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THE READING-CLUB.

"Malaria—'tis plainly seen—
Three times a day give him quinine."
Said grandmamma, "Dear me! that's new;
When I was young we called it 'sprue.' "

Our urchin Tom, ne'er off his feet,
One day his dinner could not eat;
His head ached so, he was so ill,
Poor mother's heart with fear did fill.
The doctor felt his hands and head,
And looking wise, he gravely said,
"Malaria—'tis plainly seen—
Three times a day give him quinine."
Said grandmamma, "That can't be so!
He has been smoking, sir, I know."

Our lady Maud, at seventeen—
As bright a girl as e'er was seen—
One day turned languid, white, and frail,
And roses red did strangely pale.
The doctor felt her pulse, and said,
While wisely he did shake his head,
"Malaria—it's plainly seen—
Three times a day give her quinine."
Said grandmamma, "That can't be right!
Why, my good sir, she danced all night."

Our pride, our eldest, Harry dear,
One night did act so strange and queer,
That mother, frightened, panting, said,
"Run for the doctor! he'll be dead!"
The doctor came, and shook his head,
And, looking at him, grandly said,
"Malaria—'tis plainly seen—
Three times a day give him quinine."
"What stuff!" said grandmamma, "I'm thinking
That good-for-nothing boy's been drinking!"

The head of the house, forever well,
One day fell ill, and, sad to tell,
Could not arise, but loud did cry,
"If this keeps on, I'd rather die!"