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awn's sake mm uucxoccii-d dil -turna liv a Iiu-Uv ' sn t.-tfd tt hcm? tliut t!ie-y belonged to no bro-' agony mid hope defert d, lay b,.f,.(, ,(
thouv.ht, And who felt that his credit was ' hank, and then deposited in his breeches extent of w hid. it would have 1, en ,
c r pocket, d not impossible, lor hun then In I,.
secure even from a momentary breath ot I tf , , . . , . . ,'. ., , . ' 10
"l or lit aven s sake, lie quick, man! I seen; I oiled in the search, the din.
s.isj kmoi. Nelune.ed he kit generous won lol luvl, tho cw'0 hrll,ru WlA the bank sent oim of their body,,,,,
.nut, to be as wed ;is j.da.l, and determined that it ,,,.. i;? .;ir lin, dollars!" exclaimed with Amos; to oiler him a large s,un
: should be a rash transaction. lttv merchant, ney and a guarantee fr m further
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" What followed:
" Yes r"
"Why, a Mrs. Jcicmy Short, to be as well as dad, and determined that it
sure. ; should no a rasa transaction.
I low much is to pas', Amos said
he, thrusting his hand into his pocket.
" b'ivo dollars, sir, slid sparks.
" Five dollars ! whv, von are mad : von
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In the solier looking citv of 1'hiladcl-
phia there dwelt, some years ago, a:i in-! have not been live inimitcs doing the jo!).
f'eniousaud clover mechanic nained Amos
Sparks, by trade a locksmith. A'attire
had Messed him with a peculiar turn for
the branch of humess to which he had
been bred. Not only was he skilled in
the manufacture and repair of the various
articles that in America are usually re
garded as "in the locksmith line," but,
prompted by a desire to master tiie more
abstruse intricacies of the business, he had
studied it so attentively, and with such
distinguished success, that, his pro.'i' iencv
was tin; theme of admiration, not onl
with his customers and the neighborhood,
but. all who took an interest in mechan
ical contrivances in the adjoining towns.
His counter was generally strewed with
various kinds of fastenings for doors,
trunks, and desks, which nobody but him
self could open ; and no lock was ever
presented to Amos that he could not pick
in a very short time. Like many men of
talent, in other departments, Amos Sparks
as poor, lhougn a very industrious
Come," (the Lre::uii:e spirit of traliic over-
coming the better feelings which had mo
mentary po: session of his bosom.) " Fll
give you live shillings.'
It is true," replied the locksmith,
" that much time has not been employed ;
but remember how many lorn? years 1 have
been learning to do such a job in live min
utes, or even to do it at all. A doctor's
visit may last but one minute the service-
he renders may be but doubtful when
done and yet his fee would be as great
if. not greater than mine. You should be
willing; to purchase my skill, humble as it ! interested m their discovery and conviction
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money is paid for fifty dollars!" exclaimed with Amos; to offer him a large si;rM , '
tiie merchant. ni-y and a guarantee fr in Isirtlic r n,'i 1
"I thought so," was the locksmith's grave lion, if he would confess, restore t!u-
reply; out not ucmg a mancious or muic-n;, uu uu hj. u.a -i.tmiuecs, n ;,nvl
live man, and satisfied with too unishmcut
already iutlieted, he delayed no louder, hut
opened tho chest, giving its owner time ti
seize the cash and leach t!ie hank alter a ra
pid flight, a few minutes belbro it closed.
Ahont a month alter this affair, the Phila
delphia hank was rohhed of coins and notes
to the amount of fifty thousand dollars. The
hars of a window had been cut, and tho ault
entered so ingeniously, that it was evident
that the burglar had possessed, besides dar
ing courage, a good deal of mechanical t-kill.
The police scoured tlx; city and country
round about, but no clue to the discovery of
the robbery could bo traced. Mvrry body
who had any thing to lose, felt that daring
and ingenious felons were abroad, w ho mi dit
probably pay them a visit; all w'cro therefore
may be, as you would purchase any other
commodity, by what it is worth to you."
" Worth to me," .-aid the merchant,
with a sneer ; " well, L think it was worth
live shillings: I could have uota new key
made for that, or perhaps niiht have
found the old one."
