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KEEPING HIS WORD.
a~t following touchi- little poem is by
. Pneston, of Lexington, Virginia:
p"" esya a ea." hem std;
gstlsemas tured away in hsead,
AI h asnh a em the squalid eight
Of we by eo5 n in the falln ight.
"' 4 . c "e sotLemmd. "ou sanest knew"
4Ad(tis breasl rwsMe manmsee the Isbhet snow,
Tha the eaddem tear might have ebameeds ab).
4r I think-I thlk lye will ake them all.
*Igry aad anSd at our garret paea
aRby will wasneh ll I came again,
rhaglanthe leaf. The sun has et. 4*
And hbe bas't a crumb of breakfat yet.
* Oe pensy, sad then I ens buy the bread "
The gentlemao stopped. And you T" he sald.
"'11-Z IA put up with them-hbuol sand cold
Maetlhy is only rve years old.
* premised our mother before she went
he knew I wauld do It. mad died eonten.
premlied her, sir, through beet, through woret.
always weald think of Ruby Sbrt."
The gentleman passed at the open door;
Such tales he had ofthn heard before;
But he fuombled his purse il the toilight d:ar
"I have nort:ng loIs th.a a ei-i. ;, hbere.
"Oh! sir, I" 3ou will oli ti.. the paihk,
I'li brpg you tLe rlhanre i a moment back;
Jadeed you may trust me!" "' Trust Jon I-no;
But there is t: t eLtilig ; take it and go."
The gentleman lo!le- in Lis easy chair.
Aad warphed hea cigar-wreath molt in the air,
And sm~ed on his children, od rose to see
The baby saleep on ts mote~ds knee.
"' And now it isLine by the ic'ck." he naM,
"Time that my darlings weto all abed ;
lans me 'good night,' and each be sure
When you'reseaying your prayere, remember the
Jsnt then came a message-"A boy at tge door "
Before It was uttered he stood on the floor.
Half breathless beweldrredL and ragged and strange;
f.lm suby-Mike brot/her-i re brought you the changel .
'Mike's hurt, alr 'Twas dark; the snow made h!m
LAd didn't take notice the train was behind,
Till elipped on the track, and then it whizzed by
Ana he's hIme in the garret. I think he will die.
"' Yet nothing would do him, sir-nothing would do,
But out through the snow I must harry to yeou.
Of his hurt he was certain you wouldn't have heard
And as you might think AI had broken Is word "
When the garret they hastily entered, they saw
Two arms, mangled, shapeless, outstretched from the
' You did it, deer Buby-God blea yosu !" he said,
Lad the boy, gladly smiling, saak back, and was dead.
* [Translated from the French.J
THE PEARL NECKLACE.
Tberwved at Cordova, many years ago, an
old Jew who had three passions: he loved
scienoehbe loved gold, be loved his only child,
who bore the sweet name of Rachel. He loved
science, not for lhis own sake? not because it
was the means of the acquisition of truth, but
for himself, that is to say, through pride.
He loved gold, a little perhape because it
wfs gold, very much because it gave him the
means of providing luxurica for his darling
child, greatly also because without it he could
not have made the costly experiments nesoes
sary in the pnrenit of science.
He loved his daughter alone, with the pure
and disinterested, but prassionato tenderness of
paternal love. In in word he was a savant, as
His name was Rabbi Ben-Ha-Zelab, and he
practiced medicine. lie wrought such won
erful cures that very soon his faime spread
through $pain, and from all -.arts of the
kingdom people came in crowds to consult
him. lie received his patients in the after
noon. In the mornivg be slept, it was said;
but how his nights were passed none knew,
and many were the speculations concerning it.
This only was known, that they were pasted
in a secret chamber, of which be alone poe
seesed the key, and it had been observed that
this mysterious apartient was sometimes
illuminated with many-colored flames, blue, or
red, or green, while adense smoke issued from
The police of the kingdom at length re
solved to penetrate the mystery, which seemed
to them very auspicious. Ererything is sus
plcions to the police of all counttriesn.
