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9. 'l. KOUiOTXAr,
Coram of Mai aad WasaiagtM streets.
TIm following ioterestiog tale, writun
by Mm. Jcua L. Dcwojt, of Tevay in
tbU itate, was first pabluhed, we be!ive,
ia 182S ia the Crystal, Pittsburg Pa
We bare thought it her best production,
himself to hope; but 1 trust his poster
ity win reap the harvest be has sown."
You have a son," said Mr. Court
ney, "worthy of such a harvest. Is
the youth called Ah ah your all!" "All
that survives of a lar-re family! lie
alone, the child of my old age, has
been spared to save roe from public
dependence." "Have you been long
heaven. For a , little time, the pa-J
geaotry ol the world lost its power on
the mind of the gay Courtney, and
the haunts of pleasure were forgotten.
He shuddered as he contrasted the ele
gancies that surrounded him with the
destitution he had witnessed; The
straw pallet of age and infSrmity
the scanty fuel the precarious sup-
and far superior to many f the prize tale9,!"vi" tu "'iijjiu; usi-u 11. voui t-i p,j uie picturt mat memory arew
a the rounds, and which receive lie ""niy two years. "Ana Uur-jsee
now s;oiog
so a.ucb puling.
THK SOLDIER'S SON.
"Shah, I take your burgage, Sir"
said an intelligent looking boy to a
traveller, wbo had jut landed at one
of our eastern cities. "My servant
takes charge of it," replied the gentle
man, but struck with the peculiar in
terests of his countenance, us the hoy:
seemedfevea vet more vivid than their
ing that period, have you had no re- reality.
source but the labor of your son?"; The Allowing day Mr. Courtney
one; out trie warns 01 a soioier arc; had left the city, but a blank cover en-
idea of again meeting thrm. , She was) tsallvah' Hamilton, the Soldier
001 aisappomiea. 1 bey met the i.oxt j son, whom, seven year ago, you re,
morning at the spring and again and 'cued from extreme poverty! Mr
again met! Who shall describe thsiCourtaey pressed Jits hand wth emo-
Viiigiuig 01 umurca spirit; yy ho shall -Eton. "lua rrway, aty young friend
trace the intricate and delicate sources the scornful boy whom 1 would have
01 mat
mysterious nassion u at rescued, but tor hi innlntU
I A I - 'l4?a
engtli sweeps like a torrent over the jOh, sir, evasion is unavailing. Vc
human soul Scarcely a word had could not mistake the hand that relived
passed between the youthful sfrac-jus.- Have you not then some interest
gerstney knew nothing of each oth-jia hearing will you not su3e.me to
or beyond the limits of few davs: vet tell vou. what have been th'fruii f
the years that had preceded had It-hour bounty I" -I shallgladly listen
COmeas .t tedious Jroain the- nrf's.r-iit to all inwhii-Ji Vftn :irarttu9in.l J
lew, and the filial piety of my hoy ren dosing two hundred dollars,h ad been.)" iheirall of existence and rcscm-Mr. Cou rluey, ar.d Alvah proceeded,
ders him cneerful under every priva- piaced hy aI unknown uanJ ia that ofi" renovated life of chry salU,"Two fay. jtt vou left us, my poor
tion that affects only himself. He la- thc oU soldier. Years passed away J wh it father was removed to a more comfor
table sueltcr and I was entered
bors incessantly, and I have 110 regret
but that of seeing him thus fettered to
servitude. "I would" said Mr. Court
ney with enthusiasm, "I would that I
retired, he Hung hm apiece of mone). could place himin a sphere more suited
The boy looked at it with hesitation,! to his worth. With thc advantage of
.and bis pale cheek reddened to enm- education, he would become an orna-
ftk. a . . A S ft. .
son. ricKiiie it up ai jeugin, ne ap
proached the traveller with an air of
embarrassment. "Mcnse me, sir, i
ought employment, not alms." "True,
my little don," said we gentleman,
laughing, "but you will not return so
very a iruic uu uj m uvi
stood a moment in silence. His young
spirit evidently recoiled from the idea
of appropriating the humiliating gift,
and be remained twirling it in his fin
gers. There Was an expression of
mingled haughtiness and gratitude in
bis wrought features, and his slender
form assumed all the irregular atti
tudes of indecision. At this moment
ment to society; but this under your
peculiar circumstances he cannot have
had even in an ordinary degree." "But
for his taste for learning," said the sol
dier, "he must have been utterly des
titute. There were hours, however.
when he could not labor, and as these
have been invariably devoted to study,
he has gradually acquired its common
principles" v
The entrance of Alvah himself in
terrupted the conversation. He had
brought some little delicacies for his
father, the avails of his day's labor. "I
have just been thinking, said Mr
Cturtney, "of making some ariange-
. a beggar approached tbem, and his merit?, with the approbation of your
countenance brightened. "Permit father, for your future establishment.
