, and the collar turned down. Ask
for Rathbun's Old oaken bucket washing masheen, and keep asking till yu
git it, and when yu hav got it, hug it tew yure buzzum.


31 Days.

MARCH.

1870.

Q.--Will yu pleaze to define suicide? @ @ @ @ @

A.--Suicide iz cheating the doktors out ov a job.

    [Illustration]

    _Mend fences now, and diches dig,
     Lay in some cow, and little pig,
     For milk, and pork,
  Iz what enables a man tew do a good square day's work._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||     _Prognostix._      |             _SARDINES._             |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| T || @ _Windy_ @ _winds_ @  |                                     |
| 2| W || _with sighns_ @ @ @    | Thare is only one good substitute   |
| 3| T || @ _ov_ @ _wind_        | for the endearments of a sister,    |
| 4| F ||     "Sorosis" (@) fust | and that iz the endearments         |
| 5| S || born @ @ 1206 born     | ov sum other phellows sister.       |
| 6| G || @ agin @ @ @           |                                     |
| 7| M || 1868 @ _very_ @ _windy_|  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 8| T ||   _with_ @ @ _wind_    | Cheerfull old girls are the brides  |
| 9| W || @ @ _gusts_ peach @    | maids ov society.                   |
|10| T || crop cut @ @           |                                     |
|11| F ||   off az @ @ @ usual   |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|12| S || Robinson @ Cruso       |                                     |
|13| G ||       @ @ died @ 1492  | About the meanest kritter thare     |
|14| M || now yoke @ @ pigs      | iz now travelling around on the     |
|15| T ||   and geese @ @        | buzzum ov the earth, iz a bashfull  |
|16| W || plant @ lobsters       | hypokritt.                          |
|17| T || and @ @ lettiss for    |                                     |
|18| F || @ sallad _look_ @ _out_|  *       *       *       *       *  |
|19| S ||      @ _for_ @ _wind_  | I hope I shall never hav so         |
|20| G ||   count @ @ yure @     | mutch reputashun, that i shant      |
|21| M || @ cockroaches @        | feel obliged tew be civil.          |
|22| T || and see if @ @ enny    |                                     |
|23| W ||    @ hav bin @ mislaid |                                     |
|24| T || congress @ @           | The biggest phool in this world     |
|25| F ||   adjourns @ less @    | hazn't been born yet.               |
|26| S || wind _sour_ @ _and_    |                                     |
|27| G ||    _cold_ a @ @ good @ |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|28| M || @ @ time @ to          |                                     |
|29| T ||   trade off @ @        | Natur is just az honest az a        |
|30| W || a mule @ @             | cow.                                |
|31| T ||                        |                                     |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_APRIL MONOGRAPH._

    "April, dear April, chuck full ov charms,
    Cum, cum, oh cum, tew mi arms,"

thus warbled the poet, more than twelve thousand years ago, and he knew
his bizz, he had the right sting in him, he want none ov yure pedigree
poets, nor dispepshee poets, nor whiskee poets.

Dandylions planted this month are almost sure tew hed out, so are tud
stools, so are hed cheeze. This month iz also helthy for planting
onions, onions are a luxury, and are good for a bad breth, or are bad
for a good breth, i hav forgot which, but either way iz right.


_VALUABEL ADVICE TEW YUNG SPORTSMEN._

☛ In fishing for musketoze dont wait for them tew bite the seckond time.

☛ The best bait for bed bugs, iz tew sleep three in a bed.

☛ The best mark for target praktiss iz an old maskuline goose, one goose
will last yu for five years shooting, and when he finally gits struck
with lightning, and begins tew perish, yu kan melt him up, and git out
the lead.

☛ The best kind ov a spear, for bullfrogging, iz a four tined dung fork,
when you git the tines all full, shoulder the fork, and put for home.


30 Days.

APRIL.

1870.

Q.--How long kan a goose stand on one leg?

A.--Try it,----that's the way the goose found out.

    [Illustration]

    _Jethro Sparks cum tew town,
      Athwart a kussid mule,
    He wound hiz ears around hiz nek,
      And called him April Phule._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||     _Prognostix._      |       _EMBERS ON THE HARTH._        |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| F || _Showery_ @ _expekt_ @ | He whom the good praze, and         |
| 2| S || @ _rain_ @ stern       | the wicked hate, ought tew be       |
| 3| G ||     winter iz @ @ @    | satisfied with hiz reputashun.      |
| 4| M || o'er @ sow peas @      |                                     |
| 5| T ||  and plant lambs @     |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 6| W || now @ Washington       |                                     |
| 7| T || waz the @ father @     | The less a man knows, the           |
| 8| F ||   @ ov hiz @ (country) | more he will guess at, and guessing |
| 9| S || @ _wet rain_ @ @       | iz nothing more than suspicion.     |
|10| G || Washington @ when      |                                     |
|11| M ||   a little boy had @ @ |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|12| T || @ @ a little @ @       |                                     |
|13| W || ax @ @ _gentle_        | It is a statistikal fakt, that the  |
|14| T || @ _showers_ @ @ with   | wicked work harder tew reach        |
|15| F ||       which he @ @     | Hell, than the righteous do tew     |
|16| S || @ @ tomahawked         | git to heaven.                      |
|17| G ||   a tree @ _sighns ov_ |                                     |
|18| M || @ _moisture_ but @ @   |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|19| T || when @ asked @         |                                     |
|20| W ||  @ if he did the tree  | When i git thoroughly ritch, the    |
|21| T || cut @ _big rain_ @ he  | fust thing i intend to do, iz tew   |
|22| F || @ @ owned the          | bekum respektabel.                  |
|23| S ||    korn @ @ lager      |                                     |
|24| G || beer diskovered @      |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|25| M || @ not to be @ @        |                                     |
|26| T || intoxicating @ @ @     | Men generally, when they whip       |
|27| W || 1845 @ pattent taken   | a mule, sware, the mule remembers   |
|28| T ||    out @ now dig @     | the swaring, but forgits the        |
|29| F || for umbrellers @ @     | licking.                            |
|30| S ||                        |                                     |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_MAY MONOGRAPH._

May iz the belle ov the year, she haz worn the belt for five thousand
years. If May hadn't hav been a sensible girl, she would hav bin spilte
long ago with poetry and stanzy. But she is an independant kritter, and
dont care one kuss for stanzy. This iz an eazy month tew fall in love,
our naturs are now fully thawd out, after the late kold snap, and like a
little melted brook, begin tew look around, tew find another little
melted brook tew mix with. Oh! how precious and delightsum it iz to mix.
Hive bees during this month, if yu hav got sum, if not, hive sumboddy
else's.


_PATTENTS ISSUED DURING 1869._

Feb. 1st. To Ambrose Griddle, Esq., a pattent for a hen's egg, which
beats the natral egg for awl purposes, except, cooking, hatching, and
eating.

       *       *       *       *       *

April 13th. To Ezra Push, Jun., a pattent for a one wheeled velosipede.
This wise instrumentality haz two handles tew it, and iz purswaded by
taken hold ov the handles, and walking between them with a shove moshun.
If it wasn't a velosipede, it would be an old fashioned wheelbarrow.

       *       *       *       *       *

March 10th. To David Gibson, for a pattent goose yoke. These yokes are
packed in cotton wool, and sent bi express all over the face ov the
earth, they are sudden tew yoke a goose with, and no goose should be
without one.


    [Illustration]

    I thank the Lord that thare iz one thing in this world
    that money kant buy, and that iz,--the wag ov a dogs tail.=

    Yure Unkle, Josh Billings


    [Illustration]

    The infidel argys just az a Bull duz chained to a post,
    he bellows, and paws, but he don't git loose from the post i notiss.=

    Not mutch, Josh Billings


31 Days.

MAY.

1870.

Q.--What will yu compare old maids to? @ @ @

A.--Embers on the harth, from which the sparks have fled. @ @ @ @ @

    [Illustration]

    _The Rooster now with burstin thrut,
      Proklaims the rozy morn,
    And cacklin hens are telling us,
      Another egg is born._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| @| @ ||     _Prognostix._      |             _RAMRODS._              |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| G || @ "Physician @         |                                     |
| 2| M || heal thyself," @ @     | Piety iz like beans, it seems tew   |
| 3| T ||       @ big joke @     | do the best on a poor sile.         |
| 4| W || @ on physician @       |                                     |
| 5| T || now @ plant @ @ @      |                                     |
| 6| F || @ corn @ for early     |                                     |
| 7| S ||   whiskey @ _showers_  | About the hardest thing a           |
| 8| G || _with sun_ (@)         | phellow kan do, iz tew spark        |
| 9| M ||   _in them_ @ spring   | two girls at onst, and preserve a   |
|10| T || @ haz cum @ @          | good average.                       |
|11| W || adorned like @         |                                     |
|12| T ||       @ a bride @      |                                     |
|13| F || _sighns_ @ _ov_        |                                     |
|14| S || @ _rain_ @ brides      | I had rather be a seed cowcumber,   |
|15| G || alwus create a @ @     | flung up on a wood pile,            |
|16| M ||   @ @ @ sensashun      | tew ripen, than tew be an old       |
|17| T || @ _thunder_ @          | bachelor.                           |
|18| W ||   _mixed with_ @ @     |                                     |
|19| T || _rain_ @ it iz more    |                                     |
|20| F || @ diffikult tew @      |                                     |
|21| S ||       be a bride @     | Better leave yure children          |
|22| G || @ than a brides @      | virtew, than money, but this is     |
|23| M || maid @ babes           | a sekret known only to a few.       |
|24| T || @ @ in the @ @         |                                     |
|25| W || woods diskovered @     |                                     |
|26| T || @ @ 1626 @ @ @         |                                     |
|27| F ||       @ harvest        |                                     |
|28| S || cowslops for @ @       | Going tew law, iz like skinning     |
|29| G || greens @ @ eggs        | a nu milk cow for her hide, and     |
|30| M || @ plenty--             | giving the beef tew the lawyers.    |
|31| T ||                        |                                     |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_JUNE MONOGRAPH._

June iz twin sister tew May, lacking a month. She iz named after Juno,
the spouze ov Jupiter, and she waz a stirring woman. June iz the mother
of rozes and milk. June iz the stepmother of good gras butter, she iz
also grate granmother ov Bakon and Spinnage. June iz a praktikal gusher,
and i love tew stand one side, and let her gush,--i hav made it a rule
never tew git in the way ov a gush ov enny kind,--i say tew everything,
gush! oh, gush!


_WORDS TEW HOUSEWIFES._

To make a cheap soup, take 5 drops ov good strong onion juice, add 2
gall's ov water, bile 10 minnitts karefully, and seazon with a couple ov
phatt cockroches.

       *       *       *       *       *

To make a hoe kake, take a hoe and bile it tew a thin jell, and
then,--let her kake

       *       *       *       *       *

Tew skin a Eel, turn him inside out, and remove the meat with a Jack
plane

       *       *       *       *       *

Tew make a hen lay 2 eggs a day, reazon with her; if that dont dew,
threaten to chastize her if she dont.

       *       *       *       *       *

Tew learn yure offspring to steal, make them beg hard for all that yu
giv them.


30 Days.

JUNE.

1870.

Q.--Whi are robbers like rain? @ @ @ @

A.--Bekauze they fall on the just and the unjust.

    [Illustration]

    _Now bate yure hook, and find a brook,
      Where water runs the fasstest,
    Thare lays the trout, jist jerk him out,
      And chuck him in yure basket._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||     _Prognostix._      |               _OATS._               |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| W || _At times warm_ @ _at_ |                                     |
| 2| T ||      @ @ _other times_ | The time tew be karefullest iz      |
| 3| F || @ _warmer_ @ @         | when we hav a hand full ov          |
| 4| S || muskeeters @ @ @       | trumps.                             |
| 5| G ||   @ _8_ looking for a  |                                     |
| 6| M || job @ @ Sinbad         |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 7| T ||     the sailor @       | Old dorgs nuss their grudges,       |
| 8| W || @ wrecked @            | but yung purps fite, and then       |
| 9| T || @ 1385 _hot sighns_    | frolick.                            |
|10| F || _ov warm_ @ @          |                                     |
|11| S ||     _weather 8_ straw  |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|12| G || berrys @ 25            |                                     |
|13| M ||     cents a quart @    | Mother!--The holy thoughts,   |
|14| T ||     @ @ strawberrys    | and memorys, that cluster around    |
|15| W || large, quarts small @  | this name, can never be so well     |
|16| T || @ _showers_ @ @        | expressed, az in the calm utterance |
|17| F || _with_ @ @ _rain_ @ @  | ov the name itself.                 |
|18| S ||     remember the @     |                                     |
|19| G || poor natur @ @         |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|20| M ||     grows @ Old        |                                     |
|21| T || @ Grimes died          | I thank the Lord for one thing,     |
|22| W || 1785 @ he had          | that the hardest word in enny       |
|23| T ||     @ a good old _8_   | language tew say, iz--No!           |
|24| F || @ soul @ _dark_        |                                     |
|25| S ||     _nights_ @ mint    |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|26| G || juleps in @ @          |                                     |
|27| M ||   market @ @ fakts     | I had ratner undertaik tew be       |
|28| T || @ are stubborn @       | two good Doves, than one decent     |
|29| W || things @ so be mules   | sarpent.                            |
|30| T ||                        |                                     |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_JULY MONOGRAPH._

July iz the sixth month, which ackounts for its being so near the middle
ov the year. It derives its name from "Julos" a hot old phellow, who
settled near the equator, at an early day, and kept every boddy in hiz
naberhood, in a profound swett. July haz menny features ov _interest_,
the _principle_ one ov which, iz, the payment ov semi-annual _interest_,
by most ov the banks, on the fust day ov the month, upon their
_principal_. This iz a fine old custom, and i hope it will be kept up,
for i own a leetle bank stock, and take sum _interest_ in the
_principle_.


_A NEW TOOL._

"_Rogers grate western hoss rake._"

John Rogers revolving, expanding, uncerimonius, self-adjusting,
self-contrakting, self-sharpening, self-greasing, and self-righteous
Hoss Rake, iz now, and forever, offered tew a generous publik. Theze
rakes are az eazy tew keep in repair az a hitching post, and will rake
up a paper ov pins, sowed broad kast, in a ten aker lot ov wheat
stubble. Theze rakes kan be used in the winter for a hen roost, or be
sawed up into stove wood for the kitchen fire. No farmer, ov good moral
karakter, should be without this rake, not even if he haz to steal one.


31 Days.

JULY.

1870.

Q.--Whare do the vain go tew when they die?

A.--The barbers shop. @

    [Illustration]

    _Young man!--let hornets be, and dont go nigh
      The pizen snaik tew mutch.
    For during the month ov Julii,
      They aint helthy tew the tutch._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||     _Prognostix._      |            _DOUGH NUTS._            |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| F ||       @ @ _Mad dogs_   |                                     |
| 2| S ||  _seen_ @ muzzle       | I hav alwus notised one thing,      |
| 3| G || yure @ _8_             | when a man gits in a tite spot, he  |
| 4| M || @ children @           | dont never call on hiz friend the   |
| 5| T ||        @ look out      | Devil tew help him out.             |
| 6| W || for a hotness @ @      |                                     |
| 7| T ||  @ owe no @            |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 8| F || man @ keep cool @      |                                     |
| 9| S || _hail storm_ @ _hail_  | The man who haz just found          |
|10| G ||  @ @ _stones_ @ @      | out that he kant afford tew burn    |
|11| M ||  _weigh sevral_ @      | green wood, haz taken hiz fust      |
|12| T || _tons_ @ @ that        | lesson in econemy.                  |
|13| W ||       iz all @ @ @     |                                     |
|14| T ||  that fell @ _the_     |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|15| F || @ _hot iz more_ @ @ @  | I think now if I had all the        |
|16| S || _hot 8_ @ @ saw        | money that iz due me i would        |
|17| G ||   @ horses begin @     | invest it in a saw mill,--and let   |
|18| M || tew pant @ @           | her rip.                            |
|19| T ||  @ _wet shower_ @      |                                     |
|20| W ||   @ @ _more_ @ @ @     |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|21| T || @ _warm_ @             |                                     |
|22| F ||         @ @ a penny    | A good wife iz a sweet smile        |
|23| S || saved iz @ @           | from heaven.                        |
|24| G || @ worth @ two _8_      |                                     |
|25| M || lost @ @ pray          |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|26| T ||         for ice @ @    |                                     |
|27| W || @ @ flys lively        | A big noze iz sed to be a sighn     |
|28| T || @ now harvest          | ov genius,--if a mans genius lays   |
|29| F || rye for @ _8_          | in hiz noze, i should say the sighn |
|30| S ||         whiskee @ @    | waz a good one.                     |
|31| G ||                        |                                     |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_AUGUST MONOGRAPH._

This month, for sum reazon, haz got a hot way ov doing things. Awl natur
unties her corsets and loafs bi the side ov brooks, with stockingless
feet, tew ketch the cool words ov singing waters, and watch the bubles
ov sweet, that rize on the noze ov the green frog, az they set down on
themselfs, on the moss upholstered stones.

Butter spreads itself freely during this month. Snakes slip eazy, and
Cupid crawls behind the shadder ov a dieing roze, and shutes hiz gun at
the galls, and boys.


_THINGS WORTH KNOWING._

Tew milk a kicking cow, stand oph about 10 foot, and holler "_So I_ darn
you."

       *       *       *       *       *

Tew make light bread, do az the bakers do,--call 9 ounces a pound.

       *       *       *       *       *

Tew make oxtale soup, bile an ox in a pot, and let the caudel
continuation hang over the edge ov the pot and drip.

       *       *       *       *       *

Tew git at the solid kontents ov yure wife's tongue, be verry sweet with
the new skool mom in yure distrikt.

       *       *       *       *       *

Tew break a mule--commence at his head.


31 Days.

AUGUST.

1870.

Q.--What iz the capacity ov an omnibus? @ @

A.--The same az a grave yard, it takes all that cums. @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @

    [Illustration]

    _Now chop doun oats.
    And hew doun barley,
    Rize with the sun,
    And go tew bed arly._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||     _Prognostix._      |            _STUB ENDS._             |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| M || @ Expekt pack @        |                                     |
| 2| T ||     pedlers @ @ _dry_  | A lie iz like a kat, it never       |
| 3| W || _and hot_ @ ice        | cums tew yu in a straight line.     |
| 4| T || @ iz trumps @          |                                     |
| 5| F ||    _great drouth_ @    |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 6| S || auctioneers @ @        |                                     |
| 7| G ||         @ dry @        | The longest lived thing i kno       |
| 8| M || @ up @ Don'            | ov, iz a nikname.                   |
| 9| T || Quixot fights @        |                                     |
|10| W || a wind mill @ @        |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|11| T ||     1342 @ gits        |                                     |
|12| F || whipped the @          |                                     |
|13| S || @ fust round           | Most men go through life az         |
|14| G ||           @ honesty @  | rivers go tew the sea, bi following |
|15| M || iz the best @          | the lay ov the ground.              |
|16| T || policy @ better        |                                     |
|17| W ||    @ than a life @     |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|18| T || @ insurance            |                                     |
|19| F || policy @ @ _uncommon_  |                                     |
|20| S ||    @ _hot_ @ rag dolls | If I had a mule who wouldn't        |
|21| G || perspire freely @      | neither kick, nor bite, i should    |
|22| M || _rain with thunder_ * *| watch him dredful cluss till i      |
|23| T || @ _heat increases_     | found out whare hiz malice did      |
|24| W ||  @ _thermometors bile_ | lie.                                |
|25| T || _over_ @ Adam          |                                     |
|26| F ||          @ waz the @   |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|27| S || fust man @             |                                     |
|28| G || _cooler_ @ @ that      | The devil iz a mean kuss, he        |
|29| M ||    @ @ kissed a        | never keeps hiz own promises,       |
|30| T ||          woman @ @ @   | but alwus makes us keep ours.       |
|31| W ||                        |                                     |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_SEPTEMBER MONOGRAPH._

September iz named after "Septus" which thrashed out into Amerikan,
means seven. I wouldn't take 500 dollars for the latin i know, and i
don't kno mutch nuther. Sept. iz a lakadaisikal month, mello az the
dekayed side of a punkin, and as sensitive az a boarding school miss,
during her fust quarter in french. Natur makes her will this month--hogs
root violently--birds hold convenshuns, and adjourn down south--tree
toads boost each other up trees and warble sum anthems--katydids chew
musick and spit it out freely, and bull frogs post their books.


_MORE ADVICE TEW YOUNG SPORTSMEN._

In shooting at a deer that looks like a calf, always aim so az tew miss
it if it iz a calf, and to hit it if it iz a deer.

       *       *       *       *       *

In fishing for krabs, use yure fingers for bait, yu kan feel them when
they fust bite.

       *       *       *       *       *

Dont fire at a bumble bee on the wing, not till he settles, then take
good aim, and knok him endways.

       *       *       *       *       *

In bobbing for Eels, use a raw potato, yu may not bag much Eels, but yu
kan bag a bob, that yu kan hand down tew yure ancestors untarnished.


    [Illustration]

    Thare are but fu sights in this life, more sublime, and
    pathetick than to see a poor, but virtiuous yung man,
    struggling--with a mustash.=

    It iz thus, Josh Billings.


    [Illustration]

    I hav seen men so fond ov argument, that they would
    dispute with a guide board, at the forks ov a kuntry road, about the
    distance to the next town.=

    What fools, Josh Billings


30 Days.

SEPTEMBER.

1870.

Q.--How fast duz sound travel? @ @ @ @

A.--The sound ov a dinner horn travels one mile in a seckond.

    [Illustration]

    _This month pull flax,
      And teeth that ake.
    Lay in bees wax,
      And emptins kake._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||     _Prognostix._      |            _OLD CHEEZE._            |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| T ||  _Limpsey weather_ @   |                                     |
| 2| F || @ moon in perigree     | Medicine haz cost the world         |
| 3| S ||    @ @ Jim Crow        | more than bread haz, and haz        |
| 4| G || born 1836 @ now        | killed more than it haz cured.      |
| 5| M || @ @ dry apples         |                                     |
| 6| T ||     for sass @ _rain_  |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 7| W || _threatnings_ @ money  | Marriage tew a coquette iz          |
| 8| T ||   tight @ @ fall       | often, "letters ov marque and       |
| 9| F || bonnets appear @       | reprisal."                          |
|10| S || @ @ they are           |                                     |
|11| G ||        ravishing @ @   |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|12| M || _cool_ @ @ to a 20     |                                     |
|13| T || dollar bill @          | It iz very diffikult for a poor     |
|14| W ||     @ now fish for @   | man tew be superior tew hiz fortune,|
|15| T || crabs @ _rain drizzle_ | and more diffikult for a rich       |
|16| F ||  @ crabs bite with     | one.                                |
|17| S || their feet @ _smoky_   |                                     |
|18| G || _weather_ @ @ and      |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|19| M ||      hang on like @    | Hunting after health, iz like       |
|20| T || a poor relashun @      | hunting after fleas, the more yu    |
|21| W || @ use cod @            | hunt, the more _flees_ you will     |
|22| T || liver oil @            | find.                               |
|23| F ||    @ _more wet_ @ for  |                                     |
|24| S || greasing waggons @     |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|25| G || grate snake @          | The devil iz sed tew be the         |
|26| M || seen at _8_ @          | "father ov lies," if this iz so, he |
|27| T ||     Nuport 1820 @ 12   | haz got a numerous family, and      |
|28| W || miles long @ Venus     | sum very promising children         |
|29| T || @ an evening star @    | amungst them.                       |
|30| F ||                        |                                     |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_OCTOBER MONOGRAPH._

October iz one ov the fall months, Adam iz sed tew hav fell this month,
but sich assershuns are like standing oph a half a mile, in a cloudy
day, and guessing at the number ov fleas on a dorg, more sincere, than
sartain. The strongest attrakshun for me, in this month, iz her natral
cider; the man who don't admire good natral cider, must be a condem
phool.

Prepare for a hard winter during this month, bi repenting ov yure sins,
and gitting up a good big wood pile.


_PECK'S CHURN, AND BRISTOW'S SOWING MASHEEN._

Theze churns are the pride ov invenshun, the genius ov improvement, a
viktory over time, and a conquest ov labor. They will fetch butter from
cream in 2 seckonds, from milk in 2 minnitts, and from water, inside ov
a very short time. Better be without a spellin book, or even a pack of
kards, in a growing family, than not tew hav one ov Peck's Churns. Peck
iz a philanthropist, every housewife in the world, should put on a clean
white apron, hold up both hands on high, and shout, Bully!! oh! Bully!
for Peck.

       *       *       *       *       *

Buy Bristow's double-thread, cross-stitch, rivet-seam, dovetail-hemmer,
lighting-movement, krank-moshun sowing masheen. Theze masheens took all
the premiums at the late lamented Paris imposishun, and one ov them,
which waz sent tew a farmer in Tiogy county last fall, on trial, sowed
up the whole family in a hard not, in less than three days, besides
sowing fourteen acres of winter rye.


31 Days.

OCTOBER.

1870.

Q.--Will you pleaze to state what lies are? @ @

A.--Lies are the grease on the snaiks belly. @

    [Illustration]

    _The yello korn now scents the gale,
      And harvest boys the milk maids wake,
    With matin songs, in praizes of,
      Hasty puddin, and Johnny kake._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||     _Prognostix._      |           _BIRDS TRACKS._           |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| S ||    @ Jack Frost @      |                                     |
| 2| G || born @ of              | How menny people thare iz           |
| 3| M ||    poor but honest     | whoze souls hang in them, like      |
| 4| T ||  @ @ parents @ now     | the pith in a gooze quill.          |
| 5| W ||    hunt for cider @    |                                     |
| 6| T ||   @ moon in @          |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 7| F ||        apogee @ @      |                                     |
| 8| S || @ _air brittle_ @      | Opinyuns are like other kinds       |
| 9| G || snakes hang @          | ov vegetables, worth jist what      |
|10| M ||    @ up their sled     | they will fetch.                    |
|11| T || _sighns a kold_ @ @    |                                     |
|12| W ||    snap @ @ let her    |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|13| T || snap @ @ begin         |                                     |
|14| F ||    yure promiskuss     | When a man gits so reduced          |
|15| S || sparking @ @ @         | that he kant help ennyboddy else,   |
|16| G || @ @ knowledge iz       | we then vote him a penshun for      |
|17| M ||    power @ pumpkin     | the rest ov hiz life, by calling him|
|18| T ||       pies begin @     | a _poor devil_.                     |
|19| W || tew loaf @ @           |                                     |
|20| T ||    around @ @          |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|21| F || @ Bonaparte            |                                     |
|22| S ||    crosses the         | A lie repented ov bekums the        |
|23| G || rine @ @ _keen_        | truth.                              |
|24| M ||    _but cold_ @ now    |                                     |
|25| T || butcher hens           |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|26| W ||    @ @ @ for           |                                     |
|27| T || thanksgiving @         | I had rather be married tew an      |
|28| F || @ @ _frosty_ @ lay     | unabridged Webster's diktionary,    |
|29| S ||       in yure          | than tew an unabridged literary     |
|30| G ||    @ winter clams @    | woman.                              |
|31| M ||                        |                                     |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_NOVEMBER MONOGRAPH._

Everyboddy wants tow be sassy at November--to turn her the cold
shoulder--tew nuss all their old akes anew--tew look az sour az a
pot-bellyed pickle--tew hunt for a kat's tale tew step at,--but i aint!
November iz when i harvest mi happiness, when i gather into mi pious
korn krip, the moral sowing ov the whole year. I am only sorry for one
thing during the month ov November, and that iz, that i am sich a poor,
weak, unsartin, sinnerly cuss, and that mi nabers aint much better than
i am.


_SUM MORE HINTS TEW BOARDIN-HOUSE KEEPERS._

1st. If your boarders take sugar, and milk, in their kaughphy, dont put
in mutch sugar, bekauze yu kno they hav milk, and dont put in but little
milk, bekauze they hav sugar.

       *       *       *       *       *

2d. Bukwheat kakes made out ov wheat bran kost less, and soak up
molasses more carefully.

       *       *       *       *       *

3d. In negotiating for sassige, do yure bizzness with the bolony men,
then you kno what yu are gitting yu kant alwus tell what country sassige
kontains.

       *       *       *       *       *

4th. Be kind tew cockroaches, for they often make a plate of butter last
a whole week, and when you pray, alwus pray for the light eaters.


30 Days.

NOVEMBER.

1870.

Q.--What iz the eazyest vittles tew digest? @

A.--A good joke. @ @ @

    [Illustration]

    _Pick apples now, and cider make,
      And in a barrel juice it,
    Then git a straw, without a flaw,
      And through the straw seduce it._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||     _Prognostix._      |            _SHOE PEGS._             |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| T ||        _Sour cold_ @ a |                                     |
| 2| W || @ @ stampede in        | A debt iz alwus a growing, if       |
| 3| T ||          Brigham (@)   | it dont gro in size, it grows in    |
| 4| F || Youngs family @        | heft.                               |
| 5| S || @ _more cold_ @ he     |                                     |
| 6| G ||     suddenly bekums @  |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 7| M || unwedded @ _more_      | There iz lots ov folks in the       |
| 8| T || [@@] _sour_ @ for a    | world, who covet misfortins jist    |
| 9| W ||       large () amount  | for the luxury ov grunting.         |
|10| T || _rain_ @ and iz        |                                     |
|11| F || @ left a 75 hoss       |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|12| S || power widdower @       |                                     |
|13| G ||     @ _clammy and raw_ | Hope iz a draft on fewturity,       |
|14| M || Brigham burys @        | sumtimes honored, but generally     |
|15| T ||           himself in @ | extended.                           |
|16| W || weeds @ _blustering_   |                                     |
|17| T || @ at the bottom ov @   |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|18| F || his garden patch @     | Prosperity makes phools, and        |
|19| S || @ _cold with sourness_ | adversity cures them.               |
|20| G || Brother Brigham        |                                     |
|21| M ||   rallys @ _sighns ov_ |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|22| T || _snow_ @ he iz sealed  |                                     |
|23| W || seven times in one     | A dandy iz one ov Fashion's         |
|24| T ||     day @ @ _sour_     | Eunuchs.                            |
|25| F || _with wetness_ @ @     |                                     |
|26| S ||    * sealing wax       |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|27| G || advances 10 @ @        | If yu want a true friend, hire      |
|28| M || [*] cents on a stick   | him bi the month, and pay him       |
|29| T ||       now chop wood @  | fair wages.                         |
|30| W ||                        |                                     |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_DECEMBER MONOGRAPH._

This iz the last month in the Josh Billings Farmers Alminax. Other
dutys, ov a maskuline natur hav forced us tew haul in our gang plank. We
would like tew hav hung on a month or two longer, and made a big thing
ov it. Dear Reader we must part, and it iz like pulling angleworms out
ov their holes, almost sure tew part the angleworms. I shall think ov yu
az long az i liv, please tew resiprokate, when yu remember me, by
uttering a tear. I hav taken a kontrakt tew remove the muskeeters from
the State ov Nu Jersee, west of the Rocky Mountains, tew their new
reservashun, and i am anxious tew git the bulk ov them started before
they thaw out. I may lose mi life in the undertakin, but i have bin told
by good judges, that it is sweet tew die for ones country. I kant tell
whether this iz so or not, i never tried it. Good bye, this kussid
muskeeter kontrakt iz wearing on me.


_FAMILY MEDICINE._

_Joel Biggs' Sticking Salve._

A thing well stuck, iz stuck forever.
This salve will stick enny man.
It will undoubtedly stick the "coming man."
It haz stuck every man that haz cum yet.
No family should be without this matchless sticker.
(Unless they are too much stuck up allreddy.)
It iz put up in sticks twenty feet long,
To stick a man at a distance.


31 Days.

DECEMBER.

1870.

Q.--Let us hear yu define water? @ @ @ @ @

A.--Water iz,----iz goose bitters. @ @ @ @ @

    [Illustration]

    _Pile hi the harth, with beechen wood,
      Load down the kitchen table,
    Fill up the old klay pipe,
      And go it while yure able._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||     _Prognostix._      |             _GOOD BYES._            |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| T || @ @ _Cold_ @ @         |                                     |
| 2| F ||       _snow_ now @ @   | I thank God most fervently for      |
| 3| S || inflate sassige @      | one thing, and that iz, when        |
| 4| G || "Necessity iz the      | everyboddy else iz happy, i am      |
| 5| M || @ () mother ov         | sure to be.                         |
| 6| T || invenshun" @ @         |                                     |
| 7| W ||    @ _more snow_ @ @   |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 8| T || invenshun waz born     |                                     |
| 9| F || in Nu England @        | Love iz sed tew be blind, but i     |
|10| S ||  @ _cold_ @ Plymouth   | kno lots ov phellows in love, who   |
|11| G || rock discovered @      | kan see twice az mutch in their     |
|12| M || 1620 @ punch fires     | sweethearts as i kan.               |
|13| T || @ @ Old Zip            |                                     |
|14| W ||    Coon died           |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|15| T || 1840 @ _snow_ @ too    |                                     |
|16| F ||       much hard @      |                                     |
|17| S ||  cider floored him @   | If yu want tew git a sure krop,     |
|18| G || @ @ _bitter cold_ @    | and a big yield, sow wild oats.     |
|19| M || @ Santy Claws          |                                     |
|20| T ||       created @ year   |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|21| W || disputed @ thare       |                                     |
|22| T || iz menny a @ @         |                                     |
|23| F || @ rose born tew @      | The chains ov slavery are none      |
|24| S ||      blush unseen @ @  | the lighter for being made ov       |
|25| G || @ espeshilly negroes   | gold.                               |
|26| M || [-] _more colder_ [-   |                                     |
|27| T ||       1870 dies @      |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|28| W ||  pile on the @         |                                     |
|29| T || @ @ bedclothes ¶ @     | In youth we run into difikultys,    |
|30| F ||   good night @ @ @ @ @ | in old age, difikultys run into us. |
|31| S ||                        |                                     |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_EXTRA EKLIPSES FOR THE YEAR 1870._


There will be eklipses this year which have been overlooked by other
Allminax makers.

       *       *       *       *       *

_First._--Thare will be semiockasional eklipses ov the moon, kauzed bi
brandy smashes gitting between that virtewous and pale old woman, and
the eyes ov sum ov our most promising young men.

       *       *       *       *       *

_Second._--There will be a few eklipses ov the Son, kauzed bi the old
gentleman cutting oph the supplys ov Charles Fitz Henry Augustus. (Bully
for the old gentleman.)

       *       *       *       *       *

_Third._--Thare will be domestik eklipses (visibel only tew the naked
eye) kauzed bi the new Comet Sorosis jumping out ov her pasture, and
cantering around promiskuss.

       *       *       *       *       *

_Fourth._--Thare will be teetotal eklipse during the whole of the _Year
1870_, ov all other Allminax, throughout the earth, upper and lower
kanada, and sum parts ov Nu Jersee, kauzed bi the immense circulashun ov
the JOSH BILLINGS' FARMERS' ALLMINAX.



Pordunk Valley Rail Road.

RULES, BY-LAWS, AND REGULASHUNS.


1. Conduktors are positively forbid trieing tew pass each other on a
single track.

2. Passengers are warned ov the great danger ov standing on the
platforms,--menny a promising man haz lost hiz life by having a platform
drop from under him.

3. Positively no droves ov cattle or swine allowed on this road unless
they are travelling the same direckshun the trains are.

4. Engineers are earnestly requested tew keep their cow ketchers well
greased, and will bear in mind that when a cow iz ketched the hide
belongs tew them; but the beef and tallo iz tew be sent immejiately tew
the president of the road.

5. Enny switchman running a train oph from the trak will be find 10
dollars, and interest on the fine at the rate of 4 per cent per annum
untill the fine iz paid.

6. No konduktor iz invited tew remain on this road 10 minnits who hasn't
heard ov the 10 commandments, espeshily the one which sez "_thou shalt
not spondulick thyself with the dimes ov another_."

7. No charges made on this road for coroners' inquests.



HOW THEY DO TALK

ABOUT

Josh Billings' Farmer's Allminax

FOR THE YEAR 1870.


"Giv me liberty, or giv me deth, but if i kant hav either, giv me Josh
Billings' allminax for 1870."

       *       *       *       *       *

"It kured mi wife ov wanting to die."

       *       *       *       *       *

"It iz like peper sass in a hot day."

       *       *       *       *       *

"The Billings Allminax will go father in a family than 12 dozen ov
ginger popp."

       *       *       *       *       *

"When i am sad and lonely, i fli tew its pages, like a bumblebee tew a
full blown dandylion."

       *       *       *       *       *

"It gave me grate presence ov mind."

       *       *       *       *       *

"My wife brings up her ophspring, and duz all her plain sowing bi yure
allminaxes."

       *       *       *       *       *

"How cooling, and perforating it iz."



_THE NATRAL HORNET_

The hornet iz a red hot child ov natur, ov sudden impreshuns, and a
sharp konklusion. The hornets alwus fites at short range, and never argy
a case, they settle all ov their disputes bi letting their javelin fly,
and are az certain, and az anxious tew hit, az a mule iz. Hornets bild
their nest whereever they take a noshun to, and seldum are asked to
move, for what would it profit a man tew murder 99 hornets, and have the
one hundred one hit him with hiz javelin. I kan't tell you jist tew a
day how long a hornet kan live, but I kno from experience, that every
bug, be he hornet or sumboddy else, who iz mad all the time, and stings
every good chance he kan git, generally outlives all ov his nabors.


_DOMESTIK RECEIPTS._

To make good ginger-snaps, take one pound of ginger, stir in a half
dozen ov lively snaps, do them to a brown, and then lock them up, or the
yung ones will hook them.

       *       *       *       *       *

To learn a dog tew follow well, tie him tew the hind end ov an express
train.

       *       *       *       *       *

To find out whether a man has got a good moral karakter or not, ask him
pleasantly.

       *       *       *       *       *

To cure herring,--use Godfrey's Kordial.


_THE PROMISCUSS COCKROACH._

The Cockroach iz a bug at large. He iz one ov the luxurys ov
civilizashun. The Cockroach iz born on the fust ov May, and the fust ov
November semi-annually, and iz reddy for use in fifteen days from date.
They are born four from each egg, and consequently they are all twins;
thare iz no sich thing in the annals ov natur, az a single cockroach.
Their food seems to consist, not so mutch ov what they eat, az what they
kan git into, and often finding them ded, in the soup, at mi boarding
house, I have cum tew the painful conclushun, that the cockroach kan't
swim, but that he kan float for a long time.


_HINTS TEW YUNG WIFES._

1. Don't undertake tew liv with yure mother-in-law, but if wuss cums tew
a wussness, let yure mother-in-law liv with yu.

       *       *       *       *       *

2. Never let yure husband kno more than one haff the affeckshun yu hav
for him.

       *       *       *       *       *

3. Don't name a yung one after a bachelor brother, nor a bachelor
sister.

       *       *       *       *       *

4. Observe theze rules fondly, keep yure feet dri, and yure hair slick,
and yu will prove a model wife, (and after that), an acceptable widder.


    [Illustration]

    I notiss one thing,--the man who rides on the kars every
    day, iz satisfied with one seat, but he who rides once a year, wants
     4.=

    That's so. Josh Billings


    [Illustration]

    The man whom yu kant git to write poetry, or tell the
    truth, untill yu git him haff drunk aint worth the investment.=

    No sir. Josh Billings


31 Days.

JANUARY.

1871.

Q.--Who waz the best dead beat? @ @

A.--Cain: he dead beat his brother Abel. @ @

    [Illustration]

    _He who by the plough would thrive,
    Must no 2 forty kattle drive,
    But worry the ground to and fro,
    With horned kritters who skasely seem to go._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||       _History._       |          _HASH ON TOAST._           |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| G || @ _Grate cold_ @ @     |                                     |
| 2| M ||       Adam born @ @    | All the good injuns die young.      |
| 3| T || _cold grows_ @         |                                     |
| 4| W || @ @ Adam had no        |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 5| T || mother [@] @           | Mankind love misterys, a hole       |
| 6| F ||      @ _simptoms ov a_ | in the ground excites more wonder   |
| 7| S || _thawness_ @ bi        | than a star up in heaven.           |
| 8| G || industry we thrive     |                                     |
| 9| M || _it looks like snow_   |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|10| T || Eve born @ _8_         |                                     |
|11| W || _i shouldn't wonder_   | Jist about az cerimonys creep       |
|12| T ||    _if it did snow_    | into one end ov a church, piety     |
|13| F || Eve waz a              | backs out at the other.             |
|14| S ||       success @ @ @    |                                     |
|15| G || grate sassige riot     |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|16| M || in 1612 @ @            |                                     |
|17| T || now haul ice @ @       | Blessed are they who hav no         |
|18| W ||        50,000 sassige  | eye for a key hole.                 |
|19| T || destroyed @ _a thaw_   |                                     |
|20| F || _threatens_ @ Adam     |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|21| S || waz a confiding man    | Don't mistake vivacity for wit,     |
|22| G || thaw more threatensome | thare iz about az mutch difference  |
|23| M ||         @ he took      | az thare iz between lightning and   |
|24| T || the chances §          | a lightning bug.                    |
|25| W || _colder_ @ @ @         |                                     |
|26| T || and got badly beat     |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|27| F ||          @ @ _mercury_ |                                     |
|28| S || @ _an inch_ @ @        | A coquett in love iz az tame az     |
|29| G || belo zero @ @          | a bottle ov ginger pop that haz     |
|30| M ||      @ @ beware of the | stood sum time with the corck       |
|31| T || gout @ @ @ @           | pulled out.                         |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_THE UNIVERSAL SWINE._

The Swine, (almost always) hav four legs, tho thare iz sum remarkable
exceptshuns to this rule. Swine are good quiet boarders; they alwus eat
what is sot before them, and don't ask enny phoolish questions. The
Swine kan be larnt a great menny amusing things, sich az highsting the
front gate oph from the hinges, and finding a hole in the fence to git
into the cornfield, but it iz dredful hard work for them tew find the
same hole tew git out at, espeshily if yu are in a hurry to hav them.
This haz never bin fully explained, but speaks vollums for the swine.
Swine can all root well, a swine that kant root well, iz a poor job.


_HINTS TEW YUNG HUSBANDS._

1. Marriage iz a fair transackshun on the face of it.

       *       *       *       *       *

2. Sum marry for buty, and never diskover their mistake; this iz lucky.

       *       *       *       *       *

3. Sum marry for pedigree and feel big for six months, and then cum tew
the conklusion, that pedigree aint no better than skim-milk.

       *       *       *       *       *

4. Sum marry tew pleaze their relashuns and are surprized that their
relashuns don't kare a cuss for them afterwards.

       *       *       *       *       *

5. Marry Yung!--thare iz but one good excuse for a marriage late in
life, and that iz,--a seckond marriage.


28 Days.

FEBRUARY.

1871.

Q.--What iz the best thing out yet for real comfort? @ @

A.--An aking tooth. @ @ @

    [Illustration]

    _Now gather round the kitchen fire,
    And pile the chunks on hier and hier,
    Git out the old fiddle and partners choose,
    And shake her down in your cowhide shoes._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||       _History._       |          _CHICKEN SALLAD._          |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| W || @ @ How doth the       |                                     |
| 2| T ||   little bizzy bee @   | Thare iz one kritter in this        |
| 3| F || _it snows_ @ @ @       | world whoze troubles yu kant        |
| 4| S ||   sting evry good      | console, and that is a setting hen. |
| 5| G || chance he kan git      |                                     |
| 6| M || now slaughter wood     |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 7| T ||   @ @ _hazy_ @ @       | Thare iz nothing like a sick        |
| 8| W || Jo Smith created       | bed for repentance, a man bekums    |
| 9| T ||     @ 1818 @           | so virtewous he will often repent   |
|10| F || sum snow at Montreal   | ov sins that he never committed.    |
|11| S ||        @ @             |                                     |
|12| G || Jo Smith manufakterd   |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|13| M ||      mormons @         | One ov the hardest things, for      |
|14| T || _squally_ @ @ out of   | enny man to do, iz tew fall down    |
|15| W || phools @ @             | on the ice when it iz wet, and      |
|16| T || @ virtew iz her own    | then git up, and praze the Lord.    |
|17| F ||    paymaster @         |                                     |
|18| S || _bitter cold_ @ @      |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|19| G ||   Jo waz not a polly   | Gravity iz no more posatiff         |
|20| M ||       gamist @ @       | evidence ov wisdum, than a paper    |
|21| T || @ @ _sum more_         | collar iz ov a shirt.               |
|22| W || _coldness_ @ @         |                                     |
|23| T || bully for Jo @ @       |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|24| F ||   grind stuns fust     |                                     |
|25| S ||   diskovered 1500 ¶    | Curiosity often gets a mouse        |
|26| G ||   _raw but cold_ @ @   | into a trap,--jist so it duz other  |
|27| M ||   @ whooping cough     | folks.                              |
|28| T ||   iz ketching @ @      |                                     |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_THE GRITTY ANGLEWORM_.

Angleworms are ov earth, earthy, and crawl for a living. The angleworm,
tho full of grit, iz not quarrelsome. It is sed (by naturalists) that
angleworm ile, rubbed on the back ov the neck will cure a man ov lieing.
I don't beleave this, unless it kills the man. Death is the only safe
cure (that haz bin diskovered yet) for the falssehood disseaze.
Angleworms are used by sum people az an artikle ov diet--(to ketch fish
with). They are handy tew put onto a hook, and are dredful handy tew
take oph agin, az every wicked person knows who haz fished all day
Sunday for daice in a mill-pond.


_HOUSEKEEPER'S GUIDE._

To make boarding-house hash, take a little ov every thing, a good deal
ov nothing, and throw in a chunk ov sumthing; jam to a mux, cook over a
kold fire, season with hair pins, and sarve it up on the jump.

       *       *       *       *       *

To bring up a child in the way he should go, travel that way yourself
once in a while.

       *       *       *       *       *

To find the solid contents ov a mule's hind legg, feel ov it clussly.


31 Days.

MARCH.

1871.

Q.--Who iz the coming man?

A.--The female suffragist.

    [Illustration]

    _Dear girls and boys, take mi advice,
    And don't go on the rotten ice;
    For many a gal has fell chuck in,
    And thus has ketched her final ducking._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| @| @ ||       _History _       |            _CAPER SAUCE._           |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| W || _Streaks ov wind_      | Natur never makes enny blunders;    |
| 2| T || @ haul in yure         | when she makes a phool,             |
| 3| F ||      close line @ @    | she means it.                       |
| 4| S ||                        |                                     |
| 5| G || @ _windy_ @ @          |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 6| M || de gustibus non        |                                     |
| 7| T ||   et cetera @ @        | Thare iz sum pholks in this         |
| 8| W || @ _skey overkast_ @    | world who spend their whole lives   |
| 9| T ||                        | a hunting after righteousness, and  |
|10| F || ignorance iz bliss @   | kant find enny time tew praktiss    |
|11| S || @ bring out yure       | it.                                 |
|12| G || geese @ @ @            |                                     |
|13| M ||   @ _cold wind_ @      |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|14| T ||                        | Human happiness iz like the         |
|15| W || and let them March     | Hottentot language, enny boddy      |
|16| T || _windy windness_       | kan talk it well enuff, but thare   |
|17| F || @ use Higinbottoms     | aint but phew kan understand it.    |
|18| S ||                        |                                     |
|19| G ||         pills @ @ @    |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|20| M || @ _wet rain_ @         |                                     |
|21| T || they are az mild       | Grate transgreshuns seem tew        |
|22| W || az a juice harp @      | baptize themselfs,--if the Devil    |
|23| T || John Rogers died       | had only bin gilty ov pettit        |
|24| F ||      1683 @ @          | larceny, he never would hav bin     |
|25| S || _sum more wind_ @      | heard ov agin.                      |
|26| G || he fell in the         |                                     |
|27| M ||            fire @ @ @  |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|28| T || @ _8_ now tap for      |                                     |
|29| W || maple sugar @          | I dont kno ov enny thing more       |
|30| T ||     @ _hi winds_ @ @   | remorseless, on the face ov the     |
|31| F || § life iz uncertain @  | earth, than 7 per cent interest.    |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_THE BELLYCOSE GOAT._

The Goat iz a coarse wollen sheep, with a cracked voice and a sanguine
digestion. They had rather steal a rotten turnip out ov a garbage
barrell than cum honestly bi a peck ov oats. They strike from the hed
insted ov the shoulder, and are az likely tew hit the mark az a
bumblebee iz. They are faithfull kritters in the hour ov adversity, and
will stick tew a man az long az he lives in a shanty. They kan klimb
evrything but a greased pole, and are alwus poor in the boddy, but phatt
in the stummak. What they eat seems tew all go tew appetight. A phatt
Goat would be a literary curiosity.


_PREMIUMS._

_Awarded to Velosipede Riders in 1870._

To Abram Parsons, a premium ov 33-1/8 dollars for riding a velosipede
down the back stairs ov a gimnazium, and knocking out 18 ov hiz front
teeth, and distorting hiz noze.

       *       *       *       *       *

To Nimrod Sturgiss, a copper medal with 9 dollars, and a nu pair ov dorg
skin gloves, for riding a velosipede into a mill-pond, and gitting
drowned.

       *       *       *       *       *

To Marshall Peaboddy Smith, a puss ov 2 dollars, and a life membership
in the mackerel club, for riding a velosipede over a nu milch cow, and
splitting a telegraph pole from top tew bottom.


30 Days.

APRIL.

1871.

Q.--Define the "fust impreshun." @ @

A.--A mother's kiss. @ @ @ @ @

    [Illustration]

    _April phool was born this month,
      A simpleton, but clever;
    And tho 4000 years ov age,
      He's just az big a phool az ever._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||       _History._       |              _SHRIMPS._             |
+---+--++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| S || @ _Liquid rain._ @     | A man with a very small head        |
| 2| G ||     The violet iz      | iz like a pin without enny, very    |
| 3| M ||   blew * _showery_ @   | apt tew git into things beyond hiz  |
| 4| T || hark! tis the          | depth.                              |
| 5| W || noble bull             |                                     |
| 6| T ||     frog's voice @ @   |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 7| F || _wet_ @ @ jews         | Thare are menny people in this      |
| 8| S || harps diskovered       | world who are like flies, grate     |
| 9| G ||                        | bores without meaning it, or knowing|
|10| M ||     @ 1296 @           | it,--"shoo fly."                    |
|11| T || now plant              |                                     |
|12| W || gardin sass @ @        |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|13| T || @ Cupid born 95        |                                     |
|14| F || _look out_             | Falling in luv iz like falling into |
|15| S ||      for some          | molassis, sweet but dredful dobby.  |
|16| G || _wetness_ @ @          |                                     |
|17| M || Cupid is a lytle       |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|18| T ||              cuss @    |                                     |
|19| W || set out onions @       | When i see an old man marry a       |
|20| T || _sumwhat wetty_ @      | yung wife, i consider him starting  |
|21| F || @ now hath the         | out on a bust, for i am reminded    |
|22| S ||winter of our diskontent| ov the parable about mixing nu      |
|23| G ||             @ _gentle_ | wine into old junk bottles.         |
|24| M || _showers_ @ finally    |                                     |
|25| T || thawed out @ _look_    |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|26| W || _out for rain 8_  no   |                                     |
|27| T || kards @ _it duz rain_  | A lie iz like nitroglycerine, the   |
|28| F ||     @ Daniel Lambert   | best judges kant tell when it iz a  |
|29| S || was very               | going tew explode, and skatter a    |
|30| G ||              phatt @   | muss.                               |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_THE MELODIUS CAT._

The cat hath been called a domestik animile but i never could tell
whyfore. All thare iz domestix about a cat iz, yu kant loze one; they
are as tuff to loze az a bad reputashun iz. Yu may send one out ov the
state done up neatly in a meal-bag, and the next morning yu will find
him along side ov the kitchen stove reddy tew be stepped on. They are az
sollum az Mozes, but az phull ov the devil as Judas Iskariott Esq. Thare
iz only one thing about a cat that i like, and that iz, they are very
reasonable; a little money, well put, will go a grate way in cats. Cats
are very plenty in this world just now I counted 18 from mi boarding
house windo, one moon lite nite last summer, and it want the best kind
ov a nite for cats neither.


_FAMILY NOSHUNS._

To pick out a tender goose, pinch him, and if he squeals, buy him.

To make good sharp pickles, whittle oph both ends ov them tew a pint.

To find how fur a frog kan jump, set a Frenchman to meazureing hiz
jumps.

To git the affectashun out ov a man, make him sea sick, (when a man iz
sea sick he iz inclined tew thro up all phoolish things).


    [Illustration]

    Thare iz nothing so hard for us to understand, and so eazy for others,
    az that we hav fiddled our tune out.=

    Kindly yure. Josh Billings


    [Illustration]

    Thare iz no man so poor but what he kan afford to keep one dog,--and i
    hav seen them so poor, that they could afford to keep three.=

    J. Billings Esq


31 Days. MAY. 1871.

Q.--What waz the name of Shakspear's dog? @

A.--Dog-Berry. @ @ @ @

    [Illustration]

    _Now plant oats and gardin sass,
      Yoke geese, and black snakes kill;
    Set hens; set traps for thieving rats;
      Set what you please, but don't set still_.

