'FORTUNES OF A COUNTRY GIRL.
One- day, I trill not say how many
years ago, for I intend to be very rnyste
rious for a time with my readers?a young
woman stepped from a country wagon
which had just arrived at the yard gate of
the famous Chelsea Inn, Goat and Com?
passes, a name formed by corrupting the
pious original. "God encompasses us."
The young woman seemed about the age
of eighteen, and was decently dressed,
though in the plainest rustic fashion of
the times. She was well formed and well
looking, both form and look giving indi?
cations of the ruddy health consequent
upon exposure to the sun and air in the
country. After.stepping from the wag?
on, which the driver immediately led into
a court yard, the girl stopped lor a mo?
ment in apparent uncertainty whither to
go, when the mistress of the inn. who had
come to the door, observed her hesitation,
and asked her to enter and take rest.
Tbe young woman readily obeyed the in?
vitation, and soon, by the kindness of the
landlady, lbund herself by the liicside of
?a nicely sanded parlor, wherewithal to re?
fresh herself after a long and tedious
. "And so, my poor girl."' said the land?
lady,, after hearing in return for her kind?
ness, the whole particulars of the young
woman's situation and history, "so thou
hast come all this way to seek service;
and hast thou no friend but John Hodge,
the wagoner? True, ho is like to give
thee but small help towards getting a
"Is service ttan difficult to bo had ?"
a*ked the young woman, sadly.
"Ah, marry, good situations, at least arc
laard to find. Bat you have a good heart,
child," said the landlady, and as she con?
tinued, she looked around with an air of
pride and dignify; "thou seest what I
have come to myself; I left the country,
a young thing like thyself, with as little
to look to. But it isn't every one for cer?
tain, that must look for such a fortune,
and in any case it must bo Avrought for.
my poor old Jacob, Heaven rest his soul,
made me mislressof tbe Goat and Com-,
passes. So mind the girl?"
The.landlady's speech might have gone
on.a long way : for the dame loved well
the sound of her own tongue, bui for the j
interruption occasioned by a gentleman,
when the landlady rose and welcomed
him heartily. ? ?
. "Ah, dame," said the new comer, who
was a stout, respectable attired person of
middlo age", "how sells the good ale?
Scarcely a drop left in the cellar, I hope."
"Enough left to give your worship a
draught after your long walk,*' and she
rose to fulfill the promise implied by her
"1 walked not," was the gentleman's
reply, "but took a pair of oars, dame,
down tho river. Thow knowest I always
come to Chelsea myself to sec if thou
"Ah, sir," replied the landlady, "and it
. is by that way of doing business that you
haVe made yourself, as the city says, the
richest man in the Brewer's corporation,
if not in all London itself."
*%cl\ dame, the better for me if it be
60," said the brewer, with a smile; "but
let us have the nmg^und this quite pretty
friend of thine, sl-^/' ^tsare us. mayhap,
by tasting with Ui^B^
The landlady was not long in procuring
a stoop of ale, knowing t hat her visitor
never set an example hurtful to his own
interest by countenancing the consump?
tion of foreign spirits.
"Right, hostess," said the brewer, when
he had tasted it, "well made and well
kept, and that is giving both me and
thee our dues. Now, pretty one," said
ho. filling one of the measures or glasses,
which had been placed beside the stoop,
"wilt thou drink this to thy sweetheart's
The j)oor country girl, to whom this
was addressed, declined the proffered civ?
ility, and with a blush, but the landlady
exclaimed, "come, silly wench, drink his
worship's health; he is more likely to get
thee a service, if it so pleases him, than
John Hodge, the wagoner."
"This girl has come many a mile," con?
tinued the hostess, "to seek a place in
town, that sho may burden her family no
more at homo."
"To seek service !" exclaimed the brew?
er; "why, then, perhaps it is well met
with us. Has she brought a character
?with her, or can you speak for her, dame?"
"She has never yet been from home, but
her face is her character;" said the kind
hearted lady; "I'll warrant slice will be
diligent and trusty."