"Hut could you have got the one made or
found the ether, in timeto retrieve vuiir notes
at tho bank' Had t been disposed to wrong
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.'Usp:cion ai icngui negan io scuio upon
Sparks. Hut yet his poverty and known in
tegrity seemed to give themlhe lie. The
story of the iron chest, which the merchant
had hitherto been ashamed and Amos too
f Mgiving to tell (for the latter did not can
to set the town laughing even at the man
who had wronged him) now began to be nois
ed abroad. The merchant, influenced by a
vindictive spirit, had whispered it to the di-
weir. li w.ei in vmu iiiai ne protrc,)
innocence, and nvow d his abhoi icacc if
eriiue; tho banker ral!i d him on js
composure, and thrc atemd him with ,.,
ipicnecs, untd the locksiuith, wlinlni,"
lOiMei'iistotneil to di.i Lxrnca (i, i
presumption that he wasa villain, ,,!,,
his tormentor out of his shop, uid, ,
f a man who, though poor, was icsnh l:
preserve his self respect, and pr, '',
sanctity of his dwelling from impvi tim-ut E.
Tiie banker retired, ba'lled, smd lbrr a;,
ing vengeance. A consultation wn
and it was finally determined to arrests,,,,
and commit him to prison, in the Iiope tl
by .shutting him up, and separating jm f,'
his family and accomplices, he would M,
upon his guard against the collection n'u
deuce necessary to a conviction, niil.rr,;
befiighteneinnto terms, or induced t i m;,
a full confession. This was a severe l)L
the family. They could have borne n,,
together, for mutual counsel and sum;,:
can soothe many of the ills of life; ',,
!ivided to have the strongest mind, nnu
which the feebler ones had been nrnit
ed to cling, carried away captive to mn
solitary confinement on an uniust m ,u.
I was almost too much, when coupled wide
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and prurient man, with a small and fru -al ' ' V i S , " T ,,u," "' ' cou.se it soon spread ii.r L,"mi ''.(d ipa:
.-iiiii . n f. 1-iexi.y, I might have bargained ior a much :,.1 ;.!,. ulih .!l.Miu,.i'..v,,l,nr,,i,j. : around their home, and infect the no
:.x.r J1 , - - Ant ti,cd. The ..nvatio,, dVi
"V ' r ; V mT"',U ,,K' lty, V11M CM,,ia liUVC' "llVUtil tl-.elut M.v,.,-al davs I hat some of his neighbors ,ok-.,"," U' the want of the locksmith's eauiir
late property. W lietlier it was that he ! ymi would gladly have given mo double the ( ( and acted rather oddly, and ho missed 1 W( r(! ,)"n:0 without a nmrmiir; and .m
was not of the race of money-grubs, ! amount I now claim." ; ..,. , ,,,,, ilo lls.,(i t ,i.:nll : ..,, ,.,,. , the litl le that could he mustered, a mm
forc(s ihem to earn and hoard without a i,;nl! bae are tlnMivo shillings," sa
thought bevond tho mere iii-:iiis of ar.ini-! If.Miiii' tlit-in in his hand, w
whose instinctive desire of accumulation! """"hie the amount! why the man's a tl(.sf . CVerv afternoon: but not ueerim.r i;..-1 abvny i (-served to buy some trifli
aid tin- ... i,.,,iiu.i,t th:ii ilmin vvii j .mi-Mi..... i', : unexpected comloi t or luxury to can v i
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ith tho ; ed behavior, these matters made but a slight i l"',SOM-
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sition, or whether the time occmnedbyi V V C "V. 1 " . i "apression on ins muut. Jn all such cases . -V'" "'f: p!, (l wl,,lftF
.1 : e : : ;,!""" "UIU '"" u; umu it you do ; the person most interested is the Inst in u.r Having made any conJession, or the dinn
came io uispcci auu aitnure me H ulls ol "1 never sued a man m my hie," said 1 a party of constables to search his premises,
his ingenuity, were tin; cause of his pov- Sparks; "and I have lost much by my for-I Astonishment and grief were, id' course tiie
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or whether the tune occupied bv I . i m . . ,, i !
. . . . 1 .;, w ho could not help himself : "and it y
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oveicri re-ious of I. s fovunfr. ,,, I T . V ." (UsagreeaDie news; and the first hint that the!"' ,V , , . M,,, ri " ,,,s W
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. . " . i . 1 j--.,., . , j , ,, , u.mi locKsinnn goi oi mo universal suspicion a.s1 I u,,lursi UIIU1I,(',,,S,I
, and in conversation witn those who just now to spend in a matter so trilling." hv,,,,, tl.,. .oiw....- ri, ...i.'.. '.... ! reluctantly comnelled to hrinr hi... mi.
crtv, we cannot undertake to determine,
but, perhaps, various causes combined to
keep his finances low, and it was quite
as notorious in the city that Amos Sparks
was a poor man, as that he was an ingen
ious and decent mechanic. I'ut his busi
ness was sullicient for the supply of his
wants, and those of his family, so he stud
ied and worked on, and was content.
