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i V s . 0 A i ft 6 ( I f P. B. CONN, PUBLISHER COBSIE KA2XXT AID 4TH Z. RAGAN) Editor and Proprietor, The Little Boy that Sled. Dr. Chalmers. In said to be the author of the following' beautiful poemWrittea on tbt oc Mion of the doth of a young ton whom be greatly loved : 1 m all alone in my chamber now, At.il the midnight hour i near And the faggot's crack and the dock'a dull Art th only aound I hear ; (tick And orr my soul, in it solitude, Sweet feeling of sadnese glide, r For my heart and my eyes ara full whan 1 Of lha little boy thai died. I think I went one night to my faiber'a house Went home to the dear nes'all- And softly I opened lha gardeu gate, And softly the door of the hall, My mother came out, ta meet her son She kissed me, and then the sighed, And her head fell on my neck, and aba wept For the little boy that died. I ahall mia him when the flowers come, In the garden where he played ; I t.liall inine him mora by the fireside, ' When ihe flowers ham all decayed, I ahall aee hia toys and bia empty chair, And the horse he used ta ride ; . And they will apeak, with a silent epetch, Of the little boy tl at died. We shall go home to our Father's hou To our Father's housa in the skira. Where the hope of our souls shall hare no Our love no broken ties ; blight We ahall roam the banks of the river of Peace, And bathe in ita bliasful lid : And ae' of the joys of our beared ahall be The little boy that died. . ... THE POWER OF FASHION BY MIS8 E. A. W. NKWHALL. "Anna do you attend Mm.. Well' par ty Thursday evening," enquired a lady of fashion of Ann Meldow, during a niorn inir call made upon the mother of the n young lady. "No, Ido not," was the prompt reply. "And pray what may be the reason V urged the lady. Anna hesitated aa she observed her moth. era eye fixed mildly upon her, but in a moment replied, Vi nave attenoea ao many parties of late I have uo lurtner aipo tion for thein." "Indeod," replied Mrs. Tilaon, "all your voune associate are going, and I thought vmi would eniov it much." "Anna baa decided, I believe," inter posed her mother, "that it is beat the should not attend on the pieient occaaion. The lady after having spent the amount of time usual for a faahitmtble morning coll, took her departure. Mother and daughter oat in perfect si lenoe for a few moments which waa at last broken by Mrs. Meldow. "My dearehild," she said, addressing Anna in a mild tone, and fixing a reproving glance upon her, "I bui grieved to find that love of fashion hu power enough over you to make you "equivocate in so trifling a matter as attend ing a party. ' Truth is always : the safest, and, in all instances, should ; be the only reply to every questiou, no matter how humbling the world may view tho position it places us in. To an upright mind no situation can be more humbling than that in which we dissemble our real motives aud utter a falsehood." .-!! ;: ; "But, mother,"; interposed Anna, with . ti,-nni llMlt. "it MlTclv COulJ UOt 00 called a falsehood. I told Mrs. Tilson that I had attended great many parties and had no further disposition for them, and ia that not somo part of my reason ?" . Mrs. Meldow replied, "I have great fears for the highmindedncss of roy ehild when she will plan to give falsehood n air of truth. . Anns, your father hu now been dead five years, tnd never during the whnla of that time have I had so much reason to fear for your moral and religious safety a at the present X our danger is, perhaps, not creator, but more apparent, , l have awoke as it were from a slumber to find my child bound fast in the chains of the tyrant, fashion. I have but a moder ate fortune, Anna, but did I posset on Mild wealth, I trut God would keen me from pampering in you such an undue love of dress and display as you seem now to be filled with. I nave gntnerea, not rrom A'lTAci confession from you, but from ...m hints let drop and my own observe tion, the sole cause of your refueingto at fend Mr. Wella' party w your Inability to Kin sj new dress for the occasion. Had tw miuui which vou cave Mrs. Tilson ' been your real reason I should have been first to rejoice in it. ; Had I found that weariness oi tne invounea 01 m Im,) ciuMd vou to exclude vOwrsslf from it. T could hart hoped a better state of fooling; would bo induced, but as it is, I $. WaMv $otmial, have nothing to hope but that my only daughter hu buried every better feeling at the ahrine of the god of fashion." "I can hardly think myself deserving of this lecture," retorted Anna, somewhat angrily, while a frown rested upon her beautiful face. "I am quite sure there is not a young lady among my acquaintances whose demands have been smaller in the last three years than my own. Most young ladies are constantly having dresses remodeled, while I am forced to wear mine out in the same style they were originally made, and I have worn what I have now, over and over again till I shall soon be identified by the dress I wear." 