One eventing, Rabbi Ben-lia-Zelah saw two
dark, grave men watching hba house. He
listened and heard these words of siLinter imn
"To-morrow, at dawn, we will know
whether this wretch is a mouey-coiner or a
The conucience of the poor old Jew did not
reproach him, for his life was pure and itno
oent; but he had had great. experience of the
world, and hold as an aPxiom that inuocuce is
worth absolutely nothing in a court of justice.
lie went still further, he considered it an
aggravating circumstance. lie often qzuoted
the old Arabian proverb: " If I were accused
of having stolen and pocked the grand Mosque
at Mecca, I would immediately run of as last
as I could." He said that justice was a game
of cards-and be was no player.
What misanthropic ideas! How different
would his conclusions had been had he lived
nowadays ! However, as hbe had not the hap
pines of living in that Eden of justice, Franc·e
of 1866, he put the philosophy of the proverb
into praottoe, and left Cordova that very night,
taking with him all his treasuree. The neoat
morning at dawn the two dark grave men,
found an uninhabited, dismantled dwelling;
whloh made them still more dark and grave.
Rabbi Ben-HaZ-elah, disgnieed as a mer
ekant and mounted on a strong mule, paened
apidly through 8palin. n either side of his
eddle, and secourely fastdhed to it was a long
wloker basket, in the shape of a cradle. Ben
Hs-Zelah looked from time to time at these
basket with satilfastion, mingled with eand
aa, and then urged on his mule, casting many
a bsokward glanoe, to be quite asure he was not
parened. In one of the bankete were his
arenures and hbi boohsa; in the other slept
paoefely the young daughter of e fugitive.
Having reached a small seaport town, the old
Jew took passge in a veael whioh was about
so nall or Bgypt.
Rabbi Ben.-SZelah had often heard of the
etsiph Achmet Resohid, who was celebrated
throughout the East for his love of scienoe,
and the high consideration in which he held
neleatido men. As for impostors, charlatnse
and empirlos, he held them in sovereign con
tempt and took real pleanure in impaling
This good prince reigned in Cairo. Thither
Benu-Ha-Zelab bent hise steps; for he believed
himself, and with reason, to be a toee savant.
The proiound and extensive acquirements of
the old Jew, together with his astonishing
kilU in everythiug appertaining to the healing
art, soon made himhe famous in Cairo as he
had beq in Cordovs and he warn at once made
The ealiph Aebet Resehid warn never weary
of admiring the almeet universal knowledgeof
the old man, and often invited him to the
palace to converse with him for hbrs upon
the secrete and marvels of nature e4denly a r
terrible plague broke out in Mbe ity, and
threatened to deoiLate the populscit. Ben
Ha-Eelab compounded a wondeful lotion.
which cured six times in seven. .He easteded I
that in nothing could evil be oo.aeered in a
greater peoeiloa than hbe; tha ea seetht
was a l um of disorder, of sorrow vies,
in the empv*r roganisation Id,
and that when the poertie it the
bhman body, in the u is
possmib la n thi world had bea made.
However that may be, he was mmar ed one ,
night in great basti to the palace; the wife I
and son of the caliph were ariken down by
the pestilence. Ben-HaZelah applied the
miraealons lotion aod the son was restored to
bealth--bt the w died.
The caliph Ashmt Resehid was overcome
with gratitsde for se signal a service, ant
throwing himsed into the arms of the old
physician, exclaimed: "Venerable old manI
to thee I owe the life of my son and my hap
pi ness ! As a proof of my gratitude, I appoint
thee Grand Vizier!"
hbe old Jew prostrated himself on the
grotnd before his generous benefactor.
' Yes." centinued the caliph, who had a truly
noble heart; "yes, I need a friend in whom I
can confide, as I have, one after another, be
Leaded all those whom I had in a moment of
inmpulse lounrt-d with that title."
