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Z, RAGAN, Editor and Proprietor.
"Upon my word, Helen, I verily believ
ed you had lost your senses, or that they
had taken an asrial flight, for I have been
standing at the entrance of the arbor a
long tinit, and you appeared wholly uncon
scious of it ; tell mo my dear, for I believe
that I should now almost claim a right to
read your thoughts, where have they been
straying, that the voice of your lover and
betrothed could not recall them ?"
"Oh," said Helen blushing and raising
her dark beaming eyes to his, "they were
only taking a little excursion to tho York
"To the York Factories ! you surprise
me Helen, uud what is there within those
huge brick walls, and the buzz of spindles
and clattering of looms and machinery, to
absorb the heart and soul of my lovely
Helen ? I was not aware that any friend
of yours was confined within tho precincts
of a factory yard."
"Nor is there," and coloring stiil more
deeply, she continued, "But you kliow,
Alonzo, that for many years I have reeu
a dependent upon your father's generosity,
and to you I am betrothed, and in one
year we are to be united, and I cannot, af
ter receiving so many favors from your pa
rents, throw myself peunyloss dependent
iind almost beggar, upon their son who
has nothing but his profession to commence
with ; and I am therefore resolved to quit
for tho present my rural haunts, these hills
and glens, aud deep shadowy wildwoods,
and more than all, my happy home and
tho society of those dear us my life, for
tho dull monotony aud clamor of a Facto
ry Yard." .
Oh Helen ! is it possible that you have
come to such a determination ? You, the
graceful, lovely and accomplished Helen
Mordant ! Is this the use you would make
of those rare accomplishments, by ming
ling with the low and vulgar factory oper
atives, and burying your superior talents
in the earth '!"
"You mistake Alonzo, it is an honora
ble, or at least, an honest vocation ; be
sides I shall find many worthy and accom
plished young ladies there, who prefer a
factory life to the galling chains of pover
ty or dependence, aud many, very many,
go there from choice, who have wealthy
parents. .So you see I shall not be. at
r loss for associates. And as for my ac
complishments, if a few mouths in a fac
tory should tarnish them or diminish their
brightness, they surely cannot be founded
upon the pure gem of virtue and piety. I
know, my dear Alonzo, that you will not
love me the less for being separated from
you, although my occupation may not be
quite so congenial to your feelings. Some
perhaps may sneer, and slander may throw
her- poisonous darts at me, but I know that
you have' a mind far abovo those who look
upon honest labor with contempt. It is
with the greatest confidence that I shall
leave you, Alonzo, with kuowing that yours
is a heart too noble for inconsistency, or
to be changed by tho pernicious breath of
" You are a noble girl, Helen, and if you
go, never for once suffer yourself to think
that I shall be untrue. No ; but I shall
love you the better for the sacrifice. You
will have my consent to go ; not for the
gains of a few mouths of toil, but to give
you an opportunity of raising yourself
from that dependence, which to a mind
like yours, I know is intolerable. It is
not for my happiness that I thus consent
to .art wllh you, but yours, Bolely yours,
and with the blessing of heaven I leave
you to your most excellent judgement,
which I. know will never misguide you.
Play you ever be as happy as you are good.
Believe mo Helen, when I tell you that I
shall not long deprive myself of tho hap-
Itiness of that society which has for years
teen a day star to all tho hopes, exertions
nnd deprivations of the past, and will be
as a secret spring to every enterprise of
tho future. Take this,' said he, placing
a ring on her delicate finger, "tako this as
a pledge of our mutual love, and my truth,
und as I have told you, never doubt my
faithfulness to you. Give yourself no un
easiness if sometimes you should be dis
appointed in the recoption of a letter, for
soon after your departuro I intend to take
up my residence in the little village which
you havo so ofton admired for ita pictures
quo aud romantio scenery, and the respon
sibility, caro and many perplexities attend
ing a young and inexperienced physician,
I fear will Boroctimcs deprive me the pleas
ure of communing with one I would ever
love and cherish. Lot us leave the arbor
and return homo by. the winding path,
baded by the drooping branches of the
trees wo pruned and cultured when our
young spirits wero light and buoyant as
air, and wo sported fearless and free as
the passing zephyr ; fotsoo, the sun has
long since Bunk behind tho range of moun
tains far to the West, and the moon is al
ready dipping hor smiling faco in the pla
, Hccliljj Imtmal, 5ebjotcb to lincriciin $itoMs, fitcratnt-c, ritnec, antr
cid waters of our beautiful lake, and
throwing her silvery light on tho hills and
home of our childhood."