'Anna, aald Mrs. Meldow, a little more sternly, "have you ever failed to re ceive a due share of attention from all sensible people on account of your dress, or have you ever perceived that you pos sessed attraction by its singularity ? Every young lady with a moderate share of taste and ingenuity may, without spending an undue portion of her time, so alter and repair her own dresses that they will hard ly be recognized again. This sho may do at the same time that she is cultivating habits of industry and economy." Mrs. Meldow left the room and Anna remaiucd absorbed in her own reflections till the door bell rung and her cousin Em ma Gilson obtruded herself upon her sol itude. She wss breathless with haste. I have been round to see all the young ladies this morning," (he said, as soon as she was fairly seated, "to talk over the ex pected party, and I went to seo Lizzie lil son, and she tells me you are not going, what does it mean ? Whv. Anna, half the young gentlemen will be distracted." "I have made up my mind not to go," replied Anna, with evident effort at calm ness. "0, Anna, you must not think of it, it will be the most elegant party of the sea son, every body is having something new. My dress is to be India muslin over rose colored satin. Mamma thought rose-color would suit me better than any thing, be cause I nm so inclined to paleness." Here A una could conceal her feelings no longer and burst into tears. "Why, Anna, dear Anna, what is the matter ? Now I know you want to go, and tell me what is the reason." , I do want to go," said Anna, petu lantly, "but I am resolved never to appear in public again in that same old rig 1 have worn these three years ; but mamma pos itively refuses to buy me anything new." "0, how mean," said Emma, "mamma gets me anything I want, and your moth er had quite a pretty fortune left her, and I suppose she gives enough every week to Kor miserable creatures who would be Iter off without it, to get everything you want But for all that I would go, Anna. Wallia Weston is to be there, and I know the party will have lost half its charms for him if you are not there." , Anna blushed a little at this, as she sat biting the corners of her handkerchief. Alter continuing ner conversation in tne above strain for about half an hour Em ma tookiher departure, leaving Anna far worse ivmind than she found her, Anca ltpnt her room most of the dav and the party was in no way referred to by her mother who wished ber daughter to decide for herself, and calmly, in a matter that seemed to her to have so great a bearing upon her future character and happiness. Tho following morning, while mother and daughter were silently partaking of tbeir breakfast, a servant banded in a large bun die directed to Miss Anna. Mrs. Meldow looked at her a moment as if to ask hor what it meant, but the expression of sur prise she saw upon her countenance con vinced her that she was equally a stranger to its purport. Anna out the string which held it and found it to contain several yards of rich aiure satin and about an equal rtuantity or Brussels lace, between the folds she discovered a note addressed to herself. It ran thus : "Miss Meldow, I was induced io patro niui a friend thia moraine bv purchaaing ' CJ tf W C7 the articles enclosed and I know of no young lady for whose acceptance I would more readily offer it than yours. I tho't it micht be of service the comine week and nope it may reach you before you m ' a . a shall have maae tne necessary provision, ANONTMOM." Anna road it and handed it to her moth' r while a flush of pleasure passed across her countenance. . She ran her fingers through the rich folds of satin and spread the lace out upon it with evident satisfae tion. Mrs. Meldow looked at her a mo ment as if expecting her to say something, but not a word was spoken till she broke the silence. ;; "Have you been considering what to do. Anna f". she enquired. . "Do," repeated Anna, with surprise. "why certainly I may be allowed.toappre- pnateit:;;;' ;r - "I asa srpifc4 te tlwl yon SnOuW'fbr one moment harbor such a thought. It is evidenUp me it oomes from a gentleman, notwitbstsnrlipg the nots spveurs to be 'ttottV.to American $nttrrsts, iPtrafaw, inciter, aito feral $nltlligtttcf. STEUBESVILLE, OHIO, WEDNESDAY) JULY 4, 1855. penned by a lady. And the impression must have gone abroad from some leurce that want of dress was your reason for de clining attending the party. I do not wish to accuse jou of imprudence, but I think in some way you must have let slip your real reason. And now from which cause do you think you would suffer the moot, to appear in a dress which might be termed unfashionable, or in one obtained as I have no reason to doubt this waa 1" Anna candidly owned she should suffer lets in the former case. "But that is not everything to be con sidered," continued Mrs. Meldow. "This dress would be a far richer one