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||       _History._       |          _PICKLED TONGUE._          |
+--|---||------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| M ||@ Dandylions in         |                                     |
| 2| T || market @ _Soft         | The man who kant find enny          |
| 3| W ||  and barmy_ @ who      | thing to do in this world, iz az bad|
| 4| T || will be queen @        | oph az a yerling heifer.            |
| 5| F || @ @ of May @           |                                     |
| 6| S ||    _mild_ @ it is hard |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 7| G ||to tell [?] @           |                                     |
| 8| M || @ Job waz a            | I luv tew see an old person joyfull |
| 9| T ||pashunt man             | but not kickuptheheelsfull.         |
|10| W ||    _refreshing wet_ @  |                                     |
|11| T || @ now ketch frogs      |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|12| F ||    _warm wetness_ @    |                                     |
|13| S || Job had biles @ _more  | Don't lay enny certain plans        |
|14| G ||  warmy_ @ tax          | for the fewter, it iz like planting |
|15| M ||collektors              | tuds and expekting tew raize        |
|16| T ||      loafing           | tudstools.                          |
|17| W || around @ now           |                                     |
|18| T ||    chew lettuce @ _hot_|  *       *       *       *       *  |
|19| F ||     @ _with rain_ @    | Thare iz no pashun ov the           |
|20| S ||pole yuer beans @       | human harte, that promises so       |
|21| G ||     @ _wind south_     | mutch, and pays so little az        |
|22| M || @ Noah Webster         | _revenge_.                          |
|23| T || waz a good speller     |                                     |
|24| W ||     @ _sudden rain_ @  |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|25| T || @ @ he had better      | Thoze persons who spend all         |
|26| F ||   spells than          | their time watching their simptoms, |
|27| S || Billings @ _expekt     | are the kind who _enjoy poor        |
|28| G ||  rain sprinkles_       | health_.                            |
|29| M ||go in when it           |                                     |
|30| T ||rains @                 |                                     |
|31| W ||                        |                                     |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_THE BRINY CODFISH._

The codfish iz the fruit ov the oshun, which accounts for their being so
salt. They are good eating for a wet day; they are better than an
umbreller to keep a man dry. They want a good deal ov freshning before
they are eaten, and want freshning a good deal afterwards.

If i can have plenty ov codfish for breakfast, i can generally manage
tew make the other two meals out of cold water.


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Buy one ov Melkisidek's rods, and if yu haint got enny house tew put it
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litening in the naberhood.


30 Days. JUNE. 1871.

Q.--What iz a good "_counter irritant_"? @ @

A.--A young dri goods clerk.

    [Illustration]

    _In this month, more than all the rest,
    Things seem tew jump their very best;
    Carrots and yungones, purp and kitten,
    Like Joner's gourd, are up, and gittin._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||       _History._       |           _PARSNIP STEW._           |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| T || @ Now hunt             | A kicking cow never lets drive      |
| 2| F ||for rozes @             | until just as the pail gets phull,--|
| 3| S ||     _warm hotness_ @   | it iz jiss so with sum mens         |
| 4| G || @ the grasshopper      | blunders.                           |
| 5| M ||iz a burden @           |                                     |
| 6| T ||      @ _muggy wetness_ |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 7| W ||natur grows @ @         |                                     |
| 8| T ||       @ _hot_ @        | Whenever a minister haz             |
| 9| F || @ let her grow @       | preached a sermon that pleazes      |
|10| S ||now @ ho korn @         | the whole congregashun, he probably |
|11| G ||     _wet sighns_ @     | haz preached one that the           |
|12| M ||      @ _ov more rain_  | Lord wont endorse.                  |
|13| T ||more grasshoppers       |                                     |
|14| W || born @ bet 10          |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|15| T ||dollars it will         |                                     |
|16| F ||rain @                  |                                     |
|17| S ||pride goes @ before     | It aint mutch trubble tew bear      |
|18| G ||a fall @ @              | the pain ov sumboddy else's lame    |
|19| M ||    @ @ _exquisite      | back, but tew hav the lame back     |
|20| T ||   rains_ @ Jack and    | onesself aint quite so stylish.     |
|21| W ||Gill went up            |                                     |
|22| T ||the                     |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|23| F ||hill @ 1357 @ @         |                                     |
|24| S ||      @ _hotter_ @      | The man who wont beleave            |
|25| G ||Jack @ and Gill         | enny thing he kant see, aint so     |
|26| M ||cum down                | wize az a mule, for they will kick  |
|27| T ||the hill 1358 @         | at a thing in the dark.             |
|28| W || @ now take it          |                                     |
|29| T ||      eazy @            |                                     |
|30| F ||                        |                                     |
+------++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_THE FREQUENT FLY._

The fly iz not only a domestik critter, but a friendly one. How they git
born i don't kno, but i hav thought they didn't wait tew be born, but
come just az they am. Menny ov them are cut off in the flower of their
youth, and usefulness. Sum loze their lives by lighting too near the rim
ov a toad's mouth, and fall in when the toad gaps. Thousands find a
watery grave, bi gitting drowned,--in milk-cans. Flys morally considered
are like other human beings, they wont light on a good helthy spot in a
man, not if they can find a place that iz a little raw. I beleave they
are ov temprate habits, and altho they hang around grocerys a good deal,
i never see a fly the wuss for liquor, but i hav often seen liquor, that
waz a good deal the wuss for flys.


_WANTED._

Wanted, several fust class yung men, with mustash, tew hang around the
vestibules ov the different churches in amerika, and stare at the
females az they pass out.

Yung men who understand the use ov tobacco prefered.

No yung men accepted who kant stare the brass buttons oph from a
military coat, at twenty paces.

This iz a rare chance for yung men ov real genius.

Salary payable weekly.

References exchanged.


31 Days. JULY. 1871.

Q.--When iz a ship az sick az her passengers are? @

A.--When she heaves too. @ @ @

    [Illustration]

    _Hornets now are on the wing,
    Red hot, and crazy for to sting:
    Oh, don't go ni the tarnal kritters!
    For they are sure, and pizon hitters._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| @| @ ||       _History._       |           _GREEN GOOSE._            |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| S || @ Ice iz king          | Every time a man laffs he takes     |
| 2| G ||    _hot and warm_ @    | a kink out ov the chain ov life,    |
| 3| M ||Sampson waz a           | and thus lengthens it.              |
| 4| T ||  strong man _very hot_ |                                     |
| 5| W ||he could lift a         |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 6| T ||     ton @ _hotter_ @   |                                     |
| 7| F ||with hiz                | Three skore years and ten iz        |
| 8| S ||little finger @         | mans furlo, and it iz enuff,--if a  |
| 9| G ||   @ _hot increases_ @  | man kant suffer all the mizery he   |
|10| M ||   now beg for          | wants in that time he must be       |
|11| T ||ice cream               | numb.                               |
|12| W ||   @ _thunder shower    |                                     |
|13| T ||   in the west_ @       |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|14| F || @ the goose iz not     |                                     |
|15| S ||a game bird @           | A crowing hen, and a cackling       |
|16| G ||   @ _grate             | rooster, are very misfortunate      |
|17| M ||    hotness_ @ @ mad    | poultry in a family.                |
|18| T ||dorgs around @ _bileing |                                     |
|19| W ||   hot_ @ Noah          |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|20| T ||      had three sons    | Man iz mi brother, and i konsider   |
|21| F ||      _thunder and_ @ @ | that i am nearer related tew        |
|22| S ||      @ _litening_ @    | him through hiz vices, than i am    |
|23| G || @ Noah                 | through hiz virtews.                |
|24| M ||     owned the ark @    |                                     |
|25| T ||     _much hot_ @ in    |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|26| W || @ Adam's fall          | We should not forgit one thing--    |
|27| T ||     @ we sinned all @  | thare iz not a sure thing on this   |
|28| F ||Yew bet, @ Andy         | footstool,--even the best tooth     |
|29| S ||          Johnson waz a | in our head may fall tew akeing     |
|30| G || Taylor @ @             | before sunset and hav tew be        |
|31| M ||                        | jerked out.                         |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_THE READDY ROOSTER._

Roosters are the pugilists among birds, and having no suitable shoulder
tew strike from, they strike from the heel. When a rooster gits whipped
the hens all march off with the other rooster if he aint haff so big, or
so hansum. It is pluck that wins a hen. Roosters az a class wont do enny
household work; yu kant git a rooster tew pay enny attenshun tew a
yungone. They spend most ov their time in crowing and strutting, and
once in a while they find a worm, which they make a grate fuss over,
calling their wives up from a distance, apparently tew treat them, but
jist az the hens git thare, this elegant cuss bends over, and gobbles up
the worm.

Jist like a man for all the world!


_HOUSEHOLD COMFORTS._

Tew git rid ov cockroaches,--sell yure house, and lot, and flee tew the
mountains.

Tew make a slapjax that will do grate service,--cut it out ov buckskin,
and fri it tew a koal black on a greaseless griddle.

Tew pick out a good husband!--shut up both eyes, grab hard, and trust in
the Lord.

Tew make a kat mad,--trod on her continuashun.


31 Days. AUGUST. 1871.

Q.--Why iz woman like an echo? @ @

A.--Bekauze she will hav the last word. @ @ @

    [Illustration]

    _All nature bileth.
      Roosters pant and so do lizzards;
    The mules upon the dusty road
      Kan't raise a trot, to save their gizzards._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| @| @ ||       _History._       |             _GIBLETS._              |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| T ||     _warm with_ @      |                                     |
| 2| W ||  @ _hot streaks_       | Lazyness iz a good deal like        |
| 3| T ||      Jack              | money,--the more a man haz ov       |
| 4| F ||  the giant killer @    | it the more he seems tew want.      |
| 5| S ||   _much hotness_ @     |                                     |
| 6| G ||    @ killed a giant    |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 7| M || 1250 @ _look out       |                                     |
| 8| T ||  for a grate hot_ @    | It iz hard work at fust sight, tew  |
| 9| W || the giant waz 25       | see the wisdom in a rattle snake    |
|10| T ||foot square @ @         | bite, but thare are thousand ov     |
|11| F ||     _hot_ @ @ @ in     | folks who never think ov their sins |
|12| S ||  his stocking feet     | until they are bit bi a rattlesnake.|
|13| G ||   _cooler_ @ oh for    |                                     |
|14| M ||     a lodge in         |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|15| T || sum vast woods         |                                     |
|16| W ||   _thunder and_ @      | "A poor, but dishonest cuss!"--this |
|17| T ||     @ _litening_ @     | iz about az low down az             |
|18| F || on a straw matrass     | enny man kan get, unless he drinks  |
|19| S ||   @ _more_             | whiskee.                            |
|20| G ||      @ _hotter_ @ now  |                                     |
|21| M || dig for mint           |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|22| T ||     juleps @           |                                     |
|23| W ||   _gigantik rain_ @    | Living on hope iz like living on    |
|24| T ||  @ let her drizzle     | wind, a good way tew git phull      |
|25| F ||   _very heaty_ @ @     | but a poor way tew git phatt.       |
|26| S || meazles diskovered     |                                     |
|27| G ||     @ 1600 @ _hot_     |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|28| M || snakes lively @ my     |                                     |
|29| T ||   name iz              | It iz human tew err,--but devlish   |
|30| W ||      Norval @          | tew brag on it.                     |
|31| T ||                        |                                     |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_THE DOOCED MONKEY._

The monkey iz only valuable tew look at, and wonder what in thunder he
iz a going tew do next. He haz not got a Webster head, but hiz face iz a
biled down dew drop ov malishus cunning. He resembles the skey terrier
in the bild ov hiz features, and skratches his head az natral az the
school boy,--and probably for similar reasons. They are sumtimes kept az
pets, but if enny boddy should pet me with a monkey, i should send him
right back bi the same person who brought him, marked with _Baldwin The
Clothiers_ trademark,--C. O. D.


_KONNEKTIKUT BLEW LAWS._

1. No man must chu enny tobbacko on the sabbath day unless he goes down
cellar and duz it.

2. No yung woman haz a right tew be had in matrimony unless she kan make
a good doe nut out ov rhy bran, and one that will keep a year in a damp
place, without loseing its twist.

3. If a man gits drunk, he must git drunk on Nu England rum.

4. No man shall be entitled tew work on the road, or set on the jury,
who aint handy with the 10 commandments.


    [Illustration]


    If a young man haint got a well ballanced hed, i like to see him part
    hiz hair in the middle.=

    Dont yu, Josh Billings


    [Illustration]

    It iz one ov the hardest
    things on earth for a man
    to learn,--that he plays a
    third rate game ov whist.=

    No doubt, Josh Billings


30 Days.

SEPTEMBER.

1871.

Q.--What is wealth? @ @ @

A.--Baggage at the risk of the owner. @ @

    [Illustration]

    _The carrion crow sits straddle the fence,
      Trying az hard az he can to weep,
    Az he thinks ov death and its consequence
      To spavined hosses and rickety sheep._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||       _History._       |          _CRANBERRY SAUS._          |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| F ||@ _Exquisit and         |                                     |
| 2| S ||    soft wind           |Love is like the meazles, we         |
| 3| G ||melts_ @ angels         |kan't hav it bad but once, and the   |
| 4| M || seen bi                |later in life we hav it the tuffer it|
| 5| T ||           moonlite     |goes with us.                        |
| 6| W ||_fragrant showers_ @    |                                     |
| 7| T |@ fust poet              |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 8| F ||born 642 @ _limpid      |The miser who heaps up gains         |
| 9| S ||  tenderness_ @         |tew gloat over, iz like a hog in a   |
|10| G ||_cam and cool_ @        |pen, fatted for a show.              |
|11| M ||stars twitter @         |                                     |
|12| T ||     @ azure twilight   |                                     |
|13| W ||_wind sow bi sow        |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|14| T || west_ @ lovers         |                                     |
|15| F ||meet @                  |Most every one seems tew be          |
|16| S || @ _soft showers_ @     |willing to be a phool himself, bu    |
|17| G ||   and kiss @ harvest   |he kant bear to have enny boddy      |
|18| M ||yure pumpkins @         |else one.                            |
|19| T || @ _slick weather_      |                                     |
|20| W ||hark! from the          |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|21| T ||tombs a doleful         |                                     |
|22| F ||sound @ _soft wind_     |                                     |
|23| S ||Tom Corwin              |The man who haint got an             |
|24| G ||waz a wagon             |enemy, iz really poor.               |
|25| M ||     boy @              |                                     |
|26| T ||_tender winds_ @        |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|27| W || @ on linden            |                                     |
|28| T ||when the                |Advise iz like kastor ile, eazy      |
|29| F ||sun @ waz low           |enuff to giv, but dredful uneazy     |
|30| S ||                        |tew take.                            |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_THE LOAFING RACCON._

The Raccon iz a native amerikan. His family consists ov one wife, and
three children, who liv with him on the inside ov a tree. During the
winter he ties himself up in a hard knot, and lays down bi hiz fire
side. When spring opens, he opens too, and goes out tew see how the
chickens hav wintered. I never knew a raccon tew want enny thing long,
that he could steal quick. I hav had tame coons bi the dozen, but i dont
advise enny boddy tew cultivate coons; they want as much waiting on az a
blind mule on a tow path, and thare aint enny more real proffit in them,
than thare iz in a stock dividend, on the Erie railroad.


_HOME DOINGS._

Tew freshen a salt mackerel,--tow him one summer behind a steam bote.

Tew make a man good mad,--starch hiz stockings a leetle too stiff.

Tew be one ov the "_oldest inhabitants_," remember very well, when yung
Nebudkenezzer waz a babe.

Tew be happy,--eat molasses, and swing on a gate.


31 Days.

OCTOBER.

1871.

Q.--What did Joner do while in the whale's stumak?

A.--The best thing he did waz tew git out ov it. @

    [Illustration]

    _Sweet cider now, and punkin pize,
      And maidens fair, and doughnuts greasy:
    Who wouldn't be a farmer's boy,
      So phull ov phun, so free and eazy?_

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||       _History._       |       _BEEFSTAKE AND ONIONS._       |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| G ||  _Gentle frost_ @      |Thare aint but phu men who           |
| 2| M || @ cider invented       |kan stick a white hankerchief into   |
| 3| T ||   1536 @ _sighns       |the brest pocket ov their overcut    |
| 4| W ||  ov snow_ @ _wind_ @   |without letting a leetle ov it       |
| 5| T || _shifty_ @ _it may     |stick out,--just bi acksident.       |
| 6| F || snow, and it may       |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 7| S ||   not_ @ _calm         |A cheerful old man, or old           |
| 8| G ||  coldness_ @ now       |woman, iz like the south side ov     |
| 9| M || potatoes dig @ _wind_  |a wood shed, in the last ov          |
|10| T ||    @ _nor by           |winter.                              |
|11| W ||        nor west_ @     |                                     |
|12| T ||  @ David slewed        |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|13| F ||         Goliar         |                                     |
|14| S ||   _cooler_ @ with a    |  Men mourn for what they hav        |
|15| G || small rock @ hens      |lost, wimmin for what they           |
|16| M ||     begin to lay @     |hain't got.                          |
|17| T ||                        |                                     |
|18| W ||  _snow squalls_ @      |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|19| T || _cold_ @ let it        |  It iz very eazy tew repent ov      |
|20| F ||  squall who cares @    |sins we hav committed, but to        |
|21| S ||                        |repent ov thoze we intend tew        |
|22| G ||      @ @ Eve waz the   |commit, iz asking too mutch ov enny  |
|23| M ||  first woman @         |man theze days.                      |
|24| T ||    _raw cold_ @ @      |                                     |
|25| W ||  who fooled            |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|26| T ||    her man             |                                     |
|27| F ||                        |  Pitty costs nothing,--and aint     |
|28| S ||  _sharp frost_ @       | wuth nothing.                       |
|29| G ||                        |                                     |
|30| M ||    @ down with @       |                                     |
|31| T ||  @ the taxes @         |                                     |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_THE THOUGHTFUL FOX._

The Fox iz a literary bird; he waz a genius long before akedemick honors
flourished; he waz a poet, skoller, and sage, before the days ov Homer
and Herodotus; and in our times he iz the Ben Butler ov diplomacy, and
the Brigham Yung ov matrimonial ethicks. The fox haz no moral honesty
but he haz got a grate supply of _politikal honesty_. If another Fox in
hiz parish wants a good phatt goose, he will work hard tew git him the
goose, and having cleaned the meat all oph from the subburbs ov the
goose, giv hiz politikal friend the bones, telling him with a smile in
hiz eye, "_that every thing iz lovely and the goose hangs hi_."


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Cures hooping coff, meazels, pane in the side, mumps, teething, cancer,
rickets, redgum, and bawling.

Cures gout, hang nails, _wont go tew sleep_, stummak ake, and _want
every thing they see_.

Removes warts, wens, wigglings, an wizenface.

Mothers lament for Madam Filkins liquor for babes.

Babes bawl for it.

Nurses pray for it.

Fathers buy it bi the barrell.


30 Days.

NOVEMBER.

1871.

Q.--What iz ginger pops? @ @ @ @

A.--Gim-nastick water. @ @ @ @ @

    [Illustration]

    _The bullfrog haz hung up hiz fiddle,
      The bug and the cricket are still;
    No more can be heard in the marshes,
      The musketo fileing hiz bill._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| @| @ ||       _History._       |            _SLAP JACKS._            |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| W || _Sour and_ @           |                                     |
| 2| T ||     @ _sad_ @          | A dog iz the only thing on this     |
| 3| F || grate skassity ov      | earth that luvs yu more than he     |
| 4| S || grasshoppers @         | luvs himself.                       |
| 5| G || _sour and_ @ @         |                                     |
| 6| M || _chilly_ @             |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 7| T || Brigham Young          | Lies are like illegitimate children,|
| 8| W || born 1818 @            | liable to call a man _Father_!      |
| 9| T || _cold_ @ _Brigham_     | when he least expekts it.           |
|10| F || was a _youngster_ @    |                                     |
|11| S || _snow on the_          |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|12| G || _mountains_            | A gentleman iz a gentleman the      |
|13| M || @ in time of           | world over,--it iz only the loafers |
|14| T || peace                  | that differ.                        |
|15| W || prepare for            |                                     |
|16| T || war @                  |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|17| F || _raw rain_ @ @         |                                     |
|18| S || @ now lay in           | What men kant do they are           |
|19| G || a bad cold @           | very apt tew admire,--they dont     |
|20| M || for winter @           | criticize a mountain bekause they   |
|21| T || @ _it snows_ @         | kant make one.                      |
|22| W || the festive            |                                     |
|23| T || cockroach              |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|24| F || haz fled @             |                                     |
|25| S ||                        | Sekrets are cussid poor property    |
|26| G || @ winter draws         | enny how; if yu cirkulate them      |
|27| M || ni @ _cold and_        | yu loze them, and if yu keep them   |
|28| T || _clammy_ @ kats        | yu loze the interest on the         |
|29| W || swell with             | investment.                         |
|30| T || crossness @ @          |                                     |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_KALKULASHUNS OV A PROGNOSTIX NATUR._

Whenever yu see a flok ov geese all standing on one leg, except the old
gander, and he chawing hiz cud, look out for a south-west wind tewmorow,
or the next day, or the day after, or at sum fewter time.

Should thare be cold weather during Febuary, and should roosters refuse
to crow, and the taxgatherer forgit tew call on yu, yu will hav tew
trust in Providence, and go it blind, for thare aint no man kan
prognostix what will cum next.

Whenever dogs are seen travelling around with nothing to do and old
maids refuse their tea, and hop vines wont klimb, and grind stuns wont
grind, then yu may expekt a lite crop ov oats, and beans wont pay for
harvesting.

If the sun rizes in the east, and sets in the west, and the bull frogs
sings sams in the marshes, and thare aint no pulling hair in the family
circle, things are about az near right az yu can git them.

Should there be no dew on the grass, in the morning before sunrise, it
iz an infallible prognostix, that thare didn't enny dew fall.

Whenever yu see two crows on the railfence, one white and the other
black, edgeing up to each other, look out for a nigger in the wood
pile.


31 Days.      DECEMBER.      1871.

Q.--What is pity? @ @ @ @ @

A.--Cheap charity, @ @ @ @ @

    [Illustration]

    _Now kil pigs and bucher hens,
      Murder geese and ducks that quack,
    Chop down wood, and sassage make,
      And evenings play----Hylojack._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||       _History._       |          _OYSTER PADDYS._           |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| F ||      @ 1871 haz        | One ov the fussyest scenes i        |
| 2| S ||     about pegged       | ever beheld waz two old maids       |
| 3| G ||         out @          | waiting on one sick bachelor.       |
| 4| M ||   _bitter cold_ @ @    |                                     |
| 5| T ||     @ Homer waz a      |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 6| W ||       good poet        |                                     |
| 7| T ||     eggs dredful       | Revenge iz just az natral to        |
| 8| F ||      uncommon @        | flow az milk,--yu will see little   |
| 9| S ||  _grate sno storm_ @   | boys club the post that they bump   |
|10| G ||    @ Congress iz a     | their head against.                 |
|11| M ||      sitting @ @       |                                     |
|12| T ||  _cold_ @ but don't    |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|13| W || @ hatch out ennything  |                                     |
|14| T ||       @ _wind_         | Opinyuns are like turnips, worth    |
|15| F ||      _north_ @ @       | just what they will fetch.          |
|16| S ||    beware of false     |                                     |
|17| G ||   proffits _ice iz_    |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|18| M ||  _from 12 inches to_   |                                     |
|19| T ||  _a foot thick_ @ @    | Courage without discreshun, iz      |
|20| W ||     Soloman waz a      | like a ram with horns on both       |
|21| T ||      smart man @       | ends, he will hav more fights on    |
|22| F || @ _sighns ov a thaw_   | hand, than he kan do justiss to.    |
|23| S ||     he waz a good      |                                     |
|24| G ||  judge ov the sex @    |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|25| M ||    _colder_ @ the      |                                     |
|26| T ||    year drops its      | When yu find a man who iz           |
|27| W || curtain @ _the wind_   | very solisitus about the welfare ov |
|28| T || _moans_ @ farewell     | everyboddy, yu kan safely put him   |
|29| F ||    my countrymen @     | down az one who iz hunting for a    |
|30| S ||                        | misfortune.                         |
|31| G ||                        |                                     |
+--+---+-------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_LETTER TO FARMERS._

_Beloved Farmers_:

Agrikultur iz the mother ov farm produce; she iz also the step-mother ov
gardin sass.

Rize at haff past 2 o'clock in the morning, bild up a big fire in the
kitchen, burn out two pounds ov kandels, and grease yure boots.

Wait pashuntly for da brake. When day duz brake, then commense tew stir
up the geese and worry the hogs.

Too mutch sleep iz ruinous tew geese and tew hogs. Remember yu kant git
ritch on a farm, unless yu rize at 2 o'clock in the morning, and stir up
the hogs and worry the geese.

The happyest man in the world iz the farmer; he rizes at 2 o'clock in
the morning, he watches for da lite tew brake, and when she duz brake,
he goes out and stirs up the geese and worrys the hogs.

What iz a lawyer?--What iz a merchant?--What iz a doktor?--What iz a
minister?--I answer, nothing

A farmer iz the nobless work ov God; he rizes at 2 o'clock in the
morning, and burns out a haff a pound ov wood and two kords ov kandels,
and then goes out tew worry the geese and stir up the hogs.

Beloved farmers, adew.

Josh Billings.



_EXTRAKT OV LETTERS_.

_Fredom Senter, Nov. 17th, 1870._

FRIEND BILLINGS:

Thi Allmanax for 1871 waz good for the flesh, az well az for the soul ov
man; it fatted me distinktly on the ribs. _I remane thine._

_Obadiah Broadbrim._

       *       *       *       *       *

MR. BILLINGS:

We shall hereafter embody yure Allmanaxes in our journal.

_Editor of London Athaneum._

       *       *       *       *       *

DEAR JOSH BILLINGS:

Enklosed in this letter, yu will find 17 cents for one allmanaxt; i am
poor, and this iz all the money i hav got, and i haint got no live
mother.

_Charley Briggs, Jun._

       *       *       *       *       *

_Klamburgh, Oktober 30, 1870._

DEAR MISSER JOSH:

The lor bles yuse, and yuse allmanaksts for 1871; it made dis chile
perspire gratuitussly wid bliss.

Yure cullud person friend,

_Josepheen Johnsing._

       *       *       *       *       *

MISTER JOSHUA BILLINGS:

I hav both ov yure 2 allmanaxes for 1870 and 1871, and wish yu would
send me bi the barrow yure allmanaxes for 1872 and 1873 and 1874,
exklusive. I will emit the munny in a fu daze. No more now from yure
loveing friend, _Jerusha Sheldon_, dauter ov widdo Sheldon, near
Spraker's Mill, on the Coshokton pike.



_HOROSKOPE FOR JANUARY._


The yung gentleman born this month will remane a bachelor untill hiz 16
year, and will hav kurly hair. He will finally settle down still, and
marry for life. Hiz father will be a grate lover ov phast horses. He
will liv tew be over 60 years ov age, and die worth about 750 dollars,
klear ov awl debt.

       *       *       *       *       *

The yung lady born this month will kno how tew pla on the pianner, and
nit worsted. She will be a blondy, and be near sited, and fall in luv
with grate diffikulty. She will finally git wedded tew the man she
marrys, and her whole life will be eazy. If she marrys the seckond time
her husband will be a dentist or an alderman.


_ADVICE TEW YUNG KLERGYMEN._

Dont preach the gospel for less than 850 dollars a year, salary payable
quarterly in advance.

A congregashun who kant afford tew pay 850 dollars a year, want a
missionary more than they do a klergyman.

Be sure and run the church; don't let the church run you.

Az i sed up at the top, git az mutch ov yure salary az possible in
advance, for i dont kno ov enny det so hard tew kollekt az a minister's
salary, after it once gits kold.


    [Illustration]

    It iz so eazy to advise another fellow to set down in a
    dentists chair, and hav a big dubble tooth jerkt out, that i hav often
    wondered whi we didn't try it ourselfs.=

    Less so. Josh Billings


    [Illustration]

    I say to 2 thirds ov the ritch people in this world--make
    the most ov yure money, for it makes the most ov yu.=

    Happy thought.--Josh Billings


31 Days.

JANUARY.

1872.

Q.--Who had the best artikle ov pashunce? @ @

A.--Job. His pashunce waz biled down to a spot. @ @

    [Illustration]

    _A stirring man iz nabor Bush,
      Yu never ketched him idle;
    Six daze he works, and sundaze he
      Salts geese, and reads the bible._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||     _Kalkulashuns._    |              _RAMRODS._             |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| M || @ Now pik geese @      | Revenge sumtimes sleeps, but        |
| 2| T ||     @ _awful_          | vanity alwus keeps _one I_ open.    |
| 3| W || _kold_ @ @             |                                     |
| 4| T ||                        |                                     |
| 5| F || thou shalt not         |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 6| S ||        commit          |                                     |
| 7| G || swareing @             | Thare iz nothing in this world      |
| 8| M || @ @ _more sighns_      | that a man pays so hi a price for,  |
| 9| T || _ov kold_              | and gits so little ov hiz munny     |
|10| W || @ @ now bruize wood    | back, as he duz for Repentance.     |
|11| T || @ _it iz kold_ @       |                                     |
|12| F ||      @ Jim             |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|13| S || Sheriden               |                                     |
|14| G ||    born 1818 @         | I hav finally cum tew the           |
|15| M || _now expekt_           | konklushun, if a man kant be born   |
|16| T || _a thaw_ @             | but once, he had better issue       |
|17| W ||      @ Jim             | proposals tew hav it dun sumwhare   |
|18| T || waz a                  | in Nu England.                      |
|19| F || fiddler @ @            |                                     |
|20| S ||   @ _it duz thaw_ @    |                                     |
|21| G || @ thare are no         |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|22| M ||             fiddlers   |                                     |
|23| T || in heaven @            | The only human being on the         |
|24| W || _thaw kontinues_ @     | face ov this earth that I really    |
|25| T ||    in kase ov          | envy, iz a laffing Christian.       |
|26| F || doubt, lead            |                                     |
|27| S ||             trumps @   |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|28| G || @ _the thaw freezes_   |                                     |
|29| M ||    @ now               | Men ov little authority are like    |
|30| T ||        mix             | men ov little strength--alwus       |
|31| W || sassige @ @ @          | anxious tew lift sumthing.          |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_HOROSKOPE FOR FEBUARY._

The man born this month will be good looking, but too mutch prone tew
toe in when he walks. He will hav 2 wifes, and a small hand, except when
he plays whist; then he will hav a big one. Hiz fust wife will be
kross-eyed, but hiz seckond one will be kross all over. He will hav 4
children, who will all pass through the meazles, with grate credit tew
themselfs and no disgrace tew the meazles.

       *       *       *       *       *

The yung female born during this month will show grate judgement in
sorting her lovers, and will finally marry a real estate agent. She will
hav a phew failings; but who cares? she wouldn't be interesting if she
didn't. At 28 she will be a widow, and at stated intervals will be
inklined tew gush a little. (_For the sake of variety we say, let her
gush._)

       *       *       *       *       *


_A GOOD FAMILY JOB._

(_To kure bed bugs._)

Bile the bed bugs tew a gravy; then take equal parts ov sassyfrass rutes
and mingle with the gravy; then find a hoel in the ground that aint
occupied; then pour the gravy into the hoel; then fasten up the hoel
with 2 pounds ov gunpowder; then tutch off the hoel with a 10 foot poel;
then run like litening. If this don't kure the bed bugs, and the hoel
too, they hav both got it the natral way, and kan't be healed.


29 Days.

FEBRUARY.

1872.

Q.--What iz the surest gait on the road? @ @

A.--A toll-gate. @ @

    [Illustration]

    _Sim Blodget waz an awful brag,
    Alwus telling sumthing or nuther,----
    "Square Brown and he kept 60 cows!"
    The square kept 59, and Sim the tuther._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||    _Kalkulashuns._     |             _THISSELS._             |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| T || @ _Kold, but sharp_    | Thare iz two kind ov men that       |
| 2| F || @ @ When this          | i dont kare to meet when i am in    |
| 3| S ||     yu see, remember   | a grate hurry: men that i owe,      |
| 4| G || me @ @                 | and men that want to owe me.        |
| 5| M || _sighns ov kold_ @     |                                     |
| 6| T ||   now puntch           |        *       *       *       *    |
| 8| T || _weather inkreases_    | Jokes are like butternuts. To       |
| 9| F || @ @ Dave Larkin        | be good, they musn't be cracked     |
|10| S || born 1763 @ @          | flatways.                           |
|11| G ||                        |                                     |
|12| M ||       @ _wind north_ @ |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|13| T || Dave Larkin            |                                     |
|14| W ||     waz                |                                     |
|15| T ||           a            | It iz just az natral tew be born    |
|16| F || hoss jockey @          | poor az tew be born naked, and      |
|17| S || _snow, mixt with_      | it iz no more disgrace.             |
|18| G ||     _kold_ @           |                                     |
|19| M || Dave Larkin delt       |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|20| T ||   in                   |                                     |
|21| W || saw-hosses @           | Truth iz like the burr docks on     |
|22| T || _kold, but bitter_ @   | the end ov a cow's tail: the more   |
|23| F || @ Oh! cockroach,       | she shakes them oph, the less she   |
|24| S ||            whare iz    | gits rid ov them.                   |
|25| G || thine                  |                                     |
|26| M ||      sting? @          |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|27| T || _kold gits more so_    |                                     |
|28| W || @ now giv in           | I think young coxcombs end          |
|29| T ||            marriage @  | their lives az old sloven.          |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_HOROSKOPE FOR MARCH._

The man born this month will be inklined tew blow a little. He will be a
domestik man, and will kno how to rok the kradle and pare potatoze. He
will marry the only daughter of a widdo, and will be a good judge of
mothers-in-law. He will die about the usual time in life, and leave a
house and lot, with a small mortgage on it. He never will run for offiss
but once, and then will git beat.

       *       *       *       *       *

The woman who appears this month will be an old maid till she is 20
years old, and then will sudenly put a stop tew this kind ov bizzness,
by investing in a yung man. She will be a good housekeeper, and kno how
tew make a plum puddin, with the plums left out. She will hang on to her
buty till she iz about 45; after that, she will hav to take her chances.

       *       *       *       *       *


[_Advertizement._]

Professor John Spruce (_graduate_) begs leaf tew inform the citizens ov
Pordunk village that he will open a school for male yung men, over
Nikodemus Bradley's waggon shop, in whitch will be taught the nobel art
of chawing gum, in all the hier branches.

_Private lessons_ administered tew yung ladiz at their boarding-house.
The Professor pledges himself tew teach, in six easy lessons, the
gum-chawing science tew a spot.

_N. B.--Seckond hand gum alwus on hand, for sale low._


31 Days.

MARCH.

1872.

Q.--Who iz the champion ov lite weights? [@]

A.--The Nu Jersey muskeeter. @ @ @

    [Illustration]

    _Dame Barker had a yerling hen,
      Who swore she'd set, or raze the dickens;
    The dame sot her on an ear ov korn,
      And razed a bushel an haff ov chickens._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||     _Kalkulashuns._    |             _CODICILS._             |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| F || @ _Breezy_ @ @         |                                     |
| 2| S || Klam soup              | To work iz the grate law ov         |
| 3| G ||   diskovered 1500 @    | natur. If the woodchuck ever        |
| 4| M || _sighns ov wind_ @     | dont bild enny hole, he wont        |
| 5| T || Jim Pettybone          | hav one. It iz true he may steal    |
| 6| W ||   created 1312 @ @     | one; but then sum other woodchuck   |
| 7| T ||            Jim waz     | will hav tew dig two.               |
| 8| F || an intemperance        |                                     |
| 9| S ||     man [(@)]          |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|10| G || _mutch wind_ @         |                                     |
|11| M || Jim Pettybone died     |                                     |
|12| T || @ _wind grows_ @       | Thare are folks who dont do         |
|13| W ||   Jim died             | enny hard work but watch their      |
|14| T ||     ov the             | simptoms. I hav saw dogs akt        |
|15| F ||     triangular         | just az sensibel. I hav saw a       |
|16| S ||     lemons @           | rat-tarrier watch the simptoms ov a |
|17| G || _fresh, but windy_     | knot-hole in a board-fence all day, |
|18| M || @ now dig angle-       | for sum rat tew cum forth, and no   |
|19| T ||           worms @ @    | for sum rat tew cum forth, and no   |
|20| W || _wind rizes_ @ @       | rat didnt cum forth.                |
|21| T ||   Lafayette waz        |                                     |
|22| F ||         A              |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|23| S ||      friend to         |                                     |
|24| G ||        this            |                                     |
|25| M ||     land @ @ @         | I alwus did admire the malice       |
|26| T || _wind_                 | ov the mule. If a freak ov fortune  |
|27| W ||      _inklined tew_    | had made me az misfortunate         |
|28| T ||          be windy @    | amung men az the mule iz amung      |
|29| F || @ Tom Hyer waz         | animilds, i would begin tew let     |
|30| S ||        a               | drive at things a mile an a haff    |
|31| G || pugilissimus [§§]      | off.                                |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_HOROSKOPE FOR APRIL._

The man born this month will hav a liquid temprament, but not
necessarily inklined tew licker. Hiz grate aim will be tew git married;
and he will git hiz bird, bi marrying a butiful and also good-looking
wife. They will liv happy az two lambs, and leave one son, whom they
intended should be president ov the United States, but who very wisely
konkluded tew be a merchant taylor.

       *       *       *       *       *

The lady born this month will hav blew eyes, and a full set ov teeth.
Her heart will be az tender az a porterhouse steak. She will keep a lap
dorg, who will hav weak eyes, and whose christian name will be Fanny.
She will die and leave a bed-quilt, which will go down tew posterity,
with upwards of 7 hundred blocks in it.


[_Advertizement._]

_JOB SARGENT'S KLENSING SOPE._

Job Sargent, being ov sound mind, and expressly afrade ov the devil,
dont hesitate tew say that his klensing sope will take the spots oph
from everything.

1st. It will remove the spots from a coach dog in 3 daze.

2d. It will take the spots oph from a ten ov dimonds in 15 minnits.

3d. Kan the leopard change his spots?--i answer it kan, bi using Job
Sargent's only klensing sope.

4th. Persons ov a spotless reputashun, and anxious tew keep so, will
never be without this sope.

5th. Job Sargent never told a lie--so did George Washington.


30 Days.

APRIL.

1872.

Q.--What iz the fastest trotting-time on reckord?

A.--I dont kno az I kare. @ @ @ @

    [Illustration]

    _A sloven farmer waz old Snyder;
      He spent his time a drinkin syder.
    Together he worked a cow and muel,
      And never sent his boys tew skewel._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||     _Kalkulashuns._    |         _HOOKS_ AND _EYES_.         |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| M || @ Now sort yure        |                                     |
| 2| T ||          rats @ @      | Yu kant konvert sinners bi          |
| 3| W || _sum rain_ @           | preaching the gospel tew them at    |
| 4| T || sow yure hoss-         | haff-price. Enny sinner who iz      |
| 5| F ||  radish @ @            | anxious tew git hiz religion in     |
| 6| S || @ _hot, but wet_ @     | that way iz satisfied with a poor   |
| 7| G ||     @ hoss-radish iz a | artikle.                            |
| 8| M || smart vegatable @      |                                     |
| 9| T || @ Bill Kurtis          |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|10| W ||    born 1749 @ @ @     |                                     |
|11| T || @ _sighns ov rain_ @   | Prudes are coquets gone tew         |
|12| F ||                        | seed.                               |
|13| S || Bill Kurtis had        |                                     |
|14| G ||     a                  |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|15| M || wodden leg @ @         |                                     |
|16| T || _mild, but pleazant_   |                                     |
|17| W || @ @ now bury beans     | Thare iz no better evidence ov      |
|18| T ||        @ @ _warm wet_  | wisdum than tew beleave what we     |
|19| F || @ beans are a          | kant understand.                    |
|20| S || joyful krop @          |                                     |
|21| G ||   @ _wind soft_ @      |                                     |
|22| M || thou shalt not steal   |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|23| T || @ _more wet_ @         |                                     |
|24| W ||       plant pickels    | Yu will alwus notis one thing:      |
|25| T || for arly cow-          | the devil never offers tew go into  |
|26| F ||  kumbers @ @           | partnership with a bizzy man;       |
|27| S || @ _soft breezes_ @     | but yu will often see him offer     |
|28| G ||  now lend umbrellers   | tew jine the lazy, and furnish all  |
|29| M ||       @ @ _hot_ @      | the capital.                        |
|30| T || now jerk lettiss @     |                                     |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_HOROSKOPE FOR MAY._

The gentleman who invests hiz life in this month will be very quick
tempered, espeshily when a hornet lights on him in anger. His mother
will set a good deal by him, espeshily when he iz in the kradle. He will
hav the mumps very light, and will spend most ov his life intending tew
marry, but will die at last with a half dozen old maids on hiz hands.
The wash wimmin will remember him az the man who never wore paper
collars.

       *       *       *       *       *

The lady born this month will fust be a bud, and afterwards a blossom.
Her heart will be az full ov twitter as a kanary bird on a perch. She
will hav twilight hair. She will hav menny lovers. She will be
reasonabel fond ov silk clothes, but her grate joy will be in a bonnet.
She will hav az little jealousy az it is prudent for a woman tew hav.


_CHOICE OLD RECEIPTS._

To learn a kat how tew bite--feed her on kat nip tea.

       *       *       *       *       *

To remove goose pimples (from a goose)--loose the goose.

       *       *       *       *       *

To kure a weak back--lay still for a week ahead.

       *       *       *       *       *

To make yure mark--fall out ov a third story windo.

       *       *       *       *       *

To ketch a bad kold--lay down on the ground, and watch for it, bi
moonlite.


    [Illustration]

    Kats are plenty. I kounted 18 from mi boarding hous
    window one night last summer--and it wasn't a fust rate nite for kats
    neither.=

    A sollum fakt. Josh Billings


    [Illustration]

    One ov the most unfortunate men in this world--iz a third
    rate fiddler,=

    Yure warm friend

    Josh Billings


31 Days.

MAY.

1872.

Q.--Who got the fust caneing? @ @

A.--Abel. @ @ @

    [Illustration]

    _Now in the ground hide unyun seed,
      Bury korn, and beetz, and lettiss;
    Chuck in sum peas, and lima beans,
      If the arth dont seem tew wettish._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||     _Kalkulashuns._    |           _PLUMB PUDDIN._           |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| W ||                        |                                     |
| 2| T || @ Now kount yure       | If i waz a-going tew civilize a     |
| 3| F ||        bees @          | parcel ov heathen (bi the job)      |
| 4| S || @ _wet showers_ @      | on sum distant, far off, and remote |
| 5| G || expekt grass @         | ile, i should debate sum            |
| 6| M || @ Mary Spalding        | time in mi mind which tew send,     |
| 7| T ||    born 1642 @ @       | an invoice ov dancing-masters or    |
| 8| W ||  _warm, but sunny_     | missionarys.                        |
| 9| T || @ Mary Spalding        |                                     |
|10| F || waz a widder @         |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|11| S ||      @ _rain_ @        |                                     |
|12| G || now plant tudstools    | Hope haz made a grate menny         |
|13| M ||                        | blunders; but thare iz one thing    |
|14| T || @ _hot, but cool_ @    | about her that I alwus did like:    |
|15| W || all men were born      | she means well.                     |
|16| T || free and equal @       |                                     |
|17| F ||      @ _more warmy_ @  |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|18| S || Joner waz              |                                     |
|19| G ||          et bi         | Most ennyboddy thinks he kan        |
|20| M || a whale @ @ @          | keep a good hotel (and he kan);     |
|21| T || @ _expekt rain_ @      | but this akounts for the grate      |
|22| W || @ dandylions draw      | number of kussid mean ones all      |
|23| T ||     ni @ @ _hot_       | over the country.                   |
|24| F || _mildness_             |                                     |
|25| S || now fall in love @     |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|26| G ||   @ _warm inkreases_   |                                     |
|27| M || David Perkins          | Whenever yu hear a man who          |
|28| T ||       waz              | alwus wants tew bet hiz bottom      |
|29| W || a                      | dollar, you kan make up yure        |
|30| T ||        hansum          | mind that that iz the size ov hiz   |
|31| F ||    man @ @ @ @         | pile.                               |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_HOROSKOPE FOR JUNE._

The male individual born during June will be one of 7 children, but not
the only one. He will hav 3 brothers, and one sister, who will marry a
hard shell baptist preacher. He will studdy law, and enter the profeshun
with gilt edge prospekts, but his fust klient being a counterfiter, whom
he succeeds in gitting clear, and receiving 50 dollars in counterfit
money for his services, disgusts him with the bizzness.

       *       *       *       *       *

The female who appears on the platform this month will alwus hav cause
tew wonder whi she did it. Her father will be a skool teacher, and he
will bring her up in the distrikt skool bizzness. At 29 years and six
months she will marry, and will be well edukated in the dutys ov a wife,
for she will understand Daball's arithmetik, and parseing, just az eazy
az falling down the cellar stairs. She will hav but one son, and he will
be edukated oph from hiz feet at an early age.


_ANNOUNCEMENT EXTRORNARY._

(_Advertizement._)

Phelix Phungus (_dog dokter_), late ov the royal vetenary college, and
12 years in a doggery in the old country, offers hiz services tew the
Pordunk people. He kan remove fleas from a dog in 16 minnits; he kan
take the krook out ov a dog's tail in 13 minnits; he kan learn a dog tew
lie in front ov a fire all day in 12 minnits; he kan tell how fast a dog
kan run hitched tew a tin pail in 3 minnits; and kan tell how mutch
sassage he will make bi just hefting him. Consultashuns free.

P. P. D. D. PHELIX PHUNGUS, DOG DOKTOR.


30 Days.

JUNE.

1872.

Q.--Who waz the weakest man? @

A.--Fred Bennett couldnt lift hiz note for fifteen dollars. @

    [Illustration]

    _Mary Moore iz a farmer's lass,
      She's winsum az a pozy;
    The chap who ketches Mary Moore,
      Wont be no kuntry josey._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||    _Kalkulashuns._     |        _ROOTS_  AND _ARBS_.         |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| S || @ _Sweetly warm_       |                                     |
| 2| G || @ now grab roses       | 8 wont go into 6, and hav           |
| 3| M || @ _frequent wet_ @     | ennything left over. Menny a        |
| 4| T ||       John Smith born  | yung phellow haz found out this     |
| 5| W || in the year 4 @        | bi trieing tew git a number 6 boot  |
| 6| T || @ _slitely hot_ @      | on.                                 |
| 7| F || John Smith waz a       |                                     |
| 8| S ||   good investment @    |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 9| G || _warm, but growy_      |                                     |
|10| M ||                        | Thare iz nothing a man will git     |
|11| T ||    @ John Smith        | so sick ov az too mutch molasses.   |
|12| W ||              waz       | (_Sweet girls, make a note ov       |
|13| T || better than            | this._)                             |
|14| F || kompound interest      |                                     |
|15| S ||  @ _now imbibe_        |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|16| G || _fragrance_ @          |                                     |
|17| M ||     @ bully for John   | Prudery iz often like the chesnutt- |
|18| T || Smith @                | burr: it duz seem as tho it         |
|19| W ||    _warm, but wet_ @   | never would open, but by and by     |
|20| T || @ Elihu Burritt        | it yields tew the frost, and lets   |
|21| F ||  waz a blacksmith @    | the fruit drop out.                 |
|22| S || @ _more rain_ @        |                                     |
|23| G ||    now expekt          |                                     |
|24| M || snaiks § @ §           |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|25| T ||    _sighns ov wet_     |                                     |
|26| W || _moisture_ @ @         | I dont beleave in the final salva-  |
|27| T ||    @ Horace Greely     | shun ov all men, bekauze thare      |
|28| F || iz                     | are so menny kases in which i       |
|29| S ||    an                  | kant see how it iz going tew be     |
|30| G ||      editor @ @ @      | made tew pay.                       |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_HOROSKOPE FOR JULY_.

The man mortal who cums tew the scratch this month will be a grate lover
ov politikal life, and after menny stormy trips will settle in hiz
natiff village a konstable, elekted by 19 majority. He will liv tew be
ripe with old age, and hiz posterity will wonder how he managed tew
spend a whole life in politiks, and keep out ov state prizon. (_Hiz
posterity probably aint aware that a term in state prizon iz a good kard
tew run for offiss on._)

       *       *       *       *       *

The girl born this month will flash like a streak ov yello sunshine. She
will be sought after like the balm ov menny flowers. She will hav poetry
for breakfast, and spend the rest ov the day on zephyrs and chocalate
karamels. The man who gits her for a wife will change into a butterfly,
and the two will be seen, sum sweet nite this month, flieing away to the
song ov the crickets.


_ADVICE TEW YOUNG MEN._

Dont be diskouraged if yure mustash dont gro; it sumtimes happens whare
a mustash duz the best, nothing else duz so well.

Dont be afrade ov enny thing that iz honarable, and dont forget that the
best friend that God haz given enny one iz hiz conscience.

Larn tew wait!--this iz a hard gait for a yung man tew travel, but iz
the surest way tew git thare.

If you hav got sum wild oats (and a phew wont spile yu) git them in
arly, and sow them deep, so they will rot in the ground.


31 Days.

JULY.

1872.

Q.--Which are two ov the lost arts? @ @

A.--Modesty, and good home-made bread. @ @

    [Illustration]

    _To brake a mule, or yoke a steer,
      Bob Fletcher waz a reddy lad;
    He and his mother worked the farm--
      Krewel deth had took away his dad._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||     _Kalkulashuns._    |          _PICKLED TONGUE._          |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| M || @ @ _Hot_ @ @          |                                     |
| 2| T ||   now lay in straw-    | I look upon the north pole az       |
| 3| W ||   berrys and kream @   | one ov them pekuliar spots ov       |
| 4| T ||      @ _wind south_ @  | ground: if it aint never found, we  |
| 5| F || @ Frank Stebbins       | shant be none ov the wuss off;      |
| 6| S ||   waz born this        | and if it iz found, we shant be     |
| 7| G ||         month @ @      | none the better off.                |
| 8| M || @ _more heaty_ @       |                                     |
| 9| T || @ Frank Stebbins       |                                     |
|10| W ||   waz a hoss-jockey    |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|11| T || @ _now expekt_         |                                     |
|12| F ||   _wet showers_ @ @    | I kant see what woman wants         |
|13| S || @ Frank Stebbins       | enny more "_Rights_" for; she       |
|14| G ||   had a lemon-         | beat the fust man born into the     |
|15| M ||      colored mare @    | world out ov a ded sure thing,      |
|16| T ||                        | and she kan beat the last one       |
|17| W || @ _hot, but wet_ @     | with the same kards.                |
|18| T || @ this mare could      |                                     |
|19| F ||       trot suddenly @  |                                     |
|20| S || @ _grate heatness_     |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|21| G || @ Abel waz a           |                                     |
|22| M ||   bachelor @ @         |                                     |
|23| T || @ _inkreasing_         | The only thing which makes a        |
|24| W ||         _warmth_ @     | mule so highly respektabel is the   |
|25| T || @ now hunt             | grate accuracy ov hiz kickings.     |
|26| F ||       for              |                                     |
|27| S ||         thunder        |                                     |
|28| G ||    and                 |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|29| M ||      lightning @ @     |                                     |
|30| T || @ hale columbus        | Convince a phool ov hiz errors,     |
|31| W ||      happee land @     | and you make him yure enemy.        |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_HOROSKOPE FOR AUGUST._

The gentleman born this month will hav one eye to the main chance, and
the other eye on the collatterals. He will be sharper than good cider
vinegar, and will go at a transackshun like a skotch tarrier at a rat
hole. He will be az honest az a hornet, and make az few blunders. He
will liv tew be old. Hiz wife will die young--tired out trying tew keep
up with him.

       *       *       *       *       *

The feminine creashuns ov this month will be grate admirers ov the
sterner sex. They will fall in luv easy, but will make az phew blunders
az enny other wimmin. They will be guided bi the impulses ov their
naturs, which in most wimmen iz a safer card than their judgements. If I
hadnt got one ov the best wifes that the world haz yet produced, I
should be inclined to ask (humbly) for one ov the _August-as_.


_TO ALL WHOM IT MAY CONSARN._

(_Advertizement._)

Adam Dipthong (chicken champion) invites a discerning world tew peruse
hiz egg-dispensing poultry.

His "_Hail Columbys_," crossed on his "_Star Spangled Banners_," iz a
hen who, for purity ov step, swavity of plumage, and modesty ov
deportment, kant be beat.

His "_Last Roze ov Summer_," hiz "_Merry wives ov Windsor_," and hiz
"_Love lies bleeding_," az a style ov poultry, haz no competitors in the
whole horizon. His "_Kiss me Quicks_," chastised with a delikate
sprinkling ov his "_Meet me bi moon lite alone_," as pullets, hav alwus
stood the test; and az roosters, are alwus reddy "tew fite it out on
this line" (or enny other) "if it takes all summer."


31 Days.

AUGUST.

1872.

Q.--Who waz the fust brewer? @ @

A.--Satan; he brewed mischief. @ @ @

    [Illustration]

    _Come, farmers all, both grate and small.
      The fields with yello grain are wavy;
    Bring out yure boys, and laffing galls,
      And make the bukweat cry Peccavy._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||    _Kalkulashuns._     |             _EGG NOGG._             |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| T ||    @ @ _Hot_ @ @       |                                     |
| 2| F || @ Pete Whetstone       | A man whom yu kan hire tew          |
| 3| S ||   born 956 @ @         | work on a farm for nothing, and     |
| 4| G ||         @ _hotter_ @   | board himself, will just about earn |
| 5| M || @ Pete waz a bare-     | hiz wages.                          |
| 6| T ||    bak rider @ @       |                                     |
| 7| W || @ _thunder and_        |                                     |
| 8| T ||   _litening_ @ @       |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 9| F || @ Pete rode the        |                                     |
|10| S ||   fust bear @ @        |                                     |
|11| G ||     @ _hot grows wuss_ | A learned phool iz one who          |
|12| M || @ @ now stab           | haz read everything, and simply     |
|13| T ||   suckers @ @ @ @ @    | remembers what he haz read.         |
|14| W || @ _hot with rain_ @    |                                     |
|15| T ||                        |                                     |
|16| F || @ kane kilt able @     |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|17| S ||   _now expekt mutch_   |                                     |
|18| G ||   _warmth_ @ @ kane    |                                     |
|19| M ||        waz a stunner @ | The highest rate ov interest        |
|20| T || @ _heat prickly_ @     | that we pay iz for borrowed         |
|21| W || @ now eat kold         | trouble. Things that are alwus      |
|22| T ||vittles @ _heat biles_  | a-going tew happen, never do        |
|23| F || @ O grave! whare       | happen.                             |
|24| S ||   iz thi viktory? *    |                                     |
|25| G ||   _bigger hot_ @ Gen.  |                                     |
|26| M ||      Jackson waz a     |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|27| T || dimokrat @ _hot_ @     |                                     |
|28| W ||   and now beg for      |                                     |
|29| T || ise                    | I hav know people who had so        |
|30| F ||   kream @ @            | little karakter that they didnt     |
|31| S || @ _more heaty_ @       | even hav enny phailings.            |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_HOROSKOPE FOR SEPTEMBER._


The man born this month will be what iz called a wit. He will be az
phull ov wit az a bottle ov ginger-pop. He kant hardly wait to hav the
cork pulled out, and when the cork iz pulled out it will take a 2 quart
bowl to hold a haff pint ov the phizz. He will make jokes which will be
az natral az blunders, and will keep hiz whole family (inkluding the
hired girl) betwixt a suprise and a guess. He will hav a house phull of
children, who will be the best jokes he perpetrates.

