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TRUE"BENEVOLENCE; Or,
"It it Better to Give than to Receive."
"And you atrip yourself of comfort, for
the purpose of adding to this rich mer
chant's gains ?"
The widow replied with a flashed
?ht ek. "It may seem a light thing to you,
but the though; that 1 am slowly and
surely wiping every stain from my hus
band's honor, is my greatest earthly com
fort. V lr. Miner is his last creditor, and
XJod will ing. every cent shall be paid."
Her co ars.er relative responded with an
emphatic * ' fiddlestick," and angrily left
her presence ">?
"At last hnve it," said a silvery
voice, and a sweet face, glad and bril
liant, brighten* 'd np the gloom.
"Only see, n mother ! ten dollars all my
own; ten more m aLte twenty; so we shall
have a nice little . BuVn3 for Mr- Miner."
Tears trembled on. the widow's lashes,
and glitterd on her pal? cheek. " Is it to
ho the price of thy li. my precious one?"
frhe thought. "1st. ',e Clinker w?rra at
tiie heart of my bfaut i,ful flu*cr ? Must
1 givo thee up to wear V* toil, a sacrifice
upon the altar of duty \ 9 Can it be that
requires it ?"
knelt kt her mothv !r'8 feet- where
she h..*** fallen with all thi ' abandon of a
child, h.W .glance fastened to tlie 8bln'Bg
8 Lifting heT glance, she mi H ^at ?f her
mother, full t?f anxiety, touch ed WIth 8ior"
raw. A sud den smile brok u over ber
delksatb featui ee.
" I was only thinking of th L? endless
things this mon.ty would buy?v loa * !?*
so grave, m.a; su oh a beauty of a warm
shawl for you", and a neat cnmsi ? cover
for that untidy old arm cha.r; a b. *. ever
so little, of carpot. tvo put down I >y
bed. that your feOt uAay not teel thi> - cold
floor; and a pretty cap, besides coal,
tea, and sugar, and sur.li nice comi
ble things. But nev er mind,' ?and ?ie
sprang to her feet, brushed back her
brown curls, and drew on her neat In tMe
bonnet,?" never mind, I'll may be wr
a book one of these d&iys? that 11 mal
you and I rich. And, a'ear mother, yo ??
shall ride in your own carriage, and ma}
be those that scorn us no**, only becauso
we are poor, may be thank ful for our no
tice. A truce to romance,'' she gravely
continued; " stern reality te.Ua me to go
directly to Madison street, find Mr. Miner,
give him this twenty dollars, take a re
ceipt, and then coma home and read and
sing to. my mother."
Hurriedly Eva prtsaed from hsr nouse
along the narrow streets. As she went
onward, street after street diverged into
pleasant Width and pal'.ace-lined sple ndor.
The houses of greatness and wealth glit
tered in their marble beauty under their
golden sun-light. Up broad steps,
through portals carved and shining. pass->
ed the.timid steps of Eva Ste rn*
At first the pompous servant smiled a
contemptuous denial; but after a moment,
perhaps softened by her childish simplici
ty and winning blue eyes, he doeme it
best not to deny her urgency, and she en
tered this palace of a-rich man's home.
Softly her feet sank into the luxurious
hall carpet. Statuary, bronze and ma rble,
lined all the way to the staircase. Abe
splendor of the room into which she w *?
?ushered, seemed to her inexperience*. 1
sight too beautiful for actual use, and he
who came in, with kindly glance and
handsome face, the noblest specimen of
manhood she had ever seen.
" Well, young lady," said he, blandly
GtuUingf " to whom am I indebted for this
pleasure y
"My Jather, sir, died in your debt,"
?aid Bra blushingly, speaking very softly.
" By tb? strictest economy and rery bard
work, we, my mother and I, have been
able to pay a)l his creditors but yourself.
If you will be kind enough to receive the
balance of yopr account in small sums?
I am sorry th<?y must be small, sir?we
c*?n in the courWof a very few years li
quidate the debt, and then?we shall have
fulfilled my father's dying wishes, that
erery stain might, be wiped from his hon
or." She paused a moment, and said
again, falteringly, " My father was very
unfortunate, sir, and broken in health for
many years, but, sir, he was honorable,
he wonld have paid the last cent if it had
left him a beggar."
