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"NICE IHRISTMAS PRESENT. There is a modern maxim, which, with quite. unnecessary verbal re dundancy, avers "-That things do not invariably happen as you oftentimes frequently expect them to do;" and this surrounds the fate of a pair of Christmas geese purchased by a house holder not a hundred miles from Ararat. The geese were brought to the house late in the evening, and the bearer was politely asked to place them in the outhouse (says the Ararat "Ad vertiser"). Ip.: the morning the geese could not le found, but the mail the following day brought a note con veying the hearty thanks of the sani tary man for the' very thoughtful and generous gift, as he had a large family, and a pair of geese would provide a splendid Christmas dinner. It subse quently transpired that the gooseherd had put his own interpretation on the term outhouse, arid had put the birds in a building. where -the sanitary man had just left a poetical reminder of his useful services during the year.

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