"Upon thy prophecy, I will take her in?
to my service; for but yesterday my
j housekeeper was complaining of the
; want of help, since thisdeputyship brought
me more, in the way of ehicrtaining the
people of the ward."
Ere the wealthy brewer and deputy
left tho Goat and Compasses, arrange?
ments wcro made for sending the country
girl to his house in the city on the follow?
ing da}-. Troud of having done a good
action, tho garrulous hostess took advan?
tage of the circumstance, to deliver an
immensely long harrangne to the young
woman, on her new duties, and on the
dangers to which youth is exposed in
large cities. The girl heard her benefac?
tress with modest thankfulness, but a
more minute observer than the good land?
lady might have seen in the eye and
I countenance of the girl a quiet firmness
of expression, and such as might have in?
duced the cutting short of the lecture.
However, the landlady's lecture had an
end, and towards the evening of the day
following her arrival at the Goat and
Compasses, the youthful rustic found her?
self installed as housemaid in the duel
ling of a rich'brewer.
The fortunes of this girl it is our pur?
pose to follow. The first change which
took place in her condition subsequent to
that related, was her elevation to the va?
cant post of housekeeper in the brewer's
family. In this situation, she was brought
more than formerly in contact with her
master, who had ample moans of admi?
ring her propriety of conduct, as well as
her skillful economy and management.
By degrees he began to find her presence
necoss?rjrto his happiness, and being a
man of both honorable and independent
mind, be at length ottered her his hand.
It was accepted, and she who but lour or
five years before left her homo barefooted,
became the wife of one of the riches! citi?
zens of London.
For many years 3fr. Aylesbriry, for
such was the name of the brewer, and his
wife lived in happiness and comfort to?
gether. He was a man of good family
and connections, and consequently of
higher breeding than his wife could boast,
but on no occasion had he to blush for t he
partner he had chosen. Her calm in?
born strength, if ;;ol dignity, of charae- j
of perception, made her i?l hcr^wi?J
at her husband's table with as much
grace and fr? dt? as if she had been born
to tin itaiii . And us time ran on. the
vt si ??? :???> iiii ? ilr. Aylesbury'sposition
received a gradual increase. Ho became
mi alderman, .aud subsequently a sheriif
of the citv. and in consequenceof the lat?
ter elevation, w as knighted. Afterwards,
anil now part of the mystery projected at
the commencement of this story must he
broken in upon, as far as time is concern?
ed?afterwards the important place which
the brewer held in the city, called upon
him tho attention and favor of the King
Charles the First, then anxious to concili?
ate the good will of the citizens, and the
knight received the further honor of bar?
Lady Aylcsbnry, in the first year of
her married life, gave birth to a daughter,'
who proved to be an only child, and
around whom, as was natural, ail the
hopes and wishes of her parents entwined
themselves. This daughter had only
reached the age of seventeen when her
father died, leaving an immense fortune
behind him. It was first thought that
the widow and her daughter would be?
come the inheritors of this without the
shadow of a dispute. But it proved oth?
erwise. Certain relatives of the deceased
brewer set up a plea upon the foundation
of a will made in their favor before the
deceased became married. With her
wonted firmness, Lady Aylosbury imme?
diately took steps for the vindication of
her own and her daughter's rights. A
young lawyer, who had boon a frequent
guest at her husband's table, and of whose
ability she had formed a high opinion,
she fixed upon as a legal asserter of her
cause. Edward Hyde was indeed a youth
of great ability. Though only twenty
four years of age at the period referred
to, and though he had spent much of his
youthful time in the society of the gay
and the fashionable of the day. he had not
neglected the pursuit to which his fami?
ly's wish, as well, as his own tastes had
devoted him. But it was with considera?
ble hesitation, and a feeling of anxious
diffidence that he consented to undertake
tho charge of Lady Aylesbury's- case, for
certain strong, though unseen and unac?
knowledged sensations, were at work in
his bosom, to make him fearful about tho
responsibility and anxious about the re?
