he asked the same question, and his patient replied, I'm much as usual, but I've taken to having shivering fits, which leave me cold all over." ' Ah," said the Doctor, ' that's a good sign too." When he came the third time and inquired as before about his patient's health, the Sick Man said that he felt very feverish. ' A very good sign," said the Doctor ; ' you are doing very nicely indeed." Afterwards a friend came to see the invalid, and on asking him how he did, received this reply: ' My dear friend, I'm dying of good signs."
THE TRAVELLERS AND THE PLANETREE
T WO Travellers were walking along a bare and dusty road in the heat of a summer's day. Coming presently to a Planetree, they joyfully turned aside to shelter from the burning rays of the sun in the deep shade of its spreading branches. As they rested, looking up into the tree, one of them remarked to his companion, " What a useless tree the Plane is! It bears no fruit and is of no service to man at all." The Planetree interrupted him with indignation. You ungrateful creature!' it cried : ' you come and take shelter under me from the scorching sun, and then, in the very act of enjoying the cool shade of my foliage, you abuse me and call me good for nothing !
Many a service is met with ingratitude.