Mr. Miner sat a while thoughtfully, his
dark eyes fastened upon the gentle face
before him. After a moment of silence,
he raised his head, threw back the mass
of curling hair that shadowed his hand
some brow and said :
" I remember your father well. I re
gretted his death. He was a fine fellow
?fine fellow," he addod, musingly; but
my dear young lady, have you the means
?do yon not embarrass yourself by ma
king these payments
Eva bluahhd again, and looking up, in
geniously replied, "I am obliged to
work, sir, but no labour would be too ar
duous that might save the memory of
sueh a father from disgrace!"
This she said wiih deep emotion. The
rich man turned with a choking in his
throat, sad tears glistening on his lashes.
Eva timidly held out the gold pieces ; he
took them, and bidding her stay a mo
ment, hastily left the room.
Almoat instantly returning, he handed
her a seated note, saying, " There is the
receipt, young lady, and allow me to add,
that the mother of suoh a child must be a
happy woman. The whole debt, I find,
is nine hundred and seventy dollars. Tou
will see by my noto what arrangements I
have made, and I hope they will be sat
isfactory."
Eva left him with a lighter heart, and
a burning cheek at his praise. His man
ner was gentle, so fatherly that she felt
he would not impose hard conditions, and
it would be pleasant to pay one so kind
and forbearing.
At last she got home, and breathlessly
sitting at her mother's feet, she opened
her letter. Wonder of wonders?a bank
note enclosed; she held it without speak
ing, or looking at its value.
Read ft," she said, after a moment's
bewilderment, placing the letter in her
mother's hand?*? here are fifty dollars ;
what can it mean ?"
" This," said the sick woman, bursting
into tears, " is a receipt in full, releasing
you from the payment of your father's
debt. Kind, generous man?Heaven will
bless hini?God will shower mercies upon
him. From a grateful heart I call upon
the Father to reward him for this aot of
kindness. Oh I what will we say, what
shall we do to thank him ?"
" Mother," said Eva, smiliBg through
her tears, " I felt as if he was an angel of
goodness. Oh, they do wrong, who say
all who are wealthy have hard hearts.?
Mother, can it be possible we are so rich?
I wish he knew how happy he ha3 made
us, how much we will love him whenever
we think or speak of him, or even hear
him spoken of 1"
" He has hound two hearts to him for
ever." murmured her mother.
"Yes, dear Mr. Miner ! little he thought
how many comforts wo wanted. Now
we need not stint the fire; we may buy
coal, and have one cheerful blaze, please
God. And the tea, the strip of carpet,
the sugar, the little luxuries for you, dear
mother; and the time, and very few books
for myself. I declare I am so thankful,
I feel as if I ought to go right back and
tell him that we shall love him as long as
we live."
That evening the grate heaped with
Lehigh gave the little room an air of rud
dy comfort. Eva sat near her, her curls
bound back from her pure forehead, indi
ting a touching letter to their benefuctor.
Her mother's face, lighted with the loss
of cankering care, shoue with a placid
smile, and her every thought was a prayer
calling down blessings upon the good rich
man.
In another room, far different from the
widow's home, but also bright with the
blaze of a genial lire whose red light
made richer the polish of costly furniture,
sat the noble merchant.
," Pa, what makes you look so happy?"
asked Lina, a beautiful girl, passing her
hand over his brow.
" Don't I always look happy, my little
' Lina 1"
" Yes, but you keep shutting your eyes
i ind smiling so and her bright face re
jected his own. "I think you've had
gi jmething very nice to-day ; what was
it ?"
"Does my little daughter really want
to know what has made father i-o happy ?
Here is my Bible; let her turn to the Acts
of the Apostles, 20th chapter, 35ih verse,
and read it carefully."
The beautiful child turned reverently
the pages of tho holy book, and as she
read, she looked up in her father's eyes :
" ? And to remember the words of, the
Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more bless
ed to give than to receive.' "
"Ah. I know," sho said, laying her ro
sy cheek upen his hand ; "you have boeB
giving something to some poor beggar,
as you did last week, and ho thanked
you, and said, 'God bless you,' and that's
what makes you happy."
Lina read a confirmation in her father's
smile?but be said nothing, only kept re
peating to himself the words of the Lord
Jesus, " It is more blessed to give than to
.receive."
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?3T An old lady had a favorite nephew
who was a student at Catherine Hall, and
about whom she was very anxious. She
inquired of his tutor how he conducted
himself.
" Oh, very well indeed madam," re
plied the tutor, " he sticks, to Catherine
Hall."
? " Stioks to Catherine Hall, does he ?
the young reprobate; But hiB father was
just like him?always fond of th? girls."