"Perhaps when we again shall visit this
spot, endeared to us by so many pleasing
recollections, a chango may have passed
over our youthful anticipctious, and like j
yonder beautiful flower bent to the earth, j
by the weight of the night dews, our spir
its may be bowed down and broken by dis
appointment, treachery or misfortune. We ;
will leave tho future to Him who orders
all things for the best," said Helen, "and
while we trust in Him wo shall never fail
to bo happy."
Alonzo Loving was the son of a skillful
though not wealthy physician, residing in
a beautiful village situated iu tho south
western part of Maine, not many miles
from the wild and rocky shores of the
broad Atlantic. His family consisted of
three sons and an only daughter, with the
exception of the adopted Helen. Alonzo
being the eldest, had received a collegiate
education, and gained a medical profession.
He had loved Helen from childhood,
which grow with his growth and strength
ened with his strength. And when far
from home, whether in the halls of litera
ture or bending over pages of classic lore,
or consuming the midiiight oil, her gentle
spirit, liko some guardian angel, was ever
hovering over him, pointing him onward
to fame and honor. For her ho had re
sisted tho temptations spread out to allure
him by classmates and chums. He had
fled from the gay throng of beauty and
fashion, aud like the magnet to the polo,
his heart turned true to the light and joys
of his home and Helen. His parents saw,
approved, and encouraged tho attachment,
whilo they strove to cultivate her miud,
which of itself was noble and aspiring,
for the station which they fondly anticipa
ted she would till ; nor were their labors
fruitless, for at tho time we introduced
her into our story, she was a lovely aud
highly accomplished young lady.
We will pass over some two or three
months of our story, aud follow our young
physician to his beautiful village, aud new
station. It was at the close of a warm
sultry day in August, which had been a
day of great exertion and care to him,
that he had seated himself by a window
iu his office, to enjoy a little relaxation
from his arduous task, and regale himself
with tho cool breezes which swept over a
beautiful valley aud river which emerged
from a deep forest, and then suddenly
hiding itself behind a rocky and beautiful
ly shaded highland, his window looked out
upon a scenery not surpassed in New Eng
land for its beauty aud sublimity. Hut
these scenes had long since become famil
iar to him, and each charm from mouutains,
lake aud forest had been pointed out to
him by one who at tins time absorbed his
heart aud mind. He was lost in a deep
reverie, when the post-boy hastily cutered,
and carelessly tossing a letter upon the ta
blo withdrew. Ho took it, and readily
recognized tho hand-writing of his own
und distant Helen. lie read it over and
over again, whilo each thought and scnli
mcnt of his heart beat in unison with
those traced in tho little sheet he held be
fore him, and ho was happy. Thus ho sat
fondly dreaming of a more propitious fu
ture, when a strain of music soft and plain
tive as the Eolian harp arrested his atten
tion. He readily perceived from whence
it proceeded, for in an opposite building,
by an open casement, sat a being of pcr
foct mould. Her long dark tresses, which
were slightly agitated by the passing zeph
yrs, fell in luxuriance over a neck and
shoulders of surpassing beauty ; hor eyes
dark as the gazelle's, seemed intently fixed
upon the pieoo of musio she was perform
ing, whilo hor small white hand swept
lightly over her harp, accompanied by a
voice bewitchingly swoot, and soft as a
syren's. He seemed spell-bound to the
spot, as if entranced by the magical sweet
ness of her voice and harp, till ho saw her
sylph-like form glide gracefully from the
apartment. With sensations which a short
time before were mostibreigu to his mind,
ho retired to his lodgings, whilo her beau
tiful figure danced before his imagination
with all the lightness and elasticity of
youth, and hor clear and mellow voico and
song, completely iutoxicatod hjs scuscs, so
that; for once his Helon and her roccut
letter were eutiroly forgotten. Thus night
after night passod away; she artfully lay
ing her plans to entrap him, while lie un
consciously yielding to her insinuations and
captivating smiles.