than I should be able to purchase for you without depriving myself of necessaries, or cur tailing my charities, which, as a christian, I could not consistently do, for such a very questionable, if not positively sinful pur pose ; therefore it would draw down upon us many unpleasant remarks." "What am I do with it," inquired An na, "I know not who to return it to." . "I have not the least doubt from whom it came, and should have no limitation in returning it, frankly stating my reasons, to Mr. Wallis Weston." "But if it should not have boon he that sent it," interposed Anna, blushing. "It would only be dissembling truth for either you or me," replied the mother, "to profess to doubt he sent it. We know very well thoro arc few young men among us able to make so cosily presents. And if we arc mistaken he certainly will not re sent being mistaken for so munificent a donor." And without farther delay it was return ed to him that very day, and the bearer returned a note of apology, in which he offered some explanations which he thought necessary, to avoid the appearance of in delicacy. The party came off with great eclat. Beauty, wit, and fashion rivalled each other in their brilliant displays. Notwithstand ing the most flattering accounts of it were borne to Anna, she bore her disappoint ment with more fortitude than she believ ed herself c ipable of exerting. She was far however from being cured of her folly. Before a week had elapsed her ruling pas sion again engrossed her thoughts. Just at this most important crisis for the character of the young lady, Mrs. Meldow was called from home to be ab sent three or four months. The nature of her mission was such as would not possibly admit of her taking Anna with her. She talked seriously with her, represented to her the dangers which beset her and pray ed for the Spirit of God to guide her. For several days succeeding her mother's de parture she was sad and dispirited. Her mother had given ber a list of poor fami lies she wihhed her to visit, and whose wants she thought demanded daily atten tion. In her listless hours she referred to these and though she folt little inclination a sense of duty bade her attend to them. She was shocked at the scenes of sickness, deprivation and starvation that met her wherever she entered. New chords were touched in her heart, and new channels for her affections opened, which bid fair to chance somewhat her course of life. When she heard so many rich blessings pre noun ced upon her mother's name, she felt that indeed her fame waa more enviable than that of the most undisputed leader of the highast circle of fashion. Mrs. Moldow had plaood the utmost confidence in the good effect which these lessons would have upon the mind of her child. She thought she could not fail to be aroused to a sense of her responsibility to her Creator when she saw so many of her creatures suffer ing for what He showered upon her in snoh profusion. And, perhaps, had she been left long enough to her own reflec tions it might have had tho desired effect. But her young friends soon gathered about her and she was gradually drawn into their scenes of eayety and frivolity. She had not yet neglected her duties, and eac mornvag found he in the abodes of pover ty. In one family in pantiouiaa atto folt nowing interest: It; consisted of an in valid father, and a iwetbW who toiled from early till late, but with' all her efforts fafc ed to earn bread for six children, the dest of them numbering but twelve years It was deligUful to see with what ajiHul- this child, ns it were, applied herself the cares of the household and antici pated, as far as her means would permit, the wishes of her poor sick father. Smiles it up the face of each member ai Anna entered their humble abode, and felt a sat isfaction in being able each day to eon tribute something toward their relief. Mrs. Meldow had stipulated what amount she should use weekly in her charities. At first it seemed a great sum and ahe could not but deem her mother improvident, but few days only elapsed before she wished could be. doubled, so many wants did she find unsatisfied. She had almost for gotten in her seal to accomplish good that she had received no notice from Wallis Weston since her mother's departure. Returning from a morning excursion some weeks after, she threw herself upon a sofa overcome by fatigue, and her bat lay care- esslv beside ber. Her rich tresses of dark bruwa hair showed that Eolus had played some pranks with them, but he r had at the same time imparted such a bril- iaut hue to her complexion .that he might be pardoned if, in so doing, be displaced here and 'there a curl. Had she been ex pecting a visitor she would have arranged with accurate precision every trees, but fortunately for her beauty, she hud not time to think of it before the door opened and Wallis Weston stood before her. If lie had never been struck with her beauty before, he could scarcely fail to be