I linlil.iilwiil it. ..4 ... 4I..1 I i lil
11 uuj'jii.ni 11 iiim in iiivj clilllli.iii () I ",
a merchant in the city, whose business
was rather extensive, and who had been
bustling about the Quay on board
his vessels all the morning, returned to
his counting-house to lodge several thous
and dollars in the Philadelphia liank, to
retrieve some paper falling due that day,
when, to his surprise1, he found that he
had either lost or mislaid the key of his
iron chest. Alter diligent search, with
no success, he was led to conclude that,
in drawing out his handkerchief, he had
nance. Hut," added he, tho trodden portion of Amos and his family for that day.
rm of a meek spirit beginning to recoil, The first shock to a household who had de-
you are rich are able to pay ; and although rived, even amidst their humble Poverty
1 will not sue you, pay you shall." much satisfaction from the possession of a
The words, were scarcely spoke, w hen he i good mum a property thev had been taught
dashed dow n the lid of the chest, and in a to value above all earthly treasures inav
moment the strong staples were firmly clasp- j be easily conceived. To have defrauded a
They had not a tittle of evidence, exc
some strange locks and implements loiim!
the shop, and which proved the tuldit.l
not the guilt, of the mechanic. Yet tli
were so various, and executed with snclit
borate art and such an evident expenditure
labor, that but few either of the judges, j
or spectators, could bo persuaded that aii
poor would have devoted hunsell so st dul'
ed by the bolts below, and the gold and bank i neighbor of sixpence would have been n '.v to M,c" an employment unless lie
notes were hidden as effectually as though : meanness no one of them would h.-n iw. ' some other object in view than mere int:
they had vanished like the ill-gotten hoards : guilty of but fifty thousand dollars! the im-i1'"11 or amusement. His friends ami mi.
01 ine lairy tale. j meusdy of the sum seemed to cloth tho sus-i s Suvw lll,n an excellent chnriii to;
The merchant stood aghast. He looked t pieion with a weight of terror that nearly on .,no cr"'ss--xn,iiiation, all admitted
at Amos, and then darted a glance at the pressed them to tho earth. They chin" t'() ('"f ire deyotion to his favorite pursuit. 1
clock; the hand was within twenty minutes leach other, with bruised and fluttered spirits j co,,nsc or t'10 ,,i,M, -,x-mrti-tl himself
of thee and seemed posting o;er the figures! while the search was proceeding and it was , co,lsummate ability; calculating in some
with the speed of light. What was to be1 not until it was completed, and' the officer ' r,to 0,1 ln" s,a,c ' ,'U! Public mind, nnd
done? At first he tried to bully, but it would ; declared himself satislied tint there w as none m,l,lc'"f'' w hich vague ruinous, coupled
dropped the key in the street, or perhaps j the city would swear that ho had lost tiie kej
into the dock. What was to bo done ? ito gain time, and because there was no mo
It was one o clock the bank closed at
not do. Amos told hun if ho had sustained , ot the missing nrooettv on tlu ..r.. t... '. ' evidences of the mechanic's hiiiidii
any injury, "he might sue as soon as ho j they began to rally and look calmly at tlio I cx,l'.,,'t( 11 ourt might have on the mim
pleased, for that his time was too precious circumstances which seemed for the'nn incur. ,', j,,rv l'10 dwelt upon every word and i:
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10 menace nie pe-ace auu security they had A siory 01 nis iron chest, on tec
hitherto enjoyed. jdent poverty of tin; locksmith, and vet
"Cheer up, my darlings," said Amos ! lM)l)J.'r,,'t ste of lime, if all this woi'k
who was the first to recover tho sobriety of ,,ot .,nte"(h'd to insure success in feme '
thought that usually chai-nri... I .l i,:... 1 design. Ho believed that a verdict '
"eheer up! all will yet be well; it is impo- , ''"'"''"'ately tidlowed by a confosi'
sible that the uiiiust 'suspicion ean lonr 1 ' 1, !'0 Amos guilty; and he sure
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e enest: no was hunilded by iho .about us. A life oi honesty and fir drnlin
necessity of the case, and, handing lorth the will not bo without its reward; there was
live dollars, "there, Sparks," said he, "take perhaps .something in my trade, and the skill
just now to In? wasted 111 trilling affairs, " and
with a face of unrullJcri composure, he tinned
on his heel and was leaving the office.