       *       *       *       *       *

The lady born this month will be mistress ov the situashun. She will hav
menny admirers, but will lead them a dusty chase. After a while she will
marry, and bekum az serious az a white mice in a wire trap. Her husband
will be az proud of her az a third lutenant ov hiz fust epaulettes. Her
children will be brought up to toe the mark, and, tho different from all
the other wimmin in the naborhood, she will be admired more than
reproved.


_ADVISE TEW HOSS JOCKEYS._

Never swop hosses with a deakon--not if yu belong tew the same church he
duz.

If yu hav got a hoss that you ask 200 dollars for, and are offered 75
dollars for him, alwus sell him; dont spile a good hoss trade for 125
dollars.

If you should, bi acksident, git hold ov a sound hoss, git shut of him
az soon az yu kan, for yu wont be happy with him.

If, in swopping hosses, yu git kornered, and kant lie, postpone the
trade untill next day.

Noboddy ever expekts tew buy a hoss without gitting cheated; tharefore,
if a hoss jockey dont lie, he loses one ov his blessed privileges.


    [Illustration]

    Mice kan liv enny whare fust rate except in a
    church.--they fatt very slo in a church.--this shows that they kant
    liv on religion, enny more than a minister kan.

    Yures. Josh Billings


    [Illustration]

    Whenever i see a real hansum woman engaged in the "wimmin
    rights" bizzness, i am a going to take off mi hat, and jine the
    proceshun.--

    See if i dont. Josh Billings


30 Days.

SEPTEMBER.

1872.

Q.--Whi iz the meazles like fresh mackrel? @ @

A.--They run in schools, and hav tew be kaught before they can be had. @
@

    [Illustration]

    _Deakon John Jones waz a pius man,
      But for one thing I kant lend praze;
    'Twas asking pardon bekauze he swore,
      When his old ram knokt him end waze._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||    _Kalkulashuns._     |            _SLUNG-SHOT._            |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| G || @ _Mild, but gentle_   |                                     |
| 2| M || @ Abram Tucker         | I dont know how it iz with my       |
| 3| T ||         born 1694 @ @  | brother-man, but with me the fall   |
| 4| W || @ _soft winds_ @       | ov the Roman empire iz a grate      |
| 5| T || @ Abram Tucker         | deal eazier tew bear than a fall on |
| 6| F ||   fust eat pork and    | the ice when it iz wet.             |
| 7| S ||   molassis @ @ _now_   |                                     |
| 8| G || _look for rain_ @ @ @  |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 9| M ||   birds with feathers  |                                     |
|10| T ||flock togethers @ @ @ @ |                                     |
|11| W || @ _it rains_ @         | Face all things; even adversity     |
|12| T || @ now lay in fride     | iz polite to a man's face.          |
|13| F ||       oysters @        |                                     |
|14| S || * _very pleasant_ @    |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|15| G || @ John Brown died      |                                     |
|16| M ||   1861 * @ cloudy @    | Poverty kant be wuss, and may       |
|17| T ||                        | be better; riches kan be better,    |
|18| W || @ John Brown           | and may be wuss. The difference     |
|19| T ||   died ov the thrut    | iz in favour ov poverty.            |
|20| F ||      disseaze @        |                                     |
|21| S || @ _mild_ @             |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|22| G ||   now expekt early     |                                     |
|23| M ||   cider @ _showery_ @  |                                     |
|24| T || @ sighns ov an arly    | Whenever i see a man anxious        |
|25| W ||        frost @ @       | tew git into the middle ov a fite   |
|26| T || @ _wind east_ @        | that dont belong tew him, i am      |
|27| F ||   now prepare          | alwus anxious to hav him, for i     |
|28| S ||                 for    | kno he iz sure tew be the wust      |
|29| G ||      country           | whipt man in the party.             |
|30| M ||   cuzzins @ @ @        |                                     |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_HOROSKOPE FOR OCTOBER._

The male man usherd into existence this month will be ov an enquiring
mind. The fust thing he will enquire for will be sum good cider. He will
studdy divinity at fust, but will quit that and bekum a konduktor on a
hoss rale-rode; this pays better, and haz more perquisites. He will
marry the woman ov his choice, which iz good, provided the choice iz all
right. His hair will turn grey before he dies, but after he dyes he will
hav black hair the rest of hiz days.

       *       *       *       *       *

The woman born this month will be short ov stattue, and acquainted with
grief. She will want a grate menny things, in this world, that aint
handy tew be got. She will marry just about the right time, and
undertake tew liv with her mother in law, which iz a diffikult kontrakt
tew fill. The wimmin born this month are like a rhode island greening,
ripen slow, and are most delightful away long into the winter.


@ TO LET. @

_Enny person having an easy pill to take, that will restore a shatterd
reputashun, without change ov diet tew the pashunt, kan hav this
advertising space hily reazonable._

_Enquire of_

    [Illustration: Bird sketch]


31 Days.

OCTOBER.

1872.

Q.--Whare did Adam strike when he fell? @ @

A.--On hiz kneeze, I hope. @ @ @

    [Illustration]

    _Bukwheat kakes this month lay in,
      Eat freely of pork and sassage;
    Theze things kind Heaven givs to us,
      Who in this world works our passage._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||    _Kalkulashuns._     |            _FOOT PRINTS._           |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| T || @ _Kloudy, but cool_   |                                     |
| 2| W || @ Joel Briggs born     | If i had a boy whoze hair           |
| 3| T ||   1837 @               | would bedew that hair with a        |
| 4| F || @ _warmer_ @           | parent's tear, and then giv up      |
| 5| S || @ Joel Briggs waz      | the boy.                            |
| 6| G || a tin pedlar Փ @       |                                     |
| 7| M ||@ @ _sighns ov rain_ @ @|  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 8| T || @ beware ov grass      |                                     |
| 9| W ||   widders @ @ _snow_   |                                     |
|10| T ||   _on the mountains_   | Hurry and dispatch are often        |
|11| F || @ now count yure       | confounded, but they are az unlike  |
|12| S ||  rats @ _sharp frost_  | az the habits ov the pissmire       |
|13| G ||   _last nite_ @ @      | and the ant.                        |
|14| M ||   @ whiskee iz a non   |                                     |
|15| T ||   konduktor @          |                                     |
|16| W ||                        |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|17| T || @ _snow falls_ @       |                                     |
|18| F || Փ biled sassage        |                                     |
|19| S ||   iz good for the      | Thare aint but phew men weak        |
|20| G ||   tooth ake @ @ @      | enuff tew admit their jealousys;    |
|21| M || @ _wind bracing_ @     | even a disgraced rooster in a barn- |
|22| T || @ now enquire          | yard will git a leetle further off  |
|23| W ||   for cider @          | and begin tew crow up a new         |
|24| T || @ _colder_ @           | reputashun.                         |
|25| F || @ @ Enok waz           |                                     |
|26| S ||   translated Փ @       |                                     |
|27| G || @ _frosty_ @           |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|28| M || @ so                   |                                     |
|29| T ||   waz                  | Cunning, at best, only duz the      |
|30| W ||     Homer              | dirty work ov wisdum; tharefore     |
|31| T ||     translated @ @     | I dispize it.                       |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_HOROSKOPE FOR NOVEMBER._

The gentleman born this month will be a hard worker, but phond ov old
wine. He will forgit tew pay sum ov hiz debts, but will hav a blue eye,
and be a good singer. He will marry between 18 and 45, and be an
excellent judge ov hash on toast. He will liv a grate length, and reach
deth by a cirkuitous route.

       *       *       *       *       *

She who cums tew see us this month will be az welkum az a dandylion in
the buzzum of winter. She will be a dutiful dauter, a warm-harted
sister, a tender mother, and a handsum wife--(Kind Heaven! send us az
menny ov this sort az convenient.)


_ADVICE TEW YUNG DOKTORS._

Hire an offiss on the main street of the village, and stay in the
offiss.

When yu do go out, alwus go on the jump.

Dont never talk mutch on enny subjek, but alwus look kussid misterious.

Seldum go tew church, but when yu do, alwus leave before the church duz.

Charge everyboddy like thunder and litening.

If yu pholler theze rules clussly, and don't suckceed, yu kan kum tew
the konklushun that the doktrine bizzness ain't so good as it waz last
year.


30 Days.

NOVEMBER.

1872.

Q.--Who waz the best-preserved woman that ever lived? @ @

A.--Lot's wife. @ @ @

    [Illustration]

    _Jane Lovell waz a farmer's wife,
      A wife waz she wuth having, too;
    For when Jane Lovell rooled up her sleeves,
      Things round that hous begin tew flew._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||    _Kalkulashuns._     |             _TIT BITS._             |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| F || @ _Sour, but kold_ Ԃ   |                                     |
| 2| S || @ remember Lot's       | A dandy in love iz in just about    |
| 3| G || wife @ @ _raw_,        | az bad a fix az a stik ov mollassis |
| 4| M ||        _but sour_ Ԃ    | kandy that haz begun tew melt.      |
| 5| T || @ Lot's wife waz       |                                     |
| 6| W || the psalt ov the       |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 7| T ||     earth @            |                                     |
| 8| F || @ _more sour_ @        | The meanest kind ov a loafer        |
| 9| S || @ all good wives are   | iz he who iz willing tew be abuzed  |
|10| G ||         @ _more raw_ @ | by every one for the privilege ov   |
|11| M || Ԃ Adam Sturgis         | abusing others.                     |
|12| T ||   born 1853 @ _windy_  |                                     |
|13| W || @ Adam Sturgis         |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|14| T || waz a twin @ @         |                                     |
|15| F || @ _rain, mixt with_    |                                     |
|16| S ||      _snow_ @ @ now @  | Curiosity had twins; one waz        |
|17| G || psalt sheeps @         | _Invenshun_, the other waz _Stick-  |
|18| M || @ _wind bights_ Ԃ      | Yure-Noze-Into-Things_.             |
|19| T || multiplika-   0000000  |                                     |
|20| W || shun table         00  |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|21| T || diskovered    -------  |                                     |
|22| F || 1215 @ @      0000000  |                                     |
|23| S ||_more kold_ @ 0000000   | Deth iz an arrow shot into a        |
|24| G ||the multi-   ---------  | krowd; the only rezon whi it hit    |
|25| M || plikashun   000000000  | another iz bekauze it missed us.    |
|26| T ||             table iz   |                                     |
|27| W || hard tew beat @ @      |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|28| T ||   @ sour rain Ԃ        |                                     |
|29| F || @ Bill Adams waz       | Arly genius iz like arly cabbage:   |
|30| S ||       a free mason @   | it dont apt tew hed well.           |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_HOROSKOPE FOR DECEMBER._

The man born this month will hav a sanguine temprament. He thinks he iz
in luv with every woman he meets, and wont git married till late in
life. When he duz git wedded, he is a-going tew wed a woman who haz been
playing the same game he haz--falling in love with every man she meets.
They are both ov them going tew git cheated the wust way.

       *       *       *       *       *

The girl born this month, tho late in the season, is a-going tew ketch
up before she gits through. She wont remane single, and iz a-going tew
be a leetle diffikult tew manage double. She will see Naples, but iz too
smart to die right off on that account. She will admire menny men, but
will love but one, and that iz her husband. If her husband iz smart
enuff to know this, they will travel through life like 2 pigeons.


_SIMPLE REMIDIZ._

Tew kure the bight ov a krab, soke the krab's feet in bileing hot water.

       *       *       *       *       *

Tew find the kontents ov a gallon ov whiskee, multiply a pint ov fusil
ile bi 8 pints ov Venice turpentine.

       *       *       *       *       *

Tew kure the gout, liv on Boston krackers, and saw wood for 25 cents a
kord.

       *       *       *       *       *

Tew make a goose good eating, bring her up tenderly.

       *       *       *       *       *

Tew keep kats from being et up bi rats, muzzle the rats.


31 Days.

DECEMBER.

1872.

Q.--How did robins git their name? @ @ @ @

A.--By robin cherry-trees. @ @ @ @ @ @ @

    [Illustration]

    _The farmer leads an eazy life,
      12 hours a day ends hiz labors,
    Evenings pares apples for cider sass,
      Or hauls over the coals hiz nabors._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||    _Kalkulashuns._     |          _GIN_ AND _MILK_.          |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| G || @ @ _Kold and          |                                     |
| 2| M ||          snowsome_ @   | How fast will the "_comeing_        |
| 3| T || @ Yankee doodle        | _man_" probably travel? I kant      |
| 4| W || born 1659 @            | tell to a dot; but if he kant beat  |
| 5| T || @ _mutch kold_ @       | 2.25, he better stay whare he iz.   |
| 6| F ||   @ Yankee doodle      |                                     |
| 7| S || still livs @           |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 8| G || _snow 60 foot deep_    |                                     |
| 9| M || @ Yankee doodle        | A man with a phew branes iz         |
|10| T ||          iz            | like a dog with one flea on him--   |
|11| W || a lively cuss @        | dredful oneazy.                     |
|12| T || @ _grate kold_ @       |                                     |
|13| F ||  @ now hammer          |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|14| S || @ grate kold @         |                                     |
|15| G ||         @ _kolder_ @   | Be humble, and yu are sure          |
|16| M || expekt sla rides @     | tew be thankful; be thankful, and   |
|17| T ||                        | yu are sure tew be happy.           |
|18| W ||  @ _sharp, but kold_   |                                     |
|19| T || @ thou shalt           |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|20| F ||               not      |                                     |
|21| S || covet thi nabor's      | The more yung ones in a family,     |
|22| G || jackass @              | the eazier they are tew raize.      |
|23| M ||   @ _snow inkreases_   | One chicken alwus makes more        |
|24| T || @ now murder           | klucking for a hen than a dozen     |
|25| W ||     hogs @             | duz.                                |
|26| T || @ _wind shifty_ @      |                                     |
|27| F || @ now tear up          |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|28| S ||              wood @    |                                     |
|29| G || @ _big kold_ @         | Blessed iz he who kan pocket        |
|30| M || @ the grass hopper     | abuse, and feel that it iz no       |
|31| T ||        haz fled @ @ @  | disgrace tew be bit bi a dog.       |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_AGRIKULTIBUSS._

1st. Skarsity beets are the hardest kind ov beats to beet; their grate
skarsity makes them beet all other kind ov beats.

       *       *       *       *       *

2d. Turnups should be planted near the top ov the ground, if yu want
them tew turn up good.

       *       *       *       *       *

3d. Egg plants iz good, but eggs sot under a stiddy hen will produce
more chickens than they will tew plant them.

       *       *       *       *       *

4th. Potatoze are gennerally a helthy krop, but they are liable tew hav
weak eyes.

       *       *       *       *       *

5th. Cowcumbers do the best in a lot bi themselfs; it aint best tew
cumber up a kitchen gardin with cows.

       *       *       *       *       *

6th. Oats will gro on sum warm land, but tew yield well they hav got tew
be thrasht; it iz jiss so with beans, only beans has got to be poled
fust, and thrasht afterwards.

       *       *       *       *       *

7th. Rye duz the best on a dry and thirsty sile, espeshily old rye; too
mutch water will drown out old rye.

       *       *       *       *       *

8th. Tud stools will do well on a wet earth; so will tuds; but
woodchucks must hav a gravelly sile.



_SUM WEATHER._

SINOPSUSS OV PROGNOSTIKATED EVENTS.


The byrometer will rize very sudden this morning at Pordunk, 3 foot, and
fall the like amount at Sakramento City. The diffikulty in the weather
for the last 2 days, which haz predominated at Boston and around New
Orleans, waz owing tew the byrometer at Pordunk being took down and sent
tew the blacksmith's shop for repairs.

Clear weather haz existed at Goose kreek, and northwest ov Montreal,
with a growing tendency tew wind gustiness.


_PROBABILITIZ._

Ambrozial weather will permeate all around Pordunk for the next 16
months, with rain and snow; and all sorts ov stuff in the ballance ov
the United States of America.

The probabilitiz iz that the abuv probabilitiz will assimilate themselfs
tew the principal probabilitiz in the case.

If they don't, du notiss will be giv.

In the mean time be kalm, be dignified, and don't be skeered.



_JANUARY MISSCELLANY._


ARIES, THE ZODIAK RAM.

Aries is a latin ram. He is kompozed ov wool all over, and horns in
front. How Aries, the ram, got into the zodiak bothers me to this day,
but he probably jumpt in out ov sumboddys back lot. This is all owing
tew bad fences. Aries waz born soon after the diskovery ov this world by
Kaptain Kook, the perambulator. Since the days ov Aries the hydraulik
ram haz been born, a very hard ram tew fleece. Aries haz the post ov
honor amung the sighns in the zodiak, and presides over the head ov the
human anatomy. This iz a just kompliment tew hiz kapacity for putting a
hed onto things. Aries, the ram, tho he haz no literary pretenshuns, haz
made menny brilliant hits in hiz day.


_TO MAKE GOOD MILK PUNTCH._

Take one quart ov red cow's milk.

Strain all the water out ov the milk.

Puntch the milk severely with santy cruize rum.

Ramify it well with white sugar.

Koruskate sum nutmeg on the brow ov it.

Drink tew the Amerikan Eagle standing.

(This recipee haz been in the Billings family going on 300 years, and iz
desighned for one person, and always hits the mark.)


    [Illustration]

    The Hornet iz a red hot child ov natur, and haz a
    bizzness end to him.=

    Respekfully, Josh Billings


    [Illustration]

    The cockroach dont liv on what he eats, but what he kan
    git into, and often finding him ded in mi soup, i hav cum to the
    konklushun, that he kant swim, but that he kan float for a long time=
    Josh Billings


31 Days.

JANUARY.

1873.

Q.--What would be a good motto for a taylor? @ @

A.--Let her rip. @ @ @

    [Illustration]

    _Joel Briggs waz born down east,
      Hiz hight waz 6 feet 2,
    Hiz panterloons waz striped,
      And hitched beneath hiz shu._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||      _Diagnosis._      |           _KODFISH BAWLS._          |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| W || @ _Bitter kold_ Ԋ      |                                     |
| 2| T || @ now @                | The intimacys ov old age seem       |
| 3| F ||   the dog              | tew konsist in drinking yung hison  |
| 4| S ||   quaketh @ @          | tea together, and compareing        |
| 5| G ||   _sighns ov thaw_ @   | gouts and rumatizms.                |
| 6| M || @ now the              |                                     |
| 7| T ||   kat                  |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 8| W ||   shivereth @ @        |                                     |
| 9| T || @ @ _expekt kold_ @    | One ov the most reliable prophets   |
|10| F || Ԋ now the snow         | i kno ov, iz an old hen, for they   |
|11| S || snoweth @ @ @          | don't prophecy enny egg, untill     |
|12| G || @ _kolder but_         | after the egg haz happened.         |
|13| M || @ _raw_ @              |                                     |
|14| T ||      now               |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|15| W ||  the                   |                                     |
|16| T ||      crow              |                                     |
|17| F ||   croweth @ @          | I kno ov folks who are so           |
|18| S ||                        | kondem kontrary, that if they       |
|19| G || @ _wind north_ @       | should fall into a river, they would|
|20| M || @ @ now the            | want tew float up stream.           |
|21| T ||   tarrier              |                                     |
|22| W ||   tareth @             |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|23| T || @ _more snow_ @        |                                     |
|24| F || @ @ now the            | Politeness iz not only the cheapest,|
|25| S ||   flea fleaeth @ @     | but the most powerful argument      |
|26| G || Ԋ _kolder still_ @     | I kno ov.                           |
|27| M || @ now the              |                                     |
|28| T ||   spark sparketh @     |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|29| W ||  _expekt a thaw_ @ @   |                                     |
|30| T || @ Jake Disbrow @       | Money well spent iz well            |
|31| F || @ died 1824. @         | invested.                           |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_FEBUARY MISSCELLANY._


TAURUS, THE ZODIAK BULL.

One ov the best behaved animiles in the whole zodiak is Taurus the
zodiak bull. He is alwus laying down flat sunning himself. He dont hav
ennything tew employ hiz mind with only in fli time. Fli time iz alwus a
bizzy time with Taurus. The bull down here nowdaze iz a sour headed old
codger who goes swareing up and down the turnpike about sumthing, but in
the daze ov Virgil he had golden horns, and poetry in hiz veins. Menny
folks hav asked me what on earth they wanted a bull in the zodiak for,
and i hav always sed, it waz just az necessary az tew hav bulls in Wall
street. This always seemed tew satisfy their questions prodigiously.
Taurus governs the nek in the sighns ov the zodiak, which haz giv rise
to that tender, and klassikal sentiment, called "_bull necked."_


_PERSONALS._

Dear One.--Enklosed please find 10 Dollars--if you kan.

RICHARD.

       *       *       *       *       *

Kum home! kum home! mi dear husband, i freely forgiv yu for all i hav
did.

BETSEY.

       *       *       *       *       *

Waz the lady in blue, who trod on the gentleman's toe in gray, in the
8th avenew kars last frida nite corned, or waz it the toe that waz
corned?--References exchanged.

PEDRO.


28 Days.

FEBUARY.

1873.

Q.--Who fust struk ile? @ @

A.--Joner. @ @ @

    [Illustration]

    _Joel Briggs a pedlar waz,
      A pedlar ov renoun,
    He delt in tin ware and sitch,
      And druv from toun tew toun._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||      _Diagnosis._      |           _KREAM PUFFS._            |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| S || @ @ Goose yokes        |                                     |
| 2| G || fust discovered        |  If i had 4 fust rate dogs i would  |
| 3| M ||        1651            | name the best ov them "Doubtfull,"  |
| 4| T ||     _Kold and          | and all the other 3 "Useless."      |
| 5| W ||  shivery_ @ @          |                                     |
| 6| T ||  @ @ Jane Brown        |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 7| F ||born 1826 @ @           |                                     |
| 8| S ||   @ _Snow falls_       |  Take all the phools and good       |
| 9| G || Miss Jane Brown        | luk out ov this world, and it would |
|10| M ||      waz a             | bother the rest ov us tew git a     |
|11| T ||woman's righter @       | living.                             |
|12| W ||@ _much koldness_       |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|13| T ||  @ now pan out         |  Thare iz az mutch difference       |
|14| F ||    slapjax @           | between wit and humor az thare      |
|15| S ||@ _big sno storm_       | iz between the ile and the essence  |
|16| G ||   Pete Murdok          | ov peppermint.                      |
|17| M ||died 952 @              |                                     |
|18| T ||  _very raw_ @ @        |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|19| W ||                        |                                     |
|20| T ||  @ Pete Murdok         |  Whiskey friends are the most       |
|21| F ||    died ov a           | unprofitable ones i kno ov, they    |
|22| S ||  broken harte @        | are alwus reddy tew drink with      |
|23| G ||  _sour rain_ @         | yu, but when yu git reddy tew       |
|24| M ||Pete Murdok broke       | drink with them, they aint dry.     |
|25| T ||  hiz harte trieing     |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|26| W ||    tou lift a          |                                     |
|27| T ||meeting house @ @       |  Ridikule that aint true haz no     |
|28| F ||  @ _more kold_ @       | partikular power.                   |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_MARCH MISSCELLANY._


CANCER, THE ZODIAK KRAB.

Cancer iz a hard sheld krab, and haz 2 sets ov leggs, which are lokated
on the starbord side ov their pussons. Cancer travels on hiz muscle, and
thare aint no individual sighn in the zodiak ov hiz size kan whip him. I
hav studdyed the krab clussly, and et him sloly, and I dont kno him yet.
Crabs bight with their feet, and hang on like the rumatiz. Biled krab is
good but a man must eat them bi the day, he would starve to deth eating
them bi the job. Krabs are kaught bi tieing a knot onto the end ov a
string, and dropping it down into the water whare the krab iz, and when
yu haul in the string, perhaps yu hav krab, and perhaps yu hav knot.
This iz the way a grate menny things in this world are not kaught. In
the zodiak Cancer rules the brest. I should rather hav a blister plaster
in mi buzzum than a krab or a cancer.

       *       *       *       *       *

_WANTED BI A MIDDLE AGED MAN._

Enny one having a helthy goose, ov good moral karakter, will hear ov a
purchaser by addressing _Solaman Wainscote, Pordunk P. O._

The goose must be broke tew eat grass.

One that knoze how to lay 2 eggs a day prefered.

If the goose should be a leetle tuff, no matter.

What we want iz a smart goose, no kussid phool goose wanted.


31 Days.

MARCH.

1873.

Q.--Who iz the greatest hero ov modern times? @

A.--Josh Ward, heroed a mile in 4 minitts. @ @

    [Illustration]

    _Once hiz hoss had been a nag,
      A trotting nag at that,
    But now he waz a pelter,
      And enny thing but phatt._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||      _Diagnosis._      |              _HO KAKE._             |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| S || Tooth piks             |                                     |
| 2| G || fust used              | A phools money iz like hiz          |
| 3| M || 1190 @ @ @             | branes--very oneazy.                |
| 4| T || @ @ _sum wind_         |                                     |
| 5| W || @ James Gordon         |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 6| T || Bennet born            | Thare iz this difference between    |
| 7| F || 1802 @                 | a _jest_, and a _joke_--a jest      |
| 8| S || @ _rain with snow_     | may be kruel, but a joke never iz.  |
| 9| G || @ Bennet               |                                     |
|10| M || is a                   |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|11| T || Herald @ @ @           |                                     |
|12| W ||                        | Sins are the only things that i     |
|13| T || _kold but windy_       | repent ov, i never kould make       |
|14| F || @ @ now                | enny thing repenting ov blunders.   |
|15| S || feel around for        |                                     |
|16| G || maple sugar @ @        |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|17| M || @ _wind aktive_ @      |                                     |
|18| T || @ @ now                | Human knowledge iz not very         |
|19| W || lay in                 | komprehensiv after all,--i hav      |
|20| T || early rumatiz @ @      | seen men who kould kalkulate an     |
|21| F || @ @ _raw but kold_     | eklipse tew a square inch, who      |
|22| S || @ Job was very         | couldn't cum within 30 foot ov      |
|23| G || billyus @ @ @          | harnessing a hoss.                  |
|24| M || @ _big rain_ @ @       |                                     |
|25| T || Sampson waz a          |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|26| W || strong man @ @ @       |                                     |
|27| T || _wind shifts some_     | Flattery iz like ice kream, we      |
|28| F || @ @ Sampson's          | want it a leetle at a time, and     |
|29| S || strength didn't lay    | often.                              |
|30| G || in hiz                 |                                     |
|31| M || karakter @ @           |                                     |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_APRIL MISSCELLANY._


VIRGO, THE ZODIAK VIRGIN.

One ov the best preserved females ov the age iz Virgo the Virgin. She
dont look an hour older than she did in the spring ov 1818 when i fust
saw her. Virgo haz lite blu eyes and yeller hair, and i should esteem
her to weigh about 117 pounds. Virgo haz menny admirers, and report sez,
she haz had menny good trades offered her (one waz a duke) but she
deklines matrimony. I congratulate her spunk. If she haz got a good lone
hand i like to see her play it, even if she gits ukered. I hope Virgo
will remain whare she iz for life, for she iz the only sighn in the
zodiak that i love tew witness. Thare iz one thing about Virgo that
pleazes me wonderful, and that iz, when the grecian bend waz raging on
earth, and crooking most all the other wimmin, she never bent a bit.
Hallelujah! for Virgo.


_TO KONTRAKTORS._

The widdo Betsey Brown will receive proposals sealed at her residence
No. 86 Hopvine St. for the next 90 daze.

Kontraktors must state their best offers.

Diagrams of the widdows looks kan be had at the above No.

The widdo reserves the privilege ov refusing all offers.

The highest Bidder gits the worm.

Agents needn't applikate.


30 Days.

APRIL.

1873.

Q.--Whi iz the kodfish like a sailor? @ @

A.--Bekauze he iz an old salt. @ @ @ @

    [Illustration]

    _'Twas Joels way t' stop hiz kart,
      At every hous and shop,
    Fust tew tell a bit ov nuze.
      And then propoze tew swop._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||      _Diagnosis._      |             _SLAP JAX._             |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| T || @ @ Grecian bend       |                                     |
| 2| W ||         revived 1864 @ | When a man measures out glory       |
| 3| T || _sighns ov spring_ @   | for himself he alwus heaps the      |
| 4| F || @ @ @ @ the            | haff bushel.                        |
| 5| S || cockroach cometh       |                                     |
| 6| G ||    up like a flower @  |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 7| M || @ _liquid rains_       | A man may mistake hiz tallent,      |
| 8| T || frogs now              | but he kant mistake hiz genius.     |
| 9| W ||        warble @ @ @    |                                     |
|10| T || @ _sweet winds_ @      |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|11| F || now the goose          |                                     |
|12| S ||    skreameth @         | It is only a step from cunning      |
|13| G || @ _wind sow east       | tew dishonesty, but it iz a step    |
|14| M || bi sow_ @              | that a man iz liable at enny time   |
|15| T ||                        | tew take.                           |
|16| W || @ now bury             |                                     |
|17| T ||         onion seed @   |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|18| F || _smart showers         |                                     |
|19| S || ov wet_ @              | Thare seems tew be a propriety      |
|20| G ||      Mars waz          | in all things--late experiments in  |
|21| M || Juno's fellow @ @      | New York city hav proved the        |
|22| T || @ _very warm_ @        | fact, that religion in a rat pit    |
|23| W || @ all natur            | iz a failure.                       |
|24| T || stands on tip toze     |                                     |
|25| F ||     _more showers with |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|26| S || sighns ov rain_ @      |                                     |
|27| G || now lift lettiss @     | Style iz every thing for a sinner,  |
|28| M || @ @ the pilgrim        | and a leetle ov it wont hurt a      |
|29| T ||           fathers @    | saint.                              |
|30| W || whare am they? @       |                                     |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_MAY MISSCELLANY._


SKORPIO, THE ZODIAK SKORPION.

Next to the hornet, the skorpion seems tew me to be pretty mutch all ded
loss. I never had mutch faith in enny kind ov a kritter who waz bilt
only tew bite. Skorpions do the best in a hot naberhood. If a man should
take all the skorpions in the world up into the northern part ov Nu
Hampshire he would loze money on them. They wouldn't thaw out thare in
time for bizzness. I never hav seen a skorpion only in the zodiak, and i
aint sorry for this. If thare should ever be a fite in the zodiak i hope
it will be krab and skorpion. This would be a fite in which no one would
care whitch whipt. I kant tell yu just now how the skorpion got aboard
ov the zodiak, but bi looking at hiz piktur i should say he stood 2 good
chances tew do it, one waz tew enter hed fust, and the other waz to
change ends and go in that way.


_FOUND._

A malteese soprano kat, about 12 months old, singing old hundred on a
picket fence, late last thursda nite, whichever person owns sed kat will
find him (or her, according tew circumstansis) in a vakant lot, just bak
ov our hous, still butiful in death.

_ALSO_,

Found an old blew kotting umbrel worth nothing, in place ov a nu silk
one worth 12 dollars and fifty cents, if the person who lost the blew
kotting umbrel bi finding the other one, hasn't had time enuff yet tew
repent ov hiz blunder, 60 days longer will be granted him tew weep over
the ackcident.


    [Illustration]

    Yung man, dont be afrade to blo yure own horn, but dont
    blo it in front ov the proceshun, go to the rear and do it.=

    Yure Uncle, Josh Billings.=


    [Illustration]

    The reputashun that a man gits from hiz ansestors, often
    wants az mutch altering to fit him, az their old clothes would.=

    It iz truly thus, Josh Billings.=


31 Days.

MAY.

1873.

Q.--What iz a blunderbuss? @ @ @

A.--Kissing the wrong woman. @ @

    [Illustration]

    _Joel would swop for enny thing,
      Tin ware for rags, or brass,
    Jews harps for kats, brooms for beans,
      Wood bowls for apple sass._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||      _Diagnosis._      |            _KOLD SLAU._             |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| T ||    @ Lap dogs          |                                     |
| 2| F || diskoverd 1310 @ @     | I don't kno az i want to bet        |
| 3| S || @ @ @ _mild and        | enny money, and give odds, on       |
| 4| G ||            tender_ @ @ | the man who iz alwus anxious tew    |
| 5| M || @ Kaptin Kidd          | pra out loud every chance he kan    |
| 6| T ||   was a                | git.                                |
| 7| W || pirate @ @ @ @         |                                     |
| 8| T || _plaintive showers_    |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 9| F || @ @ Kaptin Kidd        | A reputashun for happiness          |
|10| S || sailed he did [(@ @)]  | wants az mutch looking into az      |
|11| G ||    @ _soft wind_ @     | a reputashun for honesty.           |
|12| M || @ @ @ now mux          |                                     |
|13| T ||                 in the |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|14| W || garden @ @ @           |                                     |
|15| T ||                        | When a man duz a good turn          |
|16| F || @ Horace Greeley       | just for the phun ov the thing, he  |
|17| S || born 1812 @            | haz got a grate deal more virtew    |
|18| G ||     _wet rains_ @ @    | in him than he iz aware ov.         |
|19| M || @ @ now prepare        |                                     |
|20| T || for dandylions @       |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|21| W || @ _wind south_ @       |                                     |
|22| T ||  Horace Greeley        | Next tew the man who iz worth       |
|23| F || iz a Tribune @ @       | a millyun, in point ov wealth, iz   |
|24| S || @ _nobby showers_      | the man who don't kare a kuss       |
|25| G ||        @ now sarch     | for it.                             |
|26| M || hens for eggs @ @      |                                     |
|27| T || @ _warm and pretty_    |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|28| W ||   @ @ @ frogs have     | Self-made men are most alwus        |
|29| T || come _soft winds_      | apt tew be a leetle too proud ov    |
|30| F ||          @ Homer waz   | the job.                            |
|31| S || quite a poet @ @ @     |                                     |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_JUNE MISSCELLANY._


KAPRIKORNUS, THE ZODIAK GOTE.

Kaprikornus the zodiak gote iz a sheep with hair on him, and kan eat
enny thing he kan swallow if it chokes him. They infest all over
kreashun, but are thikker in the upper part of Nu York citty ackording
tew populashun than otherwise. Their principal bizzness is tew fite, and
giv milk, they average about a quart ov milk, and four knokdowns a day.
They kant klimb a greast pole, but kan kreep up the side of a rok az
natral az a wood-bine kan. They hav a krak in their foot, and also one
in their voice, and a mustash on their bottom lip. Aries and Kaprikornus
are the two buts ov the zodiak. In the zodiak Kaprikornus governs the
kneeze, and people born under this sighn are apt tew be knok kneed.


_LOST._

A bright bay poodle dorg, 5 dollars reward, ov a warm natur, and no
questions asked, with one white foot behind, will be paid for hiz
return, when he stole away, with flowing ears, or waz strayed by
sumboddy, answers tew Kristopher Kolumbust, with a brass colar, exchange
papers pleaze copy, and haz a frantik tale.


30 Days.

JUNE.

1873.

Q.--How menny skruples in one dram. @

A.--This depends upon who takes the dram. @

    [Illustration]

    _His kart waz a karavan,
      Piled hi with every kind
    Ov dikker yu kould name,
      Besides sumthin hitched behind._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||      _Diagnosis._      |            _KNUT KAKES._            |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| G || @ Now snatch           |                                     |
| 2| M ||         @ cowcumbers   | Silence iz one ov the lost arts.    |
| 3| T || _sighns ov hotness_ @  |                                     |
| 4| W || @ Mark Twain           |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 5| T ||     born 1839 @ @      |                                     |
| 6| F || & _hotter_ @           |                                     |
| 7| S || Mark iz a mello        | When yu strike ile stop boreing;    |
| 8| G ||            @ kuss @    | menny a man haz bored klean thru    |
| 9| M || @ _showers ov rain_    | and let the ile run out at the      |
|10| T || @ money iz tite @      | bottom.                             |
|11| W || @ _more warmer_        |                                     |
|12| T ||   Venus waz a          |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|13| F || hansum woman @         |                                     |
|14| S || @ _mutch wet_ @        |                                     |
|15| G ||      @ now dig         | Human happiness iz like Josephs     |
|16| M || for strawberrys        | coat, a thing of menny colours.     |
|17| T || _gentle wetness_ @     |                                     |
|18| W ||   @ Job Potter died    |                                     |
|19| T || 1856                   |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|20| F || _sighns ov thunder_    |                                     |
|21| S || @ Job Potter died      | Sin in the soul iz like a slivver   |
|22| G ||           ov death @ @ | in the flesh; mortifikashun iz the  |
|23| M || _more hotly_ @         | natral way tew git rid ov it.       |
|24| T || @ now reap             |                                     |
|25| W ||   assparagrass @       |                                     |
|26| T || @ _moist               |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|27| F || wetness_ @             |                                     |
|28| S ||       expekt           | Love often changes coquetry to      |
|29| G ||  muskeetoze. @ @       | sense, and prudery to sillyness.    |
|30| M ||                        |                                     |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_JULY MISSCELLANY._


PISCES, THE ZODIAK FISHES.

Pisces are the only two fishes we hav enny account ov who hav bin able
tew swim on land and not tutch bottom. It iz now over 4000 years since
they cum ashore and took lodgings in the zodiak. It haz alwus been a
fish-bone ov kontenshun amung the natral philosophers whether they
belong tew the kodfish, or the sucker family. I hav bin asked mi opinyun
on this topick a 100 thousand times, but hav alwus maintained grate
solemnity on the subjekt. It is alwus mi way when i dont kno nothing
about enny thing, to look learned, and smile wisdum. Mi private opinyun
iz, that pisces iz a pikerel, or a porgy, or a perch, and weighed
originally about 9 pounds, but i dont want to bet on this. I kant tell
whether Pisces would bite on an angleworm or not, but i think thare iz
sum law aginst fishing in private ponds. Pisces iz a game fish, but what
hiz game iz i dont kno, but probably hi lo Jak, or draw poker.


_EPITAFF._

Here she lize--the queen ov pize,
Aunt Sally Ann Von Blixen,
Apple, and mince, kustard, and quince,
She couldn't be beat in mixen.

       *       *       *       *       *

Sakred this spot--stir her up not--
Her grace all lay in pi fixen,
Better sa i--go without pi,
Than wake up this old vixen.


31 Days.

JULY.

1873.

Q.--What breed ov hens set the best? @ @

A.--Thoze without leggs. @ @ @

    [Illustration]

    _For 50 miles round about,
      When Joel cum along,
    The wimmin all tur ned out,
      For swopping mity strong._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||      _Diagnosis._      |            _KORN BREAD._            |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| T || @ @ Kod fish           | When a man gits tew talking         |
| 2| W ||       balls invented   | about himself he seldum fails       |
| 3| T || 1620 @ @ @             | tew be eloquent, and frequently     |
| 4| F || @ @ @ _sighns ov       | reaches the sublime.                |
| 5| S ||  heat_ @ @ @           |                                     |
| 6| G || Elizibeth Spooner      |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 7| M ||         born           |                                     |
| 8| T || 1365 @ @ @             |                                     |
| 9| W || @ @ _warm showers_     | The owl iz remarkable for two       |
|10| T || Elizibeth Spooner      | things, gravity and stupidity.      |
|11| F ||       had the          |                                     |
|12| S ||            meazles @ @ |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|13| G || @ _warm but hot_ @     |                                     |
|14| M || Elizibeth Spooner      |                                     |
|15| T ||     had the            | Integrity in youth iz almost        |
|16| W || meazles                | certain tew bekum wisdum and        |
|17| T || very thick @           | honor in old age.                   |
|18| F ||     @ @ @ _sighns ov   |                                     |
|19| S || thunder_ @ @           |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|20| G || @ @ @ now              |                                     |
|21| M || wean goslins @ @       |                                     |
|22| T || @ @ _it rains_ @       | When a man iz thoroly lazy he       |
|23| W ||          Old dog Tray  | iz good for nothing, only to shoot  |
|24| T || died 1492 @ @          | at.                                 |
|25| F || @ _expekt litening_    |                                     |
|26| S ||    now butcher         |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|27| G || watermellons @ @       |                                     |
|28| M || @ _intense hot_ @      |                                     |
|29| T ||     @ Daniel Webster   | Most people prefer the stuffing     |
|30| W || studdid law @ @        | to the goose,--the word for the     |
|31| T ||                        | idee.                               |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_AUGUST MISSCELLANY._


AQUARIUS, THE ZODIAK WATERMAN.

Aquarius duz the sprinkling pot bizzness for the zodiak. He kan be seen
enny klear day up in the zodiak laying the dust which the other
zodiakers kik up. He iz a quiet old gent about 5 foot 6, and wears a
wool hat, and a bull's eye watch. Who hiz ansestors waz no one kan tell.
He iz an old bachelor now, but they tell me, up in the zodiak, that he
alwus takes the most pains when he sprinkles in front ov Virgo. Thare iz
a tradishun in Pordunk, that Aquarius was once a tempranse lekturer, but
gitting too thin for the bizzness waz translated, and sot to sprinkling
in the zodiak. Aquarius haz charge ov the leggs amung the sighns in the
zodiak, and i notis that water iz better for the legs than sum other
fluids i know.


_EDUKASHIONAL._

CLASS IN BOTANY STAND UP.

_Teacher._ What kind ov a bird iz a Heron?

_Skoller._ A herring iz a small fish, az full ov bones az a fine tooth
comb.

_Teacher._ To what genus duz the Kat belong?

_Skoller._ The musikal genius, they _lay_ around daze, and chant around
nites.

_Teacher._ Which iz the wizest fowl?

_Skoller._ The owl sir, bekause he hoots at most things.

_Teacher._ What kind ov fish are plentyest in market during dog days?

_Skoller._ Smelts sir.

_Teacher._ Class in botany may set down.


31 Days.

AUGUST.

1873.

Q.--How menny geese duz it take to make a flok? @ @

A.--One would satisfy me. @ @ @

    [Illustration]

    _Sheep skins, goose yokes, and frying pans,
      Basswood cheeze from Goshen,
    Bob sleds, brass rings, and bears ile,
      Waz sum ov Joels noshuns._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||      _Diagnosis._      |            _MILK TOAST._            |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| F || @ Now pluck            |                                     |
| 2| S ||         peaches @      | Suckcess iz quite often like        |
| 3| G || @ _grate hotness_ @    | falling oph from a log, a man kant  |
| 4| M || Andy Johnson born      | alwus tell how he kum to did it.    |
| 5| T ||       1812 @           |                                     |
| 6| W || @ _hot grows_ @        |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 7| T || Andy waz a man         |                                     |
| 8| F || ov much                |                                     |
| 9| S ||            policy @ @  | Most enny boddy thinks they         |
|10| G || _thunder and blixen_   | kan be a good phool, and they       |
|11| M || @ now bull frogs       | kan, but to play the phool          |
|12| T ||   rejoice  @ _wind     | successfully, aint so natral.       |
|13| W || south_ @ @             |                                     |
|14| T || @ @ _hot grows         |                                     |
|15| F ||       bigger_ @        |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|16| S || Julia Pragg born       |                                     |
|17| G ||          @ 1830 @      |                                     |
|18| M || @ _wind shifty_        | I wouldn't undertake tew korrekt    |
|19| T || Julia waz a laundress  | a man's sektarian views enny        |
|20| W || @ @ _hot               | quicker than i would tell him       |
|21| T ||        wind_           | which road tew take at a 4 corners, |
|22| F || @ now the duk          | when i didn't kno miself            |
|23| S || quaketh @ @            | which waz the right one.            |
|24| G ||   @ _much hotly_ @     |                                     |
|25| M || @ behold the           |                                     |
|26| T || @ grasshopper @        |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|27| W ||     @ _sum lightning_  |                                     |
|28| T || @ love                 |                                     |
|29| F ||     lies               | The truly great are alwus the       |
|30| S ||         bleeding @ @   | eazyest tew approach.               |
|31| G ||                        |                                     |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_SEPTEMBER MISSCELLANY._


SAGITTARIUS, THE ZODIAK BOMAN.

Sagittarius iz the William Tell ov the zodiak. He kan hit an apple on
the top ov Virgo's hed 200 paces oph, and not only halve the apple into
quarters, but knok the seeds 27 different direkshuns. He wins the cigars
at all the target excursions in the zodiak. In shooting at a muskeeter
once who had lighted onto the tail ov Leo, he aimed a leetle too
delikate, and dekapitated the dorsal extenshun ov Leo. This waz looked
upon bi all the other phellows in the zodiak az a supplementary shot.
Leo waz laid up in the horsepittol for 6 months, but hiz codicil gru out
about 2 foot more than it waz before. Sagittarius iz the comik genius ov
the zodiak, and on fourth of Julys shutes pennys oph from a stik, injun
fashion. In the zodiak sighns Sagittarius oversees the thighs, but for
what I dont seem tew kno.


_FOR IMMEJIATE ADOPSHUN._

A mail child, Eleven months old, well broke tew the bottle, 9 teeth kut,
lite sunset hair, without spot or blemish, no parents ov enny ackount,
hard tew kry, dont bite, shows sighns ov genius, and haz had
wackshination.

Enquire within.


    [Illustration]

    I never question a suckcess enny more than I do the right
    ov a bull dog to lie in hiz own gateway.=

    no I dont, Josh Billings.=


    [Illustration]

    The diffrence between a mistake, and a blunder.

    When a man sets down a poor umbreller, and takes up a good one, he
    makes a _mistake_, but when he sets down a good umbreller, and takes
    up a poor one, he makes a _blunder_.=

    Excuse haste. Josh Billings


30 Days.

SEPTEMBER.

1873.

Q.--When duz a fly git badly stuck? @ @

A.--When he fools with mollassis. @ @

    [Illustration]

    _When puter knives went oph slo,
      Joel waz a kunning kuss,
    He could just turn to and swop
      An old hoss dredful cluss._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||      _Diagnosis._      |           _STEWED PRUNES._          |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| M || * It iz fall           |                                     |
| 2| T || @ @ _warm but_         | After a man haz got a fust rate     |
| 3| W ||      _tender_          | opinyun ov himself the next best    |
| 4| T || @ now the leaves       | thing tew hav iz the good opinyun   |
| 5| F ||   fall                 | ov others.                          |
| 6| S || @ _butiful weather_    |                                     |
| 7| G ||                        |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 8| M || @ Sam Jones            |                                     |
| 9| T ||         born 1900 @ @  |                                     |
|10| W || @ @ _mild but_         | Heaven iz ever kind tew us, she     |
|11| T ||       _lovely_         | puts our humps on our backs so      |
|12| F || @ Sam Jones            | that we kant see them.              |
|13| S ||       was a            |                                     |
|14| G ||     clam hunter @ @    |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|15| M || @ @ _warm rains_       |                                     |
|16| T || @ now the              |                                     |
|17| W ||           hog          | Wise men hav but fu confidents,     |
|18| T ||   rooteth @            | and cunning men, none.              |
|19| F || @ _smoky weather_ @    |                                     |
|20| S ||    now the             |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|21| G ||   Jackass warbleth @   |                                     |
|22| M || @ @ _sighns ov_        | I think i am about right when i     |
|23| T ||           _frost_      | say, that all things which do not   |
|24| W || @ @ now                | korrupt are innocent.               |
|25| T ||   the hen clucketh @   |                                     |
|26| F || @ @ _it wants tew_     |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|27| S ||         _rain_         |                                     |
|28| G ||   Galen was            |                                     |
|29| M ||         a              | Be yee humble before God,--but      |
|30| T ||   doktor. @ @ @        | resolute before men.                |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_OCTOBER MISSCELLANY._


LIBRA, THE ZODIAK SKALES.

Sixteen ounces to the pound wrongs no man. I dont want enny better
evidence that things are strikly on the square in the zodiak than the
fakt, that they keep a pair ov skales up thare, and they are alwus
level. Thare iz a grate deal ov native honesty in a pair of skales. When
i begun life, i looked upon every boddy az honest az a pair ov skales,
but the skales hav dropt oph from my eyes since, and i begin tew look
upon things more az they am. I look upon every man now az strikly
honest, who kan prove it. I want honesty weighed out to me just az i do
mi sassage, 16 ounces tew the pound. Honesty that lacks an ounce in
every pound aint worth a kuss. The ounce that iz lacking iz just what
beats us. In the zodiak concern Libra holds the reins over the
anitomikal hoss.


_THINGS THAT KAN BE DID._

One ov the smartest things a man kan do, iz to drink peper sass.

One ov the safest things a man kan do, iz to ride a saw hoss.

One ov the surest things a man kan do, iz tew slip up on the ice.

One ov the lazyest things a man kan do, iz tew eat soup with a fork.

One ov the longest things a man kan do, iz to long for perfekt
happiness.

One ov the handyest things a man kan do, is to giv hiz note for 90
daze.


31 Days.

OCTOBER.

1873.

Q.--Whi iz a lie called a yarn? @ @ @

A.--Bekauze it iz dubble and twisted. @ @ @

    [Illustration]

    _'Tis the fate ov kunning men,
      Ofttimes tew pla the fule,
    So with Joel when he swopt
      Horses for a balky mule._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||      _Diagnosis._      |           _HAISTI PUDDIN._          |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| W || Θ @ Whiskey            |                                     |
| 2| T ||   invented 1612        | Thare aint nothing that iz a        |
| 3| F || @ _frosty_ @ @         | sure kure for lazyness, but i hav   |
| 4| S ||   whiskey iz           | known a seckond wife tew hurry      |
| 5| G ||          very proud    | it sum.                             |
| 6| M ||   spirited @ @ @       |                                     |
| 7| T || @ _sharp frost_ @      |                                     |
| 8| W || @ @ @ now              |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 9| T ||   shuv checkers Θ @    |                                     |
|10| F || @ _snow flurrys_       | It iz the suprizes ov life after    |
|11| S || @ Col Peapod           | all that give it its zest,--even a  |
|12| G ||      born 1500 @ @ @   | rat makes things interesting bi     |
|13| M ||   Col Peapod           | the natral suddenness with which    |
|14| T ||             waz a      | he cums out, or goes into hiz       |
|15| W ||   Korporal @ @ Θ       | hole.                               |
|16| T ||                        |                                     |
|17| F || @ @ _wind sharp_       |                                     |
|18| S || Θ @ now                |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|19| G ||       lay in           |                                     |
|20| M ||   yure winter          |                                     |
|21| T ||    kats @ @ @ @ @      | Real good lies are gitting skarse.  |
|22| W || @ @ _rain_ @ Θ         |                                     |
|23| T || @ Kats are a           |                                     |
|24| F ||   kumfert @ @ _cool_   |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|25| S || Θ @ frogs quiet        |                                     |
|26| G || @ _wind north_ @       |                                     |
|27| M || @ cider haz            |                                     |
|28| T ||       cum @ _it rains_ | The greatest problem ever given     |
|29| W ||   Diogonese lived in   | tew man to solve, and the one       |
|30| T ||    a barrell Θ @ now   | which he haz made the least progress|
|31| F ||   chonk apples @       | in, iz "_know thyself_."            |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_NOVEMBER MISSCELLANY._


LEO, THE ZODIAK LION.

Leo iz the only real lion that haz been allowed tew run around loose
amung folks. Thus far he haz abstained from human flesh. Thare iz a
report in the zodiak that he and Taurus had sum words about 15 thousand
years ago, but i kant git hold ov the fakts in the case. Leo waz born in
the smart little village ov Numidia in the state of Africa, ov unknown
parents, and iz now 260 thousand years old. Leo will probably end hiz
days in the zodiak, and i hav looked at Leo's piktur in the zodiak
gallery and dont hesitate tew rekomend him az a good job for all in
search ov a disinterested lion. The lion iz like an auckshioneer in one
respekt, hiz grate strength lays in hiz jaw. In the sighns ov the zodiak
Leo akts on the heart, and this ackounts for the human heart being so
tuff. Next to the gizzard, the heart iz the tuffest piece ov meat in the
whole human kritter.


_EXAMININ A PORDUNK VALLEY RALE RODE KONDUKTOR._

_President._ Have yu a gold kronometer worth 300 dollars?

_Konduktor._ Not mutch!

_President._ Do yu keep a trotter?

_Konduktor._ Not enny!

_President._ Hav yu enny dimond rings?

_Konduktor._ Nary!

_President._ Do yu own a fiteing dog?

_Konduktor._ Nothing ov the sort!

_President._ How much bank stock have yu got?

_Konduktor._ Not a red!

_President._ We shant want yu,--the Pordunk valley rale rode haz got
done furnishing konduktors with these things.


30 Days.

NOVEMBER.

1873.

Q.--What did Adam and Eve weigh when they left Paradise?