so now Anna quickly gathered up her shawl and hat, and was evidently about to make some pology but he took her hand saying, "No apology, Miss Meldow, I am happy to witness upon your cheeks, the exilera ting effects of a morning walk, and would readily pardon any appearance of dish abille in a young lady, could I are it was caused by attention to this duty ; duty, I say, because I consider it one of the first duties of every young lady to preserve her health and spirits, as without these, she is unfit for every important duty." ' The glow deepened upon Anna's cheek as she met his admiring gaze. If there was a gentleman of her acquaintance for whom Anna entertained a warmer feeling than friendship, it was Wallis Weston. Tbey seemed to have reached a point of deep interest in tho conversation when the door opened, and her ever volatile cousin Emma Gilson entered. It was a most in auspicious moment for all parties, for it must be acknowledged that Emma was not disinterested enongh to rejoice at finding her fairer cousin enjoying so very agreea ble a tete-a-tete. Shortly after she enter ed. Wallis withdrew. "Now, Anna," said Emma, "I have some pleasant news to communicate." "Indeed," replied Anna, "what can it be?" "Why Lizzie Tilson is going to give a party next week, a splendid affair, design, ed to outehino the last, and this time, An na, you shall not be debarred the pleasure of attendance; it will certainly be no harm for you to provide yourself with necessary articles." "But I cannot bo able to do it, Emma, gave the last eent of money I possessed in charity this morning." "0, that is a pity, bui bow long before you will have more?" "0, not for a week. "Well, the cards are not out yet, and perhaps you will have some in season." Anna hesitated a moment, for her heart misgave her, as she replied, "Idontknow, Emms, as it would be quite right for me to appropriate to my own use what my mother expected to go for charity." "0, what possible difference can one week make? It would only make your assistance the better appreciated after wards." Anna was too much inclined to listen to her sophistry. So Emma continued, 'You need not get anything very expensive, and you will soarcely miss the amount taken. But you may think of it. I am going to see MUs Behillo, and if you conclude to have any thine made, I will introduce you there and she will work cheaper tor you in consideration of roy patronage. She ways doomj work very cheap.'' Kmma departed) aneVAnna resolved and re-resolted the subject in her own mind, till finally her love of fachion ruled, and she determined to have nimply a muslin dress made, and that if made fashionably ; would do very well. It would be very cheap, and she thought if her thothcr was at home she would raise no objections. As to her objects of charity, the Farwells, the family she was so much interested in, seemed to be getting on very well when last she was there, and she thought they could do very well for a time without her aid. A day or two afterwards, when Em ma called, she had fully determined on having tho dress, and in the meanwhile had uot visited the Farwelhj. She put on her bonnet and shawl and accompanied Emma to Miss Belville's, who, she assur ed her, would have all the necessary ma terials. She was dazzled by the display of so many rich goods and elegant orna ments, but she determined her judgment should not be led astray, and accordingly inquired for plain muslins. , "My cousin has thought best," said Em. ma, addressing Miss Bellville, "to appear in very simple sty'e this time." Anna made a selection of a very pretty muslin, and modestly enquired what she thought the probable expense would be, of a dress made fashionably and with sui table trimmings from that pattern. A scornful smile seated itself upon Miss Bel ville's features as she replied somewhat tartly, that she was not in the habit of es timating her work before it was completed. A severe frown from her cousin, made Anna feel keenly that she had been guilty of some impropriety, and she felt the blood mount quickly to her cheeks. Miss Bclville passed round to another counter nd handed down several large boxes con taining French flowers, blond lace, kid gloves, sashes of all hues and descriptions, and all the et cetera of fashionable folly. "Will you please make your selection, Miss Meldow, of trimmings," she said ad dressing Anna. Anna cast a mingled look of inquiry and distress upon Emma, who quickly stepped forward saying, "shall I assist you cousin? See what a charming variety Miss Belville has." Anna had not moral courage enough to desist, and her fingers wandored amid flow ers and laces as if unconscious for what purpose, till she was reminded of it by Miss Belville asking her if there was noth ing that would suit her. This aroused her to herself and she made a selection of such quantities aa Miss Belville suggested she would want, taking care to make choice of sueh as looked to be the cheap est, for she dared not venture to ask the price again. "0, it will be a charming dress," said Emma to her aa they left the store, "to simple, yet so pretty." "But I am afraid, Emma, it will cost more than I ara ablo to give," "0 no, Miss Belville works cheap for any body, so fashionable as she is, and I am soro I would aa lief not have n new dress if it could not bo mado fashionably.' Emma having left her at the door, she was left to her own reflections, and not withstanding her over-weening desire to appear in a fashionable dress, she could not set her mind wholly to' rest about it. She took out her puree and counted her money, which had that day been paid. to her. It was twenty dollars.