Angclia Iugolls was tho only daughter
of a very wealthy merchant, and tho sole
heir of his large estate ; she possessed a
face and form surpassingly beautiful but
it was only a casket that contained no jew
el ; for through that dark eye, a noble in
tellect and lofty soul never emitted its
brilliant rays, nor melted by the deep sym
pathetic emotions of a generous heart;
she could smilev upon the gay butterflies of
fashion, the dupes of her artifices, that
swarmed around her, and frown upon those
too honest to flatter; in short she was a
proud, self-conceited, vain beauty. Such
was Angelia, when Alonzo Loring became
a resident of the pleasant village of C .
She saw him daily, as he entered his office,
and was struck with his fine figure and uo
ble deportment, and was at once deter
mined to have his name enrolled upon the
list of her many admirers. 'I shall suc
ceed said she, after spending an hour at
her toilet, on the evening wo introduce
her to the reader, 'I shall succeed, if my
mirror informs me right, and I know it is
right; yes,' said she, 'I shall succeed,'
as she tastefully arranged her dark, glossy
ringlets over her alabaster brow, and neck
of snowy whiteness; then, with anairand
expression which was sure of a couquest,
she seated herself by tho open casement,
opposite the physician's office. And did
she succeed ? Yes. The noble and tal
ented Alonzo Loring suffered his heart to
be led captive by a silly woman, and with
in a lew short mouths she became his
bride. He eagerly grasped the casket,
while he spurned from him a far richer
treasure a jewel of priceless worth, and
thoughtlessly plucked the gay but thorny
rose, while he crushed beneath his feet a
lily of spotless purity.
"To whom docs that elegant mansion
belong,' said I to my friend, as we leisure
ly journeyed through a beautiful town,
bordering on tho sea coast 'which seems
to riso in grand superiority above the many
handsome buildings around it ?' 'That,'
said my friend, 'is tho country scat of
Col. G . Y'ou havo heard of Helen
Mordant, and Alonzo Loring? Well,
then, after she had been to the York fac
tories uearly a year, aud was making prep
arations to return homo, with tho expec
tation of becoming Alouzo's wife, sho re
turned to her boarding house one evening
rather more dispirited thau usual ; for, iu
spito of her confiding heart, sho had a
presentment that all was not right; she
felt that sho had been neglected tho past
few months, for she could not attribute
his long silence to urgent business. But
on cutoriug her room, sho found directed
to her two letters, and a ray of hope light
ed up her beautiful countenance as she
seated herself to peruse them ; sho open
ed Alonzo's, but immediately a cloud of
sadness shadod her youthful brow, and the
bright tears sparkled in her dark eyes, as
they hastily glanced over the letter of her
faithless lover.'
"Forgive me," ho said, 'I have injured
you ; but I am not worthy to possess one
so pure and heaven-like. Y'ou will be
happy, for you will have no broken vow
rankling within your breast, and no dark
deeds of treachery or inconstancy, to throw
their blighting mildew over your youthful
When she had finished this letter, sho
aroso from her soat, with a face as palo as
a marble statue, and meekly bowing, com
mitted her case to Him, who gives grace
sufficient in every time of need, and
strength equal to our day. It was a deep,
deep strugglo but her strong mind rose
superior, as sho toro hiiu away from tho
shriuo of her heart. Long and bitterly
had sho wept, but a soft sunlight diffusod
its rays over hor spirit as sho opened the
seal of tho other letter : this informed her
that her only sister was rapidly declining
with consumption, and a request that she
woul hasten to see her. This aroused all
the energies of her noblo soul to aotion,
and the next day found her on her way to
a distant town.
