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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 246 pages of information about Peck's Compendium of Fun.

Suppose, a day or two before the circus arrives, the teacher should say to the school:  “Now I want you kids to go through your studies like a tramp through a boiled dinner, and when the circus comes we will close up this ranch and all go to the circus, and if any of you can’t raise the money to go, leave your names on my desk and I will see you inside the tent if I have to pawn my shirt.”

Of course it is a male teacher we are supposing said this.  Well, don’t you suppose those boys and girls would study?  They would fairly whoop it up.  And then suppose the teacher found forty boys that hadn’t any money to go and he had no school funds to be used for such a purpose.

How long would it take him to collect the money by going around among business men who had been boys themselves?  He would go into a store and say he was trying to raise money to take some of the poor children to the circus, and a dozen hands would go down into a dozen pockets in two jerks of a continued story, and they would all chip in.

O, we are too smart.  We are trying to fire education into boys with a shot gun, when we ought to get it into them inside of sugar coated pills.  Let us turn over a new leaf now, and show these boys that we have got souls in us, and that we want them to have a good time if we don’t lay up a cent.

THE WATERS OF LA CROSSE.

We have heretofore entirely overlooked the magnetic qualities of the La Crosse water.  It will be remembered that the Fond du Lac water is advertised as magnetic water, and it has been said that a knife blade, after being soaked in the water will take up a watch key or a steel pen.  That is nothing compared to the La Crosse water.  Last week a man who had been soaked in La Crosse water, took up a watch, key and all, and a policeman who had been using the water took up the man, with the watch.  A pair of ice tongs, made of steel, on being soaked in water, took up a piece of ice weighing over a hundred pounds, and a farmer named Dawson, after drinking the water took up a stray colt.  A young couple stopped the other evening and took a drink of water and up Fourth street, and before they got to Seymour’s corner they were walking so close together that you couldn’t tell which the bustle was on.  We have never seen water that had so much magnetism in as this.  A pot of it on a house is better than a lightning rod.

SARDINEINDIANAPOLIS.

In company with a couple of hundred others who were firm in the belief that the Sardinapalus troupe were under the auspices of the Young Men’s Christian Association, we attended the performance on Monday evening.  It was heralded as coming from Booth’s theater, N.Y., where it had a run of four months.  Most of them got away while on the trip here, and only a few appeared.  The scenery, which was also extensively advertised, was no more than could have been fixed

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