' Thaks, 0 mighty caliph ." humbly replied
l n-lH-Ze~ah. "flow l.all find iting words
to thank my gracious l inuce forsech unmerited
condescension! Surely never did'kinUpeas like
this rejoice the earth ;"
"TThno sayest well and truly, child of Jacob,"
answered the puissant ct'ilib.
Time, far froi, ditat,i-hlng tie love of the
caliph for 13 n-lla-Zetah, only incr teed it.
The j alonsy of the corticts cad al as bsuc
ceeded in poisniog toe nind of the caliph
against any one on whom he had conferred the
dignity of Grand Vizier; but tCe prudence of
the old Jew bufitid all tt:air ecbemes, and
Achmet Reachad had learned how to guard
against calumuniator. At the first word
breathbl against the new favori:e that benevo
lent ~ ornce and faithful friend ordered the
rash alauderer to be beleauded, and very soon
the courtiers vied with each other in their
praises of the Grand Vizier. The good caliph
seeing the harmony of feeling among hia people
with regard to the new favorite, congratulated
himself on hie firmness.
"I knew very well," said he, "that the
whole court would at last do him justice. I
talk of him with every one and no man says
aught against him."
As for Ben-Hta-Zelah, he seemed to be per
fectly indifferent to the Immense power which
his favor with the caliph gave him in the
state. In vain did the courtiers try to entangle
him in the intrigues of the court. In vain did
the noblemen of the kingdom. in hopes of
gaining his protection, lay costly gifts at his
feet. He gently refused them all. Devoid of
ambition, and prudent to excess, the old Jew
withdrew as much as possible from public
affairs. He even begged the caliph to excese
his attendance at the palace, except at certain
hours of the day, that he might devote himself
more uninterruptedly to scientlfic pursuits
The love of the caliph grew day by day, and
the courtiers as well as the common people,
seeing the humility and disinterestedness of
the Grand Vizier, acknowledged him to be
indeed a sage.
At court, as every where else, he was clad in
a coarse brown robe, and was in no way dis
tinguishable from the crowd, had not the in
tellectual expression of his face, and .the
strange brilliancy of his eyes, revealed at a
glance a superior mind. He might often be
seen in the streets of Cairo, carrying in his
own hands the metals, stones or medicinal
plants, which he bought in the bazaars, or
gathered in his solitary rambles. Wherever
he went he heard his own praise; but never
did be in any any I, erny that it was agreeable
"No one is so poor and humble," said th
common peoplo to each other, " as the Grand
Vizier of our high and mighty caliph."
The truth was, however, that with the ex
i c-ption of Achaet Reschid, no one in Cairo
Ioeosead such vast riches as the '" poor"
Vizier; but after the manuier of the Jews he
carefully concealed them, and lived in a very
modest mansion situated outside the walls of
the city. This humble dwelling was com
pletely hidden by the palm and cedar trees
which surrounded it, and for still greater
security was enclosed by a high wall.
In this quiet and mysterious retreat, where
he admitted no guests, he had centered all
that made his life; there dwelt his child, the
young Rachel, jest budding into womanhood.
When, after passing weary hours in the
unmeaning ceremonial of the court, he reached
his garden gate, and stealthily opened it, his
usually impassive face was suddenly illumined
as with a sunbeam. It was as if he had pistsed
from death unto life
His daughter, clad like a queen of t.. east,
ran to meet him, and embraced him sor t t:derly
that it seemed as if a portion of heryo .t g life
was breathed into tte worn and exhia.-ted
fraue of the aged father. Ben-Hta-Zalah forgot
hismsorro ts and his car.-s, and seemed to revive
with tie breatmr of spring. " I gave thee life,
imy daughter; thoe. dusr. restore it to me!
unurmeted the old I.atn.