The young lawyer, however, became
counsel for the brewer s widow und daugh?
ter, and by a stinking exertion of elo?
quence and display of legal ability, gain?
ed the suit. Two days after, the success?
ful pleader ^is seated be&dc his two
Lady Aylesbury's manner was quiet
and composed, but she now spoke warm?
ly oi lier gratitude to the preserver of her
daughter from want, and also tendered a
tee?a payment munificent indeed for the
occasion. The young hamster did not
seem at ease during Lady Aylesbury's ex?
pression of her feelings. He shifted upon
his chair, changed color, looked at Miss
Aylesbury, played with the purse before
him, t ried to speak, but stopped short, and
changed color again. Thinking only of
best expressing her gratitude, Lady
Aylesbury appeared not to notice her
visitor's confusion, but arose, saying, " In
token that I hold your services above
compensation in the way of money, I
wish to give you a memorial of my grati?
tude in another shape." As she spoke
thus she drew a bunch of keys from her
pocket, which every lady earned in those
days, and left the room.
What passed during her absence be?
tween the parties whom she left together
will be best known by the result. When
Lady Aylesbury returned, she found her
daughter standing with averted eyes, but
her hand within that of Edward Hyde,
who knelt on the mother's entrance, and
besought her to consent to their union.
Explanations of the feelings which the
parties entertained for each other ensued,
and Lady Aylesbury was not long in giv?
ing the desired consent. "Give me leave,
however," said she to the lover, "to place
around your neck the memorial which I
intended for you. This chain (which was
a superb gold one) was a token of grati?
tude from the ward in which he lived to
my dear husband." Lady Aylesbury's
calm, serious eyes were filled with tears,
as she threw the chain around Edward's
neck, saying, "these links were borne on
the neck of the worthy and honored man.
May thou, my son. attain- to still higher
The wish was fulfilled, though not until
danger and suffering had tried severely
thc parties concerned. The son-in-law of
Lady Aylcsbuiy became an eminent mem?
ber of the English bar, and also an im?
portant speaker in Parliament. When
Oliver Cromwell brought the king to the
scaffold, and established the common
?smith.'RS i-'d.i-ii- l H.vdc? ?-~*~*~?
govern men I post., ami had been knight?
ed?v. as ox- ? 'imY.'. nt a member of the
rovalisl narf\ to csY.'.pe the enmity of the
new rulet . id was obligor! to. reside ui>
on the continent till the restoration.
When abroad, he was so much esteemed
by tiie exile prince (afterwards Charles
11.) as to be appointed Lord High Chan?
cellor of England, which appointment
was confirmed when the king was restored
to his throne. Some years afterwards,
Hyde was elevated to the peerage, first in
the rank of baron, and subsequently as
Earl of Clarendon?a title which he made
famous in English history.
These events, so briefly narrated, occu?
pied a large space of time, during which.
Lady Aylcsbuiy passed her days in quiet
retirement. She now had tho gratifica?
tion of beholding her daughter the Coun?
tess of Clarendon, and seeing the grand?
children she had borne to her, mingle as
equals with the noblest of the land. But
a still more exalted fate awaited the de?
scendants of the poor friendless girl, who
came to London, in search of service, in a
wagoner's van. Her grand-daughter.
Anna Hyde, a young lady of spirit, wit
and beauty, had been appointed, while
her family stayed abroad, one of the
maids of honor to the Princess of Orange,
and in that situation, had attracted so
strongly the attention of James, Duke of
York, and brother of Charles II., that he
contracted a private marriage with her.
The birth of a child forced on a public an?
nouncement of "the contract, and ere long,
the grand-daughter of Lady Aylesbury
was openly received as Duchess of York,
and sister-in-law of the sovereign.
Lady Aylesbury did not long survive
this event. Hut ere she dropped into the
grave, at a ripe old age, she saw her de?
scendants heirs presumptive to the British
crown. King Charles had married, but
had no issue, and accordingly his broth?
er's family had the prospect and right of
succession. And. in reality, two immedi?
ate descendants of the bare-fooled coun?
try girl did fill the throue?Mary, (wife
of William III,) and Queen Anna, prin?
cess both of illustrious memory.
