8o choice BITS FROM MARK TWAIN.
the clothes brush, the toy dog, my tin soldier, the
nutmeg-grater, and other matters which I was
accustomed to examine and meditate upon and
make pleasant noises with, and bang and batter and
break when I needed wholesome entertainment.
Then I put on my little frock and my little bonnet,
and took my pigmy shoes in one hand and my
licorice in the other, and climbed out on the floor.
I said to myself. Now, if the worst comes to the
worst I am ready.
Then I said aloud, in a firm voice, "Father, I
cannot, cannot wear the name of Samuel."
" My son ! "
" Father, I mean it. I cannot."
" Why .?"
" Father, I have an invincible antipathy to that
" My son, this is unreasonable. Many great and
good men have been named Samuel."
" Sir, I have yet to hear of the first instance."
" What 1 There was Samuel the prophet. Was
not he great and good ? "
" Not so very."
" My son ! With his own voice the Lord called
" Yes, sir, and had to call him a couple of times
before he would come ! "
" And then I salhed forth, and that stern old marl