Wo will not attempt to describe the
omotions of tho noblo girl, as she anxious
ly watched over hor dying sister; but
when she felt that death had severed the
only tie which hound her to earth, the
world seemed to lose its charms, and for
once she wished herself lying by her Bis
ter's sido, for she was alouo. Time pass
ed on, aud Helen had regained much of
her former cheerfulness; tho rose again
bloomed upon her cheek, and smiles play
ed over her beautiful lips, giving a witch
ing charm to her fair brow and large, dark
eyes, and she was more beautiful than ever,
when Col. G , a distant relative of her
sister's husband, came to spend a few
mouths of summer with him, for the ben
efit of tho pure country air. He was a
gentleman of great wealth and respecta
bility, and when he saw Helen, young,
beautiful and accomplished, and kuow that
she possessed a far richer treasure than all
those a gem of priceless worth, that
sparkled within tho deep recessjs of the
heart he loved, and soon led her to the
altar, a young aud blushing bride ; and
there they live, enjoying a goodly share of
happiness, as you may well suppose.
By this time we had riddeu along near
ly opposite the splendid mansion, aud there
sat a lovely female, the very picture of
happiness, beneath a piazza shaded by wood
bines, caressing an infant more fit for
Heaven than earth, aud by her side sat
her companion, regarding her with ten
derness, whilo a smile of delight played
over his manly brow. Here, thought I,
is a scene for a painter, rife with joy and
gladness ; and here we will leave them,
enjoying tho fulness of earthly bliss, and
the hope of a reunion beyond the dark
aud silent tomb.
"And what," said I, "has become of
"0," said my friend, 'his fricuds, who
had patronized him, left one after another,
until he became so much embarrassed,
that he was obliged to leave his beautiful
village, and emigrate to the South, where
he still lives, not the happiest of men,
cherishing within his breast the charm of
a broken vow."
Yankee mode of testing Courage.
it is well kuowu that iu the time of the
old French war much jealousy existed be
tween the British and provincial officers.
A british Major decmiug himself insulted
by General (then Capt.) Putnam, sent a
challenge. Putnam instead of giving him
a direct answer, requested the pleasuro of
a personal interview with the Major. He
camo to Putnam's tent, aud found him
seated on a small keg, quietly smoking his
pipe, aud demanded what communication,
if auy, Futinan had to make. "What you
know," said Putnam, "I'm but a poor
miserable Yankee, that never fired a pistol
in my life, and you must perceive that if
wo fired with pistols you have undue advan
tage of mo. Hero are two powder kegs.
I have bored a hole, and inserted a slow
match in each; if you will bo so good as to
scat yoursolf there, I will light the match
es, and hojwho dares to sit the longest with
out squrming, shall bo called tho bravest
fellow.'' Tho tent was full of officers and
men, who wero heartily tickled with tho
strange dovico of the old wolfe, aud compel
led tho Major by their laughter aud exhor
tation to squat. Tho signal was given, and
the matches lighted, and Putnam contin
ued smoking, quite indifferently, without
watching at allthe progressive diminuation
of the matches but tho British officer,
though a brave fellow, oould not help cas
ting longiugand lingering looks downwards,
and his terrors increased as tho length of
tho .matches diminished. The spectators
witdrow, one by one, to get out of tho
way of the expected explosion. Atlongth
the fire was within au inch of tho kog, tho
Major unable to endurelongcr, jumped up,
aud drawing out his match, cried out,
"Putnam this is a wilful murder, fellow,"
cried Putnam, "don't bo in such a hurry
thoy'ro nothing but kegs of onions!"
Bgf-While Dr. Samuel Johnson was
courting his intonded wife, in order to try
hor, he told her that he had no properly,
and moreover that ho once had an uncle
that was hanged. To which tho lady re
plied, that sho had no more property than
ho had ; and as to her relatives, although
slio never had one that was hanged, she
had a number that deserved to he.