1 i' 11 1 , i. i.
me, be saiu, graceiuuy uowing 10 me
traveler,"permitiflo to transfer your
bouutjY a,ld presenting the uniucKy
coii to the hmnble mendicant, he in
stantly disappeared. This little inci
dent made a strong impiession on the
mind of ttie stranger, and two days af
terwards he distinguished the elastic
figure of the boy among a group of
labourers, rieasea at again seeing
him, he immediately approached him.
.Uay 1 asicyour name, my young ac-
I grieve to see a boy of promise thus
losing the spring time oflife." 44 You
forget, sir," said Alvah, respectfully
bowing, that I can embrace no pro
posal that would separate me from my
fathcr,however advantageous." Cer
tamly not in his present situation; but
1 have friends here, who will leadilj
assist me in making a suitable provis
ion tor his support, and you may theu
be put to business that will secure you
a future comDetence. "Impossible
.;,.....,. I"' t iitmiiri-rl :i tone of ' Vit mv 4. !...' i 1.1...
ki.idntss. "Alvah Hamilton, repuea
.. 1 1 .:n 1...,... I ..I..
the DOV, anu UC Sllll loimuuoi .w ytj
the instrument of labor with batt iess
diligence. Our traveller whosena.se
was Courtney, looked at him with i-cre-isn.ir
interest. The extreme beau
ty of his countenance its marked ex
pression of high and noble feeling,
strongly contrasted with the coursuess
of dress, and the rudeness of his em
ployment. ilave you parents!" in
quired far. Courtney, "ihave yet a
tamer." And a hat is his vocal ion?'
Jieisa worn out soldier, sir, oi the re
volution;" and the boy applied him-
jelf io his task with an intensity In t
seemed intended to prevent further in
terrogation. The tenacious Couit
ney, however, vas not to be si.akeu
off. "Do you live with your father?
he continued. "Certainly, sir" And
where!" The boy pointed in silence
to a decayed and misera 4e jconing
dwelling. Mr, iourtuey sigueu.
keen November blast, which at that
moment whistled around him,tuld the
inadequacy of such a shelter.' A soldier,
he mentally exclaimed, "and perhaps
h:3 blood has been sbed to secure the
rights of those who revel in luxury !"
A few hours after ards, he knocked
at the door of the shattered habitation.
If an interest in the lather had been
already awakened by the son, it was at
once confirmed by the appearance of
tho nlil man. now before him. He
had raised his head slowly fiom thej
station which he was leaning at the
entrance of the stranger,and discover
ed 1 countenance where the lines of
sorrow and sufleriug were distinctly
those on his son. 4Tis a short season
only tince his weakness required my
support, and shall 1 now trausier tne
duties of filial gratitude to the hand of
charity? Mr. Courtney knew not
what to reply. "Do not think mu un-
gratelul for your proffered kindness,'
continued the boy, while his dark eye
swam in tears, and every trace of pride
suddenly gave place to the liveliest
expression olgratttuie; "1 feel most
deeply your benevolent solicitude lor
my interest, but indeed, sir, 1 am per
fectly happy in my present condition.
My father, fob, is satisfied with the
slender provision my labor affords, and
S'tuuld it hereafter become insufficient,
I .viil not scruple to ask the aid of ben
evolence. Mr. Courtney was affec
ted. Tiie soldier had again leaut his
head over his staff and was probably
invoking blessings on the head of tus
sou! A storm had commenced, and
the sleet was even thendripppi.i thro'
the broken roof. Mr. Courtney te
to depart "Must I then go," he cx
claiaied, "without rendering you any
service. Will you not even accept,"
and he put his hand in his pocKet
but Alvah drew back with an expres
sion that answered the unfinished sen
tence. The old man travc him his
and the glow of earthly pleasure that
the traveller then experienced was
gradually lorgotten. The blandish
ments of pleasure resumed their won
ted influence her .glittering wave a
gain hurried him oaward without thc
power of reflection, and if a momenta
ry wish would have led him to inquire
the further fate of Alvah Hamilton,
the bright fantasma that surrounded
him diverted his purposes. Death
had deprived him of an amiable wife!