Rachel mea just ei:t aring her sixteenth year.
lier hair wa, of the beautiful gelden color
which poets l,ve. Her e3es, her voice, her
smile, her hearing, carried with them an
trresistible chart,,m. She looked, it was a ray
of light ; she spoke, it was a strain of music;
she smiled. It was the opening of a gate of
Paradise. Her heart was pur' and innlocent as
was that of the Rachel of old, whom Jacob
loved. Can weo wonder that the heart of her
father was bound up to her Who, indeed,
could help loving a being so pure and brightt
Ben-lHa-Zelab was old, but his was a vigor
ous old age-and the young daughter and
aged father, as they walked under the grand
od trees of the gatdn, made a beautiful pic
ture. The long whte head, piercing eyes,
eagle nose, and broad brow of the old man,
formed a strikinog contrast to his humble dress,
and when no sooner under conastraint, it re
vealed a mysteroos and profound satisfaction
in his own personmality and intelligence. IThere
Swa so much pride that there was no place for
i vasily in his soul.
Woat cared he for the admiration or oon
Stempt of othere, the vain clamors of the mul.
tituode, whom he considered infinitely his io
a feriors? When he said to himself, 'I am Ben
Ha-Zelab,"the rest of the world no longer ex
Lsted for him.
SHi. pride was like that of Luolfer; it wase
not relative but absolute; he contemplated
I himself with a terrible satisfatction. Thence
his disdain for all the miserable trifles which
I gratify the self-love of inferior men. The pride
I of seesisg comes when the pride of ,blisg is not
Whence then came the gigantic pride of the
Rabbi Ben-Ha.Zslah was the most learned
I man of his time.
He had carried his investigations far beyond
those of the most scientific men of the age;
She was well versed in physios,mnusic, astron
my, medicine, surgery, and botany; bat the
science he most loved, was that which, at first
I known under the name of alchemy, was des
Stined to become the greatest science of modern
lie passed night after night shet np in his
laboratory, as he had formerly done at Cordo
va, seking to penetrate one aifter the other all
the mystsries of nature. There, bending over
h gloluog furnaces, enrrounded with retorts
and eroibles ir . Ailed with -
metals in a staiiJ f all sorts of in- e
strumentasad asmbeaea.Zlah ia- -
terrogated matter and dialhded the mystery
of ie measses; he porsued It from form to
ford be tore it with red hot pineers; he
melted it in the glowing fire of his furnaes;
be made It solid only to redoes it again to a
liquid state. decompoing it a bandred times I
in a hubondred different ways. He tortured it,
a- does the lawyer the prisoner at the bar,that
he may wring from him his most hidden so
Matte. thus psrsaed by thladdsatigable
aloboemi, bad revealed more than one of its 1
mysterious laws, wbisb be bad made useful in a
the retoie of his prof.sloupeo that he was I
ooneidered in Calro little les than a demi-gLo
However, Is hbi labors he mght not the good
of his tfllow-men, but the barren stlafaction
of the passon whihob was consumiog him, the
pride of haerge hbe eought to penetrate the
aeserte of the most high ,owtThe promlse of I
the tempter to our first parts; Erit sest del.
edfeaste, "Poo shall be a goda, knowing good
and evil," had penetrated t soaul; and he I
desired to plant in his garden that fatal tree -
to which the first born of our rase stretehed
out their guilty hands. Like his ancester Ja
cob, he wrestled with Jehovah.
One can readily understand that the old
man, absorbed in this gigantic struggle, was
dead to all vanity, so far as men were concern
ed. He had reached such dissy heights that
he had almost lost sight of them. To him
they were like the brute beasts which crossed
hbs path ; he believed them to beof an inferior I
nature to Ibut, who had been gifted with such
vast genr.tis-nch indefatigable industry.
His t igh thoughts ware not fur such misers
ble pigui tse.