JSTThe fame which follows true great
ness no friend need hold up, and no ene
my can keep down.
B&.Money in your purse will credit
ou wisdom in your head adorn you
nit both in your necessity will sere you.
JULY 25. 1855.
"Well, I believe wo wero placed in this
world to bo happy, and I meain to bo hap
py .imny own way. I hate such cant."
So said a beautiful girl of some eighteen
years, as she rose impatiently from the
breakfast table, arouud which a large fam
ily with various guests, had lingered iu
pleasaut talk, both gay aud grave. Some
remarks by tho head of the family, upon
the duty of all to live for tho good of
others, aud the effect of such efforts to be
useful, ou the true enjoyment of life, had
culled forth this impatient speech.
"Yes, I hate 3uch cant ; 1 don't believe
that Uncle Edward really thiuks what he
says,' sho repeated after all had left the
room but her sislcr Laura und her cousin
Grace. "Thiuk of mo going about with
a basket ou my arm, playing tho Lady
Bountiful or touching tho dirty little Irish
children iu those shanties ; only think of
it,' aud the proud beauty laughed in scorn,
as the mirror flung back to her view her
queenly form and peerless features.
"0, Hattic, how can you say so !" re
plied Grace. I do not think Uncle Ed
ward ever says what he does not mean ;
aud, indeed, I think he is quito right.'
"You, Grace, is it possible, that with
your beauty, your accomplishments, your
intellect, you canthiuk it necessary to spend
your time in teaching dirty children, aud
carrying food and clothes to women often
more lazy than ill, in houses so close one
cannot breathe, and so untidy one is afraid
to sit dowu ? I could not have believed
it ; you must have changed greatly, 'the
refined Grace Ashton,' as you were called
at school."
"I have only learned some new lessous
iu another school, dear Hattie."
"Where?" said both the girls very
much surprised : 'we-did not know that
you had been to school since you finished
at Mrs. Elton's.'
"Neither havo I; the lessons I have
learned have been gained in tho school of
Christ, and in their practice I have fouud
true happiness ; peace that this world can
uot give. How I wish dear cousins, that
you would also como to Jesus, and learn a
secret of happiness nothing cau disturb.'
"0 Grace, what ridiculous notions,' said
Laura. 'I thought you would have been
so different. I have imagined you so
talented and so beautiful becoming dis
tinguished in society, and the envy of all
your acquaintances; and now you have
just thrown yourself away.'
"Not so, dear Laura : to be useful to
our fellow creatures and to glorify God, is
surely the great end of life.'
"Well,' said tho gay Hattic, 'I shall
not mope away my existence, I assure you:
I have wealth, accomplishments, and the
world says beauty ; and I shall use my
gifts in making life's days pass swiftly,
give care to the winds, and sing 'away
with mclancholly,' until I am an old wo
man, then it will bo timo enough to bo se
rious and good. Ah, I see, Laura, you
look at mo in supremo contempt; but
what is your end better than mine ? you
find your happiness in books, I mino in
dress, dancing and musio : and wo may
each tako our own way, leaving Graco to
sing psalms, read the Bible to old women,
and make baby clothes, to tho end of the
' "A butterfly you will always be, nia pe
tite,' said Laura, 'and a beautiful one;
you arc made to flutter your gay wings iu
tho sun ; but Grace, I cannot forgive you,
that with your fine intellect, you should
spend life thus, an intellect in which you
well glory, and now you will give up its
cultivation, because you imagine that other
things are of ruoro importance.'
"No, my dear cousin, you entirely mis
understand me ; I havo uo idea of relin
quishing tho cultivation of my mind, in
deed I study more earnestly thau wheu at
school, for now I have an object j with all
our gifts, we may and should seek to glo
rify God. Yot I would not glory iu my
natural advantagcr, they are but gifts from
our benifieent Creator; and as Buch, should
be used for his service.'