A.--They weighed ankor and haint dropt it since. @ @ @

    [Illustration]

    _He sold the mule for 3 dollars'
      Worth ov honey in the comb,
    Then got himself between the shafts,
      And hauld the waggin home._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||      _Diagnosis._      |            _LAM CHOPS._             |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| S || @ @                    |                                     |
| 2| G ||   ketch kold @ @ @     | Whenever yu see a dokter who        |
| 3| M || @ _raw but sour_       | alwus travels on the run, yu kan    |
| 4| T || @ dough nuts           | bet he iz out ov a job.             |
| 5| W ||      found 1590 @ @ @  |                                     |
| 6| T || @ _more sour_ @        |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 7| F ||    vinegar invented    |                                     |
| 8| S ||        1262 @ @ @ @    |                                     |
| 9| G || @ _sour inkreases_     | It iz a grate deal eazier tew be    |
|10| M || @ @ @ lemons           | a philosopher after a man haz had   |
|11| T ||    had 856 @ @ _sour   | hiz dinner, than it iz when he dont |
|12| W ||   enuff_ @ @ @ @       | kno whare he iz a going tew git it. |
|13| T || @ Lazarus              |                                     |
|14| F ||      waz               |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|15| S ||   a                    |                                     |
|16| G ||        poor man @ @ @  |                                     |
|17| M ||                        | Wit without wisdum iz like a        |
|18| T || @ @ _sighns ov         | song without sense, it dont pleaze  |
|19| W ||        snow_ @ @ hash  | long.                               |
|20| T ||   fust mixt 1645 @     |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|21| F ||   _kold wetness_ @     |                                     |
|22| S || @ @ @ @ now fri        | I dont bet on prekoshus children,   |
|23| G || sassage @ @ _kolder_   | the huckelberry that ripens         |
|24| M ||    @ @ thanksgiving    | the soonest iz alwus the fust tew   |
|25| T ||   threatens @ @        | dekay.                              |
|26| W || _rain and sleet_@ @    |                                     |
|27| T || @ @ be wise            |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|28| F ||       and yu           |                                     |
|29| S ||   will know            | The bulk ov mankind are mere        |
|30| G ||       sumthing @ @ @   | imitators ov poor originals.        |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_DECEMBER MISSCELLANY._


GEMINI, THE ZODIAK TWINS.

I have asked several literary people if they would tell me whoze two
children the Gemini waz, but they all shook their heds, and begun tew
whissell. Maybe they thought i waz a kondem phool. I would just like tew
know all about this. Thare iz 2 things in this life for which we are
never fully prepared, and them iz twins. The zodiak twins are a kupple
ov nice little phellows, if their piktur aint mistaken on the subjekt I
never hav saw them only in their pikturs. Twins are two very interesting
acksidents tew happen in sumboddy elses family, but one twin at a time
suits me the most. In the zodiak sighns, the Gemini akt on the arms. I
have alwus noticed that when a person haz twins the sighns are in the
arms.


_CLASS IN METAPHISICKS STAND UP._

_Teacher._ Which iz the most stubborist animile?

_Skoller._ The klam, he wont budge a bit!

_Teacher._ Who iz the most open gaited animile?

_Skoller._ The swine, he kan open enny kind ov a gate!

_Teacher._ Which iz the most sure footedest animile?

_Skoller._ The mewel, he kan hit a man twice in a seckond 10 foot oph.

_Teacher._ Who iz the most foolishest animile?

_Skoller._ The goose, he dont kno enuff to go in when it rains.

_Teacher._ Class in metaphisicks may set down.


31 Days.

DECEMBER.

1873.

Q.--What iz the hardest thing a man kan do? @ @ @

A.--Tend sumboddy else's baby. @ @ @ @

    [Illustration]

    _Hiz wife (God bless her) went out tew push,
      And learn whi this waz sutch,
    Joel dropt a tear, and sed,
      "Hannah! I've swopt once tew mutch."_

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||      _Diagnosis._      |            _BROOK TROUT._           |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| M || @ The fust             |                                     |
| 2| T ||   flea kaught          | The principal importanse ov a       |
| 3| W ||            1210 @ @ @  | mistery iz the mistery itself,--what|
| 4| T || @ _bitter kold_ @      | makes a ghost so respecktable       |
| 5| F || @ @ the flea           | a karakter iz, that noboddy         |
| 6| S ||     got away @ @ @     | ever saw one.                       |
| 7| G || @ _it snows_ @ now     |                                     |
| 8| M ||  assasinate hogs @ @   |                                     |
| 9| T || @ Rachel Blood-good    |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|10| W ||          born 1813     |                                     |
|11| T || @ @ _the kold iz       |                                     |
|12| F ||   kold_ @ @ @ @ @      | Affektashun alwus looks well in     |
|13| S || @ @ Rachel             | a monkey.                           |
|14| G ||            waz a       |                                     |
|15| M ||   spinster @ @ @       |                                     |
|16| T || @ @ _kolder_ @ @       |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|17| W ||                        |                                     |
|18| T || @ Rachel               |                                     |
|19| F ||   spun yarns @ @       | Trieing to define love, iz like     |
|20| S || @ ice 2 foot thick     | trieing tew tell how yu kum tew     |
|21| G ||   on the level @ @     | brake thru the ice,--all yu know    |
|22| M ||       _sumwhat kolder_ | about it iz, yu fell in and got     |
|23| T || @ @ @ @ now            | _ducked_.                           |
|24| W ||   attak buk wheat      |                                     |
|25| T ||         kakes @ @ @ @  |                                     |
|26| F || ¶ _awful kold_ @       |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|27| S || @ @ @ hot              |                                     |
|28| G ||        lemonade        |                                     |
|29| M ||   diskoverd 1306 @     | A wize man never enjoys himself     |
|30| T || @ _expekt snow_ @ @ @  | so mutch, nor a phool so            |
|31| W ||           @ Good-bye @ | little, az when alone.              |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_SIGHNS AND WONDERS FOR THE YEAR 1874._


Whenever yu see a yung man hanging around a korner grosery, and drinking
3 cent gin every time he kan git enny boddy tew ask him, yu kan make up
yure mind that he haz bin unanimously nominated for the stait prizon,
and will probably git his elekshun.

       *       *       *       *       *

Whenever yu see an old goose setting on a post hole, and trieing tew
hatch the hole out, yu kan cum tew the konklushun that she is strikly a
one idee goose.

       *       *       *       *       *

Whenever a forlorn kat gits under yure windo, in a hot nite, and begins
tew holler, yu may kno that kat wants sumthing,--killing, probberbly.

       *       *       *       *       *

Whenever yu see a dog stop suddintly, in the road, with a flee onto him,
and begin tew flea round, and round, after himself, untill he falls
down, and rools over, yu will say tew yureself, that dorg iz like the
wicked, he fleas, when no man perseweth.



_OIL OF KONSOLASHUN._


The "Josh Billings Allminax" iz one ov our tex books, at the Pordunk
Feminine Institoot.

_Mrs. Charity Skidmore, A.M._

       *       *       *       *       *

Medisin Book--Ugh!!

_Spotted tail, Chief ov the Pawnees._

       *       *       *       *       *

Full ov thought, full ov pathos, full ov phun.

_John Brace, L.L.D._

       *       *       *       *       *

It's a big thing, bi Jupiter.

_Billy Murdok._

       *       *       *       *       *

How spontaneous! How pathetic! How preponderating! How!--How are yu
Josh!

_Doktor Blake._

       *       *       *       *       *

Oh yu pesky thing, Josh! yu are too killing.

_Sally Ann Sprauge._



_ADAM BILLINGS._


HIZ MEMORANDUM.

Adam Billings waz the fust ov the Billingses. He waz verry phatt. Little
did he dream ov the glorious krop that waz a going tew spring up from
hiz sowing. He waz born, az near as i kan figger, about the year 1200,
more or less. Hiz temper iz represented az being az even az the figger
2. Hiz habits were az pure az the mountain dew; he never drinkt enny
spiritous rum, nor root elevators. He went barefutt untill hiz 32d year,
and ever afterwards luved the naked futt. He waz a good danser, and
realized thoze blessed old shake downs, now gone and fled. He waz named
after the original Adam, and iz sed, bi them who remember them both, tew
resembel him mutch in the kast ov hiz face. He waz too fond ov the
marvelous, he wouldn't tell a lie exackly, but he could cum az near tew
it, az a swallo kan to a frog's noze, when they skim a mud puddle. Adam
Billings iz now ded, i beleave, but if he aint, and this should meet hiz
eye, he kant, i think, but admire the square manner in which his luvely
relik haz handled his case. Adam Billings didn't leave much reputashun
behind him, but what he did leave, is fair tew middling. We nee'r shall
see him more. Probably not. Too true. Rather melankolly than otherwise.

       *       *       *       *       *

_MORAL._

Thare iz naut so hard for grief tew handle,
Az the man whoze ribs are phatt 's a kandle.


Josh Billings, and the Yung Man.=

Yung Man, dont kry for spilt milk, but pik up yure pail, and milking
stool, and go for the next Cow.= Yures affekshionately, Josh Billings.


Tite Boots

Thare iz only one thing that kan be sed in favour ov tite Boots--they
make a man forgit all his other Sorrows.= Josh Billings.


31 Days.

JANUARY.

1874.

Q.--What iz ginger pop? @ @ @ @

A.--Gimnastic water. @ @ @

    [Illustration: PODUNK SCHOOL]

    _In Pordunk town thare lived a man,
      A man ov small posseshion,
    Hezekiah Birch waz hiz name,
      A teacher bi profeshun._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||      _Kronollogy._     |           _KINDLING WOOD._          |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| T || @ @ _Now kold          |                                     |
| 2| F ||        weather_ @ @    | Snobs are alwus toadys.             |
| 3| S || @ haz froze @          |                                     |
| 4| G || @ @ the tender         |                                     |
| 5| M ||     bull frog @ @ @    |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 6| T || @ @ up solid           |                                     |
| 7| W || @ @ @ and the          |                                     |
| 8| T ||    melodious goose     | Diogoneze hunted in the da          |
| 9| F ||            iz hush @   | time for an honest man, with a      |
|10| S || @ in stillness         | lantern; if he had lived in theze   |
|11| G || @ @ and the            | times, he would hav needed the      |
|12| M ||   old she kat @        | hed lite ov a lokomotiff.           |
|13| T || @ dreams beneath       |                                     |
|14| W ||           the @ @      |                                     |
|15| T ||   cook stove @ and     |                                     |
|16| F || @ the luscious         |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|17| S ||    slapjax smokes @    |                                     |
|18| G || @ on the table @       |                                     |
|19| M ||                        |                                     |
|20| T || @ @ @ and the          | A pedant iz like a yung rooster,    |
|21| W ||     Widow Stebbins'    | he crows in season, and out ov      |
|22| T || @ @ wood pile          | season.                             |
|23| F ||   grows less @         |                                     |
|24| S ||          every day     |                                     |
|25| G || @ @ @ and the          |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|26| M ||   roze that @ @        |                                     |
|27| T || @ all are praizing     |                                     |
|28| W ||   iz not the @         | Thare iz no kure for vanity,        |
|29| T ||       roze for @ @ @   | gitting thoroly wet cums the        |
|30| F ||   me @ or enny         | nearest to it, for the time being.  |
|31| S ||        other man!!! @  |                                     |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_ZEPHENIAH BILLINGS._


HIZ MEMORANDUM.

Zepheniah Billings waz a phiddler bi birth and purswashun. He also had
another natral gift, and that waz tew owe everyboddy. Late in life he
quit phiddling, and took up shumaking; but the world lost a good phidler
bi the operashun, and got a kussid poor shumaker. Oh! 'tis ever thus. At
hiz final deth he owed upwards ov 70 dollars, and hiz leavings konsisted
ov one old phiddle, and a pint ov bass wood shupegs. He would travel on
foot 7 miles tew a kuntry tavern, and phiddle all nite at a kuntry bawl
for 75 cents, and owe the landlord two dollars and a half nex morning
for vittles and drink. Zeph' was an unprofitable man to know, for he
couldn't tend an evening meeting, on sunday, without running into det to
sumboddy. It waz sed ov him, that he waz never known tew shed a tear or
pa a det. He died finally, and i presume he was saved; but he may hav
bin lost, for accidents will happen in the uppermost familys. He had a
cool hed, and a warm harte. Bless Zepheniah Billings, he was a ripe
skollar on the phiddle, and could pla "_Tare her down Sal_," and sich
dear old sweet-savoured things, klean up tew perfekshun. He haz gone
now, allass! allass! but i am prepared tew say, in the language ov
another, "Bully for yu, Zepheniah!" All flesh iz grass. So iv'e bin
told. Funny. Mutch.

       *       *       *       *       *

_MORAL._

To kure the fidgits and calm the bile,
The phiddle iz like kastor ile.


28 Days.      FEBRUARY.      1874.

Q.--What iz man? @ @ @

A.--Live dirt. @ @ @

    [Illustration]

    _For twenty long and weary years,
      He meekly workt for others good,
    And well he taught the distrik skool,
      Boardin round the naborhood._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||      _Kronollogy._     |            _PLUM PITS._             |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| G ||  Now marry @ now       | Human natur iz like cow natur,      |
| 2| M || thrash oats § now      | i hav known them both tew giv a     |
| 3| T ||  @ puntch fires @      | good mess ov milk, and then kik     |
| 4| W ||  now ketch rats @      | it over.                            |
| 5| T ||    @ now eat @         |                                     |
| 6| F ||      @ hash @          |                                     |
| 7| S ||       @ now            |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 8| G ||  @ grease boots @      |                                     |
| 9| M ||    @ @ now pla         |                                     |
|10| T ||  @ checkers @ now      | I luv a phool, what little i kno    |
|11| W ||  sing sams @ @ @       | i hav larnt by hanging around       |
|12| T ||    @ @ now chew        | them.                               |
|13| F ||   gum @§@ @ now        |                                     |
|14| S || [§§] kurl hair (!)     |                                     |
|15| G ||     now mux @          |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|16| M ||  @ sassage @ now       |                                     |
|17| T ||    @ jerk wood         |                                     |
|18| W ||   now kil duks @       | Munny makes munny. We all           |
|19| T ||      ([@ @) now        | ov us take our korn to the ritch    |
|20| F || kil time †] @ now      | miller tew hav it ground.           |
|21| S ||    @ swop hens         |                                     |
|22| G ||    @ @ @ @ now         |                                     |
|23| M ||   yoke steers @        |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|24| T ||    now tell @ @        |                                     |
|25| W ||    @ yarns--now        |                                     |
|26| T ||sighn the pledge [?]    | Thare iz two kinds ov wize people   |
|27| F || @ now go to bed @      | in this world, the _wize_ and the   |
|28| S ||                        | _unwize_.                           |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_JEHOSSAPHATT BILLINGS._


HIS MEMORANDUM.

Jehossiphat Billings waz a very kluss man; he never waz known tew waste
ennything, by giving it away. The grate extravaganse ov hiz life, and
the one he never forgot tew speak ov, waz giving 3 dollars towards
bilding the Pordunk meetin hous. After he giv the munny, he took such a
deep interest in the work on the metin house, that the kommitty waz
obliged tew giv him bak the munny to git shut ov him. He swore he'd sue
them for the interest on the munny, but he never did. Jehoss' Billings
waz one ov them kind ov men who mistake avarice for ekonemy. He died at
the age of 63, if i hav sarched right, from an overdose ov klam chowder
drank at a free lunch. Jehossiphatt Billings had his phailings, but
rekless extravaganse want amung the lot, he also had his virteus, but
blind and irrepressible generosity want among this lot neither. He waz
buried, without eny fuss, in the year 1286. What has bekum ov him I kant
state. Sleep on, Jehossiphat, in thi slumbers. I would like tew say sum
more about Jehoss', but i kant without telling the truth. Truth iz
sumtimes like a hot pertato, the only way tew handle it eazy, is tew
drop it. I will dri up here. The end. Hush! Lay low.

       *       *       *       *       *

_MORAL._

The klussest man i ever knu,
Waz Deakon Erastus Meggs,
Tew save expense, he oft would sett,
Hiz pullets on spile-ed eggs.


31 Days.      MARCH.      1874.

Q.--What iz hash? @ @ @

A.--A konfidense game. @ @ @

    [Illustration]

    _He sawed the wood and bilt the fires,
      And while the boys were playing,
    Hurried, and swept the skool hous out,
      And dun a little praying._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||      _Kronollogy._     |         _SNAPPIN TURKLES._          |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| G ||   @ @ Tell me          | Humility iz cup bearer to wisdum.   |
| 2| M ||  yee whispring         |                                     |
| 3| T ||  winds @ when @        |                                     |
| 4| W ||    @ @ @ hens          |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 5| T ||   @ will lay @         |                                     |
| 6| F ||       and              |                                     |
| 7| S || @ what will @ @        | Thare iz plenty ov pholks in        |
| 8| G ||  be next @ @ @         | this world whoze hartes bleed for   |
| 9| M ||    @ @ spring          | the poor, but whoze pocket-books    |
|10| T ||  the price @ @         | never do.                           |
|11| W ||     ov hay @           |                                     |
|12| T ||    @ @ @ and           |                                     |
|13| F || tell me if @ @ @       |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|14| S ||    @ @ yu kan          |                                     |
|15| G ||  whare i will @        |                                     |
|16| M ||@ @ find an honest      | The man who iz willing tew          |
|17| T ||  man @ @ and @         | help everyboddy (i am sorry to      |
|18| W || @ also tell me @       | say this), iz willing tew be        |
|19| T ||   @ whare all          | cheated by everyboddy.              |
|20| F || @ @ @ the modest       |                                     |
|21| S || wimmin are @ @ @       |                                     |
|22| G ||  @ tell me @ @         |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|23| M ||  @ theze things        |                                     |
|24| T || and tell me @ @        |                                     |
|25| W ||   @ true @ and         | If i kan set the fashions for a     |
|26| T ||   @ whispring          | people, i dont kare who makes       |
|27| F ||   winds @ @ @          | their laws.                         |
|28| S ||  @ @ i'll be @         |                                     |
|29| G || @ mutch obliged        |                                     |
|30| M ||    @ to yu @           |                                     |
|31| T ||                        |                                     |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_MELKISIDEK BILLINGS._


HIZ MEMORANDUM.

Melkisidek Billings waz a dandy ov the old skool, and also a lover. He
loved the whole entire femail populashun. He parted hiz hare in the
middle, and did it unkommon even. He had one grate weakness which grew
on him, and that waz the length ov hiz little finger-nale. Historians
say that this finger-nale gru tew be a yard in length, but it strikes me
that this must be a profound lie. He waz a very punktillious man, in hiz
every-day wear, and drest chuck up tew the fashun. Melkisidek hadn't
mutch branes, but he didn't need much, for hiz bizzness thru life waz
the lover bizzness. Just before he died he marrid, and left one dauter,
a sentimental offspring, who afterwards run away, at the age ov 16, with
a dansing master. Mel' Billings waz ov the nuter jender, he hadn't
karakter enuff to do enny hurt, and ov kourse kouldn't do enny good. He
died about the right time, anno dominoze, 1695, and waz buried
comfortably in the grave yard, at lower Pordunk town. Melkisidek
Billings waz mi ansesstor, and that waz kind in him. He had an epitaff
on hiz stone which i dont rekolekt ov ever seeing in print before, and
for the benefit ov those who studdy theze memorandums i will translate
it. "_An honest man iz the nobless work ov God._" Good, aint it? Rather!


_MORAL._

Dandys are a harmless crew,
  Ov the butterfly purswashun;
Happy with a nektie new,
  Hero's ov sum small ockashun.


30 Days.

APRIL.

1874.

Q.--Define twins? @ @

A.--2 mutch. @ @ @

    [Illustration]

    _In this big, but pekuliar world,
      Not a friend had Hezekiah,
    The boys put pins into hiz chair,
      And water in hiz hair diah._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||      _Kronollogy._     |          _QUALE ON TOAST._          |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| W || @ Hark @ the           |                                     |
| 2| T ||   violet cums @ @ @    | Sum pholks are like kats, so        |
| 3| F ||       on tip toze      | well ballanced that they alwuss     |
| 4| S || @ and the              | strike on their feet when they      |
| 5| G ||   yello dandy @ @      | fall.                               |
| 6| M || @ @ lion gilds         |                                     |
| 7| T ||     the sod @ and      |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 8| W ||   krickets kraul @     |                                     |
| 9| T || @ @ @ from out         |                                     |
|10| F ||      their holes @ @   | Lovers are alwuss defineing         |
|11| S || @ and loafers          | their extacys, but they are in no   |
|12| G ||   seek the sun @ @     | better condishun tew do it, than    |
|13| M || @ and dogs             | a drunken man iz tew deliver a      |
|14| T || @ @ tree kats          | tempranse lektur.                   |
|15| W ||        and frogs begin |                                     |
|16| T || @ tew jabber @         |                                     |
|17| F || @ @ and tinkers        |                                     |
|18| S ||   tramp @ and          |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|19| G ||     April phool @ @ @  |                                     |
|20| M ||                        |                                     |
|21| T ||        @ grins at      |                                     |
|22| W ||   every corner @ @     | Silence iz alwus safe.              |
|23| T || @ @ and--hark          |                                     |
|24| F ||      from the tombs @  |                                     |
|25| S || @ @ a doleful          |                                     |
|26| G || @ [!!] sound           |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|27| M ||       @ mine ears @    |                                     |
|28| T ||   attend @ @ @         |                                     |
|29| W || @ the cry @ @          | False praze iz the wust kind ov     |
|30| T ||      and so forth @ @  | slander.                            |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_SOLOMAN BILLINGS._


HIZ MEMORANDUM.

Soloman Billings waz born the 26th ov May, 1322, old stile. He waz knone
fur and near for hiz chunks ov wisdum, but, like Soloman ov old, he
could talk wisdum better than he could do it. This iz the way with all
the wize men i hav met lately. Soloman Billings waz a leetle slippery,
but he managed tew git thru life without slipping down mutch, and died
reazonably well. He waz sed, bi all who knu him, tew be chuk full ov
wisdum; he could tell, bi looking at the egg, how mutch a goslin would
weigh before it waz born, and when the best time waz tew set a hen or a
gate-post. Sol's mouth waz full ov wisdum; litening couldn't strike a
tree, just for fun, but what he would preach a moral sermon from the
tex. He waz dredful sertain ov what he did kno, and want the least bit
unsertain ov what he didn't kno. I find in digging down tew the hard pan
ov Soloman, mi ansesstor, that he had a grate deal ov vanity, a large
amount ov impudense, a good supply ov inkredulity, just the things, for
all the world, tew make a wize phool out of. He died az aforesed, and i
look bak upon him az one who haz departed this life. Adew, Soloman, mi
ansesstor. Deth iz tuff. Sumwhat! I will add, quite.


_MORAL._

Wisdom chunks are chunkier far,
Than all the chunks that chunky ar.


    [Illustration: Josh Billings Ultimatum.]

    The man who kan wear a paper collar, a whole week, and keep it
    klean,--aint good for enny thing else.=

    Jess so, Josh Billings.


    [Illustration: Josh Billings, and the Bull.]

    Never take the Bull bi the horns Yung Man, but take him bi the tale.
    Then yu kan let go when yu want to.=

    Yure warm friend, Josh Billings


31 Days.

MAY.

1874.

Q.--What iz ignorance? @ @ @

A.--Raw happiness. @ @ @

    [Illustration]

    _The skule kommitty made him work,
      (How krewel and unphealling,)
    For less than a bartender gits,
      And nary chance for stealing._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||      _Kronollogy._     |             _POP KORN._             |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| F || @ Now the              |                                     |
| 2| S ||   vain rooster @ @     | I dont kare what a mans             |
| 3| G || @ @ splits hiz         | kondishun in life iz, if he iz too  |
| 4| M ||           thrut @ and  | mutch for the kondishun he iz a     |
| 5| T || @ hope exultant @      | hero.                               |
| 6| W ||    spreds her @ @      |                                     |
| 7| T || @ downy wing           |                                     |
| 8| F ||  and life iz short @   |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 9| S || @ @ but sweet          |                                     |
|10| G || @ and lettiss @        |                                     |
|11| M ||           grows apace  |                                     |
|12| T || @ and giv me @         | Avarice iz about the only           |
|13| W || @ liberty or @         | pashun that improves by age.        |
|14| T ||       @ giv me deth    |                                     |
|15| F || @ @ @ and what's       |                                     |
|16| S || @ the matter @         |                                     |
|17| G ||         with Hannah @  |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|18| M ||                        |                                     |
|19| T || @ and hav              |                                     |
|20| W ||       yu heard @ @     |                                     |
|21| T || @ that deakon          | The truly brave are alwus           |
|22| F ||    Jones @             | generous.                           |
|23| S || @ @ @ @ @ haz          |                                     |
|24| G ||  lost a @ @            |                                     |
|25| M || @ @ heifer             |                                     |
|26| T || @ and sich @           |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|27| W ||           iz life @    |                                     |
|28| T ||   and woodman @ @      |                                     |
|29| F ||    @ @ @               | He whom prosperity makes            |
|30| S ||          spare that @  | humble and thankful, adversity      |
|31| G || @ @ tree @ and @       | haz no power over.                  |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_DUTERONOMY BILLINGS._


HIZ MEMORANDUM.

Duteronomy Billings waz a square man. He waz az square az the bloks on a
checker-board. He waz just the same kind ov a man in the fall, az he waz
in the spring ov the year; yu didn't hav tew winter him tew find out who
he waz. He alwus did az he agreed, but waz dredful bakward about
agreeing. Duteronomy waz immense in one thing, and that waz the length
ov hiz noze. He had more noze ackordin, than enny man in history. One
writer ov the eleventh sentury, sez hiz noze waz 8 inches in length, and
another makes it a frackshun over 10 inches; i will split the
difference, and call it 7. If Dute' waz alive now, i think he would
sustain mi figgures. In writing theze details ov mi ansesstors, i am
guided bi a luv tew do a square thing, and if i er, it will be all owing
tew mi luk. I never waz right lucky since I had the meazles. They took
place in the 14th year ov mi age, when i lived with mi unkle. I had them
too thik. Duteronomy Billings waz named after old Duteronomy ov bible
times, and az ansesstors run, he waz a very good kind ov a one tew hav.
He died az he had lived, exackly square. In konklushun i will say lie
still dear Dute', yu hav got a square thing. Thare iz force in the idee.
I may add, grate force. Very. Indeed.


_MORAL._

Sum men are oktagon,
  And sum three-sided are,
'Tis mortal tuff tew find one
  Who iz kompletely square.


30 Days.

JUNE.

1874.

Q.--Define the hen? @ @ @

A.--A lay member. @ @

    [Illustration: KONDEMIT]

    _Tho kivvered o'er with sich abuse,
      He never fout agen it,
    The very wuss that Hez' would kuss,
      Waz the simple word KONDEMIT._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||      _Kronollogy._     |         _KREAM OV TARTAR._          |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| M || @ Can the              |                                     |
| 2| T ||   leopard change @     | Vice makes a man kunning,           |
| 3| W || @ hiz name @ waz       | virtew makes him wize.              |
| 4| T ||   Norval on the @      |                                     |
| 5| F ||   Grampine hills       |                                     |
| 6| S || @ he loved not @       |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 7| G ||                        |                                     |
| 8| M ||   wizely but too       |                                     |
| 9| T || @ menny @ cooks        |                                     |
|10| W || spile @ the brakeing   | The ritch spend their time in       |
|11| T || @ wares dashed @       | kreating wants, the poor in         |
|12| F ||   hi low Jak @ and     | gratifying them,--the poor are      |
|13| S || @ @ the game           | the most sensible.                  |
|14| G ||   of brag iz good @    |                                     |
|15| M || @ but holdfast         |                                     |
|16| T ||   iz better @ @        |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|17| W || @ @ @ late than        |                                     |
|18| T ||   never too old @      |                                     |
|19| F || @ to learn @           | The man who iz the most fraid       |
|20| S || @ @ the luxury         | tew die, iz the one who knows       |
|21| G ||   ov doing             | least how tew liv.                  |
|22| M || @ good @ bye @         |                                     |
|23| T ||   sweetheart           |                                     |
|24| W || @ and George @         |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|25| T || @ @ Washington         |                                     |
|26| F ||   waz                  |                                     |
|27| S ||   the father @ @       |                                     |
|28| G || @ @ ov hiz             | I had rather be a boy again,        |
|29| M ||   natiff @ @           | than tew be the autokrat ov the     |
|30| T || @ @ land @ @           | world.                              |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_PORKANBEANS BILLINGS._


HIZ MEMORANDUM.

Porkanbeans Billings lived and throve in the 16th sentury. He loved a
horse with grate power. He could swop a horse clusser than enny man that
imparshall history tells ov. He iz sed tew have swopped Deakon Absolem
Featherweight, klean out ov a 5 year old sorrel horse, at one swop, and
the deakon waz looked upon az almost insurmountable in a dikker. Not tew
disguise the fakt, Porky Billings waz a hoss jockey ov the anshunt daze,
one who hung around the village tavern, and alwuss had on hand an old
flag-tailed pelter, with a glass eye, tew trade with ennyboddy. I dont
feal like bragging ov Porkanbeans az an ansesstor, but i must say, az a
horse jockey, (if all reports are trew) i feal proud ov him. I forgot
tew state, that Porky left no property. Thare iz a grate deal ov genius
in the horse-swop bizzness but fu assetts. Porkanbeans died instantly,
sumwhare about the fust ov the 17th sentury. He waz struk bi the hind
feet ov a mule. Moral karakter even wont save a phello-being from
dissolushun, when a mule goes for him with both hind feet at once. Sich
iz life. Sich iz the mule. Porkanbeans haz my sympathy, he also haz mi
tears, but i dont serpose they will be worth mutch tew him now, he iz
too ded. Fairwell old phello-being, fairwell mi ansesstor. Deth iz our
porshun. I think i kan say this without making a phool ov miself.
Undoubtedly. Yes. Jiss so.


_MORAL._

Tew swop a horse and not git beat,
  Iz sumthing nice tew brag on,
I tried it once, and that's the time
  I lost a horse--and waggon.


31 Days.

JULY.

1874.

Q.--Pleaze defin a good wife? @ @ @

A.--A silent partner in the consarn. @ @ @

    [Illustration: PORDUNK DIET

    PORK AND BEANS]

    _Dont talk to me ov anshunt Job,
      Ov biles he had a plenty,
    But they were all one breed ov biles,
      Leastwise 19 out ov twenty._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||      _Kronollogy._     |        _SHOOTING STARS._ ***        |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| W || @ Grate hot @          |                                     |
| 2| T || @ Billy Buckram        | One ov the eazyest things tew       |
| 3| F ||         died 1304 @ @  | hear ov, and at the same time       |
| 4| S || @ carry the @          | one ov the hardest tew find, iz a   |
| 5| G ||   news to Mary @       | ghost.                              |
| 6| M || @ @ hotter still @     |                                     |
| 7| T ||   i luv it @ hot       |                                     |
| 8| W ||      inkreases @ @ @   |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 9| T || @ @ i luv it @         |                                     |
|10| F ||  still hotter @ that   |                                     |
|11| S ||    old arm chair @     | It iz only a step from lazyness     |
|12| G ||                        | tew vice, and a short one at that.  |
|13| M || @ @ awful hot          |                                     |
|14| T ||       and who shall    |                                     |
|15| W || @ more hot @           |                                     |
|16| T ||   chide me @ cooler    |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|17| F || @ @ with rain @        |                                     |
|18| S || @ @ for luving         |                                     |
|19| G ||   lightning and        |                                     |
|20| M ||      thunder @ @ @     | Thare iz lots ov people who         |
|21| T ||   that @ still hot     | mistake their imaginashun for       |
|22| W || @ @ that @ Nancy       | their memory.                       |
|23| T ||         Dodge born @ @ |                                     |
|24| F ||   1786 @ old           |                                     |
|25| S || @ arm chair @          |                                     |
|26| G ||    @ @ wind south      |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|27| M ||   mad dogs @ @ @       |                                     |
|28| T || @ @@ seen @ the        |                                     |
|29| W ||  boy stood on @ @      |                                     |
|30| T || @ the burning dek      | Bashfullness that kant be overcome, |
|31| F ||       mutch weather @  | iz modesty.                         |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_JAMAIKA BILLINGS._


HIZ MEMORANDUM.

Jamaika Billings waz sed bi good judges ov the artikle, tew be the
lazyest man that ever visited this world. At the age ov 14 he waz
pronounced bi the doktors too lazy tew ketch flies. He waz named after
hiz unkle who had a grate speshiality in the jamaika-rum line, and who
could float more ardent speerits, on an evener keel, than enny human
kraft in thoze daze. Jamaika lived tew a grate extent; sum say that he
waz 160 when he died, and sum put it at 142, but all giv in that he
didn't di from enny disseaze, but kind ov lazyed tew deth. He waz born
tired, and never outgru it. He marrid at 37, but hiz wife left him at
the end ov the fust month ov their nupshalls, taking with her all the
pussonell affekts, whitch were a kupple ov cedar wash-tubs, and a
seckond-hand buggy harness, brass-mounted. Her fust name waz Polly Ann.
They never met afterwards, if they did, history dont kno it. Jamak'e
Billings didn't hav enny vice tew speak ov, he waz even too lazy for
that. He seems tew hav spent hiz life in hanging around places, keeping
ragged and phatt on nothing. He died in Old Pordunk, and i suppoze waz
burried, but history dont say so, in jiss so menny words. He waz mi
ansesstor, but i kant help it. Can I? I hav bin told not. Queer.


_MORAL._

I never knu, in all mi life,
  Enny man tew go krazy,
Who alwuss took things setting down,
  And kultivated hiz lazy.


31 Days.

AUGUST.

1874.

Q.--What iz a cock loft @ @ @

A.--A roosters hed. @ @ @

    [Illustration]

    _But in a distrik skool i kno,
      Each boy's a bile uncommon,
    And must a diffrent poultiss hav,
      Tew git a hed upon em._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||      _Kronollogy._     |             _MUSHROOMS._            |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| S ||      Huge heat @ @     |                                     |
| 2| G || @ David Blair          | It iz az hard work tew git          |
| 3| M ||   born 1818 @ @ @      | acquainted  with a haff bred        |
| 4| T || @ hot inkreases        | family, az it iz for them tew       |
| 5| W || @ @ David Blair        | conceal their pedigree.             |
| 6| T ||          waz an        |                                     |
| 7| F || @ essence pedlar @     |                                     |
| 8| S ||   thunder showers @    |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 9| G || @ now keep @           |                                     |
|10| M || @ cool @ @ hotter      |                                     |
|11| T ||                        |                                     |
|12| W || @ @ if enny man        | If a man knows himself thoroughly,  |
|13| T ||     attempts tew @     | he iz az wize az he kan             |
|14| F || @ more hot @           | be in this life.                    |
|15| S ||       haul down @ good |                                     |
|16| G || @ hot @ the flag       |                                     |
|17| M || @ red hot @ shute      |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|18| T ||    him on the @        |                                     |
|19| W || @ spot @ cooler        |                                     |
|20| T ||   now @ Bully for      | I luv tew watch the sports ov       |
|21| F ||       Dix @ @ now lay  | children, they kant be children     |
|22| S || @ @ in yure sun @      | but once, and then but a short      |
|23| G ||    strokes @ for next  | time.                               |
|24| M || @ winter @ it biles!   |                                     |
|25| T || @ Mike Doolittle       |                                     |
|26| W ||   born 1830 @ died     |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|27| T ||    1850 @ Mike done    |                                     |
|28| F ||   but little here belo |                                     |
|29| S ||  nor dun that little @ | Hope claims the most, and iz        |
|30| G || @ long @ now           | satisfied with the least, ov enny   |
|31| M ||      konkockt juleps @ | pashun ov the harte.                |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_EKLEEZIASTIKS BILLINGS._


HIZ MEMORANDUM.

Ekleeziastiks Billings waz a Puritan bi natur and occupashun. He waz az
puritan az spring lam soaked in mint saus. Sum ov the most kold and
thawless stok in all Nu England oozed from Ekleeze' Billings. He waz
kreated nominally in the year 1570, and had hiz trunk packed tew cum
over in the May Flower, but didn't cum. He cum over the nex fall, and
went immejiately into the pilgrim bizzness. Ekleeziastiks kept a grocery
store, and never sanded hiz sugar, nor watered hiz Nu England rum
without fust asking tew be forgiv for it. How pure! how lam like!
Ekleeziastiks waz very tall, but then he waz very thin; he waz over 6
feet perpendiklar, and not quite 7 inches thru. He weighed 146 with hiz
winter clothes and cowhide boots on. He preserved hiz thinity unto deth.
He died from eating too mutch garden-truk. How sad! how disinterested!
Ekleesiastiks had one virtew which shines tew this day, he waz very
saving ov hiz clothes. Hiz best blu koat, with brass buttons on, and a
sharp tail tew it, he wore for 18 years, and then kut oph the buttons
and had it prest out, and sent it tew the heathen. Ekleeze' waz both a
saving and a libral kuss. He lived tew be over 90, and then died game;
he wouldn't hav enny doktor. He dispized doktors bills. How touching!
Truly. How touchful! Really.

       *       *       *       *       *

_MORAL._

Blest iz the man who iz partikular,
And duz all things up perpindikular.
  (Chorus.) Ri fol de rol, ri folderikular.


    [Illustration]

    Josh Billings, and the Twins. =

    Thare iz 2 things in this world for which we are never fully prepared,
    and that is.--twins.=

    Jess so, Jess so, Josh Billings.


    [Illustration]

    Josh Billings on the haff shell.=

    The man who swallowed the fust oyster, from the haff shell must hav
    been astonished, at the sudden way it waz dun, but I dont beleave he
    waz more suprized, than the oyster waz.= Josh.=



30 Days.      SEPTEMBER.      1874.

Q.--Define honesty? @ @ @

A.--The wag ov a dogs tail. @ @ @

    [Illustration]

    _The only kind ov konsolashun
      This man got, aint worth a kuss,
    For 'twas PITTY,--and we all kno
      PITTY iz but mild disguss._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||      _Kronollogy._     |            _KAPER SAUS._            |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| T ||  * Butiful weather     | Genuine wit dont make a man         |
| 2| W ||     elegant weather @  | laff enny more than logick duz.     |
| 3| T || @ deliteful weather    |                                     |
| 4| F ||  superb weather @      |                                     |
| 5| S || @ @ divine weather     |                                     |
| 6| G ||      charming weather  |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 7| M || exquisitt weather @    |                                     |
| 8| T ||  emoshional weather    |                                     |
| 9| W || @ gorgeous weather     |                                     |
|10| T ||* celestial weather *   | Yu kan buy larning, but wit         |
|11| F || blissful weather @     | and wisdum are the gift ov God.     |
|12| S ||     @ grate weather @  |                                     |
|13| G || @ fine weather @ @     |                                     |
|14| M || @ delishus weather     |                                     |
|15| T || heavenly weather @     |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|16| W ||  @ glorious weather    |                                     |
|17| T ||  magnificient @ @      |                                     |
|18| F ||         @ @ weather @  |                                     |
|19| S ||   gushing weather      | Energy iz another name for          |
|20| G ||  @ sweet weather @     | kapacity.                           |
|21| M ||    exhuberant weather  |                                     |
|22| T ||  @ poetick weather     |                                     |
|23| W || fragrant weather @     |                                     |
|24| T ||   @ luvely weather     |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|25| F || languishing weather    |                                     |
|26| S || soft weather @ mild    |                                     |
|27| G ||weather @ bewitching    |                                     |
|28| M ||    weather @ and       | Yung men, like grayhounds,          |
|29| T || common weather @       | follow by sight; old men, like      |
|30| W ||                        | bloodhounds, follow by track.       |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_LUKE BILLINGS._


HIZ MEMORANDUM.

Luke Billings waz a skool-master ov the Nu England type and shaddo. He
waz an uprite and an austere man, az uprite az a sperm kandle, and az
austere az hoss-radish. I look bak onto Luke's memoirs and pitty him,
for i pitty awl distrikt-skool masters, all mothers-in-law, and all
grass widders. Luke Billings spent hiz whole life in the distrik-skool
spekulashun, and died az poor az a salt kodfish. Hiz assetts konsisted
ov a pocket-komb and a nu testament. He used tew board round the
naborhood, and waz alwuss az hungry az a pikrel. He never had enny
friends, nor enny enemys; he waz like a gide-board in this respek. Luke
Billings never got marrid, he hadn't the time tew spare. He waz severely
engaged, for 26 years, tew Nancy Burbanks, but they both died intestate.
They sleep cluss together, in the old grave-yard, at lower Pordunk.
Sleep on! sleep on! dear old virgin couple, and pay no attenshun tew
noboddy. Lukey wore hiz hare long behind, and kept a distrik skool 34
years 6 months and 17 daze. Oh, dear! oh, dear! Luke i pitty yu. Luke
Billings iz an ansesstor that i look bak upon every now and then with my
memory, and want tew fite sumboddy on hiz ackount. Fairwell, luvely
Luke. Fairwell Lukey. Fairwell. Enuff sed.

       *       *       *       *       *

_MORAL._

From keeping skool, and the pay,
  Two things pestiverous,
I feel az tho' I'd like to say,
  Good Lord! deliver us.


31 Days.      OCTOBER.      1874.

Q.--What iz a husband? @ @ @

A.--Gander ov the ockashun. @ @ @

    [Illustration]

    _Much rather would i hav a man,
      Than offer me hiz pitty,
    Hit me rite smart long side the hed,
      For that mite make me gritty._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||      _Kronollogy._     |          _KONDENSED MILK._          |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| T ||@ @ About these @       | The more rare a mans qualitys       |
| 2| F || days expekt rain       | are, the more he will be found      |
| 3| S ||  @ @ @ now worry       | falt with,--dust on a dimond iz     |
| 4| G || wood chucks @ @        | alwus more noticeable than dust     |
| 5| M ||  @ @ sighns ov         | on a brik.                          |
| 6| T ||   snow @ @ @ now       |                                     |
| 7| W ||hurry coons @ @ @       |                                     |
| 8| T ||    @ cooler @ now      |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 9| F || @ persekute musk       |                                     |
|10| S || rats @ frost @ @       |                                     |
|11| G ||        @ @ now         | Experience teaches a good           |
|12| M ||@ @ hunt patridge @     | many things, but dont learn us      |
|13| T ||  @ quite kold @        | but a phew.                         |
|14| W ||@ now chase quails      |                                     |
|15| T || more snow @ now        |                                     |
|16| F ||@ pester foxes @ @      |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|17| S ||  @ sour rain @         |                                     |
|18| G || @ now persew @ @       |                                     |
|19| M ||        bears @ hard    | I hav seen old villains who         |
|20| T || @ frost @ @ now        | were komparitively pure, they had   |
|21| W ||         sarch for @    | either worn out their vices, or     |
|22| T ||@ @ @ elephants @       | their vices had wore out them, i    |
|23| F || @ @ more kold @        | dont kno whitch.                    |
|24| S ||    @ now go for        |                                     |
|25| G ||  anakondys @ @         |                                     |
|26| M || @ freezing @ now       |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|27| T || @ prospekt for @       |                                     |
|28| W || Behomaths @ raw        |                                     |
|29| T ||kold @ now dig for      | It requires the gratest ov skill    |
|30| F || mastedons @ now @      | tew hide a weakness.                |
|31| S ||                        |                                     |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_NEBUDKENNEZZAR BILLINGS._


HIZ MEMORANDUM.

Nebudkennezzar Billings waz an orphan bi birth, and kept a hotel, he
did. When yu got fride pork at hiz house, it waz fride pork, it waz. Yu
didn't hav a bill ov fare tew tell what it waz, yu didn't. Hiz wife waz
smarter than chane litening, and kleaner than a ghost, she waz. Her hash
didn't hav enny paving-stuns, nor kart-wheels in it, it didn't. Yu mite
az well hunt for the lost tribes ov Izrael on her premises, az to hunt
for a kokroach, yu mite. Neb's wife had red hare, and waz bony put
together, and could fri pork, tend bar, harness a hoss, trade with a
peddlar, and make a gin-sling that could almost talk, she could.
Nebudkennezzar Billings waz a pollytishioner, and run hard for konstable
in old Pordunk, for menny times, he did. It iz justiss tew hiz memoirs
tew state, that tho he run well, the offiss alwuss beat him, it did. He
never got elekted, he didn't. How prekarious! how impekunious! how
transhunt! Alass! alass! Neb' waz kreated in 1502, and dissoluted in
1569, and spent hiz whole life in the hash bizzness, he did. Hiz wife
waz boss while here on earth, and will undertake tew be hereafter, she
will. But she kant, kan she? She kant. Happy it iz that thare iz a
thussness in theze things. Thrice happy. Even nobby. That's so.


_MORAL._

Every man thinks he kan keep a hotel,
  But O! how delusiv and rash,
For thare aint no kind ov bizzness so mixt,
  Az doing a klean job in hash.


30 Days.

NOVEMBER.

1874.

Q.--What iz pitty? @ @ @

A.--Cheap charity. @ @ @

    [Illustration: AFTER TEN IERS]

    _Enny man who a skool haz kept
      Ten years, (krewel fate allass!)
    Ought tew hav hiz shuze pulled oph,
      And be turned out tew grass._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||      _Kronollogy._     |           _GINGER SNAPS._           |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| G || @ Hark @ the           |                                     |
| 2| M ||    @ @ kold wind       | Thare iz, now and then, a man       |
| 3| T ||  whissells @ @ and     | who knows that he iz a phool;       |
| 4| W ||  @ the rane @          | sutch a man iz a hard man tew       |
| 5| T ||    drizzles @ @ and    | cheat.                              |
| 6| F || @ @ @ the snow @       |                                     |
| 7| S || phizzles @ @ @ and     |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 8| G || @ the fire sizzles @   |                                     |
| 9| M ||and the @ @ dogs @      |                                     |
|10| T || @ bark @ and           | I hav known people who waz          |
|11| W || @ @ @ the boys         | virtewous just bekauze they waz     |
|12| T || @ lark @ @ @           | lazy, they hadn't snap enuff in     |
|13| F || @ @ @ and the          | them tew brake one ov the 10        |
|14| S ||      kats mew @ @ and  | commandments.                       |
|15| G || @ the kittles stew     |                                     |
|16| M ||        and the pork @  |                                     |
|17| T || @ @ @ fries @ and      |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|18| W ||                        |                                     |
|19| T || @ the mince @ @        |                                     |
|20| F ||     pies @ @ @ @ @     |                                     |
|21| S ||                        | I beleave pitty iz more ov an       |
|22| G || @ @ and the @          | impulse than a principle, for we    |
|23| M ||   turkey dies @ @      | seldum respekt thoze that we        |
|24| T || @ and the              | pitty.                              |
|25| W || @ owl dreameth @       |                                     |
|26| T ||      and the goose @ @ |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|27| F || @ skreameth @ and      |                                     |
|28| S ||   the girls @ @ @ @    |                                     |
|29| G || @ snikker @ and the    | He who suspekts everyboddy,         |
|30| M ||     men dikker @ and   | should be watched by everyboddy.    |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_MUSHANMILK BILLINGS._


HIS MEMORANDUM.

Mushanmilk Billings waz one ov mi earliest efforts in the way ov
ansesstors. He was begot during the 11th or 12th sentury, or
thareabouts. He derived hiz name from hiz grate ability tew conquer mush
and milk. Titus Odistes, a celebrated writer in thoze days, sez he haz
known him tew eat a potash kittle ov puddin and milk, at one sitting. I
kant state whether this iz sutch or not, for i never met Mushanmilk
personally. He died previous tew mi birth. Titus Odistes also sez, that
Mushanmilk had a very sweet disposishun, how sweet, he dont tell us, but
from what i kno ov the latter-day saints, amung the Billings family, it
couldn't hav bin quite up tew the best brand ov Nu Orleans mollassiss.
He waz sed tew be number One in modesty, and sitch like, but this dont
exackly conspire with what i know ov the Billings'es. Cheeck haz alwus
been reckoned amung our virtews. In taking a square look bak upon mi
ansesstors, i find that they were rather a thin set. I find that their
_ambishun_ waz the result ov _vanity_. Their _honesty_ the effekt ov
_edukashun_. Their _charity_, the luv ov _novelty_. Their _philosophy_,
able tew bear the stummuk-ake ov others with heroik fortitude, but not
worth a kuss in their own; and their _virteus_ generally, more the
growth ov their _pride_ than ov their _humility_. What a pitty! Echo
answers, "Jiss so." Man iz an angleworm. He iz. Verily.

       *       *       *       *       *

_MORAL._

Thare aint to-day, so just a vittle,
Az mush,--rite hot, from out the kittle.


31 Days.      DECEMBER.      1874.

Q.--Define salt kodfish? @ @ @

A.--Vittles and----drink. @ @ @

    [Illustration]

    _Instid ov this, how trew it tis,
      The skoolmaster iz treated,
    Like one we owe 50 dollars,
      And wont admit we've cheated._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||      _Kronollogy._     |            _KOLD KUTS._             |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| T ||  @ Bitter kold @ @     | The more humble a man iz            |
| 2| W ||  a thing ov buty @     | before God, the more he will be     |
| 3| T || @ iz a joy forever     | exalted,--the more humble he iz     |
| 4| F ||  thundring kold @      | before men, the more he will git    |
| 5| S ||  @ @ @ if yu must      | rode ruff shod.                     |
| 6| G ||    drink hot @ @       |                                     |
| 7| M ||  @ rum @ do it now     |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 8| T ||  jehosiphat kold @     |                                     |
| 9| W || @ now distruckshun     | The only really natral thing        |
|10| T ||   @ @ wood @ slam      | thare iz about enny man, iz hiz     |
|11| F ||    bang kold @ @       | conshunce.                          |
|12| S ||     Job Stearns        |                                     |
|13| G ||   @ @ @ born 1500      |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|14| M || indefatigabel kold     |                                     |
|15| T ||   Job Stearns @ @      | Enuff good luk will ruin enny       |
|16| W ||     @ waz an @         | man.                                |
|17| T ||  @ itinerant @ @ @     |                                     |
|18| F ||   ompompanoosuck       |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|19| S ||   @ kold @ Job @       |                                     |
|20| G ||  itinerated @ @ @      | Whare thare iz one man obstinate    |
|21| M ||     @ tin ware         | bekauze he iz wize, thare iz        |
|22| T ||  sno phawls @ now      | 4,695,853 obstinate bekauze they    |
|23| W ||    stir up @ @ @       | are ignorant.                       |
|24| T ||   @ @ yure goose       |                                     |
|25| F || unimpeachible kold     |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|26| S || @ roosters freeze @    |                                     |
|27| G ||yures, with sparkling   | Trust in God first, yure nabor      |
|28| M ||    @ hopes--Josh       | next, and yureself last.--AMEN.     |
|29| T ||     Billings @         |                                     |
|30| W ||   @ Allminacker @      |                                     |
|31| T ||                        |                                     |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_HEAR THE PAPERS TALK!_

We would rather be the author of Josh Billings' Farmer's Allminax for
1875, than be elected captain of a malitia company.

_Coonhollow Demokrat._

       *       *       *       *       *

Josh Billings' Farmer's Allminax for the year 1875, is just hatched out;
it is like a Thanksgiving pudding, full of rich things; buy it, and set
down in a corner, and read, and be happy once, if you never are again.

_Boston Pilgrim._

       *       *       *       *       *

We have a copy of Josh Billings' Allminax on tap, and draw sweet liquor
from it each hour; no man can buy our copy, no man can borrow it, and he
who steals it, will finally die.

_New Orleans Budget._

       *       *       *       *       *

Saw my right leg off, lift my scalp up, innoculate me with the contents
of a six shooter, if Josh Billings' Farmer's Allminax for 1875 aint the
bullyest brick the civilized world has ever laid eyes on.

_Texas Daily Bandit._

       *       *       *       *       *

Josh Billings' Farmer's Allminax is once more in our midst; like an
oyster on the half shell, it can be took standing, sitting down, or on
the run.

_Lowell Examiner._



_PRIVATE OPINYUNS OV JOSH BILLINGS' FARMER'S ALLMINAX._

"A pearl ov grate price."

_Deakon Mozes Mills._

       *       *       *       *       *

"I reckomend this allminax to all persons out ov a job."

_Israel Pugh._

       *       *       *       *       *

"Az konsise az a kambrik needle."

_E. R. Dunkan._

       *       *       *       *       *

"This allminax iz az phull ov sharp things az a hedgehog's back."

_Ezra Fisk._

       *       *       *       *       *

"Az natral in the family, and quite az catching, az the meazles."

_Dokt. J. Munson._

       *       *       *       *       *

"Oh lud! i never did peruze enny thing haff so mutch like it."

_Widdo Jane Perkins._

       *       *       *       *       *

"Tis too sweet for enny thing."

_Miss Matilda Ann Brown._

       *       *       *       *       *

"It iz a lofty produkshun, full ov immense wisdum, graphick delineation,
and koruskating generalitys."

_John Mead, A. M._



_HONESTY_.

Honesty iz like munny, a man haz got to work hard to get it, and then
haz got to work harder to keep it. Honesty iz the best kard in the pak;
it iz allwuss trumps, and thare iz no man big phool enuff but what he
kan play it right every time. Honesty haz been praised more, and
praktised less, than enny ov the virtews, but it stands in need ov no
ones praise, and fears no ones rebuke. Honesty iz all the virtew that a
man needs, and all that an angell haz. Honest men are skarse, and what i
am afrade ov now iz, they are going to be skarser. From Adam's day to
ours, and from now untill the judgement time, an _Honest man_ haz been,
and will be, "_The noblest work of God_." Pope's deskripshun ov an
honest man iz the simplest, and yet the strongest language, that ever
haz been used.


_A KARD_.

A bizzy-body iz like a ritch cheeze,--full ov little things.

       *       *       *       *       *

When a man aint good for ennything else, he iz just right to sett on a
jury.