Such was the fortune of the young wo?
man in whom the worthy landlady of the
Coat and Compasses was fearful of en?
couraging too rash a hope by reference to
the lofty position which it had been her
own fate to attain in life. In one asser?
tion, at least, the hostess was undoubted?
ly right, that success in life must be la?
bored for in one way or other. Without
the prudence and propriety of conduct
which won the love and esteem of the
brewer, the sequel of the country girl's
history could never have been such as it
The Last Good Night.
Close her eye-lids?press them gently
O'er the dead and lcailcn eyes.
For tho soul that made them lovely,
Ilath returned unto the skies;
"Wipe the death-drops from her forehead,
Sever one dear golden tress,
Fold her icy hands all meekly,
Smooth her little snowy dress;
Scatter flowers o'er her pillow?
G cntlc flowers, so pure and white?
Lay the bud upon her bosom,
There?now softly say, Good Night.
Though our tears flow fast and faster,
Yet we would not call her back,
We are glad her feet no longer,
Tread life's rough and thorny track;
We are glad our Heavenly Tat her
Took her while her heart is pure,
We arc glad he did not leave her
All life's trials to endure :
We arc glad?and yet the tear-drop
Ifallelh; for, alas! we know
That our fireside will be lonely,
We shall miss our darling so.
While the twilight shadows gather,
We shall wait in vain to feel
Little arms, all while and dimpled,
Round our necks so softly steal;
Our wet checks will miss the pressure
Of sweet lips so warm and red,
Arid our bosoms sadly, sadly.
Miss that darling's little head
Which was wont to rest there sweetly;
And those golden eyes, so bright,
Wo shall miss their loving glances,
We shall miss their soft good night.
When the morrow's sun is shining,
They will take this cherished form.
They will bear it to the church-yard,
And consign it lo the worm :
Well?what matter ? It is only
The clay dress our darling wore ;
God hath robed her as an angel,
She hath ueed of this no more;
F.ild her hands, and o'er her pillow
Scatter flowers all pure and white,
Kiss that marble brow, and whisper,
Once again, a last Good Night.
Watt.?A young niun (says Sir II.
Kant;) wanting to soil spectacles in Lon?
don, petitions the corporation to allow
him to open a little shop, without paying
tho fees of freedom, and he is refused.
He goes to Glasgow, and the corporation
ancc with some members of the universi?
ty. v;ho find him very* intelligent, and per?
mit him to open his shop within their
walls. He does not sell spectacles and
magic lanterns enough to occupy all his
time ; he occupies himself at intervals in
taking asunder and remaking all the ma?
chines he can come at. He finds there
arc books on mechanics written in differ?
ent languages; he borrows a dictionary
and learns those languages to read those
books. The university people wonder at
him, and are fond of dropping into his
little room in the evenings, to tell him
what they arc doing, and to look at the
qnoerinstruments he constructs. A ma?
chine in the university wants repairing,
and he is employed. He makes it a new
machine. The steam-engine is construct?
ed : and the giant mind of Watt stands
out before the world?the author of the
industrial supremacy of this country, the
herald of a new force of civilization: But
was Watt educated ? Whore was he ed?
ucated? At his own workshop, and in
tho best manner. Watt learned Latin
when be wanted it for his business. He
learned French and German; hut these
things were tools, not ends. He used
them to promote his engineering plans, as
he used lathes and levers.
The Teaks oe Oysters.?Glancing
round this anatomical workshop, (the
oyster.) wo find, amongst other things,
seme preparations showing the nature of
pearls. Examine them, and we find that
there arc dark and dingy pearls, just as
there are handsome and ugly men; the
d irk pearl being found on the dark shell
o::' the fish, the white brilliant ono upon
the smooth inside shell. Going further in
the search, we find that the smooth, glit?
tering lining, upon which the lish moves,
is known as the nacre, and that it is pro?
duced by a portion of the animal called
t ie mantle; and, for explanation's sake,
vre may add that gourmands practically
know the mantle as the heard of the oys?
ter, When living in its glossy house,
should any foreign substance find its way
through the shell to disturb the smooth?
ness so essential to its case, the fish coats
the offending substance with nacre, and a
pearl is thus formed. The pearl is, in fact,
a little globe of the smooth, glossy sub?
stance yielded by the oyster's beard; yiel?
ded ordinarily to smooth the narrow home
to which his nature binds him. but yielded
in round drops, real pearly tears, if he is
hurt. When a beauty glides among a
throng of her admirers, her hair clustering
with pearls, she little thinks that her or?
naments are products of pain and diseased
action, endured by the most unpoctical of
Make Hora Attractive.