- Certainly, she said to herself, my dress eaunot cost more than that. It was to be sent home the day before the party, and Emma was awaiting its arrival. It came at but, and Anna trembled aa she opened the box. 0 magnificent, truly," exclaimed Em ma, "wos there ever any thing so swectF Anna gazed at it with evident satisfae tion and held it up before ber. The gloves, sash, and everything suitable to wear with it, were snugly enclosed at the bottom, and above them lay a slip of paper whiob Anna doubted not was the bill. She snatch ed it, but a deadly paleness overspread her countenance instantly aa she opened it Its amount waa forty dollars. "Impossible 1" she eried, "it is too ex orbitant," as she handed it to Emma "But only consider how much elogant French blonde, and bow many of these finely finished Frensh flowers, and it re ally is not dear." . "But I have nothing to pay it with' ex olaimed Anna, burstins into team. "What shall I do, see at the bottom she says, "I am obliged to request immediate payment $2 as I have a large arte due this Week which I find it difficult to meet" Do yon sup pose Emma, ahe would take the drees in psyf" "0, Anna, you must not think of such a thing, what mortification it would be to me. Haven't you something you could pawn at the old Jewa? Tee you have- now I think of it, there is that old fash ioned gold chain, you can certainly raise nomething on that" "0 no, my father gave me that when 1 wu but a child." "But it will only be for a little while," replied Emma, "you can redeem it when you have your next month's allowance. I would' willingly help you, but I have spent air my money." "Is there no alternative? Would that I had better consulted my mother's withes. This afternoon if you will accompany me, I will go and see the Jew." Her only brother's miniature was at tached to the chain, and that brother was now dead. He bore a striking resemblance to her mother, and it aeemed to hor, as she took it from ita resting place, that it was a reproving glance front her mother which rested upon her. There were other associations connected with it ; he was the chosen friend of Wallis Weston, and the thought of how thoroughly he would scorn such a mean action, crossed her mind. She took the chain just aa it was, vainly hoping that by some unknown means she mieht preserve both. Silently the cous ins traraned their wav to the Jew s. No r place iu the world is more dreary than pawnbrokers. The counsciousness that misfortune or improvidence brings all its patroniscrs, seems instinctively to pervade every breast aa they enter. Anna held the miniature close in her hand as she dis played the chain and asked him what he thought he could advance heron that. He took it in his hand and the miniature he laid upon the counter. He enquired how much she would wish to raise ? "Twcntv dollars." she said, "but I do ' not wish to part with the miniature." He told her it was a large sum to ad vance on both, although he might possibly do it, but on no consideration on one "What harm will it be," interrupted Emma, "it will be safe here, and no one will ever know it, till you can redeem it." Anna hesitated some moments, but see inir no alternative, ahe consented. Her o ' walk home waa a sad one, aa were ner re flAAtiona. after she arrived there. The evening of the party arrived, and notwith standing she heard herself acknowledged the most beautiful girl who graced the rooms, and received more welcome flattery from Wallia Weston's eyes than from the lips of all others present, yet she was forced to acknowledge to herself that the evening of the last party, which she spent at home with her mother, was the happiest of the two. On the samo evening of the party, will my reader allow me to introduce him to an abode where he may learn a lesson that year's acquaintance with the frivolities of the world would fail to teach him. 