    [Illustration]

    The musketo iz born ov poor but industrious parents,--but
    haz in hiz veins, sum ov the best blood in the Country=

    Yures for 90 Days. Josh Billings=


    [Illustration]

    Dont hurry things mi sweet friend. The best time to sett
    a hen,--iz when the hen iz reddy.=

    Try it--Josh Billings.=


31 Days.      JANUARY.      1875.

Q.--What's yure favourite piece ov skulpture? @ @

A.--The mile-stun nearest home. @ @ @ @

    [Illustration]

    _Erly the Nuze Boy crawls from hiz koal box,
      Tho sno on the hard ground may lay,
    And skuds for the nuze paper offiss,
      To get his supply for the day._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||    _Billings Log._     |           _MORNIN GLORYS._          |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| F ||   @ @ @ Rather         | If i kant hav but two things on     |
| 2| S ||    kold @ @ @          | me that dont pinch, let it be mi    |
| 3| G || @ @ pepper sass        | shirt kollar, and mi boots.         |
| 4| M ||invented 1632 @ @       |                                     |
| 5| T || @ @ @ mutch kold       |                                     |
| 6| W ||  now mangle * @        |  *       *       *       *          |
| 7| T ||    @ @ @ wood          |                                     |
| 8| F || sighns ov † @ ]        |                                     |
| 9| S ||    @ sno @ @           | Christians seem to fite under       |
|10| G ||   dont pik |           | cover, but the devil stands boldly  |
|11| M ||    @ @ geese           | out, and dares the world to single  |
|12| T ||   this month @         | kombat.                             |
|13| W ||   expekt sum @         |                                     |
|14| T ||   @ @ weather          |                                     |
|15| F ||  hi tides @ :::        |  *       *       *       *          |
|16| S || @ now anihilate        |                                     |
|17| G ||   hogs @ ? [!]         |                                     |
|18| M ||   @ @ more :o:         | Philosophy iz a kind ov severe      |
|19| T ||   koldly @ * @         | sentinal, who locks up the harte,   |
|20| W ||  @ @ Mike Tower        | and throws the key away.            |
|21| T || died 1812 @ @ @        |                                     |
|22| F ||   @ prepare @          |                                     |
|23| S ||  @ for sno @ @         |  *       *       *       *          |
|24| G ||   @ @ @ dont @         |                                     |
|25| M ||  @ plant enny @        |                                     |
|26| T || corn this month        | A thoroly lazy man iz ded enuff     |
|27| W ||@ dredphull chilly      | to be buried, and his phuneral      |
|28| T ||now assassinate @       | ought to be advertized at once.     |
|29| F ||  @ poultry @ go        |                                     |
|30| S || to bed arly @ @        |                                     |
|31| G ||                        |                                     |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_GRIT._

Grit iz a good thing to hav, but yu dont want too mutch ov it. I hav
known folks who had so mutch grit, that they didn't kno when they waz
whipt. This dont pay. I like to see a man who aint afrade to fite a
wind-mill, when she iz in phull blast, but i dont kare to see him do it,
for a wind-mill iz a hard job to thrash, and they dont kno neither when
they hav got enuff. Grit and spunk, are two twins, and their mother iz
Courage, and their father iz Bravery. I have seen grit, and spunk, and
even courage, that didn't hav a bit ov bravery in them. Bravery allwuss
ackts from a principle. Grit may be rite, and may be rong. It aint very
certain, or partiklar whitch. Gritty men aint allwuss luvly, they are
too mutch like sandpaper to handle, allwuss reddy for a skratch. I like
grit in everything, except mi hash, thare iz when i kant bear it. Giv
every man yu meet a good big haff ov the turnpike, but if he insists
upon the whole ov it, the religion ov the Billings family iz to
arbitrate the kase at onst. If a man smotes yu on one cheek, turn him
the other one if yu like, but dont let him smote that. This aint fair.


_ARGUMENTS._

It iz az diffikult to define a sukcess, az it iz to ackount for the
meazles.

       *       *       *       *       *

Coquets make better wives than Prudes do, but thank the Lord, thare iz
better ones in market than either ov them.


28 Days.      FEBRUARY.      1875.

Q.--What's yure opinyun ov Rats? @ @ @

A.--Poor. @ @ @

    [Illustration]

    _Now having arrived at the offiss,
      He goes in for nonsense, and noize,
    And strives to git hold ov hiz papers,
      Before the rest ov the boys._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||    _Billings Log._     |           _HELIOTROPES._            |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| M ||   Kondem kold @        | When a woman wants ennything,       |
| 2| T ||   @ @ now flies        | she wants it with all her           |
| 3| W ||   @ are still @        | strength, and every boddy elses     |
| 4| T ||  snow falls @ @ @      | strength too.                       |
| 5| F ||   @ thare iz a @       |                                     |
| 6| S || divinity shapes @      |  *       *       *       *          |
| 7| G ||   @ @ @ our ends       |                                     |
| 8| M ||    kold grows @        | Intelekt without judgement iz       |
| 9| T ||     @ @ kolder         | what ails about one halff the smart |
|10| W ||  @ Bill Stevens @      | people in this world.               |
|11| T ||  @ @ @ born 1306       |                                     |
|12| F ||  now chew slapjax      |  *       *       *       *          |
|13| S ||  @ @ low tides @       |                                     |
|14| G ||  sighn ov mutch @      | Thare aint bad luk in the           |
|15| M ||  weather @ sun in      | whole world to ruin enny one        |
|16| T || @ apogee @ expekt      | man, not if he will fite it out on  |
|17| W ||  frosts @ about @      | that line.                          |
|18| T || @ theze days dont      |                                     |
|19| F || plant onion seed @     |  *       *       *       *          |
|20| S ||   @ @ Sally Ann        |                                     |
|21| G ||   Murdok died @        | A fanatick iz the wust man we       |
|22| M ||    @ @ @ kolder        | hav to kontend with, reazon haz     |
|23| T || Sally Ann waz a @      | no effekt on him, and it iz agin    |
|24| W || weaver @ sighns ov     | the law to klub him.                |
|25| T ||@ @ thaux Sally Ann     |                                     |
|26| F ||  weavered yarns @      |                                     |
|27| S ||@ peace to our ashes    |                                     |
|28| G ||                        |                                     |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_CHARITY._

Charity iz a blessed privilege; it lifts poor human natur up to the
level ov the angells, and sheds the lite ov heaven on our pathway. It iz
the most butiful ov all the impulses ov the heart, and the eazyest to
execute. Thare iz not a thought that goes out kindly to welkum a child
ov sorrow, but what iz kredited in the grate book ov everlasting life,
under the head ov Charity. Thare iz not a gift, not even a kup of kold
water, thare iz not a self sakrafice ov enny kind, thare iz not a
virtewous wish, nor a kind hope, but what kan be kounted amung the
jewels ov charity. Charity hath no markit-price here, nor hereafter,
thare iz menny a penny in the grate box that will kount out brighter, at
the last day, than enny dollar that iz thare. But thoze people who are
the soonest to melt with charity, are often the soonest to freeze up,--i
have seen them so fastidious that they couldn't meet an objikt ov
charity, without plunging their hand into one pocket, and taking out a
ten cent piece, put it right bak into the other, thus satisfying their
charity, and saving their munny at the same time.


_JESS SO._

All the philosophy in the world, wont make a hard trotting hoss ride
eazy.

       *       *       *       *       *

One ov the most unfortunate individuals i kno ov, iz a third-rate
fiddler.


31 Days.      MARCH.      1875.

Q.--How's yure mother-in-law? @

A.--Helthy, i thank yu, how's yures? @ @ @

    [Illustration]

    _Now having his merchandize purchased,
      He's out in the sno, and the sleet,
    And yells like a "brave" on the war path,
      Az swiftly he runs thru the street._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||    _Billings Log._     |              _TULIPS._              |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| M ||    @ @ Windy           | A pedant iz one who overestimates   |
| 2| T ||  winds @ @ now         | whatever he haz got,                |
| 3| W ||  @ @ dig out @         | whether it be learning, munny,      |
| 4| T ||      woodchucks @      | dri goods, or the rumatism.         |
| 5| F || @ @ expekt wind        |                                     |
| 6| S || Sam Davis born @       |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 7| G ||  @ 1632 @ more         |                                     |
| 8| M || wind @ Sam Davis       | I dont reckolekt ov ever doing      |
| 9| T ||  @ @ was an @ @        | ennything that i waz just a little  |
|10| W ||         operator @ @   | ashamed ov, but what sum one        |
|11| T || @ @ look out for       | waz sure to remember it, and        |
|12| F ||   wind @ @ @ Sam       | every once in a while put me in     |
|13| S || @ Davis operated       | mind ov it.                         |
|14| G ||on hen roosts @ @       |                                     |
|15| M ||prepare for wind @      |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|16| T ||  @ @ now pay @         |                                     |
|17| W ||        yure dets @ @   | The most bitter kriticks we hav     |
|18| T || @ windyness @ @        | are those who hav failed themself   |
|19| F ||  prevails @ @ @        | to write ennything worth            |
|20| S ||         @ @ @ Adam     | reading.                            |
|21| G ||  waz a weak @ @        |                                     |
|22| M ||  @ @ @ @ sister        |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|23| T || mutch signs @ @        |                                     |
|24| W ||        @ @ ov wind     | He who haz got nothing to do        |
|25| T ||  now sarch @ @         | in this world but amuze himself,    |
|26| F ||  @ @ @ for hoss        | haz got the hardest job on hand i   |
|27| S ||        radish @ @ @    | kno ov.                             |
|28| G ||  @ @ more wind         |                                     |
|29| M ||        tud-stools @ @  |                                     |
|30| T ||@ diskovered 1283       |                                     |
|31| W ||                        |                                     |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_FUN._

Fun is the cheapest fisick that haz bin diskovered yet, and the eazyest
to take. Fun pills are sugar coated, and no change ov diet iz necessary
while taking them. A little fun will sumtimes go a grate ways, i hav
known men to liv to a good old age on one joke, which they managed to
tell az often az once a day, and do all the laffing themselves besides
that waz done. But thare iz lots ov pholks who kant see enny phun in
enny thing, yu couldn't fire a joke into them with a double barrell gun,
10 paces off, they go thru life az sollum az a cow. Menny people think
it iz beneath their dignity to relish a joke, sutch people are simply
fools, and dont seem to kno it. The Billings family are allwuss on the
lookout for fun, it iz sed ov Dexter Billings, one ov our pristines,
that he had to be kept under 500 dollar bonds all the time, to keep him
from laffing in church. Ackordin to all ackounts this Dexter Billings
waz a cuss. Fun iz the pepper and salt ov every day life, and all he
really wiz men who hav ever lived, hav used it freely for seazoning.


_HEAR YEE._

The man who kan set himself to work, at enny thing, on 5 minnitts
notiss, haz got one of the best trades i kno ov.

       *       *       *       *       *

Virtew that kant whip Vice, in a fair stand up fite, enny time, aint
worth having.


30 Days.      APRIL.      1875.

Q.--What's yure favourite style of buty? @ @ @

A.--Mi mother's. @ @ @

    [Illustration]

    _"Er'es the Errald, Times, Sun, World, and Tribune,"
      Iz the yung merchants ear piercing kry,
    "Got the orfull smash up on the rale rode,"--
      And a kuntryman stops him to buy._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||    _Billings Log._     |            _PRIMROSES._             |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| T ||   Gentle showers @     | About az low down az a man          |
| 2| F ||@ @ @ now @             | kan git, and not quite spile, iz to |
| 3| S ||insert onion @ @        | liv on his wife's reputashun.       |
| 4| G ||     @ seed @ @         |                                     |
| 5| M ||   @ @ more rain        |                                     |
| 6| T ||@ @ perpetual @         |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 7| W ||  moshun diskovered     |                                     |
| 8| T || @ @ 1832 @ @           |                                     |
| 9| F ||@ @ more rain @         | A good karakter is allwuss          |
|10| S ||      perpetual @ @     | gained bi inches, but iz often lost |
|11| G ||  @ @ moshon @          | in one chunk.                       |
|12| M ||lost 1313 @ @           |                                     |
|13| T ||      @ inkreasing @    |                                     |
|14| W ||@ @ wetness @           |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|15| T ||     now prospekt @ @   |                                     |
|16| F ||@ for dandylions        |                                     |
|17| S ||                        | To be strong a man should hav       |
|18| G ||   @ @ Abner            | plenty ov friends, and plenty ov    |
|19| M ||      Durham @ @        | enemys--too menny friends weakens   |
|20| T ||@ @ @ born 956          | him, and too menny enemys           |
|21| W ||  expekt rain @ @       | makes him a vagabond.               |
|22| T ||@ Abner Durham          |                                     |
|23| F ||waz a @ @ @             |                                     |
|24| S ||  pedlar @ wet          |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|25| G ||      rain @ @ Abner    |                                     |
|26| M ||@ Durham [!!]           |                                     |
|27| T ||  peddled goose yokes   | The man who haz sworn not to        |
|28| W ||@ rain @ @ luv me,      | forgiv haz uttered the wust oath    |
|29| T ||     luv @ mi @ dog     | he kan take.                        |
|30| F ||@ damp drizzles @       |                                     |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_EAZY BOOTS._

One ov the eazyest things in this world iz a loose boot, it iz just az
eazy az falling oph from a log, when yu are fast asleep. The man who
fust invented tite boots committed suiside, so i hav been told, this waz
kind in the phellow. But if he had committed suiside before he had been
born, it would hav been kinder still. Eazy boots are one ov the luxurys
ov life, what the other luxurys are i dont kno, and dont kare. Enney man
who kan wear a tite boot, and enjoy it, iz either a martyr, or a phool,
it makes but little difference which. Tite boots produce korns, bunyons,
and swareing, and thare iz only one thing kan be said in their favour,
they make a man forgit all hiz other sorrows. An eazy boot will humanize
a sinner faster than two mishionary kan. Vanity iz the Godfather ov tite
boots, and just so long az men mistake a number eleven foot, for a
number nine boot, just so long we shall see them limping around, with
boots on two sizes too small. Next to a klear conshience, for solid
cumfort, and every day wear, cums an eazy boot.


_HITS._

After trieing for more than 35 years to hav mi own way in all things, i
have finally cum to the konklushun, to split the difference.

       *       *       *       *       *

Everyboddy seems to konsider himself a kind ov moral half bushel, to
meazzure the worlds frailtys in.


    [Illustration]

    Mules are like sum men, very corrupt at harte.--I hav
    known them to be good mules for 6 months, just to git a good chance
    to kik sumboddy= Josh Billings=


    [Illustration]

    Yu kant do ennything fust rate with a flea on yu,--except
    sware, and fleas aint afrade ov that.=

    Yures respekfully. Josh Billings=


31 Days.

MAY.

1875.

Q.--What's yure favourite flower? @ @ @

A.--Buckwheat flour. @ @ @

    [Illustration]

    _Another boy rushes to serve him,
      But our hero wont stand it no how,
    So he pockets the kuntryman's munny,
      And fixes himself for a row._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||    _Billings Log._     |            _DAFFODILLS._            |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| S || @ Dandylions @         |                                     |
| 2| G || @ are @ here @         | The man who haz got nothing         |
| 3| M ||    warm @ @            | to reckomend him but robust         |
| 4| T || @ and fine @           | helth, and an excessiv flo ov animal|
| 5| W || @ @ tud-stools         | spirits, iz az unplezant an         |
| 6| T || hav arrived @ @        | assoshiate az a 4 year old kolt.    |
| 7| F || @ @ it rains @         |                                     |
| 8| S ||    frogs hav @ @       |                                     |
| 9| G || @ @ cum @              |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|10| M ||   soft winds @ @       |                                     |
|11| T || @ @ the tax- @         |                                     |
|12| W ||   gatherer puts @      | Genius seems to be the fakulty      |
|13| T || @ @ in an @            | ov doing a thing excellently well,  |
|14| F ||     appearanse @ @     | that noboddy supposed could be      |
|15| S || @ @ showery            | done at all.                        |
|16| G ||                        |                                     |
|17| M ||    now chuck @ @       |                                     |
|18| T || @ in gardin @          |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|19| W ||   seeds @ @ @          |                                     |
|20| T || @ @ @ a butiful        |                                     |
|21| F ||    day @ @ Abram       | Helth is like munny, we never       |
|22| S || @ Barker elekted @     | hav a true idea ov its value untill |
|23| G ||     constable @ @      | we lose it.                         |
|24| M || @ @ @ kloudy           |                                     |
|25| T ||   woman iz @ @         |                                     |
|26| W || @ a angell @           |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|27| T ||   wind @ @ @           |                                     |
|28| F || @ southernly           |                                     |
|29| S ||     now investigate @  | The most dangerous person in        |
|30| G || @ for hens eggs ¿?     | this world, iz the one with the     |
|31| M ||    quite wet ! !- ! -! | most tallent, and the least virtew. |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_WOMAN._

Woman iz the glass ware ov kreashun. She iz luvly, and brittle, but she
haz run up everything we really enjoy in this life from 25 cents on the
dollar to par. Adam, without Eve, would hav been az stupid a game az
playing checkures alone. Thare haz been more butiful things sed in her
praze than thare haz ov enny other animate thing, and she is worthy ov
them all. She is not an angell tho, and i hope she wont never go into
the angell bizzness. Angells on earth dont pay. The only mistake that
woman haz ever made iz to think she iz a better man than Adam.

Adam iz captin, and i am reddy to admit, that he iz often a dreadphull
poor one too. Woman iz the power behind the throne, she holds all the
best playing kards in the pak, and her own good sense ought to teach her
not to be in enny hurry to play them. I hav allwus sed, and i beleaf it
still, that the time to be karfullest iz when you hav a hand phull ov
trumps.


_PRIVATE SENTIMENTS._

If i had 75 children i would be sure and learn 60 ov them to allwus shut
the door after them when they went out, and i wouldn't kare whether the
other 15 ever learnt mutch or not.

       *       *       *       *       *

Yung man, yu better be honest than cunning, and it iz hard work to be
both.


30 Days.      JUNE.      1875.

Q.--What's yure favourite color? @ @ @

A.--Blood bay. @ @

    [Illustration]

    _They "go in" like a pair ov yung tigers.
      And neither seems anxious to stop,
    Till they are suddenly brought to their senses,
      By a vigilant, fierce looking "cop."_

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||    _Billings Log._     |            _HYACINTHS._             |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| T || @ @ Wet rains          |                                     |
| 2| W ||   Abigail Fish @ @     | I hav made up mi mind that          |
| 3| T || @ @ @ married          | human hapness konsists in having    |
| 4| F || @ 1756 @ @             | a good deal to do, and then keep    |
| 5| S ||   warm heat @ @        | a doing it.                         |
| 6| G || @ now ho @             |                                     |
| 7| M || gardens @ @            |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 8| T ||    @ @ expekt          |                                     |
| 9| W || thunder @ @            |                                     |
|10| T ||  @ @ hot @             | Vanity iz az common to the          |
|11| F || rains @ @ @            | human family, az fleas iz to a dog, |
|12| S ||                        | and makes them just about az        |
|13| G ||  @ @ now hunt          | oneazy.                             |
|14| M || for musketoes @        |                                     |
|15| T || @ @ perhaps @          |                                     |
|16| W ||  rain, @ @ @           |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|17| T || @ perhaps not          |                                     |
|18| F ||  @ now kast @          |                                     |
|19| S || yure bread @ @         | The man who kant enjoy ennything    |
|20| G ||  @ @ on the @          | but flattery, iz az bad oph         |
|21| M || waters @ @             | az the one who kant drink ennything |
|22| T ||   @ sighns ov @        | but whiskey.                        |
|23| W || litening @ @ @         |                                     |
|24| T || @ now fish @ @         |                                     |
|25| F ||   for frogs @ @        |                                     |
|26| S || @ @ it iz hotter       |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|27| G || @ @ @ @ Andrew         |                                     |
|28| M ||   @ @ Jackson iz no    |                                     |
|29| T || more @ it raineth      | A true friend iz one who aint       |
|30| W || @ @ so beets & @       | afrade to tell yu ov yure faults.   |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_POLITENESS._

What a man kant win in this world bi politeness aint worth having.
Politeness iz just as natrul az fun iz, and iz the cheapest way to git a
living i kno ov. It haz made more friends than enny thing else ever haz,
and haz kept them longer. It dont kost enny more to be polite than it
duz to be happy, and enny man iz a phool who kant be either, if he iz a
mind to. I hav known it to sukceed whare every thing else had failed,
and i never knu it to fail, whare it undertook to sukceed. It iz az eazy
to apply az the "poor mans plaster," and it will allwus stik whare it iz
stuk. Next to honesty, politeness iz queen bee in the hive, and the man
who iz thoroly honest and thoroly polite, haz nothing to fear, or hope
for. Politeness, without honesty, iz a good deal risky, but sumtimes the
wust we kan call it iz, "a pleazant fraud."


_2 FAKTS._

The best abuzed woman ov the 19th century iz the average mother in law.

       *       *       *       *       *

One ov the most perfekt viktorys yu kan achieve over enny man, iz to
beat him in politeness.


31 Days.      JULY.      1875.

Q.--Who's yure favourite proze author? @ @ &

A.--Noah Webster. @ @ @

    [Illustration]

    _He takes them away to the stashun,
      Whare both are krestfallen and meek,
    And after a lektur on fiteing,
      The kids are discharged by the_ "beak."

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||    _Billings Log._     |            _TUBE ROSES._            |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| T || Expekt grate @ @       |                                     |
| 2| F ||   @ @ hotness          | He who expekts to be praized        |
| 3| S || @ now snaix @          | every time he duz a virtewous       |
| 4| G ||   @ are @ slippery @   | thing will soon git tired ov the    |
| 5| M || thunder & @            | bizzness.                           |
| 6| T ||   @ @ mixt with        |                                     |
| 7| W || @ @ litening & @       |                                     |
| 8| T || Hank Ketchum @         |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 9| F || @ @ @ born 1802        |                                     |
|10| S ||  @ @ @ hotter @ @      |                                     |
|11| G || Hank Ketchum @         | When people loze their property     |
|12| M || waz single @ &         | they generally loze everything      |
|13| T ||                        | else, in the estimashun ov          |
|14| W ||  @ @ more hotly        | the world, except their faults and  |
|15| T ||  Hank @ @ @            | vices.                              |
|16| F || @ @ Ketchum            |                                     |
|17| S || @ parted hiz @         |                                     |
|18| G ||   hare in the @ @      |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|19| M || @ & middle             |                                     |
|20| T ||  sum & @               |                                     |
|21| W || @ @ litening @         | It iz the eazyest thing in natur    |
|22| T || about theze @          | to be honest, but most men make     |
|23| F || @ @ daze ::            | dredphull hard work ov it.          |
|24| S ||   @ mad dogs @         |                                     |
|25| G || @ heard ov (o)         |                                     |
|26| M || [!¡!] & less hot       |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|27| T ||    now destroy Ψ @     |                                     |
|28| W || @ grass for hay @      |                                     |
|29| T ||   sighns ov thunder Ω  | A good deal ov buty, and a          |
|30| F || @ Ψ Σ honesty iz       | good deal ov sense, are seldum      |
|31| S || the best policy Ψ Ω    | found together.                     |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_EGG NOGG._

Thare iz no fluid known to mortal man, that haz got more bakbone, and
less tangle leg, in a quart ov it, than good, old 1776, Egg Nogg. Our
grand dads drank it fluently, and thankt the Lord, az it meandered sloly
down their thruts. It iz bilt out ov sider, and fresh egg, and iz az
phull ov fun, and innosense, az a kittens tail. Enny man who haz moral
skruples about drinking a glass ov fresh made egg nogg, had better git
hiz morality insured aginst acksidents at once, for he iz in danger ov
having hiz morality kompletely eradikated from the face ov the earth.
Morality that kant stand egg nogg, iz a weak sister. I luv egg nogg, and
hope i allwuss shall. I kant tell yu now when egg nogg waz fust
diskovered, nor who the lucky kritter waz who fust found it out, but i
would giv 15 dollars at least to know that it waz one ov mi ansesstors.
I am orphull proud ov the anshunt Billing'es and enny glory that
fluktuates around them, kind ov circumambiates around me. This may look
like weakness in me, but it iz natur, and i dont beleav in allwuss
snubbing natur. I say let yure natur kind ov go it, onst in a while.


_SUM OPINYUNS._

Mi experience in life thus far haz been, that 7, wont go into 5, and hav
mutch ov ennything left over.

       *       *       *       *       *

I hav herd lies so well told that a man would allmost be a phool not to
beleave them.


31 Days.      AUGUST.      1875.

Q.--What's yure favourite perfume? @ @ @

A.--Modesty. @ @ @

    [Illustration]

    _At liberty now out they skamper,
      But before their days work they renew,
    Our hero remarks to hiz rival,
      "Tommorow, I'll take kare ov yu."_

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||    _Billings Log._     |            _CARNASHUNS._            |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| G || Big heat @ now         |                                     |
| 2| M || @ hunt Ω for cool      | When the vice and virtew in a       |
| 3| T ||     places @ thunder @ | man iz about haff and haff, he      |
| 4| W || @ and litening Ω       | wants az mutch cluss watching az    |
| 5| T || mixt @ salamanders     | a bile duz when it iz cumming to    |
| 6| F || @:@ diskovered 849     | a hed.                              |
| 7| S ||   heat waxes @ Ω       |                                     |
| 8| G || @ in Adam's sin @      |                                     |
| 9| M || @ we all jined in @    |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|10| T || expekt sudden @ @      |                                     |
|11| W || Σ Ψ rain about         | We are allwuss sure to think        |
|12| T ||                        | just az other pholks do, provided   |
|13| F ||  theze daze Ψ @        | they think just az we do.           |
|14| S || Phil Sherman @ @       |                                     |
|15| G || @ @ born 1756          |                                     |
|16| M || @ @ @ heat             |                                     |
|17| T || grows Σ Ω Ψ            |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|18| W || @ Σ heaty Ψ @          |                                     |
|19| T || Phil Sherman @ @       |                                     |
|20| F ||  @ @ @ waz a           |                                     |
|21| S ||   hard-shell Ψ Σ       | Make yureself necessary yung        |
|22| G || @ babtist @            | man, and yure suckcess iz sertain.  |
|23| M ||  Σ whew ! Ψ            |                                     |
|24| T || how @ @ @              |                                     |
|25| W || @ @ @ hot              |                                     |
|26| T || it am @ @ @            |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|27| F || @ @ now @ @            |                                     |
|28| S || dig @ @ @              |                                     |
|29| G ||  @ @ @ for ice         | Everyboddy applauds a virtewous     |
|30| M || bileing @ @ @          | ackshun, even the Devil himself     |
|31| T || @ @ hot @ @            | admires it.                         |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_FAITH._

Faith iz the right bower ov hope. If it want for faith thare would be no
living in this world, we couldn't even eat hash with enny safety. Human
knolledge iz very short, and dont reach but a little ways, and even that
little ways iz twilite, but faith lightens up the road, so that we kan
see to read the letterings on the mile stuns az we travel. Faith has won
more viktorys than all the other pashuns ov the harte put together, for
faith iz one ov them kind ov warriors that dont kno when she is whipt.
But faith iz no milk sop, but a live fighter, she dont set down and gro
stupid with resignashun, and git weak with the buty ov her attributes,
but she is the heroine ov a forlorn hope. I think now if i couldn't hav
but one ov the moral attributes i would take it all in Faith, and tho i
mite make sum fust rate blunders, i would do a rushing bizzness amung
the various kinds ov dri bones that iz lieing around loose in the world.
Faith haz allwus been one ov the best holts ov the Billings family, from
the daze ov Noah, down to now.


_HOW IZ THIS?_

Experience ackts on sum pholks vitals just az it duz on a bull tarrier,
he dont fairly git over one whipping before he begins to look around for
another.

       *       *       *       *       *

The vulgar allwuss notiss everything they see.


    [Illustration]

    The monkey iz one ov our poor relashuns, and skratches
    hiz hed az natral az a skool boy duz,--and probably for simular
    reazons.=

    Funny, aint it, Josh Billings


    [Illustration]

    Thare may cum a time, when the Lion, and the Lam will lie
    down together,--i shall be az glad to see it az enny boddy,--but i am
    still betting on the Lion.=

    Truly, Josh Billings.


30 Days.      SEPTEMBER.      1875.

Q.--What's yure favourite amuzement? @ @ @

A.--Sleeping. @ @ @

    [Illustration]

    _He meets with a smooth faced old villain,
      Who ov a bad stamp would git free,
    But the boy twiddles hiz fingers, and sez,
      "Yu kant kum that ere over me."_

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||    _Billings Log._     |          _SWEET WILLIAMS._          |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| W || @ @ Mild @ Ω           |                                     |
| 2| T || and slik @ Ω @ §       | Bashfullness iz often like the      |
| 3| F || Zip Coon @ [§]         | plating on spoons, when it wears    |
| 4| S || @ @ died 1822          | off, it shows the brass.            |
| 5| G || @ tender @ @           |                                     |
| 6| M || winds @ @ @            |                                     |
| 7| T ||   @ Ψ Zip waz          |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 8| W || a coloured @ @         |                                     |
| 9| T || §.*.@ brother Ψ        | Lerning pays a better interest      |
|10| F || mello rain Ψ Ω         | than munny duz, besides the         |
|11| S || @ @ put not yure       | prinsipal never gits lost.          |
|12| G || trust in Ψ @           |                                     |
|13| M ||                        |                                     |
|14| T || @ @ members ov         |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|15| W || @ @ the legislatur     |                                     |
|16| T || more mello @ Ω         |                                     |
|17| F || rain @ @ now           | Abuv all things, lern yure child    |
|18| S || @ consume @            | to be honest and industrious; if    |
|19| G || @ @ @ oysters          | theze two things dont enable him    |
|20| M || perhaps rain, Ψ @      | to make a figger in this world, he  |
|21| T ||  @ @ perhaps not       | iz only a cypher, and never waz     |
|22| W || go slo @ @ @           | intended for a figger.              |
|23| T || @ expekt frost @       |                                     |
|24| F || @ @ now hunt           |                                     |
|25| S || for fleas @ @ @        |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|26| G || @ @ frost last @ @     |                                     |
|27| M || night @ @ @            |                                     |
|28| T || @ fleas are quicker    | It iz so natral to phind fault,     |
|29| W || than a ghost @ @       | that i wonder we are ever suited    |
|30| T || Ψ mild, but butiful    | with ennything.                     |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_EKONEMY._

Ekonemy iz the art ov allwuss gitting the worth ov yure munny, and
gitting the right change bak, and it iz also the art ov making 10 cents,
once in a while, go az fur az a shilling. It iz like an ear fur musik,
it has got to be born the same time yu are, or not at all. Yu kant larn
an extravagant person to be ekonomikal enny more than yu kan learn a
muskeeter to quit eating, when he haz got enuff. Thiz iz funny, but it
iz too true to laff at. Ekonemy iz the mother-in-law ov Prosperity, and
she iz one ov them kind ov mother-in-laws that never made enny
disturbanse in the family. Ekonemy haz made more munny in this world
than spekulashun ever haz, and thare iz another thing about it, she
allwuss hangs on to it. Thare iz only one trubble about ekonemy, it
sumtimes runs into avarice, and then all itz buty iz destroyed. It iz
better to be a spendthrift, than a mizer. The Billings family hav
allwuss bin noticed in history for their ekonemy. Jericho Billings, one
ov our primevals, kept the same pair ov boots 26 years, but he wore out
9 souls, and 5 pairs ov upper leathers in the meantime.


_HARK!_

Cunning men are like a hand saw,--they only hav teeth on one side ov
them.

       *       *       *       *       *

Next in point ov meanness, to doing a man an injury, iz to do him a
favour, and every now, and then, remind him ov it.


31 Days.      OCTOBER.      1875.

Q.--Who's yure favourite painters? @ @ @

A.--Sunrize and sunset. § @ @

    [Illustration]

    _Having sold out hiz papers, our hero,
      To some cheap hash hous skampers away,
    And after he calls for hiz luncheon,
      He reckons his gains for the day._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||    _Billings Log._     |              _DAISYS._              |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| F || @§@ October haz :::    |                                     |
| 2| S || @ 31 days @            | It waz a wize phello who put        |
| 3| G ||  and @ @ nights        | on hiz spektickles when he et       |
| 4| M || @ stiff weather @      | strawberrys, it made a pint go az   |
| 5| T || now mutilate @ @       | fur az a quart.                     |
| 6| W || @ @ apples for sider   |                                     |
| 7| T || @ sharp @ frost @      |                                     |
| 8| F || about @ now @ @        |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 9| S || @ @ Fred Simmons       |                                     |
|10| G || @ born @ 1694 @        |                                     |
|11| M || leaves fall @ @ Ω      | To lie about a man never hurts      |
|12| T || @ @ Fred Simmons       | him, but to tell the truth about    |
|13| W ||                        | him sumtimes duz.                   |
|14| T || played the @ @ @       |                                     |
|15| F ||  @ @ bass drum         |                                     |
|16| S || expekt @ @ §           |                                     |
|17| G || @ @ @ @ sno            |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|18| M || @ @ now @              |                                     |
|19| T || slaughter @ @          |                                     |
|20| W || @ @ cockroaches        |                                     |
|21| T || kondem @ @ @           | When the weather fair iz everyboddy |
|22| F ||  @ chilly @            | haz got an umbreller to             |
|23| S || man iz @ @             | lend.                               |
|24| G || @ @ mortal @           |                                     |
|25| M || sighns @ @ @           |                                     |
|26| T || @ @ ov @ @             |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|27| W ||  @ @ winter            |                                     |
|28| T || the bull @ @           |                                     |
|29| F || @ frog iz hush @       | The man who seeks temtashun         |
|30| S || pear @ apples @        | must either be an angell or a       |
|31| G || @ @ @ nites @          | phool,--probably a phool.           |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_HAM, AND EGG._

Thare are certain things in this world that seem just az tho they waz
born for each other, and ham, and egg, are two ov them things. Altho
they cum from quite different lokalitys, they must be twins, for they
are so often seen together. If i kan hav all the ham, and egg i want,
kodphish bawls may tak a bak seat for the present. Vittles and drink hav
allwuss been a staple artikle with human natur, and when they play out,
i am reddy to quit. Sum pholks are so etherial that they kan liv on the
smell ov biled kabbage, but i must hav a chunk ov the kabbage. Pholks
may talk about ambrozial nektar az mutch az they pleze, they kant phool
me with enny ov thoze kind ov essences, for i hav lived just long enuff
to find out, that the best ov society, hav got to hav their biled
vittles, kind ov reglar, even if they tak them on the sli, or they will
soon peg out. Natur is natur, and she will hav her ham, and egg. Natur
iz a little raw once in a while, but she allwuss stands up for her
rights, and tho yu may defraud her, yu kant kompromise with her. Ham,
and egg, was a bevarage long before Noahs freshet.


_TAKE NOTISS._

Good breeding makes all kondishuns ov life equal.

       *       *       *       *       *

Anger allwus hurts us more than it duz the other phellow which we git
mad at.


30 Days.      NOVEMBER.      1875.

Q.--What's yure idea ov happiness? @ @ @

A.--Tite gluvs, and eazy boots. @ @ @

    [Illustration]

    _After greedily eatin his luncheon,
      He lies bak and snoozes a bit,
    And when nite cums you'll find him enjoying,
      A seat in the Bowery pit._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||    _Billings Log._     |             _SNO DROPS._            |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| M || !!!! Winter howls      |                                     |
| 2| T || let her @ @            | Gossip iz more ketching than        |
| 3| W ||  @ @ howl @            | the meazles iz.                     |
| 4| T || @ who @ kares          |                                     |
| 5| F || grate sno @ @          |                                     |
| 6| S || @ Mrs. Stebbins        |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 7| G || died 11 @ @            |                                     |
| 8| M ||  @ @ bitter            | The covetous man iz like a          |
| 9| T || kold @ @ @             | sponge, it takes in all the moistur |
|10| W ||   @ Mrs. Stebbins      | that cums near it, but lets         |
|11| T || took snuff @ @         | out none until it iz squeezed.      |
|12| F ||                        |                                     |
|13| S || @ @ @ 62 years         |                                     |
|14| G || more kold @ @          |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|15| M || @ now mastikate        |                                     |
|16| T ||  @ slapjax @ @         |                                     |
|17| W || it freezes @ when      | Thare iz a grate menny ginger-pop   |
|18| T || @ the kat iz @ @       | people in this world, after         |
|19| F || away, the mice @       | they hav bin uncorked a fu minnitts,|
|20| S || will play @ ground     | they git to be dredphul             |
|21| G ||   froze up @ @         | flatt.                              |
|22| M || now hire @ @           |                                     |
|23| T || @ & skool moms         |                                     |
|24| W ||    @ sno a @ @         |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|25| T || foot deep @ @          |                                     |
|26| F || @ @ @ babes in         | The quickest way to take the        |
|27| S || the woods @ @          | starch out ov a man who iz allwuss  |
|28| G ||  @ @ lost 1614         | blameing himself, iz to agree       |
|29| M || winter iz @ @ @        | with him, this aint what he iz      |
|30| T || @ @ here @ @           | looking for.                        |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_THE PISSMIRE._

The pissmire iz a blak bugg about 23 times az big az the ant, and az
phull ov important bizzness az the chairman ov a wimmins rights
convenshun. They hav thirteen konsekutive leggs on each side ov their
boddys, and allwuss travel on the run. They are like sum men, ever
hunting for sumthing to do, but never was known to find it. I hav seen
them travel for two hours, bakwards, and forwards, and not git 3 feet
from whare they started from, stopping every now and then to listen. The
pissmire iz the loafer amung bugs, and like other loafers, livs from
hand to mouth. Their home iz a hole in the ground, but call on them az
often az yu pleze, yu will never find them in. They git up late, and go
to bed late, and are allwuss hungry, and hollow. They are az lazy az
mollassis in the month ov Febuary, and az useless az an extra dog in a
family. Pissmires are a poor speculashun, i wouldn't giv 50 cents for
the whole krop.


_REFLECKSHUNS._

If yu are going to giv a man enny thing giv it to him cheerfully, and
quick, dont make him git down on hiz kneeze in front ov yu, and listen
to the 10 commandments, and then yu giv him 5 cents.

       *       *       *       *       *

The man who is allwuss confessing hiz sins, and never quitting them, iz
the most onsartin sinner i kno ov.


31 Days.      DECEMBER.       1875.

Q.--Who's yure favourite heroine in romanse? @ @

A.--Old Mother Hubbard. @ @ @

    [Illustration]

    _When the sensashun drama is ended,
      Our hero remembers with pain,
    That the plezzures ov life are but fleeting,
      And he goes for hiz koal box again._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||    _Billing's Log._    |           _TIGER LILYS._            |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| W || @@@ December @         |                                     |
| 2| T || hath 31 daze @ @       | Thare iz in sum men a grate         |
| 3| F || @ @ sum kold @ @       | deal ov humor, that iz like the     |
| 4| S || now arouze @ @         | frolik in a puppy, dont mean        |
| 5| G || @ @ @ fires            | ennything in purtikular.            |
| 6| M || merkury 10 belo @      |                                     |
| 7| T || @ a spri sixpence      |                                     |
| 8| W || @ iz better than @     |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 9| T || a @ lazy Ω dime        |                                     |
|10| F || immense sno @ @        |                                     |
|11| S ||  @ @ now pay           | Thare iz nothing we are more        |
|12| G || the printer @ @        | apt to parade before others, than   |
|13| M ||                        | our kares and sorrows, and thare    |
|14| T || @ Sister Perkins @     | iz nothing the world kares so little|
|15| W || born 1500 @ @          | about.                              |
|16| T || more @ @ @             |                                     |
|17| F ||   @ koldness @         |                                     |
|18| S || Sister Perkins @       |                                     |
|19| G || @ waz a femail @       |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|20| M || lekturer @ kold        |                                     |
|21| T || @ increases @          |                                     |
|22| W || Sister Perkins @       |                                     |
|23| T || lektured ¶ her @       | Reason often makes mistakes,        |
|24| F || @ husband nites @      | but conshience never duz.           |
|25| S || dreary winter @ @      |                                     |
|26| G ||  @ @ @ iz here         |                                     |
|27| M || farewell my @ @        |                                     |
|28| T || @ @ darlings @         |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|29| W ||   look for @ @         |                                     |
|30| T || @ (!) me next          |                                     |
|31| F || year @ @@ @            | A blush kant be kounterfited.       |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_WHAT THE PAPERS THINK._

Josh Billings' Farmer's "Allminax" has come again, it is as welcome, and
genial, as dew to the parched earth.--_London Speckletator._

       *       *       *       *       *

It is joy for the fireside, it is rest for the weary.--_Newburyport
Guardian._

       *       *       *       *       *

Fresher, fairer, more fertile, and funny than ever, may its sweet face
look in upon us for all time, delightfull Josh Billings' "Allminax,"
record of the past, bright promise of the future.--_Savannah Amarinth._

       *       *       *       *       *

How crisp! how tart!--_London Queen._

       *       *       *       *       *

Josh Billings' Farmer's "Allminax" is a bright jewel in the current
literature of the day.--_Louisville Dispatch._

       *       *       *       *       *

Bless the dear little waif, we love it, and who shall chide us for
loveing!--_Lady's Journal._

       *       *       *       *       *

We have received Mr. Joshua Billings' Farmer's "Allminax" for 1876, and
shall notice its contents at our very earliest convenience.--_Edinburgh
Review._

       *       *       *       *       *

It's a square deal, chuncky and smart.--_Texas Blade._



_LATEST NUZE._

Dik Blister waz arrested yesterday bi offiser Pinkerton for trieing tew
pass a counterfit omnibuss, on a 50 cent driver, ov the 23' street line
ov stages. Held for examinashun.

       *       *       *       *       *

It iz sed (but not offishall) that Mr. & Mrs. Punchinello will not visit
the white mountains next season. Their dauter Betsey Punchinello iz sed
tew be engaged to the Baron Von Chalk, and the family will enter
seklushun on this ackount.

       *       *       *       *       *

A writer in Blackwood's magazine estimates that thare haint been, in
all, over 200 fleas killed since the flood.

       *       *       *       *       *

_On dit_, that Dick Manchester haz quit the 3 kard monte bizzness, and
iz starring it legitimately, at Sing Sing, on a 2 years engagement.

       *       *       *       *       *

We are pleased tew notiss the growing popularity ov Mr. & Mrs. David
Jibboom, their respektibility iz now fully established, having appeared
on the avenew with a two hoss carriage, and a slitely coloured driver,
with a velvet hat band, and two rows of brass buttons.

       *       *       *       *       *

The latest agony in poodles iz saffron, with steel coloured eyes.

       *       *       *       *       *

Matilda O'Brigham, four days in her last place, with a karakter, will
receive proposals at her residence in makrel row. No objekshuns to going
into the country for the summer az companyun tew a lady provided
suitable references are given. Lessons on the piano will be taken
instead ov the usual presents expekted from the family.



_THE DONKEY._

I hav watched the donkey with a grate deal ov pashunt anxiety. They are
about 3 foot hi, and sumthing like three foot six inches lengthwize.
They hav a normal appetight, and will eat all the time, and more too.
They aint partikular about their vittles, and will tri hard to swallo a
hoss shu, but they kant do it. The donkey iz one ov naturs jokes, a sort
ov pun on a horse, which i could never see the point to. They are az
sett in their ways, az a gate post, and are the only live things that
are too mutch for a klub. They will stand more pounding than a sheaf ov
wet oats, without shelling out. The donkey haz 2 ears, and only 1 tale,
and the ears are to the rest ov their boddy, like two steeples to a
church. The donkey iz a sober, and misterious kuss. Fairwell yu sad, and
thinking kritter, i may never again rite yure memoirs, but whether I
dont, or do, I shall allways respekt yu, az a donkey, that's all. Az a
cluss studdy, the donkey iz az full ov interest, az a mile stun, with
the letterings all worn oph. Donkeys will liv forever, or thareabouts,
and retain their buty, and intelligence to the last. Adew you graven
image, you solid one, adew!


_PONDER._

To lie about a man never hurts him, but to tell the truth about him
sumtimes duz.

       *       *       *       *       *

I think it iz good taste, and also good judgement, when a man prays for
the sins ov the people, that he should count himself in.


    [Illustration]

    I hav known men so pious that when they went out a
    fishing on Sunday, they allwuss prayed for good luk

    a fakt, Josh Billings


    [Illustration]

    The fly is a friendly kritter, tho i never see him the
    wuss for liquor,--but i hav often seen liquor, that waz a good deal
    the wuss for flys.

    Jess so Josh Billings


31 Days.      JANUARY.      1876.

Q.--Who iz the meanest man? @ @ @

A.--He who peeks thru a key hole. @ @ @

    [Illustration]

    _John Simpson waz a bachelor,
      Ov forty, perhaps ov forty-three,
    With the dispepshy onto him,
      Wuss than enny man yu ever see._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||     _Short Fakts._     |           _STROKE OARS._            |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| S || @ Mutch kold @         |                                     |
| 2| G || mares nest @           | Pashunce iz a good thing for a      |
| 3| M || diskovered 1810 §      | man to hav, but when he haz got     |
| 4| T || @ now keep cool @      | so mutch ov it, that he kan fish    |
| 5| W || @ @ Ben Butler         | all day, over the side of a boat,   |
| 6| T || iz a lawyer @ @        | without enny bait on hiz hook,      |
| 7| F || @ less koldly @        | lazyness iz what's the matter ov    |
| 8| S || sarch *** for Ω        | him.                                |
| 9| G || @ ice @ expekt         |                                     |
|10| M || @ sum @ @              |                                     |
|11| T || inkrease Ω Σ ov        |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|12| W ||                        |                                     |
|13| T || @ weather § * §        | Pills will sumtimes refuze to       |
|14| F || Flora Temple @         | akt on the liver, but sawing wood   |
|15| S || ¶ × could +            | never will.                         |
|16| G || trot fast @ § @        |                                     |
|17| M ||  @ more koldfull !     |                                     |
|18| T || Job Perkins @ @        |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|19| W || @ * kreated * @        |                                     |
|20| T || @ @ 1264 × (@)         | When i waz 20 i knew twice az       |
|21| F || kold rather @ ¶        | mutch az i do now, and the way      |
|22| S || @ @ waxes              | things are going on, if i should    |
|23| G || @ @ Job @ @            | liv to be 75, i dont expekt to kno  |
|24| M || Perkins @ @ Ψ          | nothing.                            |
|25| T || @ @ @ loved @          |                                     |
|26| W || onions @ ¶             |                                     |
|27| T || @!! now is the !!@     |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|28| F ||  winter ov @ Σ         |                                     |
|29| S || @ @ our diskontent     | Thare iz no radikal kure for        |
|30| G || @ @ examine *|*        | lazyness, but starvashun will cum   |
|31| M || @ + yure geese         | the nearest to it.                  |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_THE VEGATABEL BITTERS MAN._

Whenever a man gits ded broke, and kant think ov nothing to raze a
breeze with, and hiz uncle wont hav him boarding at hiz house enny more,
and the heels ov hiz boots hav knawed the bottom ov his pantaloons all
off, he takes rubarb root, and a fu katnip blossoms, and sum tan bark,
and sokes them for 14 hours in sum cheap whiskey, and goes hedlong into
the liver renovating bizzness. He plasters every fence, saw mill log,
stun wall, and cow's back, from Portland Maine to Stockton Californy,
with red, and yello hand bills, offering to heal the halt, make the
blind talk, and the deaf see, and renew the inside, and outside, ov all
kreashun, for a dollar and twenty five cents a bottle. He takes rooms at
sum fust klass hotel, drives 8 in hand, and never iz seen, only on the
jump. He iz az full ov bizzness az a deputy superintendant ov a Sunday
skool, on a piknik day, and call on him when yu will, to kollekt yure
little bill ov 7 dollars, he haz just left for Baltimore, or wont be
home from Nu Orleans, untill week after next. Theze men are not all ov
them unskrupulous, they are kunning kritters, who hav found out, that
mankind to be happy, must be cheated.


_PAUZE._

It iz the prudes in this world that need the most watching, coquets are
too kareless to be dangerous.

       *       *       *       *       *

Most men are like a hop vine, if they dont hav sum kind ov a pole to
klimb, and then stik to it, they wont promulgate mutch hops.


29 Days.      FEBRUARY.      1876.

Q.--Please define old bachelors. @ @ @ @

A.--Pickled Krabs. @ @ @

    [Illustration]

    _Sum friend told John to travel,
      Twelve miles on the jump each day,
    Before he et enny brekfasst,
      And not loiter upon the way._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||     _Short Fakts._     |            _FIGGER HEDS._           |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| T || Dern kold @ the        |                                     |
| 2| W || kockroach haz no       | Kats are very humble, espeshily     |
| 3| T || sting @ prepare        | just after they hav committed       |
| 4| F || for more @@@           | sum nu kind ov deviltry.            |
| 5| S || @ @ weather            |                                     |
| 6| G || Bonaparte fit @--@     |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 7| M || § for a living :@:     |                                     |
| 8| T || sighns * ov * wind     | The man who iz allwuss trieing      |
| 9| W ||  now sing sams         | to kreate a sensashun, will git so  |
|10| T || Jake @@ Turner         | pretty soon, that he kant kreate    |
|11| F ||  departed @ 1830       | even a disturbance.                 |
|12| S ||                        |                                     |
|13| G || Ω ω snowy @@@          |                                     |
|14| M || Jake Turner Ψ Σ        |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|15| T || !-?-! waz a @@         |                                     |
|16| W || c-o-n-s-t-a-b-l-e      | If yu want to git a fust klass      |
|17| T || @it duz § snow@        | situashun in sum alms house,        |
|18| F ||  @ @ now               | giv all yure property to yure       |
|19| S || slay hogs :():         | children before yu die.             |
|20| G || @ [] for pork          |                                     |
|21| M || lessly --!!-- cold     |                                     |
|22| T || Washington @           |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|23| W || @ [::] could §@@§      |                                     |
|24| T || @ not lie @ wind       |                                     |
|25| F || more fluktuous         | Thare's lots ov men in this         |
|26| S || expekt visitors @      | world that are like a rooster,      |
|27| G ||  @ snow-squally        | take the cockade, and spurs off     |
|28| M || now munch @@@          | from them, and yu couldn't hardly   |
|29| T || @ Ω @ slapjax          | tell them from a hen.               |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_THE KROW._

I hav written sevral very poplar obituary notisses ov the krow, but find
that i hav stated a good deal about them that wazn't jist so, and left
unsed mutch that waz true. The krow iz az cunning az a Tombs lawyer, and
just about az mutch ov a ded beat. Yu kant ketch one in a trap, and if
you should, yu could not bile one in a pot, soft enuff to eat, in 3
weeks. A tame krow, and a civilized injun, may be a moral triumph on the
face ov it, but when yu cum to examine the other side ov it, yu will
find that yu hav overdid the bizzness. If all the krows, and injuns, in
this world were tame and, civilized, yu could bid fairwell to all other
manuel, and mental labor, and spend all yure time, and talents, studying
the pesky, infernal kritters. Krows assemble in the fall ov the year, 30
thousand ov them, or more, in council, and appoint their deakons for the
following year. At this grate kawkuss, rezolushuns ov a inflamitory
natur are passed, daming the farmers for putting up skare krows in the
kornfields, plans are laid for next years stealings, and each krow
swopping wives, the meeting disseminates, and the krows fli away.


_HOLD!_

Dont keep but one dog, no one but a pauper kan afford to keep three.

       *       *       *       *       *

If yu are going to make amuzements a stiddy bizzness, ketching flies iz
az good az enny.


31 Days.      MARCH.      1876.

Q.--What are bording-houses? @ @

A.--Asylums for cockroaches. @ @ @

    [Illustration]

    _John heard next that dieting,
      Waz the only thing 'twould kure him,----
    Liv on a jill of soup a day,
      And they offered to insure him._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||     _Short Fakts._     |            _FRONT TEETH._           |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| W || Windy @ winds @        |                                     |
| 2| T || @ Congress gits        | Wize men sumtimes bild air          |
| 3| F || together @ [ @         | kastles just for the fun ov the     |
| 4| S || now ß look out         | thing, it iz only the phools who    |
| 5| G || @ @ for wind           | bild them, and then undertake to    |
| 6| M || watch hens @ @         | liv in them.                        |
| 7| T ||  @ for eggs @          |                                     |
| 8| W || @ wind more @ so       |                                     |
| 9| T ||  Frank Dutcher         |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|10| F || appeared 1742 @        |                                     |
|11| S || @ wind howls @         | I hav seen folks who waz violently  |
|12| G ||                        | oppozed to gambling, simply         |
|13| M || @ @ Frank @ @          | bekauze they had found out          |
|14| T ||  D-u-t-c-h-e-r         | that they couldn't win.             |
|15| W || @ @ waz @ @ a          |                                     |
|16| T || failure @ ~ @          |                                     |
|17| F ||  wind @ shouts         |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|18| S || @ now ! ask @          |                                     |
|19| G || k!o!n!u!md!r!u!m!s     |                                     |
|20| M || @ @ windy @ @          | I notiss one thing, when a man      |
|21| T || William @ Penn         | stubs his toe he cussess all        |
|22| W || @ @ waz a @ @          | kreashun fust, then the toe, but    |
|23| T || quaker @ @ @           | never himself.                      |
|24| F ||  @ wind @              |                                     |
|25| S || frackshus ¶ @ @        |                                     |
|26| G || @ now hunt             |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|27| M || weazels @ @ @          |                                     |
|28| T | | @ wind @              |                                     |
|29| W || more south ::          | Dont change yure bait mi boy,       |
|30| T || @ @ @ than it          | if yu are ketching fish with angle  |
|31| F || (w) (a) (z) @ @        | worms--stik to the worms.           |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_THE KROTON BUG._

The kroton bug are dirty blak kusses, without enny pedigree, and ov no
more use than an extra fli in a plate ov soup. They hang around wet and
damp places, and are all the time either going in, or comeing out, ov
every krak in that naborhood. Thare iz no begining, nor end, to their
number, and if yu bore a hole with a gimblet, enny whare near a plug
basin, the next day the krotons will be az thick around it, az tho a nu
3 cent gin mill had just been opened thare. What they liv on no
naturalist knows, or dassent tell, and yu kant git rid ov them, enny
more than you kan skare the flies out ov a sugar hogshed, by hollering
at them. They are allwuss on the move like a grasshopper, but what they
are about, or would like to hav, they kant even tell them selfs. Thare
iz a powder advertized which they say will klean the kroton bugs all out
ov the house in 4 days. I am no gambler, but i will give the powder 7
days the start, and then bet on the bugs. Thare is only one sure way to
git the krotons out ov a house, burn up the house and let a strong east
wind blo the ashes away.


_DWELL._

The devil allwuss keeps the gide boards that lead to hiz dominions,
fresh painted, and in good order.

       *       *       *       *       *

I never knu a man yet who waz allwuss watching his helth, to die enny
whare near az soon az he expekted to.


