A Slllni I'arr.u. Polly's cage, when at the seaside, hung upon a pla.xa where the little children were In the habit of studying study-ing aloud. The bird apparently llsten- . lug, would make an effort to repeat what she could catch. Then ttii.l.lenly she would buret out with. "I'll spell (-!- r-a-t" (a strong emphasis on the I r), continuing with a low chin klo of satisfaction, and ending In a hearty and long coiillnii.. I laur h at her sue- i cess, the little ones Joining in the chor us. She was very fond ot the clilldler. Intheearly morning, when her cage was opened to give her liberty, she would walk nliout for a time, climb the stairs tn the ehlldien'a room, mid crawl into their beds before time for rising. Coffee Cof-fee was almost absolutely neceasary tu her existence, tihe would call early and steadily for It In the nioiiilng, adjusting her tones to the length ot lime spent In wuitlllg ordering besging, beseeching, as Ihe rnse mtlrltt be, holding her cup meanwhile, tu hasten matters. A very retltlng, modest seivant maid had been long In our employ. em-ploy. Shu bad a follower named 1 horn us, who nightly paid his visit. II chanr.. I one morning that Polly a coffee cof-fee bud bein long delayed. A gentle, man of the homo, coining lo bie ikfnst met the iJrl mid made an luquiiy re. garillng the meal. She t hi n. .1 to reply, fiuillit the questioner, when Polly s lug her (ippottuulty for ) vctige, took It. and, in n tnun's voice, called out: "Mary, how's Thomas?" 'Ihe woman retreated In confusion, while Polly laughed l.n tioly, low laiuli; bill thu coffee wiia fori hi'iinliie.. -our Animal Friends.