. . - ?? . 1 -' .?
SC3T The Late Catholic Fair at Crystal
Palace, New York, it is said, has realized
$30,000, clear of all expenses. The pro*
ceeds are to be devoted to tbe enlarged
ment of 'St. Vincent Hospital.
. i' For the Register.
A JUVENILE CHRISTMAS SONG.
Hail merry Christmas I cheerful lays
Shall oelobrate thy worthy praise;
We'll join with gloo the merry throng,
That echoss loud the Christina* song.
The Harp we'll tone in loudest strains,
And echo far o'er hill and plain
The joyful news?'tin Christmas day 1
Be blithe fair earth, each heart be guy.
We've lain asido each anxious care,
With heart and hand its pleasures share:
Are any Bad, seek yo relief)
Come, join our throng, forget your griof.
Come, give your hand, 'tis Christmas day,
Join in the concert, march away?
With us proclaim your liberty,
And publish far tho jubilee.
Come, parents, join us, one and all;
We here are equal, great and small,
Come, teachers, join our happy throng,
And help us sing our Christmas song.
We inarch, wo sing so moriily,
Our hearts are gladsome, light and free,
Our hurps and hearts in cheorful lay,
Alike proclaim, 'tis Christmas day.
? ?
St. Qeohoi, Tuoker oounty, Va.
ETHAN ALLEN IN CAPTIVITY.
Among the episodes of the Revolution
ary war none la more strange than that
of the queer genius, Ethan Allen. In
England, the event and the man being
equally uncommon, Allen seemed to have
a curious combination of a Hercules, a
Joe Miller, a Bayard, and a Tom Hyer.
He had a person like the Belgium giant,
mountain music like a Swiss, and a heart
plump as Ccour de Lion's. Though born
in New England, he exhibited no traces
of her character, except that his heart
beat wildly for his country's freedom.?
He was frank, bluff, companionable as a
harvest.
For the most part Allen's manner while
in England was scornful and ferocious in
the last degree, although qualified at
times by a heroic sort of levity. Aside
from the inevitable egotism relatively per
taining to pine trees, spires and giants,
there were, perhaps, two special, inciden
tal reasons for tho Titanic Vermonter'a
singular demeanor abroad. Taken cap
tive while heading a forlorn hope before
Montreal, he was treated with inexcusa
ble cruelty and dignity. Immediately
upon his capture, he would have been de
liberately suffered to have been butcher
ed by the Indian allies in culd blood up
on the spot had he not with desperate in
trepidity availed himself of his enormous
physical strength by twitching a British
officer and using him for ?' target, whirl-*
ing him around and round against the
murderous tomahawk of the savages.?
Shortly aftorwards, led into the town
fenced about with bayonets of tho guard
the commander of the enemy, one Col.
McCloud, flourished his cane over his
captive's head with brutal insults, pro
mising hira a rebel's halter at Tyburn.?
During his passage to England in the
trttnu ?iiip wherein went passenger Col.
Guy Johnson, the impUoable Tory, he was
kejjt heavily ironed in the hold, and in all
respects was treated as a mutineer; or it
may be, rather as a lion of Asia, which,
though caged, was too dreadful to behold
without fear and trembling, and conse
quently cruelty. And, no wonder, at
least, ior on ono occasion, when chained
hand and foot, he was insulted by an of
ficer with his teeth ha twisted off the nail
that went through the mortice of his hand
cuffs, and so having his arms at liberty,
challenged the insulter to mortal combat.
Often when at l'endennis castle, when no
other reveugement was at hftnd he would
hurl on his foes such a howling tempest
of anathemas as fairly shook them into re
treat. Prompted by somewhat similar
motives on shipboard and in England, he
would often make the most vociferous al
lusions to Ticonderoga aud the part he
played in its capture well knowing that of
all the American names Tioonderoga was
at that period by far the most famous and
galling to Englishmen.
Israel Potter, an exile American, while
strolling around Pendennia Castle, where
Allen was confined, chanced to hear him
in one of bis outbursts of indignation and
madness, of which the following is a spe
cimen :
*? Brag no more, old England ; consid
er that you are only an island I Order
back your broken baUallions, and repent
in Hshes 1 Long enough have you hired
Cories across the sea?lorgotten tho Lord
their God, and bowed down to Howe and
Kniphausen?the llessian 1 Hands off,
redskinned jack&ll ! Wearing the King's
plate, as I do, (meaning, probably, cer
tain manacles.) I have treasures of
wrath against you British."