whose influence might have won him'
from the sphere of illusion, and his on-t
ly child early accustomed to the round
of fashionable pursuits, thought not of)
opposing them. The exalted senti
ments, however, which even in child
hood she had imbibed from her mother,
preserved her from their contamina
ting influence ; and amid the blights of
a gay world, the purity of her charac-j
ter remained stainless as the snows ofi
the unapproachable clitll Gentle as
the reed of summer, she yielded to the
impulse of those vith whom her lot
was cast; but her mind, supported by
high and frequent communion with the
memory of her sainted pare.it, escaped
the thraldom, which nabit might oth
erwise have secured. At the atie of
nncen, she accompanied an invalid
friend to the medicinal springs of Jjulls
towu. This village, at ttiat time, was
a place of fashiouauie resort, a-ul to a
umid like lsabcia Courtney's afforded
tnemes of limitless reliection. The
buoy ancy of health was here contrasted
.v ith the languor of disease tiie hec
tic of death witti laugh of revelry
palpable images of mortality mingled
with tne votaries ol pleasure the iist-les-,
who strove to annihilate tmie,i
and tne dying, who sought to add yet a
lew days to those tlicv nad to number,
oon alier tiie ai rival of Isabela, sne
was one day struck, on eutetiag tne
coiiimou sitting room, by the appear
ance ol an ol-J man, who sat alone and
apparently unnoticed. His sightless
t-yes, ins palsied limbs, and wnite locks
that were thinly scattered over his pal
lid temples, all at once ri vetted her at
tention, tier heart Hi robed foi pity,
out reverence mingled with compas
sion as siie marked the settled and pla
cid expression of countenance. At
"Sails on new thro thc summer air"
As jet, however, unconscious of the
dangerous source of this sense of en
joyment, they met without embarrass
ment. The blush that dyed the cheek
of Isabela in the presence of thc stran
ger, kvas that abstract pleasure; and
thc delight, which dashed from his eye
at her approach, was brilliant as the!
rays of heaven. The failing health of!
the blind old man, whom he daily at
tended to the spring afforded their on
ly clue even to passing remark. Thc
deep interest which his appearance
excited in the bosom of Isabela con
quered the scruples of vestal reserve,
and she frequently ventured a timid
inquiry respecting the aged invalid.
There are a thousand nameless atten
tions, too trilling for description that
come with a cheering influence over
the fieling heart, like the impercepti
ble breeze that stirs the delicate leaf.
Such were the attentions which mis
fortune invariably elicited from the
bifid of Is.'bela,:io matter bow narrow
her sphere of action. Her voice
her steps were already known to the
discriminating ear of the old man, and
if tiis cane was dropf, or a seat was
at
school. I could yet attend to the per
sonal wants of my father, and incited to
exertion by every claim of cratitude
and duty, 1 could but progress in mv
studies. I was soon a ready penman
and accbmptant, and a year afterwards
was received into a wealthy mercan
tile house as an under clerk. My
wages enabled me to make immediate
provision for ny father, fc they were
yearly augmented. And now," he
adds in a subdued tone,"since he is at
length called to . receive far higher
wealth than that of earth, my first ex
ertions shall be to discharge the pe
cuniary part of that obligation whicli
has so greatly influenced mv present
destiny." "The obligation which yon
speak of," said Mr. Couruey, "dues
not exist. An ample equivalent was
at once received in the pleasure of as
sisting indigent virtue. Do not then
wound again by so unjust an al.'usiir.j
but tell me, is your venerable father
no more!" Alvah briefly sketched
the late event?, and Mr. Couriagy cow
shook him warmly by tiie hand. Fare
well, dear Alvah. My carriage has
been some time waiting; believe I re-
I luirr in -our nrrn.-riit- .i.l
hru.crht hir h bn.7, 4i. . -i Ka ? j r -t jy .W'.I .lll-
.. . 0 7 J .iT V, ' , U Dcr -vou v always coamand ' ir.r
that presented them. Iv was, how-fricnUahi.? Alv lookcd wisfull'
ever, evidently and rapidly failing jaf.er llitnas he departed, but the form
and at last Isabela met the interesting; Isabela was not visible. She had
stranger no longer. There days pas-!shrunk back in the carriage at his an.