30 Days.      APRIL.      1876.

Q.--Define a pig. @ @ @

A.--Pork in pantaletts. @ @ @

    [Illustration]

    _For two years John lived on nothing,
      And walkt like a ghost on a raid,
    'Till he lookt like the piktur abuv,
      Which kost us a "V" to hav made._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||     _Short Fakts._     |            _HED LIGHTS._            |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| S || @ @ It rains @ @       |                                     |
| 2| G || bright @ and @         | Dont never trust a man at the       |
| 3| M ||  butiful @ let         | rate ov 50 cents on a dollar,--if   |
| 4| T || @ @ her rain @ @       | yu kant konfide in him at par,      |
| 5| W ||  now stik in lettiss   | let him slide.                      |
| 6| T || @ sum @ @ more @       |                                     |
| 7| F || @ rain @               |                                     |
| 8| S || now @ the ß frog       |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 9| G || @ squeals a wet @      |                                     |
|10| M || @ day @ @ @            | I dont kno which iz the biggest     |
|11| T || Joab ¶ @ Mitchell      | phool, the man who kan spend        |
|12| W || @ died 1769 @          | two hours bragging about himself,   |
|13| T || mizzling wet @ @       | or the one who kan sit pashuntly    |
|14| F ||  @ @ @ Joab loved      | and listen to him.                  |
|15| S ||  old cider @ wind      |                                     |
|16| G || southy @ @ about       |                                     |
|17| M || now ~ @ @ @            |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|18| T ||                        |                                     |
|19| W || @ thrust in arly @     | It iz very diffikult for a man to   |
|20| T || peas @ @ @ moist       | change his pollyticks, or hiz       |
|21| F || but @ wet @ @ @        | religion, without being suspekted   |
|22| S || ekonemy is welth       | ov having very little ov either.    |
|23| G || @ @ it rains @         |                                     |
|24| M || Daniel Webster         |                                     |
|25| T ||  @ @ knu law ß @       |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|26| W || it @--@ drizzles       |                                     |
|27| T || @ @ @ "vox @ @ @       |                                     |
|28| F || non est @ @ @          | The two bizzyest persons in         |
|29| S || con-fab-u-lus" §       | this world about nothing, iz a      |
|30| G || @ :~. @                | country gossip, and a June bug.     |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_THE KUNTRY SKOOL MOM._


The kuntry skool mom iz allwuss about 23 years, and six months old, and
remains rite thare for a term ov years. She wears her hair either kut
short, or hanging around in ringlets, and iz az precise in every thing,
az a pair ov Fairbanks' improved platform skales. She never laffs out
loud, and seldum even smiles, but when she duz, she duz it ackording to
the rules laid down by Murray, for speaking, and pronouncing, the
English language propperly. She iz the very oil ov propriety, and would
rather be four years behind the fashions in bonnetts, than to spell a
word wrong, or parse a sentence inkorrektly. The kuntry skool mom seldum
dies an old maid, she gits marrid to sum man who haz less larning than
she haz, and he thinks (az he ought to) that thare aint another sutch a
larnt woman az hiz wife iz, in all kreashun. With all her precise
foolishness i luv, and respekt, the kuntry skool mom, she taut me mi
letters, and larnt me how to spel, she waz pashunt while i waz stupid,
she soothed me when i waz frackshus, and she often (good soul) giv me a
titbit from her luncheon at noon time. May Heaven bless, and comfort
her, for she iz poorly paid, and iz stepmother to every boddys yung
ones.


_STOP._

A man will liv longer on onions, and abuse, than on enny other 2 things
i kno ov.

       *       *       *       *       *

Yung man, mark yure goose up hi, two thirds ov the world hav no other
idea of value, only by the price that iz put onto things.


31 Days.      MAY.      1876.

Q.--What iz honesty? @ @ @

A.--The wag ov a dogs tail. @ @ @

    [Illustration]

    _Johnny then bought a hard trotter,
      And rode himself weak az a rag,
    Then sold him for 19 dollars,
      Just haff that he gave for the nag._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||     _Short Fakts._     |          _WEATHER COCKS._           |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| M || @ Hoss radish @        |                                     |
| 2| T || haz cum @ @ @          | Thare iz now and then a fool        |
| 3| W ||  wind south-east       | so well bred that he is really      |
| 4| T ||        @ @ @ @         | quite endurable.                    |
| 5| F || @@ grindstuns @@       |                                     |
| 6| S || diskovered @ 1714      |                                     |
| 7| G || @ @ wet showers        |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 8| M || Ralph Goodo @          |                                     |
| 9| T || @ @ @ born 1109        |                                     |
|10| W ||  mild but plezant      | Gossip that iz travelling around    |
|11| T || @ @ @                  | loose iz a lie, or will be, bi the  |
|12| F || @ @ Ralph @ @          | time it haz changed hands once      |
|13| S || loved @ @ sassage      | more.                               |
|14| G || @ prepare @            |                                     |
|15| M || for nice @ @ @         |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|16| T ||  @ weather @           |                                     |
|17| W || man waz @ @ @ @        | I wrote 5 years just for glory,     |
|18| T || kreated ¶ a @ little   | and met with sum glory, but         |
|19| F || lower than the         | when i asked for pay, every boddy   |
|20| S || @ angells @ and @      | found out at once, that i waz       |
|21| G ||                        | a kussid phool.                     |
|22| M || haz been @ @ @         |                                     |
|23| T || @ gitting @            |                                     |
|24| W || a @ little @ lower     |                                     |
|25| T || @ ever since @         |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|26| F || now @ @ insert         |                                     |
|27| S || @ @ arly corn @ @      |                                     |
|28| G || @ @ Pharaoh fell @     | Thare iz lots ov pholks who if      |
|29| M || warm @ ~ @ @           | they should miss their morning      |
|30| T ||  @ @ @ @ into the      | paper wouldn't kno mutch ov         |
|31| W ||  red see @ @ @         | ennything for that day              |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_THE RED CURRANT_

Next to the apple, for every day wear, cums the red currant. They are
allmost az necessary, and common, for sweetmeats, in all well regulated
familys, az hash iz for brekfasst. They gro on a low bush, and they gro
so thick, that yu couldn't stik another one on, without knocking off
two. They are about the size ov a dubble B shot, and when they are ripe,
are az red az the eye of a wild pigeon. They are az sour az the blood ov
a lemon, but plenty ov sugar kures them ov this malady. Currants are
good green, ripe, and haff ripe, and are cheaper than herring, and not
haff so full of bones. Thare iz a grate menny things i had rather do, in
a hot day, than pik currants but i hav dun it all day, when i waz a boy,
and got a ninepence at night for the job. I am more than haff a century
old now, but i kan look bak and see just how brite, and how big, one ov
them ninepences used to be. A hundred dollars aint haff so mutch munny
now, az they waz then. I wish ı waz a boy agin, and knu ov life what i
kno now, ı would bind miself, if I could allwuss be a boy, to pik
currants for a ninepence a day, az long az the currants held out.


_REFLEKT_

A jealous man iz allwuss anxious to beleave what he doubts the most.

       *       *       *       *       *

Too grate a luv ov popularity makes a munky ov a man.


    [Illustration]

    Next to a klear conshunce, for solid cumfort, cums an
    eazy boot.=

    Try both. Josh Billings


    [Illustration]

    Dont dispize yure poor relashuns, they may bekum suddenly
    ritch sum day, and then it will be awkward to explain things to them.=

    Undoubtedly so, Josh Billings.


30 Days.      JUNE.      1876.

Q.--Define a perfume. @ @ @

A.--Rape ov the flowers. @ @ @

    [Illustration]

    _Five years John spent hunting tonicks,
      He drank all the kures in the land,
    And lost so mutch flesh he waz forced
      To hold up hiz pants with each hand._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||     _Short Fakts._     |             _TOP KNOTS._            |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| T || Sighns ov warmness     |                                     |
| 2| F ||           @ @ @ Ruth   | He who elevates hiz profeshun       |
| 3| S || Comstok born           | iz the best mechanik, whether he    |
| 4| G || @ @ 1786 @ @           | preaches the gospel, peddles        |
| 5| M ||   @ Ruth Comstok @     | phisick, or skins eels for a living.|
| 6| T || had the @ dispepshy    |                                     |
| 7| W || @ more rain @          |                                     |
| 8| T ||     @ @ now expekt     |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 9| F || litening rod @ @       |                                     |
|10| S || @ @ venders            | Lazyness iz a terrible burden       |
|11| G ||  @: hot but wet :@     | to carry, and it iz one ov them     |
|12| M ||                        | kind ov burdens that yu kant        |
|13| T || § June bugs ¶ @        | dump, if you want to ever so        |
|14| W ||   @ @ @ have cum       | mutch.                              |
|15| T || more heat @ @ @        |                                     |
|16| F ||  Mark @ Twain          |                                     |
|17| S || @ is a funny kuss @    |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|18| G || expekt hotness @       |                                     |
|19| M ||       @ @ now bury ~   |                                     |
|20| T || potatoes @ @ @         | It aint no disgrace for a man to    |
|21| W || @ @ not so warm        | fall, but to lay thare, and grunt,  |
|22| T ||   @ Old Grimes @       | iz.                                 |
|23| F ||  is ded @ @ @          |                                     |
|24| S || hunt @ for @ frogs     |                                     |
|25| G || @ hind legs @          |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|26| M || thunder and @ @        |                                     |
|27| T ||      @ @ litening      |                                     |
|28| W || @ thare iz a @         | An old man desperately in luv       |
|29| T ||   divinity shapes      | iz an objekt ov pitty, he iz az     |
|30| F ||       @ our ends @ @   | bad off az a lost dog.              |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_THE LITENING ROD MAN._

Ever since Adam waz ordered to root, or perish, thare haz been an
endless lot ov labor saving masheens, invented, az plenty, and menny ov
them az useless, az tudstools in an old meadow. Theze invenshuns are
generally pattented, and to be a good pattent rite vender, and sell a
man an injun rubber litening rod, who haz allreddy got two, requires
more genius, than to be consul to the Azore Islands. I have seen theze
litening rod fellows sell a man a rod who wouldn't hav one at enny
price, and after they had got hiz house all covered over with one, and
got the munny for it, git one onto hiz barn, and pig pen, and git hiz
note for them, with his nabors endorsement, for 9 months, with 7 per
cent interest from date. I should be a mizerable hand to sell a pattent
rite miself, but just the rite kind ov a man to buy one. It iz a grate
wonder that I dont own a dozen now, that would be az useless to enny
boddy az a pair ov pattent crutches would be to a lame grasshopper. I
hav got a grate deal ov pattent rite kuriosity in my compound, and am
allways hanging around things that hav got a little mistery in them, but
i suppoze i hav got a grate deal ov caushun too. But now I think ov it,
kuriosity, and caushun, well mixt, are a hard thing to sell a pattent
rite to.


_ESPOUSE._

The fust 3 notes i endorsed i had to pay, and i hope it will be jiss so
with the next 3.

       *       *       *       *       *

It aint no kredit for enny man, to work for nothing, and board himself.


31 Days.      JULY.      1876.

Q.--What are sassages? @ @ @

A.--Doggerels. @ @ @

    [Illustration]

    _Our pashunt now took to reading,
      He studdid the liver ov man,
    Untill he knu what ailed him,
      A heap less, than when he began._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||     _Short Fakts._     |           _RIGHT BOWERS._           |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| S || Big-hotness @ @        |                                     |
| 2| G || @ @ Paul waz an        | Luv is the strongest pashun ov      |
| 3| M || apostle @ @ @          | a woman's harte, she has got to     |
| 4| T || @ sighns @ ov @        | luv sumthing, either a baby, a      |
| 5| W || @ @ thunder @          | nu bonnet, a lap dog, or the        |
| 6| T || now destroy grass      | heathen.                            |
| 7| F || @ Sam Perkins @        |                                     |
| 8| S ||  died @ 1836           |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 9| G || very mutch hot @       |                                     |
|10| M || @ @ Sam Perkins        |                                     |
|11| T || @ waz @ a @ pharo @    | I am allwuss more than haff         |
|12| W || -][- dealer :--:       | afraid ov the man, who kant talk    |
|13| T ||                        | 5 minnitts with me, on enny subjekt,|
|14| F || @ @ heat hottens       | without expressing grate            |
|15| S || @ ¶ @ @                | anxiety about my soul.              |
|16| G || snakes ~ hav cum       |                                     |
|17| M || @ @ it rains @ @       |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|18| T ||   Ward Beecher         |                                     |
|19| W || @ iz a preecher @      |                                     |
|20| T || @ @ expekt @           | Go slo yung man, if yu tap          |
|21| F || thunder @ @ @          | both ends ov yure cider barrell     |
|22| S || @ ~ @ musketore        | at once, and draw out ov the        |
|23| G || @ perforate @ @        | bung hole besides; yure cider       |
|24| M || hotly @ ¶ cheuing      | aint a going to hold out long.      |
|25| T || gum @ diskovered       |                                     |
|26| W || @ @ 1596 @ @           |                                     |
|27| T || Adam waz our @         |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|28| F ||  @ @ @ beginning       |                                     |
|29| S || @ mutch § hot @        | Eat hash washing days, and be       |
|30| G || 3 cheers ß @ @         | thankfull for it, even if yu hav    |
|31| M || @ @ @ for Adam         | to shut both eyes to do it.         |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_THE PEACH._

Peaches and kream will convert enny man who iz worth saving. The peach
haz a doun on them, like the doun on a maiden's cheek, but it aint haff
so plezant to git onto the lips. Peach brandy iz made out ov the peach,
this licker haz been called mellow, but like all other licker that i hav
tried, it will lay out a saint, just az flatt az it will a sinner. The
fakt ov it iz, thare aint no kind ov ardent rum, i dont kare how
artless, and gentle the name ov it iz, or how ritch, and mello yu may
call it, but what will throw him who wrassells with it, be he phool, or
be he philospher. Thare iz only one piece ov humanity that kan stand
ardent speerits, and he iz an injun, and he kant stand it, only just
long enuff to git civilized. When peach brandy is fust made it iz az hot
az a streak ov litening, and just about az sudden. I once drank a tea
spoon full ov it warm from the still, and it waz 20 minnitts be fore i
could draw a long breath. I waz az hot inside az a chimney on fire. I
thought it would brake out and blaze sum whare, but it didn't happen to.


_DIGEST._

I konsider all profeshions that are honest, honorabell enuff, but i hav
thought, that a travelling korn doktor, waz the last one i should adopt,
just for the sake ov glory.

       *       *       *       *       *

Thare iz one thing about a mule that i allwuss did like, the minnitt
that you begin to flatter them, then they begin to kik.


31 Days.      AUGUST.      1876.

Q.--Define dispepshy. @ @ @

A.--Nightmare ov the stummuk.

    [Illustration]

    _John bought next a kord of hard wood,
      And sawed like a man on a bet,
    It bent him dubble,--if it hadn't,--
      John would have sawed at it yet._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||     _Short Fakts._     |            _QUEEN BEES._            |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| T ||  Mutch warm @ @        | He who aims at perfekshun           |
| 2| W || @ now consume          | will probably miss the mark, but    |
| 3| T || @ juleps @ @ @         | he who aims at nothing, iz sure     |
| 4| F ||  thunder showers       | to hit it every time.               |
| 5| S || Pete Larkins @         |                                     |
| 6| G || @ absconds 1741        |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 7| M || @ .: @ @               |                                     |
| 8| T || @ immense heat @       |                                     |
| 9| W || now @ @ @ @            | The man who haz been waiting        |
|10| T || [ ¶ ] : : pik geese    | for the last 15 years, for sumthing |
|11| F ||  @ more hotter @       | to turn up, iz to work on the       |
|12| S ||  Eve waz our (!)       | same job yet.                       |
|13| G || @ @ fust mother        |                                     |
|14| M || @ less @ hot @         |                                     |
|15| T || fleas are here @ @     |  *       *       *       *          |
|16| W || @ @ @ big rain         |                                     |
|17| T || pills diskovered 436   | I had a grate deal rather be        |
|18| F || @ hot @ seems @        | told that a man is virteuous, and   |
|19| S ||  | morely |            | honest, than to hear that hiz       |
|20| G || now snatch @ @         | father is a member ov congress,     |
|21| M || @ @ @ doun oats        | or even that hiz grandfather, fit   |
|22| T || thunder @ @ and        | into the revolushun.                |
|23| W || @ @ @ litening @       |                                     |
|24| T || Ben Franklin @ @       |                                     |
|25| F || @ @ @ waz a @          |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|26| S || S¡p¡e¡n¡d¡t¡h¡r¡i¡f¡t  |                                     |
|27| G || expekt @ flies         | Men sumtimes hav doubts about       |
|28| M || Judas Iskariott @      | their religion, and even honesty,   |
|29| T || @ waz a @ @ @          | but i never met one who doubted     |
|30| W || @ @ @ failure          | his shrewdness.                     |
|31| T ||                        |                                     |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_THE BUMBLE BEE._

The bumble bee iz a kind ov big fly who goes muttering, and swareing
around the lots, during the summer, looking after little boys to sting
them, and stealing hunny out ov the dandylions, and thissells. He iz mad
all the time about sumthing, and dont seem to kare a kuss what people
think ov him. A skool boy will studdy harder enny time to find a bumble
bees nest than he will to git hiz lesson in arithmetik, and when he haz
found it, and got the hunny out ov it, and got badly stung into the
bargin, he finds thare aint mutch margin in it. Next to poor mollassis,
bumble bee hunny iz the poorest kind ov sweetmeats in market. Bumble
bees hav allwuss been in fashion, and probably allwuss will be, but
whare the fun, or proffit lays in them, i never could cypher out. The
proffit dont seem to be in the hunny, nor in the bumble bee neither.
They bild their nest in the ground, or enny whare else they take a
noshun too, and aint afrade to fite a whole distrikt skool, if they
meddle with them. I dont blame the bumble bee, nor enny other fellow,
for defending hiz sugar, it iz the fust, and last Law ov natur, and i
hope the law wont never run out. The smartest thing about the bumble bee
iz their stinger.


_DISCUSS._

Mice very seldum cum out ov a hole that iz clussly watched.

       *       *       *       *       *

I fully beleave in ghosts, but I never herd yet ov two persons seeing
the same ghost, at the same time.


30 Days.      SEPTEMBER.      1876.

Q.--Define thunder. @ @ @

A.--Lightning on a bust. @ @ @

    [Illustration]

    _John's minister called on him now,
      His case exciting alarm,
    The good man sed,_ "John is all right,"
      _Only go to work on a farm._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||     _Short Fakts._     |           _UPPER KRUSTS._           |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| F || @ Mildly @ @           | The gratest bores in the world      |
| 2| S || now @ @ crickets       | are those who are eternally trieing |
| 3| G || simmer @ soft @ @      | to prove to yu that 2, and 2,       |
| 4| M || @ Fred Johnsing        | allwuss makes 4.                    |
| 5| T || deceased @ @ @         |                                     |
| 6| W || @ @ wind east          |                                     |
| 7| T || Johnsing waz @ @       |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 8| F ||   @ a barber @         |                                     |
| 9| S ||  now lift @ @          |                                     |
|10| G || onions @ warm          | One ov the simplest ways to         |
|11| M || @ @ rane @ @           | try menny men's faith iz, to ask    |
|12| T || Chapin @ iz @ a        | them to subskribe for fixing up     |
|13| W || p*r*e*a*c*h*e*r        | the meeting house.                  |
|14| T || @ : mild : @           |                                     |
|15| F || @ September @          |                                     |
|16| S ||   now the cuckoo       |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|17| G || @ @ @ hollers          |                                     |
|18| M || expekt showers @       |                                     |
|19| T || @ @ Sim Darling        | Free luv is the science ov luveing  |
|20| W || born 1492 * ~ @        | sumboddy else's wife more           |
|21| T ||  @ @ @ "si quod        | than yu do yure own, and trieing    |
|22| F || infantum" @ @          | to preserve a good average,--it     |
|23| S || @ much pleasant        | kant be did.                        |
|24| G || now the lamb @         |                                     |
|25| M || @ @ bleats @ @         |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|26| T || @ sweet @ weather      |                                     |
|27| W || giv us your hand       |                                     |
|28| T ||   @ stranger @         | Stealing is the oldest sin on       |
|29| F || @ @ for 90 days        | rekord,--stealing apples.           |
|30| S ||                        |                                     |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_THE YELLO JACKET._

The yello jacket iz ov the wasp purswashun, and iz about one size
smaller than the common blak hornet, and iz az mutch hotter, in hiz
coolest moments, than enny other bug, az jersey litening iz hotter than
ice kream. They are the most krewel fighters in existence, and will hit
a man, or beast, four times in a seckond, in the same spot. They are az
yello az gold, and when they are good mad, they blaze like a kandle.
When a yello jacket gits mad all the way through, he will fite a brush
heap on fire, just az quick az he will a mile stun. I hav seen them
pitch on to each other, and having killed their man, close up the fite
by stinging themselfs to death. Dont go near a yellow jacket's nest in
the month of August, unless yure life iz insured, not even a hard shell
Baptist, or a missionary, would be safe in that naborhood. They kant
tell a friend from a foe, and I think would sting a potash kittle, a
dozen times, and not mistrust it waz iron. They make homes for themselfs
out in the lots amungst the ploughed ground, and i hav seen them bile
out ov their nests like a distrikt skool let out for noon, or a
smothered fire, and pitching into the oxen, farmer, and plough, drive
the whole party, on the jump, off from the premises.


_EMBRACE._

Most men are like vinegar, the older they gro, the sourer they git.

       *       *       *       *       *

Lazy men, and black ants, are allwuss hunting for a job.


    [Illustration]

    Thare iz no phun in gitting kikt bi a mule, but thare iz lots ov
    phun in knowing that he kant do it agin.=

    How is this, Josh Billings


    [Illustration]

    Falling in luv, iz like falling down stairs.--we never kan tell
    exackly how the thing waz did.=

    In haste, Josh Billings


31 Days.      OCTOBER.      1876.

Q.--Deskribe old maids. @ @ @

A.--Embers from which the sparks hav fled.

    [Illustration]

    _Our hero soon found out a place,
      With a farmer, kind hearted indeed,
    Who let him ho corn for nothing,
      And only charged John for his feed._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||     _Short Fakts._     |          _MORNING STARS._*          |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| G || @ @ @ Jack             | Seckond luv, iz like a seckond      |
| 2| M || Frosty @ @ @           | case ov the measles, the pashunt    |
| 3| T || @ now @ hunt @         | iz sure to allwuss hav it light.    |
| 4| W || butternuts @ @@        |                                     |
| 5| T || @ cool but wet @       |                                     |
| 6| F || John Bunyan @          |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 7| S || @ @ waz a pilgrim      |                                     |
| 8| G || @ more cool @          |                                     |
| 9| M || now trap @ @           | Yu kant hire a man to be honest,    |
|10| T || @ @ for rats @         | if yer do, he will want his         |
|11| W || @ wind northy @        | wages raised every morning.         |
|12| T || apple sass@ @ @        |                                     |
|13| F || @ @ invented 986       |                                     |
|14| S || wet but cool @ @       |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|15| G || @ @ @ now jerk         |                                     |
|16| M || turnips @ @ @          |                                     |
|17| T || @ @ more @             | Thare iz a grate deal ov religion   |
|18| W || moistly @ @ @          | in this world that iz like a life   |
|19| T || sun in @ apogee        | preserver, only put on at the       |
|20| F || @ frosty now @         | moment ov extreme danger, and       |
|21| S || @ destroy @ early @    | then half the time put on hind      |
|22| G || @ pork @               | side before.                        |
|23| M || sum snow @ @           |                                     |
|24| T || @ @ Dan Barker         |                                     |
|25| W || kikt the bucket @      |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|26| T || @ 1691 @ @             |                                     |
|27| F || koldy @ now            |                                     |
|28| S || smash @ wood @         | Most people are like an egg,        |
|29| G || muskeeters skarse*     | too full of themselves to hold      |
|30| M ||                        | enny more.                          |
|31| T ||                        |                                     |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_THE YANKEE PEDLAR._

Probably the sharpest man that the world haz been blest with thus far iz
the natral born Yankee pedlar. He takes to the bizzness just az handy az
a yung duk takes to the water, who haz been hatched out by mistake amung
a lot ov hen's eggs. He kan see just whare the proffit lies in a dicker,
and aint afrade to invest hiz whole pile, at a minnitt's notiss, in an
assorted lot ov goose yokes. He begins life yung, and like the bizzy
ant, gits up arly, and eats on the run. Az long az he keeps honest he iz
sure to sukceed, but sumtimes hiz genius iz too mutch for hiz integrity,
and every boddy gits to be az frade ov him, az they are ov a hornet. The
hornet iz the smartest bug in kreashun, but haint got no friends. The
world luvs to be cheated, but they want to hav it dun bi an honest man,
and not bi a hornet, and then they never seem to git tired ov it. I hav
seen Yankee pedlars who allwus cheated every boddy they traded with, but
they allwuss did it so honest, and square, that every boddy seemed to be
happy when their turn cum. But the old fashioned Yankee pedlar, with his
little red painted kart, and bobtail pony, like the letterings on the
mile stuns, iz fast fading away.


_SEIZE._

Stik and hang yung man, it iz the last six inches in a race that allwuss
wins the munny.

       *       *       *       *       *

If yu want to find out just how mean, and dishonest, yu hav allwuss
been, git a nominashun, and run for sum offiss.


30 Days.      NOVEMBER.      1876.

Q.--What are oaths? @ @ @

A.--Sin in italicks. @ @ @

    [Illustration]

    _John read in a hand bill somewhare,
      That salt water was shure to save him,
    So he went forthwith to Long Branch,
      And hired a man to bathe him._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||     _Short Fakts._     |           _EARLY BIRDS._            |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| W || Kold but sour @        |                                     |
| 2| T || @ @ now worry          | Thoze who are too proud to          |
| 3| F || the fires @ @ @        | enquire what a thing kosts when     |
| 4| S || sno | 9| foot @        | they buy it, are the fust ones to   |
| 5| G || @ @ @ deep             | find fault when they cum to pay     |
| 6| M ||   Zeke @ Rathbun       | for it.                             |
| 7| T || failed 1862 @ @        |                                     |
| 8| W ||  kold @ @ grows        |                                     |
| 9| T || @ Zeke waz in @        |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|10| F || @ @ @ @                |                                     |
|11| S || the pea nut @ @        |                                     |
|12| G || @ ~ @ profeshun        |                                     |
|13| M ||                        | Kards, whiskey, and hoss raceing,   |
|14| T || grate kold @ @         | bring all men down to the           |
|15| W || @ @ now @ @            | same level.                         |
|16| T || mastikate @ @ @        |                                     |
|17| F ||   @ @ @                |                                     |
|18| S || @ ham and egg          |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|19| G || kolder :: @ @          |                                     |
|20| M || @ avoid @ tite @       |                                     |
|21| T ||   @ boots @            | If a man writes for fame, the       |
|22| W || sno inkreases @ @      | less he writes, the better.         |
|23| T || @ @ Satan iz @         |                                     |
|24| F ||   @ @ @                |                                     |
|25| S || a @ mean @ kuss        |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|26| G || it ~ thaws             |                                     |
|27| M || mutch kold @ ß         |                                     |
|28| T || @ @ hitch up to        | When a man meazzures out            |
|29| W || the fire @ @ @         | glory for himself, he allwuss heaps |
|30| T ||   ¶ @ @ ¶              | the haff bushel.                    |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_THE KUNTRY HOSS JOCKEY._


For a red hot speciality, yu hav got to hunt kreashun cluss, to find an
equal, to the kuntry hoss jockey. He iz allwuss a man ov plezant
temperament, vain ov hiz opinyuns, often ov more fancy than judgement,
and quik to decide. He haz but little real affecksun for a hoss, and
only luvs him, for the cheat that iz in him. He iz allwuss reddy to
trade for enny thing, from a yerling kolt, to the kavalry hoss that Gen
Butler rode, at the battle ov Brandywine. He never knows when he gits
cheated, and ever thinks, that the last nag he got, iz the best one he
ever owned. He iz not bothered with too mutch conscience, and would az
soon lay out a travelling preacher in a swop, az hiz own father-in-law,
and do it without enny malice, but just for the honor ov the profeshun.
I dont kno whi it iz, that a man kan trade cows and be pious, or swop
oxen, and be a good deakon, or even negoshiate dogs, and be lookt upon
favourably, but when he goes into the hoss trading enterprize, if he
kant cheat, he haz mistaken hiz calling, and aint happy. The hoss jockey
iz sumtimes honest from policy, and the man who iz simply honest from
policy, needs az mutch watching az a hive ov bees do, who are just
gitting reddy to swarm.


_DISKOUNT._

If yu want to find out the utter weakness ov munny, just try to hire a
dubble tooth to stop akeing.

       *       *       *       *       *

A boy will learn to sware well, in just haff the time it takes to learn
the 10 commands.


31 Days.      DECEMBER.      1876.

Q.--What iz a fiddle? @ @ @

A.--A ticklish thing. @ @ @

    [Illustration]

    _John kept growing wusser and wuss,
      Thinner, and thinner each day,
    At last he waz nothing but mist,
      And an East wind blu him away._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||     _Short Fakts._     |            _MIXT PHOOD._            |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| F || @ ~ @ Raw kold         |                                     |
| 2| S || now whissell @ @       | Whiskey makes a grate menny         |
| 3| G || @ in your kats         | wize men to day, and phools         |
| 4| M || more snowy @ @         | tommorow.                           |
| 5| T || @ @ Sue Benson         |                                     |
| 6| W || died 1812 @ @          |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 7| T || @ expekt @ snow        |                                     |
| 8| F || Sue @ waz @ a * flirt  |                                     |
| 9| S || mutch raw ß @          | Persons who marry after a long      |
|10| G || @ @ @ now              | and tejus courtship, go into        |
|11| M || con::glom::e::rate     | bizzness with just about the same   |
|12| T ||   @ sassage @          | alakraty, that an old plough hoss   |
|13| W ||                        | jogs to church on Sunday.           |
|14| T || wind north ~ ¶         |                                     |
|15| F || @ @ Noah @ @           |                                     |
|16| S || owned @ the @ ark      |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|17| G || @ @ it @ snows         |                                     |
|18| M || let her snow @ @       |                                     |
|19| T || @ @ @ hansum iz        | Kuriosity is the same in all        |
|20| W || az hansum duz @        | people, the vulgar stare, and the   |
|21| T ||   @ :@: @              | refined peek thru a krak.           |
|22| F || :|: quite snowfull ~   |                                     |
|23| S || now slay @ @           |                                     |
|24| G || @ @ @ turkeys          |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|25| M || Noah @ Webster         |                                     |
|26| T || @ bilt the @           |                                     |
|27| W || dikshionary @ @ @      | It is sed that men will tell the    |
|28| T ||   @ @ @                | truth when they are drunk, but      |
|29| F || may we all meet        | sutch folks will lie more than      |
|30| S || @ @ @ next year        | enuff to ballance the akount,       |
|31| G || GOOD-BYE !!!!          | just az soon az they git sober.     |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+



_PREVAILING SENTIMENTS OV THE PRESS._

Josh Billings still livs, and his Allminax for 1877 iz full ov joy for
the sad, and rest for the weary.

_Atlantik Monthly._

       *       *       *       *       *

How natural, how happy, how concise, how forcible, it is, Josh Billings'
Allminax for 1877.

_Appleton's Journal._

       *       *       *       *       *

Welcome, sweet morsel of delight, ever funny, and ever profound, Josh
Billings' Farmer's Allminax for the current year.

_Harpers' Bazzar._

       *       *       *       *       *

Bully for you Josh, hit 'em agin, slay, and spare not, may you outlive
Methuseler, and not haul in your gang plank until Gabriel cries, "All a
board."

_Springfield Republican._

       *       *       *       *       *

Aroma of lovelyness, perfume of joy, essence of tiltilation, breath of
beauty, seance of bliss, Josh Billings' Allminax for 1877.

_Lady's Book._



31 Days.      JANUARY.      1877.

Q.--How iz yure mother-in-law? @ @ @ @

A.--Pretty well i thank yu, how iz yures? @ @ @

    [Illustration]

    _Hawk eyed, and spileing for a fight,
      If enny one thinks they kan lick him,
    Just let them put up the spondulicks,
      And trot out the other game chicken._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||        _Items._        |               _PETS._               |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| M ||  @ Now dig ice         |                                     |
| 2| T || @ kold @ but           | A man with mutch welth, and         |
| 3| W ||  raw @ ¶ meazles       | no pedigree, should do az the       |
| 4| T ||  diskovered 1312 @     | bob tailed kats do, set down on     |
| 5| F || @ * snowfull * @       | himself, and keep still.            |
| 6| S || Adam fell @ hard       |                                     |
| 7| G || ::: wind north @       |                                     |
| 8| M || § Enok Jones died      |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 9| T || @ 1102 -- more         |                                     |
|10| W || snow @ Enok <          |                                     |
|11| T || @ Jones was a free     | Tricks upon travellers are allwuss  |
|12| F ||                        | dangerous experiments, i            |
|13| S || lover @ sighns @@      | hav known a ded hornet to           |
|14| G || ov melting @ now       | wake up sudden, and sting just      |
|15| M || destroy sum -- @       | once more.                          |
|16| T || hogs @ it rains @      |                                     |
|17| W || @ litening @ bugs      |                                     |
|18| T || fust seen 956 @ (!)    |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|19| F || × inkreasing snow      |                                     |
|20| S || @ mormonism @          |                                     |
|21| G || invented 1832 () *     | Familiarity iz a dangerous          |
|22| M || @ @ snow 4 feet        | experiment, the most familiar thing |
|23| T || deep * now the @       | in the whole world iz a puppy,      |
|24| W || [Φ] muskeeter [Φ]      | and the oftenest stept on.          |
|25| T || lies @ @ dreaming      |                                     |
|26| F || @ cold @ @ @           |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|27| S || morely @ + @           |                                     |
|28| G || @ now @ the            |                                     |
|29| M || @ :o: kat Ω @          | This is my plan,--to beleave        |
|30| T || huggeth the @ @        | all things that i hear, but to put  |
|31| W ||  --Φ-- @ stove         | mi faith, and munny, in but few.    |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+


_SUM ABRUPT LETTERS._

_Dear Bob._--The most disgusting kritter to me, in the whole ov the
United States ov Amerika, iz an overgrown boy, ov about fifteen summers,
who haz bekum the terror ov the whole family, and spends hiz spare time
hammering the cow, and stirring up the pig, and chickens. If the father,
or father-in-law, ov one ov these youths, will lend him to me, if i dont
civilize him, or kill him in ninety days, i will agree to forfit 50
dollars, and the cloth for a new alpacka dress.

P. S.--Send on the boy at once, at mi expense, i am just now out ov a
job.--J. B.

       *       *       *       *       *

_Dear Steve._--It iz hard work to be in luv and not akt phoolish, but
luv iz the only thing i kno ov that makes pholly excusable. Luv haz made
sum kind ov a phool ov every man it haz attacked since the days ov Adam,
and it made the biggest kind ov a phool ov him. Wisdum, and ambishun iz
no protekshun aginst the disseaze, for Soloman evaporated before it like
the dew before the morning sun, and even good old David wilted like the
hewn grass.

       *       *       *       *       *

_Dear Hank._--When yu strike ile pull out yure auger at onst, and begin
to barrell the ile, menny a man haz kept on untill he bored klean thru
and sum other phellow kaught the grease at the bottom.


_BULBS._

Ministers often point out to us, poor sinners, the strate, and narrow
gauge, az the only way to git to heaven, while they hav got a private
turnpike ov their own that 2.40 kan be made on.

       *       *       *       *       *

Waiting to be whipt iz the most uninteresting period in boyhood life.



28 Days.      FEBRUARY.      1877.

Q.--What iz the smartest thing that a man kan do? @ @ @

A.--To drink pepper sass. @ @ @ @

    [Illustration]

    _An ugly lump is the Tarrier Bull,
      For fighting allwuss reddy,
    With Mike O'Rowke he travels,
      And his name iz one eyed Teddy._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||        _Items._        |             _VAGRANTS._             |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| T || The kold @!@           | Life aint mutch more than a         |
| 2| F || chatters @@ Bill       | farce enny how, but it iz quite     |
| 3| S || Comstock deceased      | necessary that the play should      |
| 4| G || !! 1746 @ sighn ov     | go on, and the farce be well        |
| 5| M || snow @ Bill @          | ackted.                             |
| 6| T || Comstock died ov       |                                     |
| 7| W || ¶ § a broken heart     |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 8| T || more koldful () @      |                                     |
| 9| F || @ Bill Comstock @      | The man whoze ambishun iz           |
|10| S || tried to lift a @ @    | simply to liv, iz of no more        |
|11| G || ton * kolder * but     | importanse in this world, than an   |
|12| M ||                        | extra rat iz.                       |
|13| T || couldn't @ @ snow      |                                     |
|14| W || @ falls @ sun in       |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|15| T || apogee @ bitter §      |                                     |
|16| F || kold @ rats are        | If Adam and Eve had remained        |
|17| S || skarse @ it storms     | in the garden ov Eden untill to     |
|18| G || C-h-r-i-s-t-o-p-h-e-r  | day, they would hav simply been     |
|19| M || Columbus @ @ @         | two fat, overgrown babys.           |
|20| T || @ diskovered @         |                                     |
|21| W || Amerika @ koldness     |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|22| T || waxes :@: now @        |                                     |
|23| F || @ @ the + @            | The gratest cumfort i hav seen      |
|24| S || bull frog @ holds      | in marrid life waz whare one ov     |
|25| G || [@] hiz tung * @       | the partys wanted everything        |
|26| M || snow rages @ Sam       | their own way, and the other        |
|27| T || :@: Patch died @@@     | party waz willing they should       |
|28| W || poor * 1837 * @        | hav it.                             |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+


_THE ALLIGATOR._

The alligator iz an original kritter, a chip of the old block, and az
ugly to kontemplate az a congo darkey. They are residents ov Florida,
and gro 12 feet, and nine inches and then halt. Their teeth are all
tushes, and their mouth iz az full ov them az a buzz saw iz. Their eys
are sot up, and down, in their hed like a chinamans, and they hav an
appetight equal to 18 distrikt skool masters. They are the krokerdiles
ov Amerika, and lay eggs az eazy az a hen duz, but dont kackle when they
cum oph from the nest. They are grate cowards but aint afrade ov yung
pork, or little darkeys, and kan eat all the time, or go without eating,
az long az a gold fish kan. The alligator waz made for sum usefull
purpose, but like the muskeeter, the bedbugg, and the kokroach, their
usefullness haz been karephully hid from us. Yu kan shoot a hundred
alligators a day on the St. Johns river, but you kant bag one, and thare
aint enny more game in them, than thare iz in a rotten log. They are
long lived, and liv, if mi memory serves me right, 4 thousand years, and
their grate strength lays in their tails. They hiss when they are angry
like a tea kittle, and want az mutch room to turn round in az a fore and
aft skooner.


_DEW DROPS_

I hav known whiskey to make a man generous, but when he got sober agin,
he would git square with himself, bi being meaner than ever.

       *       *       *       *       *

The man who iz rekless ov hiz life holds it at just about its market
value.



31 Days.      MARCH.      1877.

Q.--What are the 2 luxurys ov life? @ @ @

A.--Eazy boots, and a snug conshience. @ @ @

    [Illustration]

    _Darwin sez, we hail from the munky,
      And Darwin knows all about this thing,
    But while i respekt mi poor relashuns,
      From whitch, pray tell me, did the munky spring._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||        _Items._        |             _NUTMEGS._              |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| T || It blows @ @           |                                     |
| 2| F || (@) Robert Burns       | Enny man kan beat me out            |
| 3| S || @ wrote poetry @       | ov mi munny, and mi opinyuns,       |
| 4| G || more wind !! @         | eazy enuff, but no man kan beat     |
| 5| M || * Fulton was * a       | me out ov mi faith.                 |
| 6| T || @ steambote @          |                                     |
| 7| W || @ @ Capting            |                                     |
| 8| T || @ wind travels @       |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 9| F || around loose @         |                                     |
|10| S ||                        |                                     |
|11| G || @ | now set hens       | One ov the most unhappy             |
|12| M || @ kold and raw @       | kritters in this world iz a         |
|13| T || kongress sits ! more   | neglekted pet, they are wuss off    |
|14| W || @ windy @ Bob          | than a vagrant.                     |
|15| T || Fletcher @ loved       |                                     |
|16| F || not @ wisely * but     |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|17| S || too well @ Bob         |                                     |
|18| G || @ Fletcher loved       |                                     |
|19| M || whiskey @ wind @       | The middle course iz the best,      |
|20| T || Easty @ Bonaparte      | even a moderate deakon iz better    |
|21| W || @ was a ~ @            | than a red hot one.                 |
|22| T || @ Frenchman @          |                                     |
|23| F || ¶ @ rain @ with        |                                     |
|24| S || @ w-i-n-d @            |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|25| G || @ buty @@ iz           |                                     |
|26| M || short lived @ @        |                                     |
|27| T || @ it blows @ @         | Yung man, dont ask enny             |
|28| W || @ @  @ @ now           | favours, it iz better to hav the    |
|29| T || @ twitch teeth ß       | world owe yu 10 dollars, and        |
|30| F || more @  @ @            | finally git cheated out ov it,      |
|31| S || @ @  @ wind @          | than to owe them one.               |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+


_THE LOAFER._

The loafer iz a thing who iz willing to be dispized for the privilege ov
abusing others. He occupys all grades in sosiety from the judge on the
bench clear down to the ragged kritter who leans aginst the lamp posts,
and fites flies in August. He haz no pride that iz worthy, and no
delikasy that enny boddy kan hurt. During his boyhood he kills kats, and
robs all the hens nests in the naborhood. During hiz middle life he begs
all the tobacco he uses, and drinks all the cheap whiskey he kan at
sumboddy else's expense. During hiz old age he winters in the alms
houses, and summers in the sugar hogsheds, and when he cums to die, he
iz buried in a dich, like an omnibuss horse, with hiz old shuze on. The
loafer cares nothing for publik opinyun, and this alone, will make enny
man a loafer. The loafer rather covets disgrase, and when a man gits az
low down az this, he haz got az low down az he kan git in this world
without digging. We hav no reliable ackount ov the fust loafer, and
probably shant hav ov the last one, but in mi opinyun, they hav existed
just about az long az man haz. If Cain want a loafer, pray what waz he?


_TIT BITS._

Woman hav allwuss been more than a match for man, Adam held the best
kards, but he didn't kno how to play them well.

       *       *       *       *       *

Thare iz one trait ov the human karakter that the devil himself must
envy, and that iz, the more we hav injured a man, the more we dispize
him.



30 Days.      APRIL.      1877.

Q.--Who fust struk ile? @ @ @

A.--Jonah @ @ @

    [Illustration]

    _Long, lank, lean, and lemon colored.
      An orphan, without friends, or place,
    A target for every ones brik bat.
      The yaller dog runs a dusty race._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||        _Items._        |            _BIRDLINGS._             |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| G || @ Pensive showers      | One of the most diskourageing       |
| 2| M ||  @ April Phool @       | features ov modern civilizashun,    |
| 3| T ||   begot 896 @ @        | iz the average kuntry hotel.        |
| 4| W || @ @ more wetness       |                                     |
| 5| T || @ Babes in the @       |                                     |
| 6| F || woods @ @ @ lost       |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 7| S ||   1122 @ wind @        |                                     |
| 8| G || @ south @ now the      |                                     |
| 9| M || @ @ frogs squeal       | Mankind luv to be cheated,          |
|10| T ||  @ sum more @ @        | but they want to hav it dun bi      |
|11| W || @ wetness @ now @      | an artist                           |
|12| T ||@ investigate @ for     |                                     |
|13| F ||  hens eggs @ a @       |                                     |
|14| S ||@ @ kloudless day @     |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|15| G || Peter Bacon died       |                                     |
|16| M || 1492 @ @ cool but      |                                     |
|17| T ||@ pretty @ Peter @      | The most kritikal people to         |
|18| W || @ @ Bacon had no       | suit, are thoze who board at the    |
|19| T ||  mother @ in law       | alms houses.                        |
|20| F ||wind veers northy @     |                                     |
|21| S ||@ @ now the gentle      |                                     |
|22| G ||  @ kokroach @ @        |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|23| M || cometh @ sum more      |                                     |
|24| T ||  @ wet @ Amos @        |                                     |
|25| W || @ @ Bostwick born      | Thare may be sutch a thing az       |
|26| T ||  @ 1827 @ hard @       | a man who haz stole once, and       |
|27| F || showers @ Amos @       | then quit, but i hav not the        |
|28| S ||Bostwick @ had but      | honor ov hiz acquaintanse.          |
|29| G ||  @ @ @ one eye @       |                                     |
|30| M ||                        |                                     |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+


_ARTIKLES OV FAITH._

Heaven bless the stummuk ake, if it want for this, menny ov us deakons
wouldn't hav no good excuse for hot rum.

       *       *       *       *       *

The saddest ov all sights sad in this world, iz a child with a broken
spirit.

       *       *       *       *       *

Man kant make cirkumstanses, but he kan take them bi the horns, insted
ov the tale.

       *       *       *       *       *

Dont parade yure sorrows before the world, but bury them az the dogs do
their old bones, and then growl if enny boddy offers to dig them up.

       *       *       *       *       *

Klubs are a place whare most people go to git rid ov themselfs.

       *       *       *       *       *

A trained child to me iz a kind ov horror, i like to see them rekless
with innosense.

       *       *       *       *       *

The boy who iz pikt out to be the genius ov the family is allwuss sure
to be the biggest dohed in the whole lot.


    [Illustration]

    The only way to tire a phool out, iz to listen to him, and agree to
    every thing he sez =

    Affekshionately Josh Billings


    [Illustration]

    I hav seen men load a dubble barrell gun klear up to the muzzell, to
    kill a chipping bird with, and git knokt hed over heels, when. the
    gun went off.--and miss the bird besides.=

    A literal fakt, Josh Billings



31 Days.      MAY.      1877.

Q.--What kind ov a pen do plagarists use? @:~:

A.--A steal pen. @ @ @ @

    [Illustration]

    _Thou mewel!--thou art mi horror,--
      Desaitfull, and dang'rous kritter,--
    Az humbly az satan himself,
      And besides a pizon hitter._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||        _Items._        |             _SHADDOWS._             |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| T ||  Butiful @ May @       | After a man has reached the         |
| 2| W ||  @ now the @ tud       | hight ov hiz ambishun the fust      |
| 3| T ||  murmers @ @ soft      | thing he duz, iz to be disgusted    |
| 4| F || showers ( @ ) Kate     | with it.                            |
| 5| S ||Sturgiss admitted *     |                                     |
| 6| G ||   1842 @ @ Kate        |                                     |
| 7| M || Stuigis @ was a @      |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 8| T || doktriss @ more *      |                                     |
| 9| W || hazy @ now prepare     |                                     |
|10| T ||@ @ for arly lettiss    | It aint safe to endorse ennybody,   |
|11| F || @ rain @ munny iz      | we kant even tell ourselfs          |
|12| S || tite @ brite and @     | what kind ov a man we shall         |
|13| G || * klear @ Solaman      | be on the 25th day of next          |
|14| M ||   @ @ had wisdum       | june.                               |
|15| T || klearing weather @     |                                     |
|16| W || now probe * for @      |                                     |
|17| T ||  @ @ hoss radish       |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|18| F ||   @ sum more @ @       |                                     |
|19| S ||  @ @ @ rainness @      |                                     |
|20| G ||   @ Jabez Tucker       | I prefer the gravity ov the         |
|21| M ||  @ obituated @ @       | owl to the loquacity ov the         |
|22| T ||   1776 @ @ @ a @       | magpie, it iz better to look        |
|23| W ||  @ @ @ sweet day       | wize, than to talk phoolish.        |
|24| T ||  Jabez fit @ @ @       |                                     |
|25| F ||    @ and died @        |                                     |
|26| S ||   @ ~ into the @       |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|27| G ||   revolushun @ @       |                                     |
|28| M ||  @ @ @ more rain       |                                     |
|29| T ||   now insert @ @       | The cheapest and best way to        |
|30| W ||  @ onion seed -@-      | convince a phool, is to agree       |
|31| T ||                        | with him.                           |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+


_SHORT REPLYS._

_Dear Luke._--I kant bear to see enny man strike a dog, i kno dogs are
full ov fleas, but i kno they are full ov affeckshun too. I am very sad
when i think that affeckshun iz no protekshun to man, nor kritter in
this kold, and ironklad world. It would seem that a lamb ought to git
along thru life more fluently than a hornet duz, but they duzzent, and i
also notiss that the most suckcessful hornets are thoze who are bilt
with a stinger on both ends ov them. I love the lambs, but respekt the
hornets.

       *       *       *       *       *

_Dear Mose._--All the humorist that i am acquainted with are sad, and
sober kusses. I never knu a fust rate humorist who waz a good laffer,
they are willing to make other people laff, but prefer themselfs to
stand by and look on. If Mark Twain should be kaught laffing, hiz
friends would immejately put him to bed and send for hiz family
physician. Nasby, the grate politikal satirist, waz never known to smile
but once, and then he, and Pogram, were in the bak end ov the grosery at
the crossroads, but the cauze ov hiz mirth iz a profound sekret to this
day. The best laffers i hav ever knu, whare thoze who lafft at their own
jokes.


_SPLINTERS._

If yu are determined to bet enny how, bet yure bottom dollar the fust
time, and then go into sum more respektable bizzness.

       *       *       *       *       *

Thare are no weeds in this world that wilt so quick, az the weeds ov the
widower.



30 Days.      JUNE.      1877.

Q.--What iz yure favourite name for a Boy? @ @ @

A.--George Washington, Lafayette, Napoleon, Ulyssess Grant. @

    [Illustration]

    _The poodle iz a frowzy bird,
      A hiding place for fleas, and varmin,
    Wimmin lug them round for pets.
      And call them_ "luv," _and_ "duv," _and_ "charming."

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||        _Items._        |           _POSTSKRIPTS._            |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| F ||  @ Luvly moments       | The man who iz eazily influenced    |
| 2| S ||   @ wind bammy @       | and yet wont be advised,            |
| 3| G || june bugs are @ @      | iz a dredphull hard kritter         |
| 4| M || @ here @ very wet      | to steer.                           |
| 5| T || Patience Burbanks      |                                     |
| 6| W ||  @ @ run @ away @      |                                     |
| 7| T ||   1840 @ sun hot       |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 8| F || @ @ Patience fled      |                                     |
| 9| S ||with @ a @ pedlar @     |                                     |
|10| G ||  @ @ hot showers       | Necessity iz the very best gift     |
|11| M ||@ the @ violet @ haz    | ov heaven, without it poor human    |
|12| T ||  @ cum @ @ gentle      | natur would only be a herd ov       |
|13| W ||softness @ prevails     | loafers.                            |
|14| T ||   @ now @ jerk @       |                                     |
|15| F ||@: lettiss @ sum :@     |                                     |
|16| S ||                        |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|17| G ||  wet @ @ now pik       |                                     |
|18| M || the goose @ more @     |                                     |
|19| T ||@ softness @ @ fleas    | What a man gits for nothing,        |
|20| W || diskovered 1309 @      | he iz very apt to value at just     |
|21| T || hotness exists @ @     | about what it kost.                 |
|22| F || expekt pak pedlars     |                                     |
|23| S || @ @ wind rizes @       |                                     |
|24| G ||  @ @ Sam Brewster      |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|25| M ||elekted constable @     |                                     |
|26| T || @ 1865 @ sighns ov     |                                     |
|27| W || drougth @ be kind      | Opportunitys are like birds,        |
|28| T || @ @ to your mother     | they will slip out ov yure hands    |
|29| F ||in law @ @ very hot     | if yu giv them haff a chance.       |
|30| S || -now-stik-in-beans     |                                     |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+


_THE SPIDER._

One ov the most ingenious, and hardest workers amung the whole lot ov
little bugs in kreashun iz the common spider. They will do more work on
a web, in six hours, than a man could do in his whole life time, and do
a mutch better job into the bargin. Spiders are the meanest reptiles
that hang around the footstool, for they are the only ones that i kan
think ov now, that set traps for their viktims. They are az mean az a
man in this respekt. Thare iz no fun in a spider, he iz az lonesum az a
mizer, he spends hiz whole life making webs, and watching them, and
allways lays at the mouth ov hiz hole, reddy to back in out ov danger. A
man will go out ov hiz way rather than step on a kricket, and would
rather skare a fly than kill him, az sazzy az he iz, but he goes for a
spider with both feet, and seems to feel melankolly if he happens to
miss him. Spiders hav no friends in this world, and the reazon must be
bekauze their naturs are viscious, and cunning. Theze two traits will
make even man an outlaw, and they akt just the same way on the spider. I
dispize the spider, and aint afraid to tell him so.


_DREGS._

Every man thinks he iz the principal bull frog in the puddle, and rather
than argy the case, i am willing to think so too.

       *       *       *       *       *

Mizery luvs company but iz allwuss jealous,--there never waz a man yet
but what thought hiz lame back was a good deal lamer than hiz nabors.