Then came a clanking, as of chains 1
many vengeful tounds, all confusedly to
gether. Then again the voice.
" Ye brought me out here, from my
dungeon, to this green, affronting yon
Sabbath sun, to see how a rebel looks.?
But I'll show you how a true gentleman
and christian can conduct in adversity.?
Back, dogs 1 respect a gentleman and a
christian though he be in rags and smell
of bilgewater. Yes, shine on glorious
Bun it is the same that warms the hearts
of my Green mountain boys, and lights
up with its rays the golden hills of Ver
mont 1"
Filled with astonishment at these words,
which came t'rom over a masiivo wall, in
clading what seemed an open parade
space, Israel pressed forward, and soon
came to a black archway leading far
within, underneath, to a grassy tract,
through a tower. Like two boar's tusks
two sentries stood at, either side of the
ar<;h. Scrutinising our adventurer a mo
ment they signed him toeqter.
Arriving at the end of the arched way,
Whe,i$ ^he sun shone^Jtrael stood trans
fixed at tho scene.
Like some baited bnll in the ring,
crouched the gigantic captive, handcuffed
Serf h ' he/ra8a of the green tram
ped and gored up a<l about him. both by
h? own movements. and those <jf the peo
mSS' Exoept some soldier. Pand
ailor., these seemed mostly town's oao
pie. collected here out of ouriosity. The*
Borrv20' oa^8ndUh,7 arrayed in tLe
sorry remains of a half Indian, half-Ca
nadian sort of dress, consisting of a fawn
skin jaoket?the fur outside and hanging
m rugged tufts-a half rotten bark like I
! , f ^ Pnm : aged breeches of sa
8 'ny , the darned worsted stockings
S3 55, ^ tJ,e kT-: old mocca8iQ?. nd
aled with holes, their metal tags yellow
with salt water rust; faded ref woollen
bonnet, not unlike a Russian night cap,
Z^^atTy?TgUi0ed ful1 mooa' ?>l
soiled and stuck about with half rotten
straw . unshaven beard, matted and pro
- 88 a?ornfield beaten down by haU
H? r'ol" m?r.d aspect W.Tof
J."!,.".:ror""d m'ui"
niJj,tAJe' "afe ' 8tare ' thou but last
hull eg mo out o( a 8l??P'? hold
hke a smutty tierce, and this morning out
of your littered barracks there like a mur
at Eth? T l.hat yoU stare
at Ethan Ticonderoga Allen, the conquer
ed1 soldier by-! fOU Turks never saw
a Christian before. Stare on 1 I am he
who. when your Lord Howe wanted to
bribe, a patriot to fall down and worship
him by an offer of a major generalship,
and five thousand acres of choice land in
ll^V 'hree 'ime9 three {or
glorious Vermont and the Green Moun
tain boys ! hurrah I hurrah ! hurrah 1?
1 am he, I say, who answered your Lord
Howe; You, you offer our land ? "You
!fl I V j - in SoriPture. offering
curirf k,D??0?8 In the world, when the
cursed soul had not a corner lot on earth!"
Stare on. I say 1"
'\L,00k. y?u rf,bel you, you had best
heed how you talk against General Lord
Howe, here I ' said a thin, wasp waiated
epauietted officer of the castle, coming
near and flourishing his sword about him
like a schoolmaster's ferrule.
. General Lord Howe ? , Heed how 1
talk of that toad-hearted king's lick-spit
tle of a poltroon! the vilest wriggler iu
God s worm home below. I tell you the
hordes of red haired devils are impatient
ly shouting to ladle Lord Howe with his
gang?you included ; into the aeethingest
syrups of Tophel'a hottest flames."
At this blast tho wasp waisted officer
was blown backwards as from the sudden
ly burst head of a steam boiler. Stag
gering away with a snapped spine, he
muttered something about iu being be
neath his dignity to bandy forth words
with a low lived rebel.