It is a trua iudex or Lite ^?gress of |
our race., to observe the regard paid to
home: and it is a consoling reflection
that its sanctity has attracted, at last,
the attention it deserve?. To be loved as
it ought, to awake the affection home
should inspire, it must be beautiful, and
worthy of being cherished. "When it is
so easy a thing to beauti/y and adorn
home, is it not a matter of surprise that
so little attention, in this respect, is given
to it in many parts of our country? !n
deed, we may fear that this neglect will
become "a by word of reproach." It is a
mistaken idea that, home cannot be made
beautiful, but b}- the most costly exotics.
Incentives, of the highest character, are
held out to induce men to plant and cul?
tivate shade trees. No argument is need?
ed to confirm the truth that shade trees
promote health, that they are conducive
to comfort and pleasure; and he is truly
to bo pitied, who sees no beauty in treos,
nothing majestic or grand in trees, Na?
ture's waving "frowning Titans." If
more is required to induce thegrowing of
trees and shrubs for shade and ornament,
compare the appearance of some of our
villages, where, for near the full circle of |
a mile, scarce a solitary tree intervenes
its grateful shade to break the rays of a
summer sun's roasting heat, or to invite
the cool, refreshing breeze : compare one
of these, (for there are man}- such.) with
the neat and pleasant town whose streets
and squares arc tastefully planted with
handsome elms, maples, or locusts. Not
only is .the aspect of the latter more pleas?
ing, and the effect more delightful; but it
is the safest criterion by which to judge
of the virtue, refinement and intellectual
cultivation of its citizens; for where Na?
ture'* beauties are cherished, vice and
sensuality cannot flourish. What is true
of towns and villages, is equally true rel?
ative to t he homes of men, except tho in?
fluence of the former is more general,
while t hat of home, whether farm hor.se
or village residence, more directly affects
the individual family. There is no in?
vestment of labor or time that remuner?
ates man with so much healthful onjoy
shrubbery. These make home beautiful;
beauty will endear it to his soul, and
make it "part of him;" then, in truth,
will it be his own "sweet Uomc;'' anU" hlF
" The land of ilic myrtle, il;c cypress and vine,
Where nil, anvc the spirit of man, is divine."
The Young Woman's Influence.?The
character of the young men of a commu?
nity depends much on that of tho young
women. If the latter are cultivated, in?
telligent, accomplished, the young men
will feel the requirement that they them?
selves should be upright, and gentleman?
ly, and refined : but if their female friends
are frivolous and silly, the young men
will he found dissipated and worthless.
But remember, always, that a sister is the
best guardian of a brother's integrity.
She is the surest inculcator of faith in fe?
male purity and worth. As*a daughter,
she is the true light of the home. The
pride of the father oftencst centers on his
sons, but his affection is expended on his
daughters. She should, therefore, bo the
sun and centre of all.
"Wo can well pity tho "phoclings" of
the stranger who was sent up stairs in a
western hotoLto sleep with a backwoods?
man, who gave him this welcome: "Wall,
stranger. I've no objection to your sleep?
ing with me?none in the least, but it
seems to me the bed's rather narrow for
you to sleep comfortable; considering how
I dream. You see, I'm an old trapper,
and generally dream of shooting and
sculping Indians. At the place I stopped
night before last they charged mo five
dollars extra 'cause I happened to whittle
up the headboard with 1113' knife while I
v, as dreaming. But you can como to
bed if you like, I. feel kind er peaceable to?
In one of our courts lately, a man. who
was called on to appear as a witness, could
not be found. On the Judge asking
where he was, a grave, elderly gentleman
rose up, and. with much cmphais, said.
?Your honor, he is gone." "Gone! gone !"
said the Judge, "where is he gone?".