31 Days.      JULY.      1877.

Q.--What iz a mint julep? @ @ @

A.--A refuge for cheap whiskey. @ @ @

    [Illustration]

    _Full of cunning, and low deceit,
      With stolen cream, and chickens fat,
    Sweetly in dreams he lays at yure feet,
      Judas Iskariott, in shape ov a kat._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||        _Items._        |              _VAPOR._               |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| G ||    @ Warm hotness      | The man who gits hiz edukashun      |
| 2| M ||   @ now the frog @     | from the daily papers,              |
| 3| T ||  sweats (@) thunder    | if he happens to miss one, haz      |
| 4| W ||   @ @ and litening     | lost all he iz a going to kno for   |
| 5| T ||   @ Amos Jones @ @     | the next 24 hours.                  |
| 6| F ||    @ sloped @ 1839     |                                     |
| 7| S ||    south wind @ @      |                                     |
| 8| G ||Amos waz a wood-sawyer  |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 9| M ||      @ more hot        |                                     |
|10| T ||    @ @ now borrow      |                                     |
|11| W ||   @ umbrellers @ @     | The hardest man to convince         |
|12| T ||   thunder @ showers    | in an argument iz the one who       |
|13| F ||    let us hav @ @      | alwuss sez "_yes_" to everything    |
|14| S ||  peace @ inkreasing    | yu say.                             |
|15| G ||   hotness @ now pik    |                                     |
|16| M ||   @ @ green corn @     |                                     |
|17| T ||   Wind southly @ @     |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|18| W ||   @ @ virtew iz its    |                                     |
|19| T ||  @ own reward @ very   |                                     |
|20| F ||  dusty @ now inhale    | I would rather a boy ov mine        |
|21| S || juleps @ @ hot grows   | would be haff full ov deviltry,     |
|22| G ||    Mary Walker @ @     | than chuck full gravity,--but i     |
|23| M ||    @ born (!) 1840     | haint got enny boy yu know.         |
|24| T ||   kloudy @ Mary had    |                                     |
|25| W ||   @ a little @ lam     |                                     |
|26| T ||   cooler @ Job waz     |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|27| F ||    @ @ a pashunt @     |                                     |
|28| S ||   fellow @ very hot    |                                     |
|29| G ||    @ @ now chew @      | The road to ruin iz down hill,      |
|30| M ||    ice @ @ go slow     | and McAdamized at that.             |
|31| T ||                        |                                     |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+


_THE MILKSOP._

The milksop iz a human being who has not the stamina ov a man, nor the
weakness ov a woman. He iz a hibrid ov the nuter gender, without
karakter enuff to make him respekted, or dispized. These kind ov pholks
are innosent enuff if they are well watched, but they need az mutch
watching az a blind baby duz. They occupy quarters about haff way
between a phool, and an ideot. If milksops would only keep still but few
would suspekt them, but how strange it iz, that the thinner a man iz,
the more anxious he iz to get into a strong light.


_THE MIZER._

The mizer digs hiz heart out hollow to stow away hiz munny in. He
akumulates bi littles, and never opens hiz harte, only on a krak, to let
another shilling in. An old mizer iz a sad sight enuff, but next to an
ideot, a yung mizer iz the most revolting thing on earth. Mizers enjoy
what they dont use, looze what they save, and die possessed ov the only
treasure that iz ov no use to them. The most terrible sarkasm iz a
mizers phuneral, the heir often makes it gorgeous, and expensiv, and
then pitches hedlong into the pile the old phool haz left.


_CHALK MARKS._

Advice iz generally like the bred and cheese we giv to beggars, thrown
over into the fust vacant lot they cum to.

       *       *       *       *       *

Bigots, enthusiasts, and clothes pins, all hav the same sized heds on
them.



31 Days.      AUGUST.      1877.

Q.--Pleze to define buty? @ @ @

A.--Buty iz a blank catridge. @ @ @

    [Illustration]

    _Short haired, and nervous az a ghost,
      Answering to_"Bill," _or_ "Ned" _or_ "Fan,"
    _Death on rats, and sirloin steak,
      Behold the sparkling, Black and Tan._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||        _Items._        |             _COQUETS._              |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| W ||   Fiery hot @ now      | I hav seen men load a gun           |
| 2| T ||   @ the kow pants      | klean up to the muzzle to kill      |
| 3| F ||  @ thunder with @      | a chipping bird with, a git         |
| 4| S ||  litening @ Bill @     | knokt hed over heels when the       |
| 5| G ||  @ @ Sprauge died      | gun went off, and miss the bird     |
| 6| M ||  1500 @ more hot !     | besides.                            |
| 7| T || Bill Sprauge waz @     |                                     |
| 8| W ||@ a fiddler @ hotter    |                                     |
| 9| T ||Bill fiddled @ with !   |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|10| F ||  @ hiz left hand @     |                                     |
|11| S ||   heavy rain @ @       | The man who livs the live           |
|12| G ||  @ sun in apogee @     | ov a toadey iz a kind ov human      |
|13| M ||  more cool @ now @     | spit box.                           |
|14| T ||  @ keep cool @ hot     |                                     |
|15| W ||  the grasshopper @     |                                     |
|16| T ||   @ @ iz a burden      |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|17| F ||   @ more hot @ @       |                                     |
|18| S ||   Moses waz a @ @      | Yu will find plenty ov folks        |
|19| G ||  @ meek man @ hot      | who are red hott to hunt tigers     |
|20| M ||   wetness @ the @      | and wild kats, only muzzle the      |
|21| T ||   rackcoon iz @ @      | kussid kritters, and put them 10    |
|22| W ||  @ a kuss @ Sarah      | or fifteen miles off.               |
|23| T || @ @ Pettibone born     |                                     |
|24| F || @ 1846 @ red hot @     |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|25| S ||  Sarah waz kross @     |                                     |
|26| G ||  eyed @ @ still @      | The man who haz got nothing         |
|27| M || @ hotter @ @ in the    | but the truth to tell allwuss uses  |
|28| T ||   @ @ midst ov @       | the fust words he kan lay hiz       |
|29| W || * life * we * are *    | hands on.                           |
|30| T ||   @ in death @ @       |                                     |
|31| F ||                        |                                     |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+


_LAZYNESS._

Lazyness seems to be az natral az onions, and just about az helthy too.
The lame, and the lazy, hav allwuss been provided for, sumboddy haz
allwuss waited on them, and sumboddy allwuss will. I dont luv lazy
pholks, i dont even respekt them, but i kant help but admire the way
they eat. I never knu a lazy man that didn't hav a good appetight and a
square digestion. Lazyness iz the fust law ov natur, and for that reazon
is entitled to sum respekt. Lazy folks are allwuss good natured, i hav
seen them so docile that they wouldn't fite flies. Lazyness iz often
mistaken for shifflessness, but thare iz az much diffrence az thare iz
between a hornet, and a fly. I had rather watch two raskalls than one
shiftless kuss. Thare are sum things that will hurry lazyness, but death
is the only sure kure for shifflessnes.


_LAFFTER._

Laffter iz the joy ov the soul comeing to the surface to hav a good
time. The mule kant laff, and the devil wont. Laffing iz az natral az
the meazles, and allmost as ketching, but the man who will laff when he
dont feel like it, iz a grate koward to say the least, and may be a
grate villain. Next to logick, to prove things, cums laffing, and the
hardest man for ennyboddy, or enny thing, to beat, iz he who laffs at
every thing.


_GIMBLETS._

I hav figgered onto it, and find that civilizashun kosts about 90 cents
on the dollar.

       *       *       *       *       *

One quarrellsum dog will demoralize all the curs in hiz naborhood.



30 Days.      SEPTEMBER.      1877.

Q.--Who iz the best lawyer? @ @ @

A.--He who duz the least bizzness. @ @ @

    [Illustration]

    _What he kant steal must be tied down,
      Ever reddy to caw, and to go,
    Thare's nothing so full ov the devil,
      Az the life, and labors, ov a tame krow._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||       _Items._         |             _MISFITS._              |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| S || @ Delitesum @          |                                     |
| 2| G ||@ weather @ rain        | Thare are two kinds of men          |
| 3| M ||listen to the @ @       | that fear makes phools ov, them     |
| 4| T ||@ mocking bird @        | who are afrade of nothing, and      |
| 5| W ||@ @ Pete Brown          | them who are afrade of everything.  |
| 6| T ||@ waz diskovered @      |                                     |
| 7| F ||1856 @ Windy @ Pete     |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 8| S ||waz diskovered @        |                                     |
| 9| G ||@ stealing chickens     |                                     |
|10| M ||@ more weather @        | I would respekfully say to all      |
|11| T ||now brile quails @      | that klass, "_who want to be an     |
|12| W ||@ @ wind easterly       | angell, and with the angels         |
|13| T ||@ hope deferred @       | dwell_," pleaze drop that noshun,   |
|14| F ||maketh @ the @ harte    | and go at sumthing usefull, if the  |
|15| S ||@ sik @ more softness   | Lord wants enny more angels,        |
|16| G ||@ @ Lucy Smith @        | he will let yu kno in due time.     |
|17| M || married 1800 @         |                                     |
|18| T ||@ @ it rains @ @        |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|19| W ||@ @ Lucy married        |                                     |
|20| T ||well @ now @            |                                     |
|21| F ||@ bile @ beans @        | Civil war iz like a fite in the     |
|22| S ||                        | family, it seldum, if ever, waz     |
|23| G ||@ @ @ more mild         | known to be healed.                 |
|24| M ||@ strike while @ @      |                                     |
|25| T ||@ - the iron - @        |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|26| W ||iz hot. @ @ cool        |                                     |
|27| T || but @ pleasant         |                                     |
|28| F ||10 mills make @ @       | If thare iz no hereafter, kats      |
|29| S ||one cent  @ very        | and dogs are better off than we     |
|30| G ||@ slick @ weather       | are.                                |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+


_THE DUK._


The duk iz a foul, naturalists say so, and common sense teaches it. Wild
duks are very good shooting, and very good missing too, unless you
understand the bizzness. I hav shot at them all day, and got nothing but
a few tale feathers, but that satisfied me, for i am crazy for all kinds
ov sport, you know. Thare are sum kind ov duks that are very hard to git
even if you do kill them. I shot one whole afternoon, three years ago,
at sum dekoy duks, and never got one ov them. I never hav told even mi
wife ov this, and hope no one will repeat it.


_THE SANDY HILL CRANE._

The crane iz neither flesh, nor foul, but a sad mixtur ov theze two
things. He mopes along the banks ov kreeks, and wet places, looking for
sumthing he haz lost. He haz a long bill, long wings, long legs, and iz
long all over. He livs upon lizzards, and frogs, and sleeps standing on
one leg, like a gide board. Sumtimes he tips over in hiz dreams, and
then hiz bill enters the ground like a pikax. When he flies thru the air
he iz az gracephull az a wind mill that haz broke away from its
fastenings. Cranes are not very plenty on this earth, but at the last
quotations, the supply just about equals the demand.


_BLOSSOMS._

The reputashun that a man gits from hiz ansesstors often wants az mutch
altering to fit him, az their old clothes would.

       *       *       *       *       *

How menny people thare are in this world who work for the devil all the
time, and then look to the lord for their pay.


    [Illustration]

    I dont never expekt to hav enny Poodle, but if i ever do, he must make
    up hiz mind to be tied onto a long stik every Saturday and be used for
    washing windows on the outside=

    Jess so. Josh Billings.


    [Illustration]

    If i kan hav all the salt makrell i want for brekfasst, I kan manage
    to make the other two meals out ov kold water.=

    Yes. Josh Billings.



31 Days.      OCTOBER.      1877.

Q.--Will yu define luck? @ @ @

A.--Luck iz driftwood. @ @ @

    [Illustration]

    _This Nu Foundland weighs 94 pounds,
      And to save children iz willing,
    If yu haint no pond, nor children to save,
      The dog aint worth a shilling._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||        _Items._        |               _IMPS._               |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| M || Bracing weather @      |                                     |
| 2| T || now squeeze @ @        | I never knu a man to brag ov        |
| 3| W || @ @ apples for         | hiz munny, or hiz pedigree, who     |
| 4| T || sider @ more cool      | had enny thing else worth bragging  |
| 5| F || @ @ Sam Lewis @        | about.                              |
| 6| S || @ died @ 1492 @        |                                     |
| 7| G || frost @ @ Sam @        |                                     |
| 8| M || * waz * a * hard *     |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 9| T || @ shell @ Babtiss      |                                     |
|10| W || mutch frost @ @        |                                     |
|11| T || ß now exkavate         | The meekest Moses in the            |
|12| F || -p-o-t-a-t-o-s-e-      | whole lot iz the man who haz        |
|13| S ||                        | found out that he kant git the      |
|14| G || @ @ kold grows         | thing he wants the most.            |
|15| M || @ Solaman @ @          |                                     |
|16| T || @ had @ mutch @        |                                     |
|17| W || @ wives @ @ it         |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|18| T || hails @ @ haste        |                                     |
|19| F || makes waste @ ~        |                                     |
|20| S || -- @ snow falls @ --   | Thare are but very few people       |
|21| G || @ now @ chew @         | in this world who hav got the       |
|22| M || sassage @ more         | nerve to be allways sassy to the    |
|23| T || @ @ cool @ Kate        | devil.                              |
|24| W || @ Savage died @        |                                     |
|25| T || 1749 @ mutch @         |                                     |
|26| F || @ frosty @ Kate        |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|27| S || @ @ had a pug @        |                                     |
|28| G || nose @ @ now @         |                                     |
|29| M || @ @ lift turnips       | Before a vice ov enny kind          |
|30| T || @ kolder @ @           | kan bekum very dangerous it         |
|31| W || @ @ go slo @           | haz got to bekum respektable.       |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+


_AN EPISTOL._

_Dear Snyder._--Yu tell me that yu hav got the blues, and want to kno
how to git shut of them. The following resipees will heal yu in 90 days
if yu stik to them klussly. To wit, marry sum delikate only dauter of 22
summers (more or less) and take yure mother in law home with yu to
board, this will oil the pores of the sistem, and the blues will eskape
like steam out of the noze of a tea kittle. Once more, hire out to keep
a distrikt skool for 9 dollars per month, and hash around the naborhood,
or take a 3 year old kiking heifer to brake to milk, this will open yure
swareing valves, and so hurry the blood, that the blues will leave yu in
disgust, and fasten their fangs on to sum other phellow. Againly, go
down into sum marsh in the kingdum ov Nu Jersey fishing for frogs in the
month ov August, and fish with one hand, and slap muskeeters with the
other, and the blues will take the hint and vacate yure natur like a
shooting-star. Try either ov the abuv alteratives, dear Snyder, and if
they dont work, go into the bak yard of sum Irish woman and kut her
clothes line when it iz filled with the weeks washing, and if yu dont
git the blues taken out ov yu, and a good deal else besides, yu are a
morbid kuss and wont pay for experimenting on.


_BUBBLES._

Hero's are skarse, but the man who kan make poverty respektable, is one
ov them.

       *       *       *       *       *

If yu would eskape envy, abuse, and taxes, yu must liv in a deep well,
and only cum out in the nite time.



30 Days.      NOVEMBER.      1877.

Q.--Who iz the dearest old aunt? @ @ @

A.--The one whoze bank account iz all right. @ @

       [Illustration]

       _The Rackcoon haz a striped tail,
         And steals green korn amazing,
       Hiz hide iz worth 6 bits perhaps,
         But coons wont pay for raizing._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||        _Items._        |           _MAKE WEIGHTS._           |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| T || @ Sloppy times @       |                                     |
| 2| F || now the pig @ @        | Mankind are a race ov coquets,      |
| 3| S || @ yells @ more         | even virtew herself luvs            |
| 4| G || @ kold :|: Warren @    | once in a while to flirt with the   |
| 5| M || Davis failed @ @       | devil.                              |
| 6| T || @ mutch weather        |                                     |
| 7| W || @ @ Warren @ @         |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 8| T || Davis @ failed @       |                                     |
| 9| F || @ @ in the pea         |                                     |
|10| S || @ nutt trade @         | Luvers will manage to liv on        |
|11| G || wet sloppines @        | luv for a very long time, with an   |
|12| M || @ @ Judas waz a        | ockashional chance at beefstake     |
|13| T ||                        | and onions.                         |
|14| W || @ @ ded beat @ @       |                                     |
|15| T || !i¡n¡k¡r¡e¡a¡s¡i¡n¡g!  |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|16| F || @ weather @ expekt     |                                     |
|17| S || @ pak pedlars @        |                                     |
|18| G || @ more @ kold @        | Biographys are delitesum reading,   |
|19| M || a stich in @ @         | we kompare all the virtews          |
|20| T || @ @ time saves @       | ov the persons karakter with our    |
|21| W || @ nine @ snow          | own, and all hiz failings with our  |
|22| T || @ storm ~ Mag @        | nabors.                             |
|23| F || Birch * died * 1826    |                                     |
|24| S || @ @ hi winds           |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|25| G || Mag want @ @           |                                     |
|26| M || @ @ a suckcess @       |                                     |
|27| T || @ sour ß kold @        | I know numbers who owe              |
|28| W || Ben Franklin @ @       | mutch ov their virtew to their      |
|29| T || @ flu a @              | ekonemy, they are too stingy to     |
|30| F || @ kite @ @ @           | pay the market price ov iniquity.   |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+


_THE OWL._

The owl iz a grizzly grey package, and haz a grate round face az sober,
and intelligent az a cheshire cheese. They kant see bi dalite, but can
see by starlite to pik up a pin. They hunt for a living, and are very
smart, and sudden, on a field mouse, or a meddo mole. The most
wonderphull thing about an owl iz the sollum importanse ov the whole
kritter, az he sits on hiz perch, looking over kreashun, just az tho he
owned the whole ov it. Next to a newly elekted Justiss ov the Peace,
seated on hiz throne, with a poor devil before him charged with the
emoshional krime ov stealing a string ov onions, the owl haz more rare,
and unfathomable wisdum in hiz face than enny thing on earth. I hav
looked at them for haff an hour stiddy, in a shop window, to see if they
winkt, untill i waz ashamed ov mi impudense, but theze owls, i found out
afterwards, waz stuffed. I would thank enny one to tell me if an owl
ever duz wink, and if so, how often. Owls liv to a good old age, but are
not good for diet, they are one ov the fu things we kno ov, that the
more yu bile them, the tuffer they gro. Biled owl iz the most
ungratefull vittles that enny man ever sot in front ov. I never et enny
biled owl but once, and that waz 40 years ago, and i kan taste it now,
every time i think ov it.


_REMNANTS._

I kno ov people so fond ov contradickshun that it wouldn't surprize me
to hear them disputing with a guide board, at the forks ov sum kuntry
road, about the distance to the next town.

       *       *       *       *       *

Falling in luv iz like falling down stairs, we never kan tell exackly
how the thing waz did.



31 Days.      DECEMBER.      1877.

Q.--Who iz the biggest hipokrit? @ @ @

A.--He who calls vice plezzure. @ @ @

[Illustration]

_Az lean in flesh az a grid iron,
  Sollum he sits, the old Fox hound,
Hiz ears hang down like wet rags,
  And hiz keen noze studdys the ground._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||        _Items._        |            _FROST WORK._            |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| S ||     Raw @ kold @       |                                     |
| 2| G ||   @ now jam fires      | It ought to be a fair trade to      |
| 3| M ||    more @ rawy @       | swop religions, but whare will      |
| 4| T ||   Peter denied hiz     | yu find the christian party that    |
| 5| W ||   @ master @ kold      | iz willing to do it.                |
| 6| T ||   @ grows @ Dick @     |                                     |
| 7| F ||   @ @ Blister died     |                                     |
| 8| S ||   @ 1839 @ more @      |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 9| G ||   inklement @ Dick     |                                     |
|10| M || @ Blister * waz * a    |                                     |
|11| T ||   @ konfidence man     | I find it iz a grate deal eazier    |
|12| W ||                        | for mi philosophy to ackount        |
|13| T ||  @ dredphul koldy @    | for original sin, than for an       |
|14| F ||     @ now dig @        | attack ov the jumping tooth ake.    |
|15| S ||   ice @ it snows ß     |                                     |
|16| G ||    @ @ munny @ @       |                                     |
|17| M ||   iz power @ wind      |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|18| T ||    @ @ @ nor east      |                                     |
|19| W ||  Jackson waz a Ψ @     |                                     |
|20| T ||   @ dimokrat @ big     | Temptashuns iz what tries a         |
|21| F || @ snow ** in time      | mans moral grip, Adam and           |
|22| S ||    @ @ ov peace ~      | Eve were very good plums untill     |
|23|   ||   prepare @ for @      | the devil shook their bush, then    |
|24| M ||     @ @ war @ @        | they let go their holt immijiately. |
|25| T ||   @ intense @ kold     |                                     |
|26| W ||  @ Molly Bristow @     |                                     |
|27| T ||    born @ 1840 @       |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|28| F ||   @ kolder @ Molly     |                                     |
|29| S ||  @ waz * a * shop @    |                                     |
|30| G ||  @ lifter @ Good @     | Marrid life iz too often a mere     |
|31| M || @: Bye everyboddy      | trial ov enduranse.                 |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+


_TRIALS AND PERSEKUSHUNS OV AN AUTHOR._

Josh Billings' "_Farmer's Allminax_" for the year 1878 is now on our
desk, and why will the friends of this man allow him to disgrace
himself, and humanity too, by spreading such nonsense broadcast through
the land?

_St. Louis Advance._

       *       *       *       *       *

Vile trash! when are we to be released from this annual overflow, this
ideotick Allminac? Kind heaven, tell us when.

_Milwaukee Daily Bread._

       *       *       *       *       *

Over Ninety Thousand of Josh Billings' "_Farmer's Allminax_" are sold
each year. How long iz this to continue? Will not the publick arise in
their insulted dignity, and drive this pest from the world?

_Boston Pilgrim._

       *       *       *       *       *

Shoot him! shoot the "_Allminax_" maker.

_Arkansas Bowie Knife._

       *       *       *       *       *

Alass! alass! is there no eskape, is thare no place in the wide world
that we can fly to, and be free from this sickening visit--this yearly
avalanche? A curse on "Josh Billings' Farmer's Allminax."

_Chicago Budget._



31 Days.      JANUARY.      1878.

    [Illustration]

    _The yung Trotter at first,
      Az he stands bi hiz dam,
    Is all legs like a shanghi,
      And az meek az a lam._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||      _Brevitys._       |            _BRILLIANTS._            |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| T || @ Now prospekt         |                                     |
| 2| W || for @ ice @            | I allwuss think that it iz good     |
| 3| T || sighns ov kold @       | taste, and pretty good religion     |
| 4| F || @ the bumble bee       | too, when a man prays for the       |
| 5| S || iz still [?] very @    | sins ov the people, to count        |
| 6| G || Kold @ Pete Hyer       | himself in.                         |
| 7| M || Ω perished 1814 @      |                                     |
| 8| T || @ more @ kolder        |                                     |
| 9| W || \ Pet @ choked /       |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|10| T || @ to deth < big        |                                     |
|11| F || -: snouness :-         |                                     |
|12| S || Pete Hyer @ waz ¶      | Wimmin dont like to be loved        |
|13| G || @ hung @ fine @        | too mutch, and i rejoice in their   |
|14| M || @ sleighing @ raw      | spunk.                              |
|15| T ||                        |                                     |
|16| W || but Ω kold @ now       |                                     |
|17| T || @ puntch @ fires       |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|18| F || < more @ snow >        |                                     |
|19| S || hooping @ @ cough      |                                     |
|20| G || invented ! = ? 1206    | Heathens, poor benighted kritters,  |
|21| M || more @ rauness         | dont indulge in horse trotts,       |
|22| T || now () pay (!) yure    | nor law suits neither.              |
|23| W || @tax@ snow 4 @         |                                     |
|24| T || feet deep @ Jane ~     |                                     |
|25| F || -: Barker Ψ fell :-    |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|26| S || 1832 (@) more @        |                                     |
|27| G || @ kolder Jane @        |                                     |
|28| M || @ Barker @ fell @      | If you hav enny doubt about         |
|29| T || @ down cellar (!)      | the propriety ov a thing, you       |
|30| W || @ now ¶ krak @         | may be pretty certain that the      |
|31| T || > buttnutts. <         | doubt iz right.                     |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+


_THE CUCKOO, AND THE JACKDAW._

The cuckoo iz about the size ov four small robins, and iz one ov the
fust birds to tell us that spring haz fairly cum. This iz kind in the
cuckoo, and they ought to hav a vote ov thanks, and a gold medal
besides. Their song iz a good deal like the song ov a tin whissell, all
in one key, but enny kind ov a song, from enny living kreature, iz
acceptable. These birds hav one spot in their naturs entirely diffrent
from enny animate thing I kno ov, they dont seem to possess the least
particle ov affeckshun for their little cuckoos. They never bild enny
nests, but lay their eggs in other birds nests, and let them do the
hatching. This would be called smart in a man, but seems to me, iz darn
mean in a bird. I wonder whare they lernt this trick.


_THE JACKDAW._

The jackdaw, like the raven, iz born ov blak parents, and iz about one
quarter the size ov the common krow. Their food seems to konsist ov enny
thing, and their appetights are az klamarous az a distrikt skool just
let out to play, at lunch time. They lay two eggs, and both eggs would
probberly hatch out if they waz solid, for the Jackdaw iz bound to liv,
and prosper. They luv man, and his ways, and are allwuss found az kluss
to him az they kan git.


_CHIPS._

The best relief for the rumatiz, that haz been diskovered yet, iz to
find sum phellow who haz got the gout bad, and then pitty him.

       *       *       *       *       *

About the time a man haz got old enuff to travel a good gait on hiz
experience, death taps him on the shoulder, and wants him just around
the corner.



28 Days.      FEBRUARY.      1878.

    [Illustration]

    _But he grows like a weed,
      'Till he iz four years old,
    He iz hi headed, and rangey,
      Flat-footed, and bold._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||      _Brevitys._       |              _BAUBLES._             |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| F ||  @ Kold @ more         |                                     |
| 2| S ||so @ now thrash @       |About the hardest condishun          |
| 3| G ||beans @ very @          |ov life to sustain, iz one ov        |
| 4| M ||kolder > Betsey -:      |respektable poverty.                 |
| 5| T ||Mitchell @ born @       |                                     |
| 6| W ||1842 @ kold @           |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 7| T ||continues @ @ Betsey    |                                     |
| 8| F ||Mitchell -: had @       |                                     |
| 9| S ||a @ cork leg <          |Thare are folks who kant bear        |
|10| G ||@ kolder @ still ¶      |to do enny thing unless thare iz a   |
|11| M ||@ now smite @           |commishun in it, if they subskribe   |
|12| T ||wood @ wind west §      |a thousand dollars for bilding a     |
|13| W ||Hank Brewster @         |church, they want 10 per cent off    |
|14| T ||died 1796 @ snow        |for cash.                            |
|15| F ||@ falls @ Hank @        |                                     |
|16| S ||Brewster § died a @     |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|17| G ||                        |                                     |
|18| M ||@ lazyness @ kold @     |                                     |
|19| T ||waxes § now the @       |The man who kant find enny           |
|20| W ||hornet is hush § sum    |thing to do, gennerally hunts with   |
|21| T ||more snow * whiske      |grate caushun.                       |
|22| F ||iz a tonick = very ¶    |                                     |
|23| S ||kold @ now pla kards    |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|24| G ||it thaws @ Lazarus      |                                     |
|25| M ||died poor @ sighns      |                                     |
|26| T ||ov snow @ now @         |Buty has won menny a viktory         |
|27| W ||renew notes @ more      |but seldum has suckceeded in         |
|28| T ||snow @ keep calm.       |keeping it long.                     |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+


_K._

_Kontentment_ iz not one ov mi strong holts, i never am kontented unless
i am fast asleep. If i could hav mi choice, to be thoroly kontented with
things az i find them in this world, or be a Rockaway klam, i would be
the klam.


_L._

_Luv_ iz a game for young folks to pla at, but when a man gits az old,
and az homely az i am, and takes a hand at it, he iz sure to git ukered.
If ten waz the game, Cupid could giv an old phellow seven points, and
then beat him badly.


_M._

_Milk Puntch_ iz a fluid that i do luv extrornary well, and aint ashamed
to oun it. But whether it iz the milk in it, or the puntch in it, that
suits me so well, i aint obliged to tell. Human natur iz weak yu kno,
and needs a little puntching up, in a hot day.


_N._

_Nonsense_ iz one ov mi prinsipal weaknesses, i luv it in any shape, but
az quails on toast improve the quails, and dont hurt the toast, so i
prefer to hav mi nonsense bilt on sense. Good nonsense iz one ov the
rarest artikles in the literary bazaar, and allwuss commands admirashun,
and fetches a good price.


_SQUIBS._

Human beings are natral slovens, yu hav got to hold a yung one tight to
wash hiz face the fust time, and to comb hiz hair, yu hav acktually got
to run him down.

       *       *       *       *       *

The man who haint never bin cheated, dont kno so mutch az he will sum
day before long perhaps.



31 Days.      MARCH.      1878.

    [Illustration]

    _Then he iz harnesst, and broke,
      A hard task indeed,
    And, handled quite gently,
      To draw out his speed._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||      _Brevitys._       |            _BAGATELLES._            |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| F ||  @ Windy :- now        |An illustrious pedigree iz a         |
| 2| S || hunt for @ maple       |risky possesshun, the world wont     |
| 3| G ||sugar @ :- mutch @      |kompare you with yure peers, nor     |
| 4| M || @ wind @ Jabez x       |with yureself, but are all the time  |
| 5| T ||   Brown @ run @        |striking a ballance between you,     |
| 6| W || away @ 1840:- it       |and yure ded grandfather             |
| 7| T ||@ rains -: Jabez @      |                                     |
| 8| F ||   @ run @ away         |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 9| S || with (@) Suzan @       |                                     |
|10| G || @ Fletcter + now       |A _ded beat_ iz a natural born       |
|11| M ||   > the frog @         |hipokrit, he haz kapasity enuff to   |
|12| T ||   @ ! yells ! @        |make him respektable, but the        |
|13| W || @ windy @ some @       |devil holds a fust mortgage on       |
|14| T ||  haste @ makes @       |it.                                  |
|15| F ||@ waste ( ! ) rain      |                                     |
|16| S ||   @ and @ wind         |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|17| G ||   @ now = fri @        |                                     |
|18| M || nutcakes @ sum *       |A careless man in a family iz        |
|19| T ||  @ more @ wind =       |simply a noosance, but a sluttish    |
|20| W ||† Joel † Sprauge †      |woman iz wuss than a blister.        |
|21| T ||  @ marrid 1400 >       |                                     |
|22| F || wind @ nor west @      |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|23| S ||  now @ murder @        |                                     |
|24| G ||   @ kats @ more        |I hav finally got to that            |
|25| M ||  :: wind @ buty        |point whare I aint very posative     |
|26| T ||  @ for @ ashes <       |ov what other people kno, and        |
|27| W ||+ wind * howleth ::     |aint at all certain ov what I kno    |
|28| T ||  @ sow @ peas @        |miself.                              |
|29| F ||  @ more @ wind @       |                                     |
|30| S ||   > go @ slow @        |                                     |
|31| G ||                        |                                     |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+


_THE CENTAUR._

The centaur iz not an Amerikan, but blooms in the land far away to the
eastward, whare the muskeeto iz unknown, and whare the pensiv kokroach
putteth in no appearance. He is haff horse, and haff sum other phellow,
and hunts for fun, and sumthing to eat. He haz got a hed on him like
Demostheneze ov old, and wears hiz hair short in front, but flooded down
on hiz nek, and over hiz shoulders, like a growth ov yung hop vines, in
a hot house. Hiz instrument iz a bo, and arro, and he kan assassinate
the stupendous elephant 440 yards distant, or pik a single feather off
from the top ov a humming birds hed on the fly The centaur allwuss hunts
on horsebak, and leads a free and cheap life. When in the ackt ov
shooting the vast elephant, or the remorseless tiger, hiz hed iz thrown
finely bak, hiz eye gleams like a lost jewell, hiz hair quivers like an
aspen leaf, courage smiles in hiz face, hiz breast grows wider, and the
muscles in hiz arm hang down like hornets' nests, hiz tale whips the
air, and hiz hooffs ov steel ring on the turf. I hav et plain hash
untill i am tired ov it, and would like no better phun than to mount a
centaur, without enny bridle on him, and with a mermaid in front ov me,
and a ghost behind, take a free, and rekless ride, a ride ov genius, to
the ends ov the earth. But I suppoze I should git sik ov this, in a day,
or two, and want to ride sumthing else.


_IMPS._

Poverty haz been called safe, but poverty even, haz got to lock up its
mouldy bread, and cheeze, or loze it.

       *       *       *       *       *

Honesty iz the rarerest welth enny one kan possess, and yet all the
honesty in the world, aint lawful tender for a loaf ov bread.



30 Days.      APRIL.      1878.

_When he reaches six years,
  He iz called a full horse,
And iz thought fit to trot,
  For a puss on the course._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||      _Brevitys._       |            _REVOLVERS._             |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| M ||   @ Soft weather       |He who haz nothing to do in          |
| 2| T ||  the dandylion @       |this world but to amuze himself,     |
| 3| W ||   cometh @ warm        |haz got the hardest job on hand I    |
| 4| T || rain :: now the @      |kno ov.                              |
| 5| F || robin = skreameth      |                                     |
| 6| S ||    @sum@ more @        |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 7| G ||  softness @ Bill       |                                     |
| 8| M || Baxter @ sprained      |Thare iz nothing that yu and I,      |
| 9| T ||  @ hiz = ankle ::      |make so menny blunders about,        |
|10| W ||  1836= it rains @      |and the world so few, az the         |
|11| T ||   @ Venuss waz @       |aktual amount ov our importance.     |
|12| F || @ the @ goddess @      |                                     |
|13| S || ov buty @ bright <     |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|14| G || day @ @ now chuck      |                                     |
|15| M ||   @ in @ onion @       |The fust thing a man duz in          |
|16| T ||  seed @ @ mild @       |the morning, iz to feel for hiz      |
|17| W ||  @ and @ pretty @      |pocket-book, and the fust thing      |
|18| T || @ Ben Franklin ::      |a woman duz, iz to see if the        |
|19| F || = iz ded :: mutch      |looking glass iz all right.          |
|20| S ||   rain = @ now =       |                                     |
|21| G ||   @ fish @ for @       |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|22| M ||   suckers = wind       |                                     |
|23| T ||  @ southy @ by @       |He who works for notoriety           |
|24| W || @ south < Bacchus      |had rather be insulted, than not     |
|25| T || waz a winebibber @     |be notissed at all.                  |
|26| F ||  @ soft @ rain @       |                                     |
|27| S ||  @ Sam @ Perkins>      |                                     |
|28| G || :-died 1813 @ hot      |                                     |
|29| M ||the violet iz here!!    |                                     |
|30| T ||                        |                                     |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+


_THE AUCKSHIONEER._

The auckshioneer iz an unfortunate individual who duz other peoples
lieing for 10 dollars a day, and boards himself. He haz got az mutch jaw
az a wolf trap, and as mutch cheeck az a 10 year old mule. He takes up
the profeshun quite often on the same principle that a horse doktor duz
hiz, not bekause he iz fit for the bizzness, but just to hav one in the
naborhood. His gratest pride iz to mingle what he calls humor with hiz
talk when he iz on the block, but hiz jokes are gennerally az level az a
kold slapjax. He iz at the hight ov hiz ambishun when he haz worried a
laff out ov the bistanders, and uses the same rhetorick, and similees,
when he sells out a line ov bank securitys, that he duz, when he closes
out an old one-eyed pelter, under a chattell mortgage, in frunt ov the
kourt house. A kuntry auckshioneer, and a kuntry horse jockey, are two
wonderphull cusses, in the rural deestrikts. I hav been an auckshioneer
and kno what i am talking about.


_THE OLD MAID._

The old maid iz the last gooseberry left on the bush, ded ripe, and
reddy to fall off at the fust good shake. She iz sumtimes a leetle hard
to suit, but iz quite often the most charming relick in the naborhood.
Next to mothers in law, old maids hav been abuzed more than enny thing
human, but they all ov them hav a warm spot in their hearts, that enny
decent person iz welkum to krawl into, and sun themselfs.


_BLISTERS._

Too mutch attenshun to little things spiles a man for bigger ones, I kno
a fellow who kan make a fust rate whissell out ov a pigs tail, and this
iz all he kan do.

       *       *       *       *       *

Wit, in a woman, kan never replace the want ov buty.


    [Illustration]

    About the hardest thing a fellow kan do, iz to spark 2
    girls at one time, and preserve a good average =

    Try it. Josh Billings

    [Illustration]

    I dont insist upon pedigree for a man, or horse--if a horse kan trot
    fasst. and honest, the pedigree iz all right, if he kant, i wouldn't
    giv a shilling a yard for hiz pedigree.= so, Josh Billings



31 Days.      MAY.      1878.

    [Illustration]

    _Five years ov fasst work,
      He iz bunged up, and done,
    Knee sprung, and spavined,
      Hiz spirit iz gone._


+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||      _Brevitys._       |              _COBWEBS._             |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| W || @ Butiful May !        |                                     |
| 2| T || air @ softly @         | The happiest people after all,      |
| 3| F || @ now churn @          | are thoze who are worked the        |
| 4| S || butter @ rainy @       | the hardest, and fed the best.      |
| 5| G || @ Mose Sherman @       |                                     |
| 6| M || @ born 1792 @          |                                     |
| 7| T || @ wind @ fitful @      |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 8| W || @ Mose Sherman *       |                                     |
| 9| T || + waz a tinker @       | Thare iz sum men who hav so         |
|10| F || @ soft day @           | little bakbone that you kant help   |
|11| S || now bury beans @       | them, you mite as well undertake    |
|12| G || @ warm @ rain =        | to stand an angleworm up on         |
|13| M ||                        | end, and ask him to dance a jig.    |
|14| T || @ the @ way @ ov @     |                                     |
|15| W || * the transgressor @   |                                     |
|16| T || iz hard @ gentle @     |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|17| F || weather @ @ now        |                                     |
|18| S || the old @ hen  @       |                                     |
|19| G || @ kakleth @            | If you give a beggar nine dollars,  |
|20| M || more @ weather *       | at different times, and then        |
|21| T || Juno @ waz @ the @     | refuse him the tenth, he will sware |
|22| W || @ wife ov Jupiter @    | you have cheated him out of it.     |
|23| T || @ bright and @         |                                     |
|24| F || butiful @ now          |                                     |
|25| S || * insert @ corn @      |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|26| G || @ Abram North @        |                                     |
|27| M || @ killed @ 1819 @      |                                     |
|28| T || pretty day * Abram     | One haff the trubbles ov this       |
|29| W || was stung to @         | life kan be traced to saying        |
|30| T || dethness bi hornets    | "Yes" too quick, and not saying     |
|31| F || allass!! allass!!!     | "No" soon enuff.                    |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+


_INDISKRIMINATE HINTS._

I receaved a circular yesterday inviting me to buy a ticket in a gift
distrubiting skeme, i didn't invest, i hav often bought into theze
magnificent chances, and all that i hav ever drawed yet, waz the wool
over mi eyes. A cow that will leak 18 quarts of milk per diem iz a good
one, but one that will flow 30, iz better. This may look like an
assershun ov mine, but the more yu look into it, the more milk yu will
diskover. Thare aint but fu cows that will giv 30 quarts ov milk a day
unless yu irrigate it well. I kant say if it will pay yu to keep a cow,
or not, yu kan buy a "_Readdy Reckoner_," at enny ov the book stores,
for 75 cents, and they tell all about theze things. If i waz called upon
to advise a Mother in law, i should tell her never to suggest enny thing
in the family at all, if she sees the babys stockings agin the stove,
burning up, let them burn, if she sees the kat stealing kream, off from
the top ov the milk kans, let her steal, if thare iz enny thing lost,
and the whole household are hunting for it, and she knows right whare it
iz, keep mum, and let them hunt. I kant tell whitch iz the best breed ov
lap dogs, all i kno about the diffrent breeds iz that the whole lot are
a kussid shame, and noosance. Rats are very growthy, so growthy, that yu
dont need but one good helthy rat to commence operations with, and in
three years, yu will hav rats to spare.


_WAIFS._

Next to going barefoot, for solid cumfort, cums an old shoe.

       *       *       *       *       *

I beleave in ghosts,--only a little,--just ennff to keep up an
assortment.



30 Days.      JUNE.      1878.

    [Illustration]

    _Now to a street kar,
      Staggering he goes,
    Receiving for pay,
      Only curses and blows._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||      _Brevitys._       |             _FRIZZLE._              |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| S ||@ warm hotness          |About all us old fellows kan do      |
| 2| G ||@ June bugs @           |to enny advantage, iz to nuss our    |
| 3| M ||@ are here @ leafy      |rumatizz quietly in sum corner,      |
| 4| T ||weather @ John          |and guess, that it iz a going to     |
| 5| W ||Bigg deceased @ 913     |rain tommorow, or that it aint.      |
| 6| T ||@ warm and wet @        |                                     |
| 7| F ||@ John Bigg @           |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 8| S ||@ operated in @         |                                     |
| 9| G ||@ klams @ hotter        |Military taktiks are a good thing    |
|10| M ||@ now @ the @           |to fite injuns with, when the        |
|11| T ||kokroach @runneth       |injuns are 65 miles off, but when    |
|12| W ||bright and liquid @     |the fite cums, yu want to kill the   |
|13| T ||@ now prepare for @     |injuns fust, and then alter the      |
|14| F ||rain @ thou shalt @     |case to fit the taktiks.             |
|15| S ||not steal @ sum @       |                                     |
|16| G ||wind @ now egg          |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|17| M ||@ hens @ for @          |                                     |
|18| T ||                        |                                     |
|19| W ||chickens @ wind sow     |A woman never iz more happy          |
|20| T ||bi @ sow-east @         |than when she haz four men           |
|21| F ||@ Vulcan @ was @        |waiting on her all to once, but      |
|22| S ||@ a blak @ smith        |more than one woman fussing          |
|23| G ||@ warmer @ all @        |over a man at the same time,         |
|24| M ||natur @ jumps @         |makes him feel dredphull unsartin.   |
|25| T ||@ hot @ Sam @           |                                     |
|26| W ||@ Burbanks born @       |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|27| T ||1812 @ hotsum           |                                     |
|28| F ||rain @ Sam playd        |Thare iz nothing will demoralize     |
|29| S ||the juice @ harp        |a man fasster, than to git into      |
|30| G ||mutch growthy           |the habit ov doing hous work.        |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+


_TWO LETTERS._

_Dear Laubenhimer._--I dont know who writ "_Babes in the Woods_," but
who ever did, hit natur. I hav forgot now the diagnosis ov the book, all
i kan remember iz, i red it when i waz a boy, and i bought one 25 years
after that for mi son, and only last week, bought another for mi
grandson, and when he grows up to be a man, and iz wed, and haz results,
he will buy it for hiz children. Robinson Kruso, Jak the Giant Killer,
and babes in the woods, will wear az long az allminaxes will. I dont kno
az thare iz a partikle ov bible truth in them, but they are so
wonderphull, that if they didn't never cum to pass, it seems az tho they
ought to.

       *       *       *       *       *

_Dear Onderdonk._--Thare iz only one way to brake a kiking heifer, and
that iz, to stop her growth bi deth. When a heifer gits to kiking, the
smartest mishionary in the world kant console her, she will kik over her
own mother, just az liberally az she will a perfekt stranger.

They will allways manage to stand middling still untill yu git the pail
just about full, and then for fear they wont hit it, they will kik with
both feet to oust, and squeal into the bargain. After they hav kikt the
milk over, they are perfektly resighned, and will stand and chew their
kud, and let yu milk them for two hours if yu want to.


_BUOYS._

The fust man that waz murdered in this world waz the only pure one
living at that time.

       *       *       *       *       *

I like to see all things true to natur, even a hornet that kant sting,
is a melankolly failure.



31 Days.      JULY.      1878.

    [Illustration]

    _Next to a kart,
      He plods, and he moans,
    A skeleton phantom,
      A mere rak ov bones._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||      _Brevitys._       |            _WATCHWORDS._            |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| M ||@ Grate @               |A good landlord haz no publik        |
| 2| T ||a warmness @            |opinyun ov his own, when called      |
| 3| W ||@ now the @             |upon to decide between two ov        |
| 4| T ||@ hopper grass @        |hiz boarders, he takes them one      |
| 5| F ||@ laffeth @ sum @       |side seperately, and tells each ov   |
| 6| S ||more hot @ Pan          |them, what a kussid phool the        |
| 7| G ||@ waz @ a shephard @    |other fellow is making ov himself.   |
| 8| M ||@ more heat @           |                                     |
| 9| T ||@ Fred Munson @         |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|10| W ||@ broke his@ @          |                                     |
|11| T ||@ arm @ 1386 @          |The man who iz anxious to liv        |
|12| F ||@ thunder and @         |hiz life over again, iz proberbly    |
|13| S ||@ litening @ now        |more ov a spekulator at heart,       |
|14| G ||the ram butteth @       |than a philosopher or a christian.   |
|15| M ||@ growing hot @         |                                     |
|16| T ||now probe @ for @       |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|17| W ||ice kream @ more        |                                     |
|18| T ||@ thunder @             |Total depravity iz a hard thing      |
|19| F ||@ multiplikashun @      |for me to believe, but i must say,   |
|20| S ||table diskovered @      |that i often meet cases that         |
|21| G ||826 @ now twitch        |wouldn't pay more than 5 per         |
|22| M ||lettiss @ more @        |cent for rektifying.                 |
|23| T ||heaty @ Jane            |                                     |
|24| W ||@ Ferguson @ @          |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|25| T ||vamosed @ 1840          |                                     |
|26| F ||@ hot @ abates @        |A "Cuss" iz a kritter who iz         |
|27| S ||Jane vamosed @          |just a little more respektabel than  |
|28| G ||with @ one Sam @        |a loafer, and just a little less     |
|29| M ||Peters @ it rains @@    |dangerous than a renegade.           |
|30| T ||@ sich iz life @        |                                     |
|31| W ||                        |                                     |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+


_THE RHINOSSEROSS AND THE VIOLET._

The rhinosseross iz strikly a forrin invenshun, and i am glad ov it.
They are a one horned experiment, and that horn grows on the tip ov
their nose. If they are haff az unhappy az they look, they are the most
mizerable kritters ever invented. Their great value is in their
skarsity, if they waz az plenty az organ grinders, they wouldn't be enny
more of a luxury. If i waz offered mi choice between a rhinosseross, and
an anakondy, i should figger on them cluss, for a fortnight, and then
refuse to take either.


_THE VIOLET._

Little blu eyed innocent, i saw yu one year ago, this very day, in this
same cold, and sunless spot, (perhaps it mite hav been yure sister) far
away from human eyes, or human footsteps. It waz winter then, so it iz
now, but they call it spring. Yu are too gentle for this cheerless
place, do the fairys visit yu, and whisper words ov luv and hope. Yu
need'nt hang yure hed and tremble, i wont hurt yu, gladly would i swop
places with yu, neglected az yu are, yu kant be lost, i may be. Stay
right whare yu are little innosent, the fust luv sik maiden i kum
akrost, i will send to keep yu company, she will hav a lot ov silly, and
soft things, to tell yu.


_UNDERGROWTH._

A "_Stool Pigeon_" iz one, who iz willing to be az wicked az he knows
how, but who haz to be taught all the iniquity, ov enny consequence,
that he possesses.

       *       *       *       *       *

Men who hav the most real power, sho it the least, while thare aint a
more terrible engine ov the law, than a fresh elekted constable.



31 Days.      AUGUST.      1878.

    [Illustration]

    _When he kant pull a pound,
      And won't even try,
    He iz dropt bi his owner,
      And turned out to die._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||      _Brevitys._       |              _SKRAPS._              |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| T || @ Hot but dusty        |Repentanse iz the most satisfaktory  |
| 2| F ||  ¶ Behold the @        |duty that a man can perform,         |
| 3| S ||   * festiff @          |but it wont kure the headake         |
| 4| G ||  @ muskeeter @         |next day, nor pay for the hot rum,   |
| 5| M ||  @ draws nigh @        |and cigars, it took to make it.      |
| 6| T ||   ¶ sum more ¶         |                                     |
| 7| W ||@ dust with heat §      |                                     |
| 8| T ||now inquire @ for       |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 9| F ||    @ juleps @          |                                     |
|10| S ||  @ big shower @        |                                     |
|11| G || § now the hen §        |Thare may be some perfektly          |
|12| M || @ pants @ cool @       |happy people in this world, but if   |
|13| T ||  @ @ nights @ @        |they undertake to prove it, they     |
|14| W || @ Sam. Carter @        |will lay themselfs open to suspishun.|
|15| T ||@ obituated 1865 @      |                                     |
|16| F ||sum more @ hotly @      |                                     |
|17| S ||§ Sam Carter waz @      |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|18| G || a @ ded @ beet @       |                                     |
|19| M ||    @ sighns @          |                                     |
|20| T ||  @ ov thunder @        |I never knu a man who lived          |
|21| W ||  @ /now lift/ @        |upon hope, but what spent hiz old    |
|22| T ||  @ coucumbers @        |age at sumboddy else's expense.      |
|23| F ||   @ rain and @         |                                     |
|24| S ||  @ lightning @         |                                     |
|25| G || "thou shall not        |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|26| M || lie" @ much @ @        |                                     |
|27| T ||  @ warmth * now        |                                     |
|28| W || keep @ cool @ it       |To bekum famous requires             |
|29| T ||   @ thunders @         |mutch time, and merit,--fust to      |
|30| F ||  @ hark!!! @ @         |be entitled to it, an seckondly,     |
|31| S ||                        |not to git cheated out ov it.        |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+


_THE BACHELOR._

The old bachelor iz born in the maskuline way, but often changes hiz
base, to the nuter gender. He thinks he haz got a good lone hand, but in
playing it, allmost allways gits ukered. Sumtimes, late in life, he
makes up hiz mind to git marrid, and then, allmost invariably, thare are
two partys, who are disapointed.


_THE QUACK._

The quack knows he iz a ded beat, but he allso knows that mankind luv to
be cheated. He allwuss haz sum speshiallity, and the more difikult iz
the disseaze, the more brazen iz he, in hiz offers to kure it. He preys
upon the unfortunate, and it would be az unprofitable to prove
malpraktiss aginst him, az it would bigamy, aginst a wharf rat.


_THE DEAKON._

The deakon iz the fust lutenant in a meeting house. He iz a good
christian man, but hiz kreed iz too often az mutch bother to him, az a
yoke iz to a goose. He iz az full ov bizzness, and proviso's az a
wimmins rites convenshen. He often haz more pitty than branes, and
generally, more fuss, than either. A good deakon, in a naborhood, iz a
substanshall blessing, and bad deakons, thank Heaven, hav allwuss been
skarse.


_SOLLUM THINGS._

The world iz bankrupt in morals, and if kind heaven wont settle with us,
for 10 cents on the dollar, the devil will git the whole thing bi
foreclosure.

       *       *       *       *       *

Yu may make a servant ov a friend, but yu kant make a friend ov a
servant, it aint natral.



30 Days.      SEPTEMBER.      1878.

    [Illustration]

    _The street boys git at him,
      And ride him around,
    'Till he staggers, and stumbles,
      And falls to the ground._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||      _Brevitys._       |              _ECHOS._               |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| G || @ Breezy @ 'list       |                                     |
| 2| M || @ to @ the @           |Whenever yu cum akrost a             |
| 3| T || @ mocking bird @       |man, who praizes yu immoderaterly,   |
| 4| W || @ a fine day @         |and kusses every boddy               |
| 5| T || @ now chew @           |else in proportion, yu kan make      |
| 6| F || @ @ cherrys @ @        |up yure mind, that yure turn for     |
| 7| S || @ cool @ Dave @        |kussing will cum soon.               |
| 8| G || @ Markham died @       |                                     |
| 9| M || @ 1790 @ milder @      |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|10| T || @ Dave died @          |                                     |
|11| W || @ ov skarsity @        |Experiense haz no effect on sum      |
|12| T || @ @ ov breth @ @       |people, they are like an old frog    |
|13| F || @ @ more @ @           |in a mud puddle, yu kan ketch        |
|14| S || @ mildness @           |him without even enny bait on        |
|15| G || @ huckleberrys are @   |yure hook, and thro him bak agin,    |
|16| M || @ here @ cool          |az often az yu hav a mind to.        |
|17| T ||                        |                                     |
|18| W || @ sighns @             |                                     |
|19| T || @ Dan Tucker @         |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|20| F || @ born 1832 @          |                                     |
|21| S || @ expekt coolness @    |An idler iz twice a thief, he not    |
|22| G || @ Dan Tucker @         |only steals hiz own time, but he     |
|23| M || @ waz dark @           |hangs around, trieing to steal       |
|24| T || @ konplekted @         |yures too.                           |
|25| W || rain @ now @ twitch    |                                     |
|26| T || flax @ hot day @ in    |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|27| F || @ time ov peace        |                                     |
|28| S || look out @ @ for war   |We all ov us hav certian             |
|29| G || wind easty @ bi nor    |sorrows that are too intrinksik to   |
|30| M || east @ go slow @       |be divided with enny boddy.          |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+


_THE GRASSHOPPER IZ A BURDEN_

The grasshopp iz a flippant bug. He iz likewise a kuss. He iz green for
color, and haz several leggs, or more, i disremember whitch. They kan
fli, hop, walk, sit still, or run, and are born ov eggs, a dozen from
each egg, proberbly. They are an inch and a quarter in length, and are
sumtimes a frackshun over. They are laid, hatchid out, git their
manhood, and die off in 75 days, this iz aktual bizzness, and shows
enterprize, in a lofty degree. What they are good for, haz been
concealed from us, for wize reazons, but the evil they kan commit, iz
sumtimes equal to a famine. I hav seen every green thing, on the flatt
ov the earth, for 50 miles in diameter, et up bi them, and millyuns ov
them besides starving to deth. I have seen the air filled with them like
a shower ov sand, and nothing but stone fences, and McAdam roads, proof
aginst their appetights. To be et up bi grasshopps, to be consumed bi
muskeeters, or mangled bi a mule, hav allways been the three deaths that
i hav voted aginst. But az mutch az i fear the dedly hopper, i had
rather face a mile square ov them, all alone, in the month ov August, or
i had rather cross the Newark marshes, bi moonlite, in Juli, when
muskeeters are in their consumate glory, or even fondle the sportive
mule, than to hav a _nusepaper kritick_, who writes for 8 dollars a
week, git after me.


_CAMBRIK NEEDLES._

The slowest time on reckord,--is skool time.

       *       *       *       *       *

The man who _forgivs_, and dont _forgit_, compounds for 50 cents on the
dollar.


    [Illustration]

    I dont take enny phoolish chances, if i waz called upon
    to mourn over a ded mule, i should stand in front ov him, and do mi
    weeping.=

    J. Billings Esq.


    [Illustration]

    When a man gits to going down hill, it duz seem, az tho
    every thing had been greased for the ockashun.