" Co?f. come, Colonel Allen," here
said a mild looking man. in a sort of cle
rical undress, "respect the day better
than talk thus of what lies beyond. Were
you to die this hour, or what is most pro
, J ho hung week at Tower
wharf, you know not what might become
ot yourself. &
"Reverend sir." said Allen, with a
mocking bow. "when no better employed
than braiding my beard. I have dabled a
little in your theologies. And let mo tell
you,reverend sir," lowering and intensify
ing his voice, "that as to the world of
spirits oi which you hint, though I know
nothing of the mode or manner of that
world no more than you do I expect
when I arrive there, to be treated as any
other gentleman of my merit. This is to
say. far bettor than you British know how
to treat an honest and a meek-hearted
christian, captured in honorable war, by
?-. Every one tells me, as yourself just
told me, as crossing the sea. every billow
dinned in my ear?that I, Ethan Allen,
am to be hung like a thief. If I am, the
Great Jehovah and the Continential Con
gress shall avenge me, while I. for my
part, will show you. even on the tree, how
a christian gentleman can die. Mean
time, sir, if you are the clergyman you
look, act your conaolitary function by get
ting an unfortunate Christian gentleman,
about to die, a glass of punch."
The good natured stranger not to have
his religious courtesy appealed to in vain
immediately dispatched his servant, who
stood by, to procure the beverage.
At this juncture a faint rustling sound,
as if the advancing of an army with ban
ners, was heard. Silks, scarfs, and rib
bons fluttered in the back-ground. Pres.
ently a bright squadron of bright ladies
drew nigh, escorted by certain out-ridine
gal]tints of Falmouth.
" Ah," said a strange voice, " what a
strange sash, and furred vest, and what
lcoapnrd-like teeth, and what fl&xon hair,
but all mildewed ; is that be ?"
" Yes, it is, lovely charmer," said Al
len, like as Ottoman, bowing over his
broad bovine and breathing the words
out like a lute ; " it is he?Ethan Allen,
the Boldier ; now, since ladies' eyes him,
made trebly a oaptive."
" Why, be talks like a beau in the par
lor?this wild mossed American from the
wood," sighed another lady to her mate;
" but can tbis be he we came to see ? 1
mast have a lock of liis hair."
" It is he, adorable Delilah ; and fear
not, though excited by the foe, by clip
ping my look to dwindle my strength.?
Give me your aword, man," turning to an
officer?" ah, I'm fettered. Clip it your
self lady."
?? No, no, I am?"
" Afraid, would ypu say I Afraid of
the sword?friend and champion of all
the ladie", all round the world ? Nay,
nay, come hither."
The lady advanced; and soon over
come her timidity, her white hand shone
like a whipped foam among the waves of
flaxen hair.
" Ah. (his is like clipping tangled tags
of gold lace," she cried, " but see, it is
half straw." ; s . v
"But the wearer is no man of straw, la
dy ; were I free, and you had tdi thoa~
sand foes, horse foot and dragom??hows
' like a friend I could fight for you ! Come
you have robbed me of my hair let me |
rob the dainty band of its price. Whal !
afraid again ?"
" No, not that, but?" _
" I see, lady ; I may do it by your
leave, but not by your word?the wonted
way of all the ladies. There, it is done.
Sweeter that Iciss than the bitter heart of
the cherry."
When at length this lady left, no small
talk was had by her with her companions
about some way of relieving the lot of bo
knightly and unfortunate a man, wheres
upon a worthy, judicious gentleman of
middle age, in attendance suggested a
bottle of wine every day, and clean linen
every week. And these the English wo
men?too polite and too good to be fas
tidious?did aotually send to Ethan Al
len, so long as he tarried a captive 10
their land.
The withdrawal of this company was
followed by a different scene. A. perspi
ring man in top boots, a riding whip in
hand, and having the air of g prosperous
farmer, brushed in like a strfcy bullock,
among the rest for a peep at the giant
having just entered, through the arch as
the ladies passed out.
" Hearing that the man who took Ti
conderoga was here in Pcndennis Castle,
I've ridden twenty-five miles to-day for
lo see him and" to-morrow my bro
ther will ride forty fyr the same pur
pose. So let me have the same look,
Sir," he continued addressing the captive,
" will you let me ask you a few questions,
and be free with you?"
" Be free with me ? With a\l^ my
heart. I love freedom above all things,
I'm ready to die for freedom ; I expect to.
So be as free as you please. What is
it ?" L .
?? Then, sir, permit me to ask what is
your occupation in life 1 in time of peace,
I mean." .. .. .
?? You talk like a tax gatherer," replied
Alien, squinting diabolically at him.
'? What is my occupation in life ? ^ Why,
in my younger days, I studied divinity,
but at present I am a conjurer by profes
sion."
Hereupon everybody laughed, as well
at the manner as the words, and the net
tled farmer retorted.
'? Conjuror, eh ? Well, you conjured
wrong that time you were taken."