"That I cannot inform you," replied the
communicative gentleman, "but he is
Bad Tkmper.?The greatest plague in
life is a bad temper. It is a great waste
of time to complain of other people's; the
best thing is to amend our own.
It is doing some service to humanity to
amuso innocently; and they know very
little of society who think we can bear to
bo always employed either in duties or
meditations without any relaxation.
Death comes lo igcod man to relieve
him j it comes to a ono to relieve soci?
The idle should no be classed among
the living; they are a . sort of dead men
not fit to be buried.
Nothing is so endurin: and malignant
as the hatred of a worn:* -who has once
loved you; beware of vncgar jiiadc of
Out of every twenty yung men in a
quadrille at an evening prty. who pre?
tend tQ be making love to ueir partners,
ten are remarking that the Worn La very
wann, f:vo are observing tba the polka is
the grandest invention of theicro, and five
are asking how the next fig;;e'commen?
Nai-row-niinded people, who have no!
a thought beyond the little sphere of their
own vision, recall a Hindosaying:?"The
snaii sees nothing but its own she'll, and
thinks it the grandest in the universe."
There is a man in New Jersey so lazy
that he has an artist hired by the month ,
to draw his breath with a lead pencil.
A printer's devil wanting to kiss his
sweetheart, addressed her as follows:
1 Miss Lucy, can I have tho pleasure of
placing my ' imprint' ' on your bill V
The little mind, that loves itself, will
think and act with the vulgar; but the
great mind will bo bravely eccentric, and
scorn the beaten road.
A man who covers himself with costly
apparel and neglects his mind, is like
ono who illuminates the outsido of his
house and sits within in the dark.
There arc a great many beams in tho
eyes of the ladies, but fhey are all sun?
Pride may decorate the abode of death
as it will, but the worm below mocks at
the masonry ahovo.
Learn in childhood, if you can, that
happiness is not outside, but Jnaidc. A
good heart and a clean conscience bring
happiness, no riches and no circumstances
n ife'iSi^fe^li.HL!'^0 pcarj'"*'mc*b though
?i .i T ?? "f&me's upon the water ?
rather thautho vapmw , . .
and obscure, lifts itself to the clouds.
It was said in olden time that the bdly
v;as morejthan raiment: bnt now^)
raimenTis often a great^frji?V^o1!ctnan
the body in value, and full five as much in
A good man who has seen much of the
world, and is not tired of it, says: "Tho
grand essentials to happiness in this life
are, something to do, something to love,
and something to hope for."
Macaulay states, in his History of Eng?
land, that no large society, of which tho
language io not Teutonic, has ever^urniM
Protestant: and that wJiejeyjir-Aja^^----^^
derived from ancient Rome is spoken, the
religion of modern Rome prevails to this
For a fit of idleness?Count the ticking
of a clock; do this for an hour, and you
will be glad to pull off your "coat the next
moment and go to work.
No man is more miserable tha: that
hath no adversity; that man i? hot tried
whether he be good or bad; and God ??v
er crowns those virtues which arc only -*1
faculties and indispositions; but every act
of virtue is an ingredient into reward?
God so drosses us for heaven.
The bark of a willow tree, burred to
ashes, mixed with strong vinegar and ap?
plied to the parts, will remove all corns or
excrescences on any part of the bod}*.
What the world calls 'innate goodness,'
Is very often t full stomach; and what it
terms vice is euite as frequently an empty
When preachers grow proud of tho
beauty and eloquence of their praye rs. Sa?
tan himself might readily toll the bell to
summon the congregation to church.
Benefit }*our friends that they may iovo
you still more dearly; benefit your ene?
mies that they may become your friends.
Modesty is to the female character
what saltpetre is to beef: while it pre?
serves its purity, it imparts a blush.
It is better to havo your conscionco
clean than your face, and to keep
soul well clad in virtue, than your
There is no man but hath a soul;
if he will look carefully to that, he:
not complain for want of business.
Rise early to your business, les
things, and oblige good mcr
three things you shall
Rather pay wages^
ccpt the offered hj
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