The merchant called him back; he had no
nlterua'ivo, his credit was at slake, halt
three, and there was no time to advertise
the ky, or to muster so large a sum as
that required. In his perplexity the mer
chant thought of the poor locksmith ; he
had- often heard ot Amos Sparks ; tin;
your money, and let us have no more words."; which long practice had given me in it that vt.
'I must have ten dollars now." renlied I naturally enough led thn rn.l..i. 0... . s,,s,
tho locksmith; 'Sou would have taken ad- I thoughtless, and perhaps the mischievous jr-u !,l,onf evidence, in order that the re
vantage of a poor man; and, besides opening any such there he connected with this inoui- i ",l",,t. (,(,lit to their peiietnitu 11. JM:
111 making the belief pretty general juh"H?
audience. Some of the jury were hi
eliiicd to speculate on the probabilities
confession; and swept away by the cnrren'
pieion, were not indisposed f-
rase seemed one oecu bar v sn :int. i. n v.,ni. jmn.. i.,.v i... 1 1........ 1... .....in. ,. i.-...i, 1 . .. . . . .' was nmiowwit. n. a rr.t nV
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tho chest, and the astonished merchant
glanced from the rolls of bank notes and
piles of coin strewed along the bottom, to
tho clock in the corner of th
to! ! -.5m !. !. : ' i . ' i :
of .in ':
This homily, besides, being preached in a
tone of calm deliberation w hich left no room
to h ipo for any abatement, had exhausted
are tbor minute or two of the time already so
prccil t; for the minutes, like Sib) I's books,
mere?..-, u in value as they diminished in
number. The merchant hurriedly counted
irom - out ten dollar, which Amos deliberately i
trial oi ins powers, ami iiemg a (lesj)e:ate i -rve you wn en is welt woith a tnliing uin. H "'"s outrage will probablv bo discovert d v, !"!"lU f '"' ?"'l old limes of Trr
one, if he could not furnish a remedy, ,,u would m t only have deprived 'mo of soon; for a hand so extensive will make all Wiltv: bulging persons on suspiei', Wjjt
where else was there reasonable e.vpccta- w,,ut 1,11(1 'vt 'aii l.v earned, but have temp- parties vigilant, and if not, why then w hen ,irM"!Iui felons because the m b lliii.k n the
tion of succor ? A clerk was hurried oil" !,d ,lnc int'. ".J""',1 u,,i':i,1l wft,,,' l,iiv" 1- ,,,r ''ihhrs see us toiling at our" usual ' , r c;; "lodern inventi..ns. ' u t
(nr A mnc -owl b-iv iiwr . v i ! i ! n . I it iM' UK (I my family. oil will never in future "t-'c u pa t ions wit h no evidences of increased !',mfKn judge was ch ar ami mc fori
for Amos, and haMU- explained the d, h- Ui) wrn!th iu . loai wculh or lavish expenditure on on , r Z nt ,l" S,lmit,,,1 there were ground ef
eulty, speedly re-appeared followed by wit!l ,Ilc ,i(U, :Aii!!olit tUUAin! of tho lock- or at our board, and remember h!J Z 2 ' cl'-" tlu-rc were circ,.mtane,H t
the locksmith, With his implements ni his smith, ami these five (hilars may save you yf'rs we were so occuph d, and so attin (I ,rl uitl' ,,,! 'i isoner's peculifir
hand. A few minutes sulliced to onen much sin and much repentance." without a susnicion of u rmwr d,.;;. : ' ! nh" 'at wert-not leeoneiliihle to 1 1to Wn
small matters attaching to us, thtue will be!0,' uM1:'K'; hut yet of direct toti""'1 f!
good sens(! and good Veelimr rnr.n.ri. :.. ii.. . ,"'n' w "( t a vestige, and of iirum-r:
city to do us iustice." " B I evidence there were not enlv link1
The;c were sound sense n,t I in ,,,( r,,. but iu fact there "'",
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" M iitMMiui s expectations I'nt ; .....-.. - .
a scene ol'trir.l ..v.. ... I 1 " , ""'. Mill lav upon him like a cM'l 1.
ie;e were sound sense and much conso ' I-' !,,uin' ,,uf 1,1 nirt ,,,( r' w ",'''
in this reasoning; tin obvp'us Zlr"!',,k 'M iH hv ,,4! h ""Wt
s of the c.-Me wen. j favor of the fui;L I 1 l)i,, ,s ,w us accordingly i.cp.itf '
of ! I cksmith's expectations. I, , ! "? !!,,.V,,,.V1r1 ! was Ib.u.d to din.t
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