proachand had thus escaped cbserva
sed and her attendance on her friend
beca-i.e a penance. A walk was pro
posed, and weary of herself, she gladly
became one of the parlv.- As they
passed within view of the village cem-
etry , her gaze was arrested by a funer
al processioa. iheir duties were fin
ished and they were returning but
their was one who yet lingered, and
lion. 1 rum her lather, who was him.
self too mucii excited to notice the agi
tation of his child, she now hear a
description of his first knowledge of Al
vah Hamilton, she made no com
ments, but every word was treasured
up in her heart, and though retra
Wltll fhlrfrl nrr.x lr:,nA v..- ,r --'?' ZJ u
" . memory, every vision other
made grave -Could ,t be ?-yes ,t wk r idea of moral excelknce in
the youthful stranger aad she at one. Jiginatioi. of Isabela wa. inif.
Ti'M'T ,"... . .....
h-md with a smile of benignity. "Ac
cept my thanks, sir, and sutler me to
crave the name of him who has thus
sought the dwelling of poverty." The
stranger gave his name and address,
and receiving a promise that they
would seek him in future need, rel ic
tantly left tbem.
f r. f!ourtiPV wa-4 a man n f Vflinrr J
traced. Mill there was sometmng iubut he wa3 a!so a mau of pie:iSUre.
his high, though furrowed brow, that i d Wlth the votaries of dissipation,
uo grea distance, a gruup of ladies fo .hind herr ,aJ companions. J
were indulging m bursts of levity that in lier VVV turned to the la
at mi, momeiu struck most discordant- fav , , J hamaaitvthe soiitai
ioiu iiisauiimv wiiu in i'iuuu ......,
and the rav iges of infirmity had not
yet altogether robbed his wasted form
of the dignity of the soldier. "Will
you pardon the intrusion cf a stran
gerf said Mr. Courtney. "1 have
been led hither merely to chat an hour
with a revolutionary veteran." "ile
who comes to cheer the solitude of
darkness must be welcome," said the
old man: and Mr. Courtney now per
ceived that he was utterly blind ! The
events of thc revolution aff.rded an
easy clue to conversation, and they
chatted without effort. "I would,"
said Mr. Courtney, "that every one
who assisted in our gloriou struggle
might individually share the prosperi
ty it has confirmed to our nation. I
fear, however, there arc many whose
blood even cemented the proud fabric
of pur independence, that are them
selves left m want and obscurity
"True," said the old man, the de
caved soldier whose - strength , was
asted in the conflict has but little for
the soft and holy whisperings of ben
evolence are to often lost in more se
ductive strains. The scene he had
now witnessed had however awakned
all his belter principles. Thc digni
fied submission of the father the hu-
ly on her heart. She felt that the
presence of untortuuato ae should at
least luspue respect; and voluntarily
approaching the unheeded oid man,
she was halt resolved to address him.
lier natural timidity, ho .v ever, still
withheld her, till she was called by
one of the hoyden group, to partake of
some strawberries. the irresolute
expressioa of her countenance at once
changed to that of pleasure. "1 well
beg some, she said, unhesitatingly
presenting her work basket, "lor this
old gentleman" and she now ap
proached him without embarrassment.
"Will you accept some strawber
ries, sir?' i"he voice of Isabela was
like the low, dy ing tone of an instru
ment; it touched every chord of the
soul. The old man received them
with a smile, that spoke a benediction;
while an elegant though youthful stran
ger, who stood reading a newspaper
with his bai k towards thrm, suddenly
turned round and fixed his eyes on the
blushing girl with mingled admiration
and surprise. She instinctively re-
mihty of the son, prefering the mostj treated and joining the group she had
servile labor to the shadow ot depen-j hitherto shunned, mingled in their tri-j
dence his deep but quiet tenderness! fling. Soo,, after the youth himself!
lor his unfortunate parent, and his per- approached with her basket. Pre
fect exemption from selfish feeling jsenting it with a look of indescribable
all wefe vividly imprest on their visi
tant. If an intercourse with tliH good,
influences even cold and torpid hearts
(as is beautifully exemplified by the
t'erslaa fable of the piece of clay that
bec me an ordorifenms substance by
the contact of the rose.) that influence
must he strong indeed on the soul of
feelinj. The breath of a corrupt
wcrld mav dim the native gems of
t!)e heart, but let the language of
pure and elevated sentiment be heard,
ad the chords of responsive fVeling
will at once awaken like the slecpi' g
tones of a harp attuned to the winds of
import, he said, "accept, Miss, the;
thanks and blessings of age for your
delicate attention." He then flisap
peared. Ia a short time he returned
and addressed the old man in a tone of1
respect and tenderness. "I have at
length found more quiet lodging, sir,
and will attend whenever you feel able
to walk." The old man rose and
leaning on the benevolent arms of the
youth they left the apartment. They
are then to be temporary sojourners L
t;ie village," thought I sabela, and a
sensation of pleasure, of which she wa
perhaps unconscious, '.'arose from the
comprehended the melancholy scene.