"Not so wrong, though as you British
did that time 1 took Ticonderoga, my
friend."
At this juncture the servant came in
with a bowl of punch, which his master
bade him give to the captive.
" No 1 give it to me, sir, with your own |
hands, and pledge me as a gentleman* to |
a gentleman." |
" I cannot pledge a state prisoner, Col
Allen, but I will hand you the punch with
my own hand, since you insist upon it.
?? Spoke and done like a true gentlo
man ; I am to you."
Then recoiving the punch into his man
acled hands, the iron ringing against the
chain, he put the bowl to his lips, saying,
" I hereby give the British nation cre.iii (
for half a minute's good usage," at one ,
draught emptied it to the bottom.
" The rebel gulps it down like a swill
ing hog at the trough," here scoffed a
lusty private of the guard off duty.^
?' Shame on you," oried the giver of
the bowl. .
'? Nay, sir, his red coat is a blush to
him, as it is to the whole British army."
Then looking derisively upon the private,
"you object to my way of taking things
do you ? I fear 1 shall never be able to ]
please you. You objected to the way, |
too, in which I took Ticonderoga. and the I
way I meant to take Montreal. Selah !
but pray, now I look at you, are you not
the hero I caught dodging around in his
shirt, in the cattle pen inside the fort .?
It was the break of day, remember."
?? Oome, Yankee," here swore the in
censed private, " cease this, or I'll tan
your old fawn skin for ye with the flat of
my sword for a specimen laying it
lash wise but not heavily across the cap
tive's back. .
Turniog like a tiger, the giant, catch
ing the steel between his teeth, wrench
ed it from the privates grasp, and striking
it with his manaoles, sent it spinning like
a ju"glers dagger into the air, saying,
"lay your dirty coward's iron, on a tied
gentleman again, and these," lifting his
hand-cuffed lists, " shall be the beetle of
mortality to you."
The now furious soldier would have
struck him with all force, but several men
of the town interposing, reminded him
that it was outrageous lo attack a chain
ed captive.
" Ah." sBid Alen, " I am accustomed
to that and therefore I am beforehand
with you ; and the extremity of what I
say a 'ainst Britain is not meant for you,
kind Trienda, but for my insulters present
sod to come."
Then recognizing among the interpo
sers the giver of the bowl, he turned with
a courteous bow, saying : ?? Thank you
again sod again, my good sir; you may
not be worse for it; ours is aa unstable
world, so that one gentleman never knows
when it may be his turn to be helped of
another." > . . j
But the soldier still making a riot and
the commotion growing general, a supe
rior officer stepped up, who terminated
the scene by removing the prisoner to the
cell, dismissing the townspeople, with ell
strangers, Israel among the rest, and do
ling the castle after them.
Gkttixo Rbajjy.?A rich o!d spinster
who died at Newton, N. Hampshire, left
$38,419- She waa all her life getting
read j to be married, and had stored up
182 sheets, 63 coverlets. 50 blankets, 27
beds with 1120 JJtftgitf fealhera^M jpil
' 43 handkerchiefs while the
8
do we find daring a long life
A Short Story.
We mutt woik. Many who bwe b?H
fortunate in business,-and having early
acquired wealth, havn xeUjed from the
active pursuits of life, to^fiod what they
call ease, have found instead accumula
tion e( cares and evils, real and.immagi
nary. which they never supposed to be
connected with a lif? of idlflneis, There
for instance, it our friend Coffee, fon*?any
years one of thfi firm of Coffee, Rice os
Co.. wholesale grocers in South street.
Coffee commenced business in early me.
and being enterprising and energetic, and
?? asT>usy as a bee," the business pros
pered and the firm became widely kno*n
for their successful trading. After Coffee
had been in business for about twenty
years he conoluded that he would retire
from active life and spend the rest of his
days (he was only forty-five) in some ?e?
luded spot, where the fluctuations of pork
and molasses, would disturb his quiet
soul no longer. He would not be an an
chorite, not he. He loved good living and
good society too well for that. He would
build himself a mansion in the country,
far away from the noisy sound and noi
some smell of South Street. He would
provide ample accommodations for his
friends who might come to partake of hts
.rood cheer, and he would lead a pleaBant |
and easy life. Such were his plans. But
alas, poor Coffee ; whilst thou was ac
quainted with all the iuns and outs of
trade, thou was't ignorant of thine ?wn
self.