Sonuetii-esaealing hims n a drearmy mood
in bi. g:.ldlon, at the foot ofa gra,i old cedar,
his favorite seat, and taking in his hacd a
lpebbSl, a blade of Erass or a ltbsr }.e way
!lr.ged in plrofouncd nediation.
W1t:t iakes this a bodyA , thought 3Le.
Thtis bod!" is brown, hfeavy, hard, equate, or
has many other properties which come under
w y notce. iBut t is evidePq that neither the
color, weight, cohesion, norTorm constitutes
Its es.ence. They are its manner of beingse
not its being. If I modify it, destroy it even,
it will still he the same body,and lshall, after
all, have only attacked its manner of being;
the essence which heretofore has always es
caped me-thie oul of the boe if I may say so
-will have suffered no change. It is as if I
were suddenly to become hunchback, lame,
idiotic-I would still be the same man. I must
discover the substance quod emb stat; in the
first place, what causes this to be; in the
second place, what constitutes it a body ; and
finally, what makes it this particular body
which I bold in my hand and not another.
The problem was formidable; it was the
mystery of the omnipotence of the Gad who
created the world, and nevertheles this un
known Prometheus shrank not from the task,
and flattered himself be could wring from
created matter the secrets of its Creator. -
In his experiments Ben-Ha Zelak had start
ed with the axiom that all bodies Irejormed
from certain elements which were inv riable,
but combined in diterent ways. Moreover,
his researches had to him that many
elements,- formerly"leved to be primary,
were composed of different elements into which
they might again be readily resolved. So
that seeing their number decrease as his in
vestigations became more abstruse and his an
alyse, more delicate, he had arrived at the
conclusion that there existed an original and
absolute substance of which all bodies, even
those apparently the moat different, were only
He affirmed the identity of the baseander the
infinite variety of the forms This primary
substance which he considered 'as coetesnal
with God, was, he thought, that one which Je
hovah breathed in the beginning, end .n his
BoSatanic pride he believed- two t i t
that the Almighty had combined th of
matter in so wondrously complexr a nner
only to conceal from man the secret of its
creation-and secondly, that- the Rabbi-Ben
Ha-Zelah would be able to bafflt the precau
tions of the Almighty, and by analysis after
analysis, at length succeed in finding the sim
ple primary substance from which all things
were originally formed.
Such were the thoughts which continually
filled his mind-such the gigantic plan he bad
cocqeived. Again and again he said to him
eelf that by taking from a body one after the
other its contingent qualities, as one takes the
bark from a not, he would succeed at length
in penetrating its most hidden depths, to that
matter essence from which was made, as he be
lieved, all that existed in the universe.
He had inscribed on the door of his labora
tory Materia, mater. And as soon as he should
be able to imprison in his alembics this pri
mary matter he could at will, disposing it after
certain forms, make in turn bronze, atone,
wood or gold. Nay more, he hoped to sur
prise with the same blow the mystery of life,
-and then, thought he in his impious pride, I
shall be a creator, like unto Him before whom
every knee bends in adoration. I shall be
GOd! Eritia sicut del.
The old man, lost. in the vain search for the
absolute basis of matter, little suspected that
the tinlal wo,rd of all science is: "The essence
of matter is immnaterial."
However, he devoted himself most zealously
to the great worik he had undertaken, and
passed night after night in the recesses of his
laboratory which would have reminded one of
the entrance to the infernal regionsbut for the
sweet presence of the young and lovely Rachel,
who glided in and out, bringing order out of
confusion, and in the evening beguiled the long
hours by singing to her father snatchesof the
old Hlebrew songs of which such touching and
beautiful fragments have come down to us.