"How absurd Grace; to feel myself ca
pable of winning fame, of being admired
for my talents and acquirements such
fame as a womanly woman ma earn nnd
Olcntral Intelligence.
not glory iu it ? it is too absurd ; I cannot
help it, I exult in my power of accom
plishing more than the majority of my
"But Laura, if you accomplish all you
wish, attain all you desire, though yuu aud
Hattie may stand possessed of all that
earth can give, yet earth without Christ
will afford no rest to your spirit, wheu
most, you need rest. Thi.s will tell you
whether you do right to glory in your gifts
of beauty, wealth or talents.' She open
ed a large Bible on tho table and pointed
to one of its pages.
"Thus, saith tho Lord, Let not the wise
mail glovy in his wisdom, neither let the
mighty man glory in his might, let not the
rich man glory in his riches; but let him
that gloricth, glory in this, that he uuder
standcth and kuowcth me ; that I am tho
Lord which exercise loving kindness, judg
ment and righteousness iu the earth; for
in thse things I delight, saith the Lord.'
The sister read the passage silently, aud
the conversation ended. Twenty years
had passed away, and the cousins were
again met iu that same pleasant breakfast
room, two of them as guests, one an in
mate of the dwelling. Laura, left an or
phan not many years after we last saw
them, had accepted, though with souie re
luctance, tho homo offered by her Uncle
Edward. Her reluctance was owing to
the religious. character of her uncle's fam
ily ; though she loved them all, especially
Mr. Graham, she sympathized but little in
tho pursuits most dear to all its members.
But the marriage of llattio to a man whom
she felt she could not like, left her no op
tion, as, though possessed of wealth, she
needed a homo and a guardian.
Changed indeed were those fair girls,
but the change in Grace was but the full
and perfect development of the beautiful
flower. Trials had been hers, and joys
also. She was a wife and a mother; the
heart of her husband safely trusted in her,
her children loved and coufided in her ,
the poor and the fatherless, when they saw
her, blessed her ; and with her own stores
of knowledge and the talents given her,
she had fed some minds, and gladdened
and comforted others. Sho also had laid
father and mother in the grave, and from
her own bright circle, one after another
sweet bud of promise had been transplant
ed to bloom iu fairer cliincs. Other trials
too had been hers, but bhe had so learned
to trust iu the Cross, that she could say
with the poet : 'Earth without a Cross, is
earth without a rest.'
Upon Hattio tho eye looked with sad
ness, for her anxious brow told too plainly
the unrest of her soul. Traces of that
once matchless beauty were there indeed,
but there was nothing of the calm dignity
so beautiful in the matron. A brilliant
career had been her's; the star of tho
gay throng of fashion, 'the cynosure of
all eyes,' she had revelled for a time in
tho worship her beauty and her wit had
attracted. At length her beauty began to
fade, her worshipers tired of her wit; and
in terror of an old ago of loneliness, she
married one who sought her for her wealth.
As might be suppascd, she married a form
without a heart. Had childrcu been giv
en her, she might have learned from them
to bo happy; but childless, unloved and
cheerless, the world was ono dreary blank.
Despising her husband, sho would not
stoop to win his love, and whilo the world
envied her as the mistress of a princely
mansion, splendid equipages, and unbouu
ded "wealth, she was more wretched than
tho lowest mcuial of her household.
Laura had fouud, like the holy Augus
tine, that the vain glory of this world is a
deceitful sweetness, a fruitless labor, a
perpetual fear, a dangerous honor, hor
beginning without Providence, and her
end not without repentance, but like
liim, had not turned to seek true sweetness
in tho Cross, and the honor which comcth
from above. All that sho had craved had
been hers honor and fame, beyond the
wildest dreams of her ambition but whom
had the brilliant flights of her imagination
benefitted? whom had the treasure of her
learning instructed? She had looked
down upon tho less gifted with contempt,
glorying iu her superior intellect and at
tainment, thus isolating herself from the
sympathy of her friends, whilo her wo
man's heart craved vainly that love which
she yet disdained to seq. To that aspiring
spirit there could be no rest, savo in it lie I
Christian's hope of Heaven. Earth's
richest gifts could not satisfy its cam r,
thirsting cravings, but there she scnnied
to peek it, rather wending her way tin otig.h
life unclicercd by tho brightness whih
eineiiatcs only from the cross of Chi is t.'