The partnership was dissolved, the site
for a house selected, and in time, a splen
did mansion was built. It was the most,
elegant mansion in all those parts, ihej
honest rustics gazed iu astonishment on |
the evidence of wealth displayed, the |
country storekeeper congratulated him
self on the probable acquaintance of a,
customer, the village d..ctor calculated on
nn additional patient, ?vhile the poor par
son rejoiced in I,is heart that there was a
probability of a retired merchant. Jjor
the first month everything went on admi
Coffee had enough to keep him at work
arranging mutters around the new pHce.
and izetuug everything in proper order
for permanent use. But when all tbis
was accomplished, time hung heavily on
his hands. There was nothing to keep
him employed?for all the work on his
place was done by hired hands, and he
was determined to be free from all qare.
he even employed a man as overseer over
the whole. The sum total of Coffee s
daily occupation was eating, drinking,
and sleeping, with a little reading and an
occasional riJe. It was not long before
symptoms of dyspepsia and of gout ap
peared, and after suffering months of un
told agony, he left Lis splendid mansion
I for " the narrow house appointed for all
! living." Poor fellow! He died because
he had nothing else to do.
I Then there was hirf neighbor Lipstone,
who tried hard to keep souls into the bodies
of himself and wife and eight children,
by daily plviiifi his honest nade of *Uoe
making Lapstone'* hutnDio house wa,
almost under the shadow ol the great
mansion, and he often sighed, as he look
ed up from his leathei seat, and saw the
rich Coffee whirl rapidly by in hia splen
did coach, and was as often tempted to
break the tenth commandment, and
ed himself away from his wax ends and
awls, and in possession of some of bi*
neighbors riches. True, Lapstone was
in comfortable circumstances, though he
was a poor man. He bad a little garden
patch where he could labor an hour or
two every day and while^ providing or
his table, he prepared himself by out
door exercise for the in-door confinement
of his trade. Then bis wife was a per
fect model of a woman, frugal and indus
trious. while tbe eight young Lapstone s
were hearty and robust, and some of them
old enough to help in the shop, But Lup
stone had fancied, as he saw the wealth
and show of his neighbor, that it was ?
fine thing to be rich and lake the world
easy. Therefore he had sighed when hut
neighbor rode lazily along in a carriage,
while bo sat for ten hours a dAy ham
mering sole-leather. But when, at length.
he saw the funeral train which Carried
the rich idler to bis long home, he came
to the conclusion that health uxu bftUr than
wealth, and contentment more to he devred
than great riches. And that's the moral
of this story.
Dok't WoRBT.-When Bulstrode While
look was embarked >t Cromwell's envoy
to Sweden, in 1763, he was much distur
bed in mind a* he rested in Harwich, on
the preceding night, which was very
stormy, while he reflected on the distrac
ted state of the nation. It happened that
a confidential servant slept in an adjacent
bed, who finding that his mnsler could
not sleep, aaid?
" Pray, sir, will yoa give me leave toi
ask you a question V
" Certainly."
" Pray, sir don't you think God gov
erned the world very well before yoa came
into it V
" Undoubtedly."
" Pray, sir, don't -on think that He
will govern it quite as well when yoa ate
gone out of it 1"
" Certainly."
" Then, sir pray excuse me : bat don't
you think yon any as well trust Him to
govern it as long a* yon live ?"
To this question Whhelock bad noth
ing to reply ; bat tarning aboet eooo fell
asleep. tiU hrf was summoned to embark.
? j
" Cms a? Moo." An exchange p*
per aaya that?f iranaeaadodtalism te-tho
spiritual cognoioenoe of phyebelojpeal
irrthngMiitf. conneeted with boncttliMl
ademption of nneohusnient spjriamlity
ooncretion."
The wonnds of th.; foul ? Lonkl
cared before thoee of the body.
M?r. ujm.HBUmb?re<l him,
exceedingly pleasant u>iL^t>t^*8s'>r'>nCB
At th%uino_we
boarded sum* iwo womhk *, *'d
wbo oould not gtym. dollar from kij jfr
lastebo ifaought^he ?T2J?i!