One night, Ben-HIa-Zelah, regardless of fa
tigue, was still bending over his glowing fur
naces. For more than a week he had allowed
himself no sleep, nor had he permitted his eyes
to wander from the vast crucible which had
been heated to white beat for six consecutive
months. lie had discovered phenomena
hitherto unknown. His bony hands clutched
convolsively the handle of the bellows, and
hise eager, careworn fae was illumined with a
two-fold radiance, that from the purple light
of the furnace and from the interior flam
which consumed hblas soul. He was motionless
from intensity of emotion. At last then be
was about to attain the aim and desire of his
The primary substance, the absolute essene.
of matter, he was about to seize it-to be it
lord. The old man still watbed ; a whitish
vapor rose slowly from the cruocible; matter
decomposed in this crucible seemed to be a
prey to a fearful travail-to struggle in an in
The old man raised his tall form to its full
beight and at that moment appeared like a
second Lucifer. HIe shouted in triumph, "
r Then rushing to the easement he gaszed up
ward to the starry heavena, not in prayer, but
"I have created!" he repeated, "I have crea
ted! I have conquered! I am the equal of
A noise, alight in reality, but to the excited
senses of Ben-LHa-Zelabh, looder than the crash
of thunder, was heard behind him. He turned
with agitated countenance. The crucible, an
watched during his delrium of pride, had fal
len, and was shivered to atoms. All was lost;
the creation of him who aspired to an equality
with the Most legh was but a heap of ashes.
Ben-Ha-Z lab was stunned by this unlooked
for calamity. lie fill back fainting, as it,
while he rashly sought to penetrate the mysrio
ry of life, pale death, entering his dwelling
had touched him with her sombre wing.
When consoioousness returned, the fire of the
frnaoso, whieh Iad bess fsd with so moch
ear for six wary months, was extingus hed.
Through the.open easemeat he m~r Iada Of
stars blasi n i lthe frmaane lT.
alones of rthe sight hovered over the
The old man was semized with an ledSable
terror. He uoderstood that be was punished
for hbi pride and be had a presentimeat that
the soddes fWilre of the labor and researeh of
so many years was buat the beginning of his
punishmet. It seemed to him that in the
midst of thei thik darkness the living God had
looked lnto the depthe of his guilty soul aad
had stretehed out his all powerful band to
smite him. a8ddenly as if by a revalation,
there came to him a knowledge of the point
where God was about to srike him.
"My obild i my obildr cried he, in a voloe
broken by terror and remorse.
He ran to the chamber of hisdanghter.
The old man opened the doorgensly, taking,
in spits of histerror, a thousand paternal pro
cautious not to awaken the sleper. The
trembling light of a small alabaster lamp oast
ite fatit rays about the apartment. Gently
he drew back the curtains of the bed and gazed
fondly upon biachild.
Rachel slept profoundly. her breathing was
as peaceful as innocence. Ben-Hag-aelsh look
ed upon the sweet, calm face with a transport
of delight, The tranquility of this peaceful
sleep of childhood was communicated to him,
and for a moment stilled the agitation of his
He leaned fondly over the sleeping form;
listened joyfully to the calm breathing of his
darling child, to the regular boating of her
heart; then stooping, imprinted a kiss of
fatherly love oi the beaunitnl brow.
Rachel remained immovable, and her sleep
was unbroken; 'It is strange she has not
awakned," said the old man to himself, look
iir aQ her g sin. "'.i-ep is so like death."
As he atlloed this thought to take form a
vnanI terror took pi.session of him.
13 Bto ! shet sleeps! I bear her breatbing,
fluid he aloud.
The secret iudeanabl4 fear which he con!d
not banish, and forawhich he could not ac
count, still remained;' he coAl I no longer con
"Rachel!" cried he in a loud voion. The
young girl slept on,
"Rachel! mychildl" he cried again, at the
same time shaking her gently by the arm.
Still thecalm sleep was unbroken, and the
peaceful breathing which at first had delighted
the fond father now seemed like a fatal spell.
He took her in his arms ; he placed her on a
couch; he tried to make her walk: and in
vain essayed with his trembling fingers to
open the sealed eyelids.