Youthful reader, will you not, at 1 he
threshold of life, lay dowu your gifts at
the foot of Him who died to purchase fuf
you a higher and more lasting haj.pinos
than earth cau bestow ? Ilaveyou talents?
consecrate thorn to His service, and whilo
you roam at will through the fields of
knowledge, aud cull their richest ilmvcrs,
weave them into a garland for your Lord.
Ilaveyou wealth ? let tho poor and uecdy
those famishing and perishing for lack
of the bread of life bless you for its
wide-spread dispersion. Would you find
that good which all men seek after en
during happiness? Believe me, you'wiil
never find it in this world, unless vou first
find it in Christ. Pauline.
j.'r. Edward Bates, one of the most tal
ented attorneys and wisest statesmen in
iho country was solicited a short time n;'o
to become a candidate for the U. S. Senate.
But ho declined tho honor, aud, iaalei:er
to tho committee said :
uMg huLils are retired and domes'";
and, all my sourecs of happiness arc. ut
Upou this aro wo indebted to the Epis
copal Bccord, for some true and eloquent
remarks. The editor says : "Well for Mr.
Bates that it was so, and well indeed fur
others." Mark the difference between
tho homo made character, aud that which
is made out of doors ! History with its
coarse pen dwells, it is true, almost exclu
sively on the latter class ; but iu that groat
book in which the iueidcuts of Jill real life
arc written, how predominant will be the
former ! The cxamplo of gentle tender
ness at the fire side or manly and yet
delicate adherence to truth of severe
honesty in private business when coupled
with such eminent success as that of Mr.
Bates, tells on the community far more
effectually than the dashing exploits of the
General or the brilliant oritory of tho
Senator. Viewed cither in a personal or
a public light, the history of the home
mado man stauds iu a bold relief.
"I have watched two races of politicians
to tho grave," said a late eminent Judge,'
"aud have been nothing but vanity and
wretchedness." It is the fashion, it is
true, to succr at the 'slow' dullness of
merely homo life. But it is by the fireside
that practical genius that genius which,
helps kself while helping others takes its
origin. Watt was watching tho pot boil
iu the chimney wheu the action of tho
steam on the lid, brought home gradually
to him the great discoverv which iuinior
talized his name. And this indeed, may
be taken as an apt illustration of that won
derful influence which radiates from tho
centre table where the children are gath
crcd together under the light of the astral,
lamp, and which leads to those signal dis
coveries by the young philosopher how
self conquests are the greatest of conquests.
how loving others is the best way of
loving self and how the home-made heart
is the only heart which, by being indepen
dent of the world, makes the world both,
its servant and its beneficiary. And then,
the home becomes thus the best propara
tiou ou earth for Heaven. Tho worldly
mau has uo poiuts wc speak with revcr-.
encc at which divine grace can reach,
him. Take away the object of his ambi-..
tiou, and he is soured ; add. to it and ho
becomes intoxicated. Send him sickness,
aud ho only writhes like the wJundod.
suakc. But tho unsealing of the home
heart by cutting off its earthly objects of
love, turns the fountain of that love direct
to Heaven. The bereaved soul looks its
Heavenly parent iu the faco all the moro
clearly because of. its chastisement. , Sa
cred indeed then is that hearth fire whose
presence gives happiness ou earth,, and
even whoso extinguishment serves to opeu.
the vision to the eternal glory of Heaven.
SSiTThero are many who waste and lose
affection by careless neglect "It is not
a plant to grow unnurtured ; the rude
touch may destroy its delicate texture for
ever' the subtle oords of love are chilled
and snapped, asunder by neglect. ,

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