    Josh Billings



31 Days.      OCTOBER.      1878.

    [Illustration]

    _Thare he struggles, and groans,
      'Till he iz knockt on the hed,
    And the once rapid trotter,
      Lies pulseless and ded._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||      _Brevitys._       |            _DAY BREAKS._            |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| T || @ Frosty @ now         |                                     |
| 2| W || @ gobble cider @       | Politeness never makes enny         |
| 3| T || @ expekt kold @        | blunders, it often gits snubbed,    |
| 4| F || @ Nick Hudibras @      | but never gits beat.                |
| 5| S || @ fled @ 1851 @        |                                     |
| 6| G || @ @ colder @ @         |                                     |
| 7| M || @ Nick fled @          |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 8| T || @ to Texas @           |                                     |
| 9| W || @ snow @ threatens @   | When you cum akrost a man           |
|10| T || @ now unearth @        | that neither flattery, nor abuse,   |
|11| F || @ p-o-t-a-t-o-e-s @    | wont stimulate, let him alone, he   |
|12| S || @ cool nights @        | haz gone to seed.                   |
|13| G ||                        |                                     |
|14| M || liberty @ and @ union  |                                     |
|15| T || @ still @ cooler @     |                                     |
|16| W || @ one @ and @          |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|17| T || @ fine day @           |                                     |
|18| F || inseparable @ now      | Thare iz nothing more bekuming      |
|19| S || @ the duck @           | than humality, and nothing          |
|20| G || q-u-a-c-k-e-t-h @      | that most ov people are more        |
|21| M || @ more frost @         | ashamed ov.                         |
|22| T || @ Sally Foster @       |                                     |
|23| W || @ marrid 1826 @        |                                     |
|24| T || @ cool and wet @       |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|25| F ||                        |                                     |
|26| S || Sally marrid @ for     |                                     |
|27| G || love @cooler @and      | It iz a grate art to kno how to     |
|28| M || 45 hundred dollars     | giv gracephully, I hav seen good    |
|29| T || a year @ wind flau     | light bread change into a stone,    |
|30| W || @ sum @ now @          | in passing from one hand to         |
|31| T || highst @ turnips @     | another.                            |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+


_THE APPLE._

The apple iz the oldest fruit on reckord, and one ov the best. The fust
ackount we hav ov it, was in the gardin ov Eden. Eve iz sed to hav et
the fust one, and pronounced it good, and made Adam take a bight. The
eating ov this apple never has been konsidered mutch ov a hit for the
rest ov us. The apple will keep longer than enny other fruit, if it aint
eaten, and kan be workt up into apple sass, and dumplings, with grate
suckcess.

I kan tell a mans tru karakter, bi what he eats, or drinks, clusser than
i kan to hear him deliver a tempranse lektur. Talk of all kinds iz
artyfishall, but vittles, and drinks, iz natur. Whenever yu see a man
cussing, and swareing at apple sass, and good light dumplings, yu can
bet 10 dollars, on mi ackount, that he aint a good fireside man. Apples
also, when they are well squeezed, produce cider, which iz next to milk,
az a fertilizer. Egnogg owes most ov its glory unto cider. Champane wine
would be dredphull skarse in market if it want for cider, and good sharp
vinegar would be az unkommon az piety, or tru affeckshun, if it wazn't
for cider. Jersey lightning also kums from cider, this iz the only
wicked thing i ever knu cider to do. Jersey lightning haz scalded more
people than hot water ever haz, and killed more than Minnie rifles.


_FOAM._

Thare iz nothing which a chaste, and refined woman detekts so quick as
the atmosphere ov an impure man.

       *       *       *       *       *

Contentment has been praized more, and prakticed less, than enny other
condishun ov life.



30 Days.      NOVEMBER.      1878.

    [Illustration]

    _Now they kart him away--
      Forgot, and forsaken,
    To far-famed "BARREN ISLAND,"
      The Trotter iz taken._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||      _Brevitys._       |           _SNOW FLAKES._            |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| F ||   @ Cold @ the         |                                     |
| 2| S || cricket @ chirps @     | I like philosophy on general        |
| 3| G || @ faintly @ more       | principles, but the man who invented|
| 4| M || coldy @ now @          | the frickshun match, a              |
| 5| T || trap @ for minks       | cent a box, haz dun the world       |
| 6| W || @ it snows @           | more good, than than the author     |
| 7| T || @ Ruben Hatfield @     | ov the stoick philosophy.           |
| 8| F || obsquatulated 1811     |                                     |
| 9| S || @ chilly @             |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|10| G || @ Reuben @ was @       |                                     |
|11| M || a toll/gate @ keeper   | Thare iz a grate menny fresh        |
|12| T || @ now @ bruize @       | water martyrs on the footstool,     |
|13| W || @ w/o/o/d @            | folks whoze gratest pride iz to tell|
|14| T || @ colder mutch @       | us what a miserable time they hav   |
|15| F || @ thou @ shalt @       | allways had ont.                    |
|16| S || not @ s-n-o-r-e @      |                                     |
|17| G || in @ thy @ sleep       |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|18| M || @ very @ cool @        |                                     |
|19| T || @ meazles @ found @    |                                     |
|20| W || @ 1492 @ Bob @         | Advice and phisick are so           |
|21| T || Barnes @ died 1603     | plenty, that the man who makes      |
|22| F || raw @ but cold @ Bob   | enny blunders, or gits sick, must   |
|23| S || Barnes @ was @ a       | be a phool.                         |
|24| G || vegitinarian @ more    |                                     |
|25| M || snow @ Bob Barnes      |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|26| T || waz a kold @ potato    |                                     |
|27| W || @ champion @           |                                     |
|28| T || @ Farewell @           | A vain man lets us see all hiz      |
|29| F || @ my boys !!! @        | weak points, and hides hiz strong   |
|30| S ||                        | ones.                               |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+


_THE AVERAGE BOARDING HOUSE._

I hav lived in boarding houses long enuff to decide, that most ov them
are the most cheerless, and unfriendly places on earth. The alms house,
or the hospital, iz a more luvly spot to liv in, than the average
boarding house. They are kept bi females, gennerally about 45, or 46,
years old, and never gits enny older, who wears a blak allpacka dress,
az slippery, and shiny, as a piece ov pattent leather, and who kan blo a
butcher klean out ov hiz stall, or lift the false hair oph from the
heds, ov one ov her Bridgets, when she gets to argueing the case hot.

Her house iz furnished from top to bottom with faded furniture, the
spoils ov a thousand aukshun sales, which iz the only place she visits,
except the meat, and vegetable markets Everything on the table, and
about the house, inkluding attendance, iz meazzured out at the rate ov
about nine ounces to the pound, and the whole thing runs dry, and
squeaking like the axles ov a waggon, in want ov grease. Thare iz not
one solitary, genuine cumfort, in theze concerns, and men, and wimmin,
liv, year after year, in theze hash asylums, cursing them every day, and
without the moral force to desert them.

I was once told ov one landlady who kept a party ov four young fellows
in her house, two months longer than they wanted to stay, bi putting a
ten cent stamp into the hash every morning. The landlady dealt out the
hash, and managed to get the stamp every time.


_DUST._

The way of the transgressor iz hard,--and there ain't no transgressor
kan dodge it neither.

       *       *       *       *       *

Experience iz about all that old age can boast ov, and how often iz even
this ov the bitterest kind.



31 Days.      DECEMBER.      1878.

    [Illustration]

    _Thar hiz hide is stript off,
      And two dollars brings,
    And his bones are workt up,
      Into buttons and things._

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||      _Brevitys._       |            _SKIMMINGS._             |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| G || Orphull @ kold @       | I have a grate kuriosity now to     |
| 2| M || now @ hunt @ for       | kno when the next flood is a        |
| 3| T || @ ice @ it @           | going to take place, and whether    |
| 4| W || @ waxes kolder @       | thare kan be found on the face ov   |
| 5| T || @ Zeke @ Davis @       | the earth a crew fit to man the     |
| 6| F || born 1850 @ big @      | next ark with.                      |
| 7| S || @ s-n-o @ storm @      |                                     |
| 8| G || @ Zeke waz @           |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 9| M || @ a @ henpecked @      |                                     |
|10| T || man @ it is winter     | I hav heard wize men phrovesy,      |
|11| W || now @ the ☼ cow        | and fools guess, all mi life, but i |
|12| T || s-h-i-v-e-r-e-t-h @    | never hav kept enny count which     |
|13| F || ☼ more @ bitter @      | ov them haz got it right the        |
|14| S || @ Adam @ was @         | oftenest.                           |
|15| G || @ a phool @            |                                     |
|16| M || @ more ☼ snow @        |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|17| T || @ now maim wood @      |                                     |
|18| W || dredphull @ cold @     | When i waz a boy i allwuss wanted   |
|19| T || @ man is @             | tommorow to cum, in middle life     |
|20| F || @ a @ f-a-i-l-u-r-e @  | i wanted a day to last allways, now |
|21| S || @ wind northy @        | that i hav got older, i look at     |
|22| G || bi @ north ☼ now       | yesterday, and to day, and compare  |
|23| M || pay @ your honest      | them with tommorow, and wonder      |
|24| T || dets @ it grows cold   | what all this fuss iz about.        |
|25| W || now ! comfort ☼ your   |                                     |
|26| T || wife @ more snow       |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|27| F || Buy Josh Billings'     |                                     |
|28| S || A-l-l-m-i-n-a-x @      | Thare iz lots ov people in this     |
|29| G || sighns ov a thaw @     | world, who spend so mutch time      |
|30| M || Let @ us @ meet        | watching their healths, that they   |
|31| T || @ here again ☼         | haint got no time to enjoy it.      |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+


_A LONG PARAGRAFF._

Guessing iz a dredphull poor trade, i had just about az soon hav a man
tell me a lie az to guess at a thing, in case ov doubt ask yure wife,
when the sun shines wimmin are butterflys, and luv to bask in its rays,
but when the dark hours cum, and even hope begins to look over its
shoulder, ask yure wife about it, and she will either puntch a hole thru
the klowd, or lift up one corner ov it, and sho yu a star, I luv babys,
i luv them bekauze they are aktually necessary, I luv them bekauze they
wont lie, I luv them bekauze they may be the next president sum time, i
luv them bekauze i waz a baby once miself, and perhaps sumboddy loved
me, i hav sumtimes thought gamblers were az honest az they kan afford to
be, they allwuss giv notiss before hand that they will cheat you if they
kan, I beleave in one wife, one dog, and one friend, with a few
cheerfull acquaintances thrown in to make up the assortment, doenutts
and cheeze are lawful tenders in Nu England, nine doenutts, a quarter ov
a pound ov old cheeze, and a pint ov sharp sider, iz a luncheon fit for
a nuly elekted Justiss ov the Peace, or a trakt pedlar, dandys are
things ov the past, I havn't seen a regular full blossomed, old
fashioned dandy, going on now seven years, I* * * * * *


_SEDIMENT._

When a coquet falls in luv, she falls in all over, prudes make a mental
reservashun.

       *       *       *       *       *

I would rather number amung mi intimates, an ideot, or even a pikpocket,
than infidel.



31 Days.      JANUARY.      1879.

    [Illustration: AQUARIUS. THE WATER BEARER.

    "_Now is the winter ov our diskontent._"]

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||      _The Slate._      |             _KRYSTALS._             |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| W ||                        |                                     |
| 2| T || @ _Keep_ @ _cool_ @    | Yung man, set down, and keep        |
| 3| F || @ _korn_ @ _starch_ @  | still, yu will hav plenty ov chances|
| 4| S || @ _it snows_ @         | yet to make a phool ov yureself     |
| 5| G || @ _invented_ @         | before yu die.                      |
| 6| M || @ now @ 1835 @         |                                     |
| 7| T || @ iz @ the @ @         |                                     |
| 8| W || @ winter @ _Sam_ @     |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 9| T || ov our _Peterkin_      |                                     |
|10| F || @ @ diskontent @ @     |                                     |
|11| S || @ _born_ @ _kolder_ @  | It iz a wize man who proffits       |
|12| G || @ 1202 @ more @        | bi hiz own experience--but it iz a  |
|13| M || kolder @ @ @ _Sam_     | good deal wizer one, who lets the   |
|14| T || --now--_waz_--         | rattlesnaik bite the other phellow. |
|15| W || @ rake @ a @           |                                     |
|16| T || r*i*g*h*t*e*o*u*s      |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|17| F || @ @ in @ ice @ @       |                                     |
|18| S || _man_ @ @ @ _sighns_   |                                     |
|19| G || @ @ @ _the_ @ _ov_ @ @ |                                     |
|20| M || _frog_ @ _snow_        | Take all the phools out ov          |
|21| T || @ _lies_ @ _kolder_ @  | this world, and thare wouldn't be   |
|22| W || @ @ _still_ @ now @ @  | enny phun, nor proffit living in it |
|23| T || _snow_ @ @ @ jam       |                                     |
|24| F || @ 2 @ _feet_ @ fires @ |                                     |
|25| S || _deep_ @--@ Mozes      |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|26| G || @ @ _a thaw_ @ @       |                                     |
|27| M || B*u*r*b*a*n*k*s--      |                                     |
|28| T || @ _now_ @ deceased @   | Allmost enny phool kan prove        |
|29| W || @--1818--@             | that the bible aint true, it takes  |
|30| T || @ s-w-a-l-l-o-w @      | a wize man to beleave it.           |
|31| F || @ _kolder_ @ cider @   |                                     |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+


_THE BOOK CANVASSER._

The book canvasser iz a red hot being, az untiring az a fox hound, and
az free from diffidence az a fish pedlar. He works hiz way into every
spot in kreashun, and will often sell a book to a man, for hiz own
price, who swore at first that he wouldn't take it az a gift. He will
travel more miles in a day, on less hash, than a stage horse, and kan
stand more abuse than a chinaman. The book canvasser haz bekum the
terror of the land, and mankind hide from him az they would from the
taxgatherer, or a case ov the small pox. I rather like the book
canvasser, when a man pitches into me, and offers to sell me 650 pages
ov "_Doktor John Hirsute's modified diagnosis ov the cappilliary
attrakshun_," and stiks to it untill he gits the book onto me, i am
delighted with the man, and proud ov miself. It takes genius to do theze
things, and i luv genius in all shapes, whether it appears az the author
ov a dikshionary, or the pattentee of bar soap, warrented to take the
letterings off from a mile stone in three washings. The book canvasser
haz mi hottest prayers for hiz sukcess, and tho i never ov late
subskribe for enny thing, not even to buy the new klergyman an
independant seckond hand trotting kronometor, still i am allwus reddy to
reckomend him to mi nabors.


_SLUNG SHOT._

"_Throw fisick to the dogs_," is a very old proverb, but whare will yu
find the dog that will tutch it?

       *       *       *       *       *

Experience teaches us mutch, but learns us little.



28 Days.

FEBRUARY.

1879.

    [Illustration: PICES, THE FISHES.

    _Two Perch--possibly one Smelt._]

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|(!)|@ ||      _The Slate._      |           _CENTER SHOTS._           |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| S || @ _Kold_ ¶ now         |                                     |
| 2| G || @ _waxes_ @ make @     | I would az soon think ov pulling    |
| 3| M || @ _snow_ ax @          | the feathers out ov a peakoks       |
| 4| T ||   _falls_ @ @ handles  | tale, az to interfere with inosent  |
| 5| W || < Kate @ _aufull_ >    | vanity ov a man.                    |
| 6| T || Sherman @ @ @ _koldy_  |                                     |
| 7| F || @ @ fell _more_ @ @    |                                     |
| 8| S ||   Kate * * * *         |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 9| G || @ @ _koldness_ @ @     |                                     |
|10| M || * * * * fell           | When a wize man undertakes          |
|11| T || @ _the_ @ down @       | to do a kunning thing he allmost    |
|12| W ||                        | allways makes a mizerable failure   |
|13| T || @ ¶ _Bumblebee_ ¶ @    | ov it.                              |
|14| F ||   cellar @ @ _lies_    |                                     |
|15| S || @ _now dreaming_ @     |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|16| G || @ _krak_ * _kolder_ @  |                                     |
|17| M ||  _buttnutts_ @ @ _it_  | Marrid life iz a little game, in    |
|18| T || @ Adam @ _snows_ @     | which the woman, if she iz called,  |
|19| W || @ Brown @ @ _it_ @     | iz allmost sure to hav a strate     |
|20| T ||   kreated @ @ _thaws_  | flush.                              |
|21| F || @ 1400 Adam @          |                                     |
|22| S || _more_ @ _snow_ @ waz  |                                     |
|23| G || @ _now_ a @ natral@    |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|24| M || @ _pay_ kuss @         |                                     |
|25| T ||   _dets_----@----Ben   | The man who knows a thing,          |
|26| W || @ _still_ @ Franklin @ | and can tell it in the fewest words |
|27| T ||   _kolder_ @ @ @ waz   | iz the hardest kind of a man to     |
|28| F || ¶ thawy ¶ a ¶ kard ¶   | beat in a kross examinashun.        |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+


_THE CHIPMUNK._

The chipmunk iz the smallest of the squirrell tribe. They are striped
goods, having three blak lines wove into them, running the same way the
squirrell duz. Az a spekulator in corn the chipmunk stands at the hed ov
all the small operators, beating the blujay, in hiz yearly operashuns
about a quart. The chipmunk carrys hiz corn in hiz mouth, and when he
cums out ov a cornfield loaded with the cereal, his cheeks stik out like
a duch baby's. Sumtimes the chipmunk iz kaught and kept in a cage, and
iz made to turn a wheel for a living, this iz the only usefull work they
hav ever been known to do. I hav often lookt at them at work in their
wheels, and dont kno which i pitty the most, the chipmunk, or the party
who has to tend them, both of them mite be in better bizzness. They are
the only insekt who dig their holes and sho no pile ov dirt at the
entrance. I hav asked sevral smart men what bekums ov the dirt, but they
all shook their heds and lookt awfull wize. When i waz a boy i used to
ketch chipmunks bi running away from skool, and the day that I brought
in two ov them waz a big day for me.


_CRUMBS._

The devil iz a very cunning phellow, but the blunders he makes allwuss
eats up the profitts in hiz bizzness.

       *       *       *       *       *

A dandy iz an individul whoze usephullness in this world depends
entirely upon the fit ov hiz clothes.



31 Days.      MARCH.      1879.

    [Illustration: ARIES, THE RAM.

    _On the War Path.--The hit ov the seazon._]

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||      _The Slate_.      |             _DU DROPS._             |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| S ||  _Wind_ @ @ @          |                                     |
| 2| G ||@ *-*-*- now            | The things that i kant prove i      |
| 3| M ||@ _howls_ @ tan @       | beleave the most, i beleave that    |
| 4| T ||_more_ @ woodchuk       | one apple iz sour, and another      |
| 5| W ||@ _wind_ @ skins @      | one sweet, but i will giv enny      |
| 6| T ||Pete @ _wind_           | highly eddikated man, a span ov     |
| 7| F ||@-@ Perkins @-@         | matched mules, who will tell me     |
| 8| S ||_r-i-z-e-s_ @ b-o-r-n   | what makes them so.                 |
| 9| G ||@ _more_ @ @ 1840 @     |                                     |
|10| M ||_windfull_ @            |                                     |
|11| T ||----Pete @ _it_         |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|12| W ||                        |                                     |
|13| T ||@ _rains_ @ waz @       | I hav lived just long enuff to      |
|14| F ||@ @ coloured @ @        | find out how little i kno, and no   |
|15| S ||_sighns_ @ @ @ he       | man who throws away hiz faith,      |
|16| G ||@ waz @ _ov_ @ @ @      | iz ever going to be very wize.      |
|17| M ||_snow_ @ a @ @ @        |                                     |
|18| T ||c-o-l-o-u-r-e-d         |                                     |
|19| W ||@ _now_ @ barber @      |   *       *       *       *       * |
|20| T ||@_d_ @ _r_ @ _a_ @ _w_@ |                                     |
|22| S ||@ @ @ _violet_ @ @ @    | iz hiz conshience, he may outargy   |
|23| G ||---- _ackounts_         | hiz reazon, or stutify hiz faith,   |
|24| M ||@ _haz_ @ _more_ @      | but he kant beat hiz conshience.    |
|25| T ||_cum_ @ _windfull_      |                                     |
|26| W ||@ @ @ now _it_ @ @ @    |                                     |
|27| T ||_blows_ @ @ @ drink     |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|28| F ||@-@- Noah -@-@          |                                     |
|29| S || .... Egg had ....      | The best thing i kno ov iz a        |
|30| G ||-- nogg @ 3 --          | fust rate wife, and the next best   |
|31| M ||_it_ @ _blows_ @ boys @ | thing, is a sekond rate one.        |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+


_REMARKS._

Three kard monte iz a game ov chance, the chance iz, that yu will git
badly beat, unless yu play it alone. When thare iz 2 plays the game,
sumbody iz bound to git hurt. Girls are a more risky crop to raize than
boys, if a boy makes a bad blunder, he kan wipe out the slate once, or
even twice, and begin again, but a girl kant. I kant tell who old
Probabilitiz iz, but he iz a smart kuss, aint he? Whiskee iz one ov the
tonicks, i think, but i aint sure, i kno it iz one ov the tanglelegs,
for I hav seen it tried often. Yu kan sell a fast horse in Nu York at
yure own price, provided he iz fast enuff. But dont bring enny 3 minnitt
kattle to Nu York, the ice kream, and the milk men, drive faster than
that. Our old fellows, in Nu York, menny ov them who hav seen 70 years,
when they go out onto the hard roads, dont take enny but 2.25 dust.
Speaking ov kats mi opinyun remains unchanged, they are az full ov
flaws, az a March wind iz. Yu kan make a lawyer, or a minister ov your
son, either ov them are decent callings enuff, but neither ov them will
make him respektabel, unless they are well filled Nuzepaper hacks are
harder workt, and poorer fed, than livery stable horses. Authors, and
skribblers, az a klass, are a self konsaited, and seedy set, and I
believe a literary man, when he gits poor, and shiny, iz the poorest
looking kritter on the footstool.


_LINT._

No atheist, with all hiz boasted bravery, haz ever dared to advertize
his beleaf, on hiz tomb stun

       *       *       *       *       *

A baby iz a necessity, but twins allwuss did seem to me, to be ov a
spekulative natur.



30 Days.      APRIL.      1879.

    [Illustration: TAURUS, THE BULL.

    _Bound for Wall Street.--Bring on yure Bear._]

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||      _The Slate._      |            _DOOR KNOBS._            |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| T || @ April _now_          |                                     |
| 2| W ||@ fool @ _pluk_ @       | Caushun iz a good thing for a       |
| 3| T ||@-_r-a-i-n-y_-@         | man to hav, but when he haz got     |
| 4| F ||@ @ _dandylions_ @ @    | so mutch ov it, that he iz afrade   |
| 5| S ||_more_ @......@ Julia   | to tutch a kast iron lion, for fear |
| 6| G ||@ *w*e*t*f*u*l*l*       | it will bite, ignoranse iz what's   |
| 7| M ||@ @ Higgins @ @         | the matter ov him.                  |
| 8| T ||_warm_ @ § @ § @ died   |                                     |
| 9| W ||@ _wet_ @ _rain_ @      |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|10| T ||1874 @ @ @ Julia        |                                     |
|11| F ||@ @ _much_ @ was @ @    | In courtship i hav allwus advised   |
|12| S ||_m o i s t_ ---- a      | the oblique rather than the         |
|13| G ||  § prude ¦ _now_ §     | vertikal process, if yure mistress  |
|14| M ||_wetty_ @ _the_         | diskovers too mutch anxiety in      |
|15| T ||@ David § _goose_ @     | yu, she iz sure to diskover less    |
|16| W ||slu @ @ _yells_         | in herself.                         |
|17| T ||@ .... Golier .... @    |                                     |
|18| F ||_Expekt_ @ _windy_      |                                     |
|19| S ||                        |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|20| G ||@ _frogs_ @ _snow_ @    |                                     |
|21| M ||_m-o-r-e_ @ _s-o-w_     | Thare aint nothing that a man       |
|22| T ||   @ _wind_ @           | will thrive so well on az abuse     |
|23| W ||@ _gardin_ @ @ @ @      | that aint merited.                  |
|24| T ||.. James .. _sass_ .    |                                     |
|25| F ||@ @ @ _much_ @ @ @      |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|26| S || @ Bukannan @           |                                     |
|27| G ||.... *_cooler_ iz* .... | Whenever yu cum akrost a            |
|28| M ||ded @ @ @ @ sitch       | man who distrusts everyboddy,       |
|29| T ||@ _more_ @ iz @         | yu hav found one whom it is safe    |
|30| W ||@ @ _rain_ life @ @     | for everyboddy to distrust.         |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+


_THE MUSKEETER._

Muskeeters are a game bug, but they wont bite at a hook. Thare iz
millyuns ov them kaught every year, but not with a hook, this makes the
market for them unstiddy, the supply allways exceeding the demand. The
muskeeto iz born on the sly, and cums to maturity quicker than enny
other ov the domestik animiles. A muskeeter at 3 hours old iz just az
reddy, and anxious, to go into bizzness for himself, az ever he iz, and
bites the fust time az sharp, and natral, az red pepper duz. The
muskeeter haz a good ear for musik, and sings without notes. The song ov
the musketo iz monotonous to sum folks, but in me it stirs up the
memorys ov other days. I hav lade awake, all nite long, menny a time and
listened to the sweet anthems ov the muskeeter. I am satisfied that
thare want nothing made in vain, but i kant help thinking how mighty
kluss the musketoze kum to it. The muskeeter haz inhabited this world
since its kreashun, and will probably hang around here until bizzness
closes. Whare the muskeeter goes to in the winter iz a standing
konumdrum, which all the naturalists hav giv up, but we kno he dont go
far, for he iz on hand early each year with hiz probe fresh ground, and
polished. Muskeeters must be one ov the luxurys ov life, they certainly
aint one ov the necessarys, not if we kno ourselfs.


_SNOW BALLS._

Thare iz a time for all things, and the best time to hold our tungs, iz
when we feel az tho we had the most to say.

       *       *       *       *       *

The man who gambles, or drinks whiskey, kant chooze hiz assoshiates.


    [Illustration]

    If yu trade horses with a jockey yu kant git cheated but
    once.--but if yu trade with a deakon yu may git cheated twice.--once
    in the horse, and once in the deakon =

    Perhaps. Josh Billings


    [Illustration]

    Patience iz a good thing for a man to hav. but when he
    haz got so mutch ov it. that he kan fish all day long, without enny
    bate on hiz hook,--Lazyness, iz what's the matter ov him.=

    Exackly so. Josh Billings



31 Days.      MAY.      1879.

    [Illustration: GEMINI, THE TWINS.

    _Dubletts--a lucky throw._]

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||     _The Slate._       |           _BIRDS' EGGS._            |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| T || @ _Soft_ ¶ now @       |                                     |
| 2| F || @ _and_ @ stik @       |                                     |
| 3| S || _sunny_ §--§--§ in     | It iz bad enuff to be a fust rate   |
| 4| G || @ peas _sum_ @         | monkey, but to be a third rate      |
| 5| M || --Obadiah--            | one iz more disastrous than to be   |
| 6| T ||                        | an idiot.                           |
| 7| W || _r_|_a_|_i_|_n_| | |   |                                     |
| 8| T || *-*-*-*@Farnharm       |                                     |
| 9| F || @_more_ waz@           |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|10| S || @ _soft_ a @           |                                     |
|11| G || @millerite@            | Thare iz no sure kure for lazyness, |
|12| M || ----_wetly_----        | but i hav known a seckond           |
|13| T || @*now @ _mild_*@       | wife to hurry it sum.               |
|14| W || ....| snatch |...      |                                     |
|15| T || _cool_ @ @ @ @ @       |                                     |
|16| F || @ @ @ @ @ lettiss      |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|17| S || @ @ C*a*i*n @ @        |                                     |
|18| G || _more_----|@|----      |                                     |
|19| M || _rain_ @ @ @ hit       | It iz the suprizes ov life that     |
|20| T || @ _wind_ @ Able @      | add most to our plezzures; one      |
|21| W || _southy_ § now         | man iz suprized with a legacy       |
|22| T || @ _butiful_ sot @      | from a ritch unkle, another, that   |
|23| F || : : _weather_ : :      | the old spekled hen haz just cum    |
|24| S || : h : e : n : s :      | off the nest, with 27 chickens.     |
|25| G || _more_ @ @ @ Gen.      |                                     |
|26| M || @--@ _cooler_ @--@     |                                     |
|27| T || @ Grant @              |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|28| W || _w_*_i_*_n_*_d_----§@  |                                     |
|29| T || waz @ _north_ @ a      | Gamblers, nor infidels, havn't      |
|30| F || @ _it_ @ _rains_ @     | faith enuff in their profeshions, to|
|31| S || a @ _wet_ @ tanner     | teach it to their children.         |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+


_THE BEAN._

Next to rhy bread, beans hav been called by the poets, and philosphers
the cumfort, and staff ov life. The bean iz all food, thare iz no more
waste in them, than thare iz in a pint ov cold water, when a man iz
auphull dry. Beans are all colors, and most shapes, flat, round, oblong,
square, and 3 cornered, and a quart ov them put into a pot, and biled 2
hours, will meazzure a gallon, and a haff, when they cum out. This makes
them a better dividend paying seed than enny thing we kno ov. Beans are
az old az Esau, he sold out for bean porridge. Beans gro on the jump,
and thare aint but phew things that kan beat a bean klimbing a pole. I
luv beans, but dont hanker for them. But beans, and me wont quarrell.
Baked beans are a grate necessity in Nu England, and not to hav a
platter ov them for Sunday dinner, iz lookt upon thare az being stuck-up
to the neighbors. One ov the old blue laws ov Massachusetts waz, "_thou
shalt eat baked beans on Sunday._" I kan remember now ov eating baked
beans, and rhy, and injun bread every Sunday, when i waz a boy, and
luving it, bekauze i waz obliged to.


_EXAMINE._

The happyest time in enny ones life, iz the fust 20 minnitts after they
hav had an akeing tooth jerkt out.

       *       *       *       *       *

Imaginashun never filled a man's stummak yet, yu kant git pork, and
beans, by dreaming about them.



30 Days.      JUNE.      1879.

    [Illustration: CANCER, THE KRAB.

    _A Shell-Fish--pretty mutch all shell_]

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||      _The Slate._      |             _BLOSSOMS._             |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| G ||  @ _Hottish_ @ _now_   |                                     |
| 2| M || A-b-e-l @ @ @          | Yu kan possibly argy a man          |
| 3| T || @ _so_ @ _peas_ @      | out ov hiz religion, but you kant   |
| 4| W || @ @ Young @ @          | out ov the color ov hiz nektye,     |
| 5| T || _rainy_ @ departed     | or the squeeze ov hiz boots.        |
| 6| F || @ _wind_ @ 1851 @      |                                     |
| 7| S || @ _Easty_ @ Abel @     |                                     |
| 8| G || _hotter_ @ @ died      |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 9| M || @ _it_ @ _rains_ @     |                                     |
|10| T || young @ _cooler_ @ @   |                                     |
|11| W || @ @ aged @ _warm_      | Luv between wimmin iz impossible,   |
|12| T || @ 16 @ now @           | even friendship iz only praktikabel.|
|13| F || _thunder_ @@@ the      |                                     |
|14| S || @ lam @ Sampson @      |                                     |
|15| G || @ sporteth @ waz @     |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|16| M || @ @ _litening_ @ @     |                                     |
|17| T ||                        |                                     |
|18| W || @ a @ strengthy @      |                                     |
|19| T || _more_ @ @ @ _hot_     | Thare iz nothing so skarse az       |
|20| F || @ man @ Judith @       | originality, even an original phool |
|21| S || _wetty_ @ Ferguson     | would be a grate relief just now.   |
|22| G || @ _cooler_ marrid @    |                                     |
|23| M || @ _big_ @ _warmth_     |                                     |
|24| T || @1846@ now             |                                     |
|25| W || _wind_ @@@ bild        |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|26| T || @@ _Easty_ bokays @@   |                                     |
|27| F || _cooler_ @ Columbus    |                                     |
|28| S || @ _it_ @ _rains_ @     | The man who never makes             |
|29| G || found @ _hotter_ @     | enny blunders iz a very nice piece  |
|30| M || @ @ @ Amerika          | ov masheenery,--that's all.         |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+


_QUESTIONS AND REPLIZE._

Q.--What iz the best religious kreed to hav?

A.--Charity. If a man will swop off all the religious kreed he haz got
on hand, and invest the proceeds in charity, he will allwus be proud ov
the job.

       *       *       *       *       *

Q.--Will yu pleze define an Enthuziast?

A.--An Enthuziast iz a party who beleaves about 4 times az mutch az he
kan prove, and who kan prove about 4 times az mutch az ennyboddy else
beleaves.

       *       *       *       *       *

Q.--What three things hav dun the most to civilize the world?

A.--The Bible, the looking-glass, and the muskett

       *       *       *       *       *

Q.--Whitch iz the most reddy animile?

A.--The mule--they alwuss sleep standing, so to be on hand when the
kiking begins to flow.

       *       *       *       *       *

Q.--What iz the quikest food on reckord?

A.--The oyster on the haff shell--they kan be et sitting, standing, or
on the run.



31 Days.      JULY.      1879.

    [Illustration: LEO, THE LION.

    _Strayed or Stolen.--Return to P. T. Barnum._]


+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||      _The Slate._      |             _RAINBOWS._             |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| T || @ _Grate warmth_       |                                     |
| 2| W || the @ _sighns_ @       | I never tri to settle other peoples |
| 3| T || @ --hog _ov_ -- @      | quarrells, i hav seen men tri       |
| 4| F || _*l*i*t*e*n*i*n*g*_    | to do this, and git badly whipt bi  |
| 5| S || panteth @ @ @          | both partys.                        |
| 6| G || @ @ @ now @ _hotter_   |                                     |
| 7| M || dig -- @ @ @ -- _more_ |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 8| T || @ _hotter_ @ for @     |                                     |
| 9| W || _it_ @ @ @ _rains_     | Hunting for happiness iz like       |
|10| T || @ ice @ Bill @         | hunting for hen's eggs away under   |
|11| F || _wind_ -- @ -- Purdy   | the barn, after yu hav fonnd        |
|12| S || @ _south_ quit @       | them, haff the time yu find they    |
|13| G || _mulch_ @ @ @ @ 1822   | are addled.                         |
|14| M ||                        |                                     |
|15| T || @ _t.h.u.n.d.e.r_ @    |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|16| W || Bill @ @ @ _hottish_   |                                     |
|17| T || ---- had ----          |                                     |
|18| F || _litening_ @ @ @ @     | Thare iz lots ov people in this     |
|19| S || @ @ the heart          | world who say they haint got        |
|20| G || @ _it_ @ _rains_       | enny faith in a heaven or hell      |
|21| M || @ @ ailment @ @        | and yet they hav got faith enuff    |
|22| T || George :@.:::@.:       | to invest their last dollar in a    |
|23| W || @ _more_ @ _rain_ @    | lottery ticket, or a bottle ov quak |
|24| T || :::: * Washington      | medisin.                            |
|25| F || @ _windy_ @ fit @      |                                     |
|26| S || _cooler_ @ @ @ into    |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|27| G || @ @ @ _bright_ @ @ @   |                                     |
|28| M || the @ @ revolushun     |                                     |
|29| T || @ _very_ @ @ _now_     | I kno ov men whoze word iz          |
|30| W || -- @ _hot keep_ @ --   | better than their bond, these are   |
|31| T || _litening_ * @ * _cool_| the knight errants ov honesty.      |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+


_THE GORRILLA._

The gorrilla iz a free-born citizen ov Western Afrika, and in point ov
intilekt, averages well with the rest ov the natives. They are about 5
foot 3 in hight, and hav got a sanguine temper, wuss than a fish womans.
I never saw but one gorrilla, and he waz not filled with life, but waz
filled with straw. I dont want to see another, it weakens mi respekt for
mi ansesstors. They are four legged, and kan walk purpendikular, or
horizontal, but when they do walk uprite, they are the wust looking
relashuns we hav. They liv alone, and are more terrible in a ruff and
tumble fite, than enny person that livs. I hav allwuss wondered whi sum
one didn't import one into this country, and match him for 2 thousand
dollars to fite in a ring. I am oppozed to ring battles, but when this
skirmish takes place, i want to be there, and bet my patrimony on to the
gorrilla. May the best man win. The gorrilla haz a good appetight, for
one that haint been kultivated, and will eat enny thing he kan ketch,
from a coloured brother to an anakondy The gorrilla iz no doubt good for
sumthing, but what that iz i kant tell, nor dont want to know. Farewell
yu auphull, ugly, mizerable kuss.

The end ov the gorrilla.


_WEIGH._

The devil holds poor kards, but he allwuss plays them mighty well.

       *       *       *       *       *

A man with a very small hed iz like a pin without enny, very apt to git
into things beyond hiz depth.



31 Days.      AUGUST.      1879.

    [Illustration: VIRGO, THE VIRGIN,

    _Sweet 16 (sub rosa 38)._]

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||      _The Slate._      |             _DRIPLETS._             |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| F || @ _Big_ Sam @          |                                     |
| 2| S || _shower_ @@ Loyd       | Mules are like sum men, after       |
| 3| G || @_heaty_ @ born@       | yu hav studdid their karakter for   |
| 4| M || _mutch_ --II-- _wet_   | 5 years cluss, the best thing yu    |
| 5| T || @ 1820 @ now @         | kan do, is to git an average on     |
| 6| W || _wind_ @ @ @ hive      | them.                               |
| 7| T || @ _sou_ * _east_ * @   |                                     |
| 8| F || bees @ h-o-n-e-s-t-y   | *       *       *       *       *   |
| 9| S || @ _more_ @ _hot_ @     |                                     |
|10| G ||                        | Thare aint nothing so cheap         |
|11| M || ---- iz @ the ----     | az bad spellin, and if it iz sutch  |
|12| T || _thund r_ @ @ @ best   | an element of suckcess az sum       |
|13| W || @ _and_ @ policy @     | shrewd kriticks hav diskovered,     |
|14| T || _litening_ @ @ Moses   | they owe it to their airs, and      |
|15| F || @ wind @ and @         | assines, to adopt it at once, and   |
|16| S || _l-i-g-h-t_ @ A-a-r-o-n| bekum ritch and famus               |
|17| G || @ _hard_ @ were @      |                                     |
|18| M || _shower_ @ @ @ near    |                                     |
|19| T || @ _now_ - nabors @     | *       *       *       *       *   |
|20| W || _mix_ @ @ @ _grate_    |                                     |
|21| T || @ _juleps_ @ _heat_ @  | No man haz ever yet bekum           |
|22| F || K*a*t*e @ _w_*_e_*_t_  | so wize az to kno how mutch he      |
|23| S || @ Davis @ _kloudy_ @   | luvs himself, and how little hiz    |
|24| G || died @ _windy_ @ @ @   | nabor.                              |
|25| M || @@ 1849 @ Robert       |                                     |
|26| T || @ _big_ @ Burns @      | *       *       *       *       *   |
|27| W || @ @ _hot_ @ waz        |                                     |
|28| T || _more_ @ a @ @ | --    | It iz quite common to meet          |
|29| F ||    @_c*o*o*l*e*r_@     | people who hav more religion,       |
|30| S || -II-ploughman-II-      | and even morality, than they hav    |
|31| G || @@ _it_ @ _rains_ @@   | common sense.                       |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+


_QUESTIONS, AND ANSWERS._

Q.--When iz the right time to marry?

A.--Enny whare between 21, and ninety-four years.

Q.--What iz a woman's chief joy in this world?

A.--Her own or sumboddy else's baby.

Q.--Which iz the most diffident, and humbel kritter amung the animals?

A.--A bobtailed kat, probberbly.

Q.--How menny yards ov 5 dollar silk duz it take to make a dress.

A.--I dont kno, but it allwuss takes 2 yards and a haff more than yu buy
the fust time.

Q.--What do mankind gennerally take the most pride in?

A.--In sumthing their nabors haint got, nor kant git.

Q.--What two persons in the whole congregashun, need the clusset
watching?

A.--A praying pollytisian, and an offishus deakon.

Q.--How iz the best way to git rid ov kokroaches?

A.--Sell out yure house, and lot, and jine the gipseys.

Q.--What cums the nearest to makeing a woman sware?

A.--To hav her clothes line brake when it iz full ov a Monday's washing.

Q.--Which iz the two most thankless jobs in this world?

A.--To keep skool, and be an undertaker.

Q.--How do yu define experience?

A.--Experience iz the science ov finding out how deep a mill pond iz, by
wading into it, and drowning.


_DOUBLETS._

I kant help but respekt the heathen, they hav made az good a showing on
their kapital, az the christians hav.

       *       *       *       *       *

Next to the mother in law, cums the Grandmother, to regulate the cook,
the kat, and the baby.



30 Days.      SEPTEMBER.      1879.

    [Illustration: LIBRA, THE SKALES.

    _For full particulars enquire ov E. & T. Fairbanks & Co._]

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||      _The Slate._      |            _HOT STUFF._             |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| M || @ _Cool_ @ now @       |                                     |
| 2| T || _and_ @ pik @ @        | Yung man studdy politeness,         |
| 3| W || @ _kloudy_ @ geese @   | even if yu ask a man for hiz        |
| 4| T || Dave @ @ @ _rainy_     | tooth pik, after he haz got dun     |
| 5| F || @ Pettibone @          | using it, dont fale to thank him    |
| 6| S || _w-i-n-d_ m-a-r-r-i-d  | politely for it.                    |
| 7| G || @ @ _noth_ he @ @      |                                     |
| 8| M || _East_ @ @ @ marrid    |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 9| T || _more_ @ for @         |                                     |
|10| W || @ _wetty_ @ luv        | Lasting friendships kan only        |
|11| T || @ now @ _cooler_ @     | exist between equals, superiority   |
|12| F || chew @ @ @ _more_      | insists upon respekt, and inferior- |
|13| S || @ apples @ _cooler_ @  | ity iz too often apt to excite      |
|14| G || ----Solaman----        | pitty.                              |
|15| M || @ @ @ _slight_ @       |                                     |
|16| T || mutch @ _frost_ @      |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|17| W ||                        |                                     |
|18| T || @ @ wives @ _now_      | If yu want to find out a man's      |
|19| F || -- _windy_ @ the --    | tru karakter examin him at home     |
|20| S || _warmy_ @ litening     | bi the fire side, here he iz the    |
|21| G || @ _cool_ @ bug @       | hero ov the ockashun, and iz        |
|22| M || _nights_ @ @ @ puts    | angelick, or devlish, in spite ov   |
|23| T || -- @ _wind_ @ in @ --  | himself.                            |
|24| W || _southy_ : ---- : an   |                                     |
|25| T || @ @ _more_ @ @         | *       *       *       *       *   |
|26| F || -a-p-p-e-a-r-a-n-c-e-  |                                     |
|27| S || _wetful_ -- Gen.@ @    |                                     |
|28| G || @ _windy_ @ Jackson    | Thare aint no sutch things az       |
|29| M || _wet_ * would @ @      | invenshuns, all things that we hav  |
|30| T || -- @ @ sware @ @ --    | are diskoverys.                     |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+


_THE APPLE DUMPLIN._

The dumplin are about the natral size ov yure phist, made out ov dough,
and filled with apples. They are served up hot, with sum sweet-tasteing
liniment on them, and are az eazy to struggle with az a sugar-plum. They
aint so good kold az they ought to be. Kold dumplin, and raw potatoe,
eat similar. I never et apple dumplin yet, without thanking the Lord for
that one, and the Landlady for another one. Four apple dumplins, at one
sitting, iz just about mi size. I wish i knu who invented theze
kind-hearted balls, i would like to weep over hiz memory. Punkin pi, and
apple dumplin, hav dun az mutch to civilize man az enny two missionarys
that hav ever lived. Good vittles iz next to good morals enny how. Yu
may talk about virtew az mutch az yu pleze, yu kant never inokulate a
man with virtew fust rate on an empty stummuk. Giv a man four apple
dumplin, with sum good kind ov ointment on them, and after he haz et
them, and they hav settled down to hard pan, yu kan krawl up to him on
either side, with a dose of morality, or even sum new kind of sope, for
taking spots out ov clothes.


_A STATEMENT._

Thare iz nothing about a man that will outlast a nikname, it will stik
to him, az long az a bobtale will to a dog.

       *       *       *       *       *

Most people repent ov their sins bi thanking God they aint so wicked az
their nabors.


    [Illustration]

    Thare iz one thing i notiss.--When a man falls down on
    the ice, whare the water iz an inch, and a haff deep, he never seems
    to feel proud ov the job =

    Josh Billings


    [Illustration]

    The goose, like sumother folks, haz more politeness than
    thare iz enny need ov.--i hav seen them lower their heds, in going
    into a barn door, 18 foot high.=

    I hav. Josh Billings



31 Days.      OCTOBER.      1879.

    [Illustration: SCORPIO, THE SKORPION.

    _When the pinch comes, he is thar._]

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||      _The Slate._      |           _WILD FLOWERS._           |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| W ||  @ _Frostly_--now      | Virtew iz the only standard to      |
| 2| T ||  _winde_ @ ask @ @     | mezzure men, or things by, it iz    |
| 3| F ||   @ _sharp_ @ for      | possible to be grate, and devlish   |
| 4| S ||    Jake @ sum @        | at the same time.                   |
| 5| G ||    @ -Tanner- @        |                                     |
| 6| M ||nu @ died @ s-i-d-e-r   |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 7| T ||  @ _cool_ @ Jake @     |                                     |
| 8| W ||    _wind_ @ waz        | Thare iz only one kind ov person    |
| 9| T || @ _northy_ @ hit @     | who iz fit to liv in solitude,      |
|10| F ||    _sharp_ @ @ @       | and he iz the one who iz capable    |
|11| S ||  @ @ by @ _frost_      | ov adorning enny posishun in        |
|12| G ||   @ a @ _last_ @       | sosiety.                            |
|13| M || @ muel @ _night_ @     |                                     |
|14| T || --B-o-n-a-p-a-r-t--    |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|15| W ||  _kold_ @ @ @ waz      |                                     |
|16| T ||% @ % _leaves_ %@%      | Thoze who hav real merit are        |
|17| F ||   ov @ @ @ _are_       | the last ones to see it in them-    |
|18| S ||   @ @ french @ @       | selfs, and the fust ones to see it  |
|19| G ||    @ _falling_ @       | in others.                          |
|20| M || @ p-a-r-i-e-n-t-s @    |                                     |
|21| T ||      now @ @ @         |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|22| W || @ @ _still_ @ hunt     |                                     |
|23| T ||  _kolder_ @ @ for      | If thare ever iz a perfektly        |
|24| F ||   @ _windy_ @ @ @      | happy person found in this          |
|25| S ||   @ @ chesnutts @      | world, it will be the one who haz   |
|26| G ||    @ @ E-v-e @ @       | got but little, and dont want       |
|27| M || _more_ § @ § @ § @     | enny thing more.                    |
|28| T ||  @ _kold_ @ died @     |                                     |
|29| W ||      @ Early @         |                                     |
|30| T ||                        |                                     |
|31| F ||                        |                                     |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+


_PUNKIN PI._

Punkin pi iz the sass ov Nu England. They are vittles and drink, they
are joy on the haff-shell, they are glory enuff for one day, and are
good kold or warmed up. I would like to be a boy again, just for sixty
minnitts, and eat miself phull ov the blessed old mixtur. Enny man who
dont luv punkin pi, wants watching cluss, for he means to do sumthin
mean the fust good chance he kan git. Giv me all the punkin pi i could
eat, when i waz a boy, and i didn't kare whether sunday-skool kept that
day or not. And now that i hav grown up to manhood, and hav run for the
legislature once, and only got beat 856 votes, and am thoroly marrid,
thare aint nothing i hanker for wuss, and kan bury quicker, than
two-thirds ov a good old-fashioned punkin pi, an inch and a halff thik,
and well smelt up, with ginger and nutmeg. Punkin pi iz the oldest
Amerikan beverage i kno ov, and ought to go down to posterity with the
trade mark ov our grandmothers on it; but i am afrade it wont, for it iz
tuff even now to find one that tastes in the mouth at all az they did 40
years ago.


_REMARKS._

Noboddy really luvs to be cheated, but it duz seem az tho every one waz
anxious to see how near they could cum to it.

       *       *       *       *       *

The wust tyrant in the world iz the wife ov a henpekt husband.



30 Days.      NOVEMBER.      1879.

    [Illustration: SAGITTARIUS, THE ARCHER.

    _Sarching for the Bulls Eye._]

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|@ | @ ||      _The Slate._      |          _FALLING LEAVES._          |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| S ||  @ _Chilly_ @ the      | Lasting reputashuns are ov a        |
| 2| G || _windful_ @ snake      | slo growth, the man who wakes       |
| 3| M ||  @ now @ seeks @       | up famus sum morning, iz very       |
| 4| T ||   _puntch_ @ hiz       | apt to go to bed sum night and      |
| 5| W || @ _fires_ @ den @      | sleep it all off.                   |
| 6| T || Fred @ @ _kolder_      |                                     |
| 7| F || @ Smith @ _it_ @ @     |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 8| S || @ _rains_ @ waz @      |                                     |
| 9| G || @ @ _snowy_ @ a @      | Man waz kreated a little lower      |
|10| M || _now_ @ @ @ Stage      | than the angells, and he haz been   |
|11| T || @ _pay_ @ driver @     | a gitting a little lower ever since.|
|12| W || _taxes_ @ @ @ Fred     |                                     |
|13| T || @ _now_ @ drove @      |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|14| F ||  _pay_ @ @ @ from      |                                     |
|15| S ||_pew_ Belchertown @     | A man with a very small hed         |
|16| G ||  @ _rent_ @ into       | on him iz like a pin without        |
|17| M || _now_ @ Boston @ @     | enny, very apt to git into things   |
|18| T || @ _visit_ @ _it_ @     | beyond hiz depth.                   |
|19| W ||_the_ @ @ @ _grows_     |                                     |
|20| T || @ _diskonsolate_ @     |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|21| F ||   _raw_ @ @ the        |                                     |
|22| S || @ _wind_ Siamese @     | I hav seen folks who i thought      |
|23| G || _lifts_ @ twins @      | had too mutch propriety, it would   |
|24| M ||  @ _more_ @ hav @      | be a relief to see them do sumthing |
|25| T || _snow_ @ departed      | just a little phoolish, once        |
|26| W || @ our @ _rainy_ @      | in a while.                         |
|27| T ||fourfathers @ _hard_    |                                     |
|28| F || @ hav @ _frost_ @      |                                     |
|29| S ||  gone @ @ alass @      |                                     |
|30| G ||                        |                                     |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+


_PERSONALS._

⁂ H. J. B.--If the lady with lavender poodle, would like tew swop dogs,
Barney O'Toole iz her man.

B. O'TOOLE.

       *       *       *       *       *

⁂ D.--Dont menshun it; mum iz the word. Star ov buty, the goose hangeth
hi.

LOVER.

       *       *       *       *       *

⁂ SWEETNESS.--Virtew iz her own cashier; the violet iz blu; the racoon
haz a bushy tail; man waz made tew mourn; meet me at the pea-nut stand.

HARROLD.

       *       *       *       *       *

⁂ SPONGKAKE.--Dost luv me? The kold moon listened when yu breathed a vow
in Bridget Costello's ear; dont go back on me Patrik, if thou dost, be
jabbers i will hav satisfackshun.

BRIDGET.

       *       *       *       *       *

⁂ BILL MUSTACH.--Dont put on airs; how about that box ov 5 cent cigars
yu owe for? Yure wash-woman mourns yure abscence.

SAM PEEL.



31 Days.      DECEMBER.      1879.

    [Illustration: CAPRICORNUS, THE GOAT.

    _A strong Butter (I don't like strong butter)._]

+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
|  | @ ||      _The Slate._      |             _FAG ENDS._             |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+
| 1| M || @ _Bitter_ @ now       |                                     |
| 2| T || _k.o-l-d_ @ @ @ set    | The world all praze the philo-      |
| 3| W || @ _it_ @ _snows_ @     | sophers, but toss their pennys into |
| 4| T || @ @ down @ @           | the caps ov the monkeys.            |
| 5| F || @ _kolder_ @ @ @       |                                     |
| 6| S || @ before @ _now_ @     |                                     |
| 7| G || the @ @ @ _drink_      |  *       *       *       *       *  |
| 8| M || @ kitchen @ _hot_ @    |                                     |
| 9| T || _stuff_ @ @ @ @ fire   | It iz allwus safe to follow the     |
|10| W || @ _more_ @ now @       | religious beleaf that our Mother    |
|11| T || _snow_ @ @ @ krak      | taught us,--thare never waz a       |
|12| F || @ _high_ @ wallnuts @  | Mother yet, who taught her child    |
|13| S || _winds_ @ @ @ now      | to be an infidel.                   |
|14| G || @ _big_ @ post @       |                                     |
|15| M || @ @ _s-t-o-r-m_ @ @    |                                     |
|16| T || @ @ Books @            |  *       *       *       *      *   |
|17| W || _sleety_ @ @ @ now     |                                     |
|18| T || @ _more_ @ read @      |                                     |
|19| F || @ @ _stormy_ @ @       | Employment iz the grate boon        |
|20| S || A§l§l§m§i§n§a§x        | ov life, a man with nothing to do,  |
|21| G || @ _now it thaws_ @     | iz not haff so interesting, az a    |
|22| M || sing @ _kolder_ @ @    | ripening turnip.                    |
|23| T || @ @ psalms @ now       |                                     |
|24| W || @ _snow_ @ @ Eat @     |                                     |
|25| T || @ @ @ @ pork           |  *       *       *       *       *  |
|26| F || @ _feet_ @ _and_ @     |                                     |
|27| S || @ _d*e*e*p_ @ @ @      |                                     |
|28| G || @ @ @ _beans_          | Sarkasm iz a keen weapon, but       |
|29| M || Good @  Bye            | in handling it, menny people take   |
|30| T || @ @ Boys @ @           | holt ov the blade, insted of the    |
|31| W || Yours, @ @ @ J. B.     | handle.                             |
+--+---++------------------------+-------------------------------------+


                 *       *       *       *       *
                 *       *       *       *       *



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