'lis tho abode of the Farwells to whom our readers have before been introduced. The roomie small but perfectly neat; nbed in each' corner of it, and both apparently occupied by the sick. A physician has just entered and is examining one of the patients. "You1 are Id' a high' state of feter ma'am to-day," he said, "it has increased rapidly since I aaw you- last' and, turn ing to the girl of twelve years, he said, "you-must endeavor as far as possible to keep her quiet. You seem young, lor nurse, and yet your management would do credit to one of greater experience.' He then examined for a moment the other patient before taking his leave Three or four children of tender ages com menced crying for bread which their sis ter vainly endeavored to quell "0, God," exclaimed th. sick woman, 'are my children to starve before my eyes "Hush, mother' said the girl, stepping to the bed, "God has never failed to take eare of us, motherland let us not distrust him now. To-mofrow, I' feel' confident Miaa Anna will come.'' "God grant she may," returned the wretched woman, "or my children must starve." : v . i : PER ANNUM nrVlWABLY II AD7AXC2, VOLUME I. NUMBER 26. "0, no, I have a loaf left, and then t ahall get the pay for that shirt, and w shall do souls t2ne yet Tbiar is not tlw week for our rent and we ought io it thankful for that.' "If Mrs. Meldow was at home," repeat ed the mother with great effort, "we should not be left so long, but young folks are thoughtlemr sometimes." "0, mother,"' replied' the ehild, "I'tVa! almost sure she is sick." "I did not think of that," replied tbe mother, "I was too hasty.' A night of sgonby' was spent by all the family. When Anna awoke the following" morning, a sftfte of ntfg&cteddwty weigh ed so heavily' upon her that she resolved to visit the Farwells, notwithstanding her in ability to help them. When' she list saw them they were all in good health bet the fsther, and bow the hand of sickness was laid heavily upon the wife and mother. As poor Anita viewed their suffering, she thought her own situation almost u wrttUii ed, and the feeling came home that her conscience would never be quieted for the evil abe had dune, till she had ia some way, alleviated their own condition. 6m' said to herself : If I could direct WaUis Weston here, his heart and purse wcuM be open to them. As she departed she promised them assistance either' from her self or another person; and rtqueited W name might not be mentioned to whoever might come. Accordingly, upon arriving home, ahe penned a note, stating tht faml y were worthy objecta of charity, and she thought he Slight find gratification from assisting them, air hia means Were artlple. , He hesitated not a moment in obeying Us commands, and found pleasure id' having new channels for his benevolence; and the Farwells poured forth hearty thanks to God for having sr-ut them a deliverer.' mpatientiy did Anna Meldow await the time when she should receive her next month's charity money. Heavily the days passed by, and when it came at last, tl was one day later than usual But she hurried directly to the Jew's, whettj to her utter dismay, he bad sold hor pawn about two hours before. She wu in per fect agony. She was expecting her moth er every day, and how abe could meet her with such a load of guilt upon her eon science, she knew uot. As she left the pawnbroker's' she bent her steps to the abode of tbe Fanrella, her only consola tion noW being that she had' means to as sist them. 8he laid hef haild' upon the owly laWb.-end so deep was she in medi- tation upon her own unhappy situation, that she hardly knew where she was till' ahe opened the door and met the gate of, Waliia Weston. A blush, deep as though fbdhd'in a'gullty action, suffused her face. The fear that he would suspect her of having penned the' note filled her breast. Nor was' she wrong ; it came across his mind like' n flash-of lightning) and it wae evident from tho expression of his coun tenance that it did not cause unpleasant' sensations. After he had exohanged ci vilities with her, and offered a chair, he Withdrew. Anna enquired into tht otr- oumstaneee of the family and found they had' wanted' for nothing- since Wallis had visited them.' When she ' left the house she found him moving on very leisurely only a feW rods from the door. He turn ed rtrarid and gallantry offered to escort her home. The conversation appeared to be of great interest to both, but what waa its subject we are unable to tell, unless we might be allowed' to guess from Anna's deepening blushes. Perhaps, however, if we pass over a few weeks we may get some insight, for we find busy preparations for' wedding which was shortly after cele brated in very simple style,-both bride and bridegroom being the envy of all who wit-' nessod it.- The bride, of the ladies, for having secured so much weslth as well as beauty; and the bridegroom, of the gen tlemen, for having won for himself lady rich ia nil female charms. Mrs. Meldow' thanked God for having given her a- soa ia whose religious' principles she oOtild plaoe an wavering confidence. Some fow weeks after their marriage, Anna' found upon her table, one morning;, a roll of azure satin, and on opening it, she discovered the rich Bruft-elelaoe, and what.' was denrer to her heart than all this, the . concluded on rovttu raox.