The young girl slept on ; her respiration as
calm, and the rhythm of her heart still pre
served its frightful monotone. All the efforts
of the despairing father were vain. Day
dawned, night came, the next day, and weeks
and months, and Rachel awoke not.
The distracted father, remembering that he
was a physicia* sought in medical science a
remedy for this strange malady. He tried every
known medicine, he essayed aew ones; but
nothing could break the fearful sleep. He no
longer went to the palace of the caliph, but
his days and nights were passed in his labora
tory as they bad formerly been at Cordova;
his researches, however,were no longer to feed
his pride. Borrow concentrated his mighty
genius on one thought--to discover a remedy
for his idolized ehild. Bitterly did he expiate
the old anxieties of his pride by the torturing
lexities of this new sorrow.
ore than six onuths plM thus. A lest
lad desperate. remedy to wnb be had re
course, had, lite all the others, failed; Ben-Ha
eelah on a night like that on which this
weight of sorrow had come upon him, was in
his laboratory bending as ever over his re
torts. lie had made every research, every
experiment that genius, quickened by affection,
could suggest, and had failed in all. Rachel
still slept. Then the broken-hearted old man,
convinced of Lhi own importance, let fall his
arms at his tide md burst into tears.
At.that momiht he heard a voice which
seemed to come at once from the depths of im
mensity, an:d from the inmost recesses of his
" All thy efforts are vain," said the voice.
"Thou wilt cure thy child, only by passing
about her ni-ck a pearl necklace, not the pearls
which Ltontif:~l nature gives, God makes,
but pearis which thou thyeelIe L t fashioned.
Thou tbovghtest thyself the s3al of God, the
equal of Him who created the world; and he
punishes thee, by condemning thee to create
only a few pearls, and he is willing to lend
thee all the riches and treasures of his beauti
ful world. Go and seek! And when thou hast
made enough of these pearls to f11 the box be
side thee, make a necklace of them. Pnt it on
the neck of thy child, and she will awakb
It was not an illusion. The old mans had
seen no one, but the box was there beside him.
It was a little box, of a wood unknown to him,
which exhaled a delicious odor. On the lid
inscribed in lettersof gold, was a Hebrew word,
meaning "Treasure of God."
Ben-Ha-Zslah re-kindled the 'res of his
furnaces and again applied himself to explore
the arcana of alchemy. He took from his
coffers all the pearls he possessed, and after
having analyzed them, trtid in vain to form
them again; but the se et of omnipotence
Swhich he attempted to grasp, fled from him.
lie decomposed precious stones and suceeded
only in making a gross calcareous substance.
Again and again he flattered himself, he had
penetrated the mystery of the Creator; but all
his hopes ended in nothingness. Nature,
which be had ono attempted to conquer to
satisfy his pride as a savant, he now wooed in
vain to still the passionate 3oarnings of his
One day he said to himself: "My knowledge
is very little; and with the very little I know,
I shall never succeed in solving this problem,
and nevertheless it is possable !
The voice which spoke to me is a voice
which does not deceive.
Then an inspiration came to him which
lighted with a pale ray of hope, the sorrowful
face long unused to hpinese. The idea oo
ourred to him, that it 1s hould go and study
the shells of the Persian golf where pearls are
Sformed, he might succeed in winning from
Snature the myqy which he hadJo muoh
SHe set out the next morning on bis long and
wearisome journey, leaving his child to the
faithful care of the old Jewish slave who had
been so many years in his service, and In
whom he reposed the most perfect confidence.
S She had been the nurse of Raohel, and loved
r her almost with a mother's love. He spent
two months in studynlog the pearl oyster of the
Periean gulf; but there, as in his laboratory,
all bis efforts were vain.