?wM?po?aMjidi;?#d for th*t Durz?:
nailed his room. She found onlvlS^
'y lrunk which ?u immediately ol?j!!?Pj
kranotherboarder Shu ?? .?. ed
as to her course of action. nd
At dinner that day. when all the bo?
der?. we? pr*?en.^he tbua accosted h?T
J~ *? !* must raquest you to leave
the house, as I want your room for Jn!!
ing board er." ^wt'wapay.
lie didn't move a muscle < he ...
perfect wall of braas. * *
" I trust you nil] g^ to day," eon tin n
finished his dinner. I suppose ha
Blow at the Hoot??A few day, .h??
an a Ruxbury fHend. at the oloee of Mil
Inbors of the day, was enjoying a oomfort
* "d" borne from his office in the eitr
iu an omnibus partly filled with ladle#, a
gentleman upon the sidewalk signalled
t ie driver to atop. and. throwing op.,,
the door, sprung ,uto the vehicl* f?J
first step towards ? ,8H,, unfortunately
tlou 01 the coach, brought his right foot
.n oontuct with" a lady', dm.; ??d k?
w th a hajty expression, he >trove to ex^
incate a from the embraces or the hobp
waa huddenly plunged forwwd, ^dPn
a twinkling fyun<l W- j?fl foQl ??
Z r,l|U,"tlL .<JU,"";olion wilh * >??on *>n
e oilier side. This k? more than bur
Wo lin.l bargained for. For a moment
e seemed <mrly nonplussed. ?? flood
boavena, juadaiu 1" said he . and then
uegouely pulling lhi lrRp h#
fatop. driver I stop \ ttop f ??,? I I
thought 1 was getting into an otnoibQs.
1 fi,ui U * ? coop* thop /?Portfolio.
thitv^?!0U"'r&ast"wii?0? Memsto
think that as there an more newspapers
in Massachusetts than m any southern
?iate. she must Im the most intelligent
There is a much larger proportion of for
eigners in Massachusetts than in any eon
State, and Massachusetts publishes
moje uewspapers than any southern JHate
tbe.efore the circulation of newipapsraU
? proportion t0 the number of foX,.?
11 * We submit that our argument
i* as geod as bis. ?
But the faqt is that nearly every read*
in the South takes on. or mora
of O.oso Yankee papers, and is thnsait.
ting arguments against his own ?eotianln
to the mouths of the abolitionists. Xhey
Ijel our money to support their papers
and then swear that our people are aSses'
because tbey don't .upporYso ?nany mw.
papers as the Massachusetts men do
f JTulrm^t tr.-?.'
rrT. ?cn ao
| Fairmont Virginian.
D.?T*'.' a* Osatou.?During
?111 ?'"otiooof 1844. apolN
tlclan somewhere in NewHampsblre was
making a speech, and o^ecting very
?trongTy tp the election of tfenry Slav
done he began to glorify hi. own party,
as small in numbers, but destined to
achieve great things. Ile compared itio
David going forth wi(l, sling and stone, to
the combat wuh the gigantic Gotfsb
Pificg up the elbqticnce, he reached the
climax at )as?, snd cried out?
k1'?"
f''? a iU4[- ,tr" c*?? in shrill tones
from one of tbe assembly.
The orator "shut up" immediately.
A Good A?oooT*.-The followintr oon
i venation was overheard among ?? the
volunteers of the ltio Grande." * 8cei.
night. Two volunteers wrapped in blan
ket. and half buried In mod. Voluntaer
' ? J"?- how come yon to volunteer f"
Volunteer 8d : ?? Wby. Bob, fofl see I
bave no wife to care a red coot for me
and so I volunteered?and. besides, >
' Now tell ue bow yon came
out here ?" Volunteer let: " Why tb?
fact?, yon know, I _I_i harri got a wife
*?.. 1.5aaiw oot bere because Ilfk*
P?iC4 Hereupon both thk volunteers
turned over in their blaokete, gotV new
plaetering of mud. and went to sleep.''
Tbvuiw IvciDKirr.?A few d?y?
* Mrs. ttaydem, of Orubj, New Yc
h*-?Rog a shriek from th* well; dbeover*
ed ber Utile boy sioklog i^tb
eighteen feet below the ground.' 8f '
mediately sent Cor iuiiMqee, bat
it csme descended into lh? ? "
the caught the drowning ebltd 1
&nd held itim oitt of the wtlfr.
child, four ud ? half years old,
to the bom, emptied tbe'Wa
pail, hooked it on the pole end low*
into the well. TLia proving of no 6se
the mother thought.'bs mart
the ebild or drown heroelf,
ft desperate effort aba die
per.y fowt end; rai*ed 11
woe/i Ju-noky. lying down on <
esuglvt hi* Hille brother t
cried out. " J>e f
biin J" Ibe ehtldi
t ? atls
got hi

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