A lie party preceded and ere their re
turn the s irrounding landscape was
flooded with the silver l.cht of a full
moon. The feelings of isabela were
rendered yet more intense by the sof
tening influence of the hour, and al
most unable to proceed she leant upon
the arm ot the mend, whose strength
was yet but imperfectly restored, and
A-
last
Isylum ol humanity the solitary
mourner had left the spot and with a
melancholy step, was slowly return
ing to the village. Their paths inter
sected, and he was already before her.
tic bowed and both were for some
moments silent. He at length said in
a voice of suppressed emotion. "The
causes which brought me hither are
now terminated in the grave. I leave
tiiis place to-morrow. Suffer me then
Miss, even at this moment of sorrow,
to thank you, for the interest you have
evinced in the sufferings of my de
parted father for the soothing atten
tions you have paid him. if the cup;
of affliction is ever yours, may some!
spirit, gentle as your own, temper its
bitterness some being, bright and
lovely as yourself, hover round your
pdlow." Isabela could not reply.
iter party had now halted and as she
rejoined them the young stranger ut
tered farewell, and striking into anoth
er path, disappeared. On her return
the subdued isabela was pressed to thc
bosom of her father. If any thing at
this moment could have given hs;r
pleasure, it was his arrival, as she pan
ted to leave a spot that w as nor to her
utterly devoid of interest. The light
adieus of ceremony were easily con
cluded and early the following mom-
ling she was equipped far departure
bed with lus inwe. This imuerbha.
ble attachment, howeier, partook of
the high tone of tier mind. It was a
deep and sacred principle, hidden, in
the recesses of her heart, and leaving
no trace on the surface of her charac
Isabela was far too lovely to remain
unsought and Mr. Courtney was as
tonished at her decided rejection of
repealed and splendid offer. He ex
postulated, he entreated, he taxed her
with perverseucss. She deprecated
nis anger with seraphic ircntlenes.
She anticipated his every wish, but
her firmness remained unshaken. His
attention was at length called to oh-
Meets of yet deeper anxiety. His love
oi pleasure, his boundless expenditures,
his recklessness of gain, had gradually
wasted an estate which, though suffi
cient for all thc haster elegancies
life, was i adectetf to the fUDuort of
prodigality. H now stood on the
verge ot ruin, and those who bad shar
ed his MibstancaJooked coldly and
carelesJy on his wreck, while the un-
bappy Courtney, driven almost to
madness, could scarqj believe the
perfidy of the world igl had hitherto
implicitly trusted. He was sot, how
ever, without a comforter. At this
hou r of t ri-1, the i rtuea of lus bild
became more fully developed, as the
cem cleams brizhest thro' the shades
of darkness. He affection deepen
tng in its ltensiiy as its oiyect was
deserted by others, her fortitude, her .
cheerfulness now came over his scorch
ed and withered heart with balmy io
UucHJce. Their tamdy seat was to be
publicly sedd, and tiie fearful day ar
ri veJ. While it was yet crying a new
purchaser appeared, apparently from
a distance. His horse dripped with .
speed, and his countenance was pale
As her father handed her into the: and artated. The property; t is fte-
carriagehe stopped to spak w ith ao!q;re.-it in such cases, was going at halt'
acquaintance, while a young man.. aiue, and the stranger bid it dL
Jr. Courtney was still the . ecsaant.
and the new proprietor called on hqtu
immediately. Isabels had at that mo
ment left her Cither for some domestic
who was nassina: at the ciomeut, sud
decly paused and elating his hands.'
exclaimed, "Mr. Courtney, ray bene
factor." "I do not understand you.
sir. Said the astonished lourtney. ijeaii; and tiie-uiitartanate man was
know of no one wbo can give me tuTmusing on. their impending expulsion
dattcaine a title. Ah, said the young : from their preseat residence, when AI
man, whose countenance" and voice Tah Hamilton stood sadden!? fceu
vere but too familiar to the trembliag him. "Welcome, most wtlcoii? to ray
isabe!a."am I then so much rhmged? hesrt. dearc?! Alvr.h,' L-:

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