There was TWELFTH DAY, crowned as Queen with her cake in her hands; there was CHRISTMAS, covered with holly and mistletoe; there was APRIL FOOL'S DAY, dressed as Harlequin; there was, above all, SHROVE TUESDAY, with her frying-pan of pancakes, dressed as a little cook; there was a charming boy of fourteen or fifteen, as ST. VALENTINE'S DAY with his packet of valentines addressed to the young ladies present; there was the 5TH OF NOVEMBER, full of wit and fun, etc.; the longest day, an elder brother, of William's height, with a cap of three or four feet high; and his little sister of five, as the shortest day.

Katy, to her great surprise, had two. "Why, what can this be?" she said. But when she peeped into the second one, she saw Cousin Helen's handwriting, and she put it into her pocket, till the valentines should be read. Dorry's was opened first. It had the picture of a pie at the top I ought to explain that Dorry had lately been having a siege with the dentist.

"You are the funniest young one we ever had here," was her comment, when she caught her breath. "Some time you'll dream you're an heiress, and wake up counting out your money to buy valentines with." "What's an heiress?" inquired Polly. "Oh, a girl that has a bankful of money," replied Martha, carelessly.

Among the valentines she had already received was one addressed in his handwriting, and she looked at it as she walked along. "It's the handsomest one I ever saw," she thought, lifting a rose here, and a group of cupids there, and reading the tender messages thus disclosed. "I know what I'll do!" she exclaimed aloud. "I'll send it to Alma.

Homer explained that on the valentine of every young man was a question, and the girl whose valentine had an answer to rhyme with it, was his partner for the first dance. The young men were requested to read their valentines aloud in turn, and the girls to read their responsive answers. This proceeding caused much hilarity, for the lines were exceedingly sentimental, and often affectionate.

This morning come up to my wife's bedside, I being up dressing myself, little Will Mercer to be her Valentine; and brought her name writ upon blue paper in gold letters, done by himself, very pretty; and we were both well pleased with it. But I am also this year my wife's Valentine, and it will cost me L5; but that I must have laid out if we had not been Valentines. So to bed. 15th.

This morning, came up to my wife's bedside, I being up dressing myself, little Will Mercer, to be her valentine; and brought her name writ upon blue paper in gold letters, done by himself, very pretty; and we were both well pleased with it. But I am also this year my wife's valentine; and it will cost me five pounds; but that I must have laid out if we had not been valentines.

Now she was alone, so she stopped. "Get any valentines?" "Yes," said Emmy Lou. Then moved to confidence by the little girl's friendliness, she added, "It has reading on it." "Pooh," said the little girl, "they all have that. My mamma's been reading the long verses inside to me." "Can you show them valentines?" asked Emmy Lou. "Of course, to grown-up people," said the little girl.

"Can you?" asked Miss Hart. "Yes, I can make as good verses as Kit; but not as good as King or father. We always make verses for each other on birthdays, so we get lots of practise. And we made some valentine verses this afternoon, didn't we, Delight?" "Yes, that is, you did. But, oh, Marjorie, we can't send those valentines! Nothing like that can go out of the house!"

It is then that they "cut off the fiddler's head," and play valentines, which they call the "Goggans." The girls set a row of mugs on the hearth in front of the fire, put something into each of them as a symbol of a trade, and troop out to the stairs. Then the boys change the order of the mugs, and the girls come back blindfold, one by one, to select their goggans.