S Providence, thought he, (he no longerisaid
S"natmre,") Providence has dorets which1 will
never be known to mortalsJ
Convlinced of the utter folly of his painfal
Sresearche--anxions, moreover, to see his poor
cthild again, he sadly turned his face home
As he slowly and sadly pursuned his way to
d ward Egypt, he saw on the second day of his
b journey across the desert, a group in the di
d tance, apparently joUst in his route; oontioun
u ng to advance, be saw a dead camel covered
Swith blood, beside him the dead body of a
knight, pierced with sabre stroke s; on the
road side a woman, apparently dyiang, holding
in her arms a young infant.
d Ben-Ha -Kelah, moved with compassion,ap.
f proacebedl and acosted the womash. She sold
. him that in crossingthe desert with her hus
band and child, tiey had beep attacked by
brigands, who had killed her husband, left her
piort~lly wounded, and had rifled them of all
their tressunres; even their water bottles
e; more precious than all in the desert.
"'I ate d ing." sad she, "but my bitteret
sorrow is in leaving my poor little babe, who
most perish thus alone in the desert.
The poa mother for one moment thnboo o:
taking the kind old man taokge her chil, but
she saw that on4eof his wanW bottles had been
broken by some. aeoldent, and th at he had
hardly enough water to eross the desert.
Ben-Ha-Zelsh had bad the some thought,
b thbe oalclate4 quaantty of water res
omaining to him, sa t 1P o hiMb1elhat It
There, in the mother's de
spsir, with of so soon to be
an orphbn, het t of hisb own
"Woman." said be, "I will take your babe
and willeare for him as for my own. I rill
save his life, even at the cost of my own.
The mother died, invoking blessings on his
Ben-Bla-Zelab resumed his unroey across
the desert, placing before bhimhn the saddle,
the infant, who as frst went, then langhed in
infantile glee, then amused himself by teasing
the patient ourse, polling his board, or tang
mlag the reigns of the camel. The old man
who had become as gentle as a mother, sagght
every means whioh affection could suggest to
amuse the helpless lltle creature, so strangely
given to his charge-sometimes with the gold
seleof his briddl sometimes with his bright
re arms., sometimes by rattling in his ears
the gold sequins in his puree. Again be would
sing to him a lullaby, long forgotten. The
child was pleased wit ~bih new amusement
devised by the old sava-r, but,it was only for
a few moments,/and was again looking about
for something he had not Set. s.eu.
Toir much we all resemble children.
Podrold Benu-H.-Z llah knew not what to do
to satisfy this restless craving for amusement.
Suddenly he thought of the b.autif l little
box, which the child had not seen, and drew it
out from the folds of his robe.
The child eagerly grasped this new play
thing and turned it about in every possible
To the amazemept of the old Jew, there was
a slight sound, as of some small object rofling
about in the box.
The child shouted with delight. The old
man was breathless and trembling. He grasp
ed the 1* couvulsinely from the hands of the
infant, who held it out to him smiling. He
opensl it. His bd froze in his veins with
an e>otion not of'rror but of joy and hope.
He beheld in the-box a pearl, pure and more
beautiful than any be had ever seen.
Speechlees wi* emotion be could only raise
his eyes to hesran in a wordless prayer of
Then he hear! a woiee which seemed to fill
the immensity of the desert, and nevertheless,
was as low and sweet as the loving murmur of
a fond mother.
"0 Ben-H-Zelah I every tear which thou
shalt dry. isa pearl which thou dost create."
Ben HaEZselaopked about him. All around
him was tha ddt. Before him, in his arms.
the little babe, suddenly grown calm, and
smiling in his face.
A few more days and his journey through
the desert was ended. But many were the
privations he endarse that the helples littb
infant, nowso dear to him, might not Whne
Ben-Ha-Zelsh was rich, and now be
good. His goodness made use of his riehes to
ry theasreof misfortune-there are as many
alasi in this wA ld of suffering, as there are
dewdrops on pmmer's morning-and very
soon his box w suite falL
When he agaiaw his child, the mysterious
sleep was onbron. She came l ad t tq
him, bllL b pearl deoleee t
beautfd ,alnd she awoke, smiling.
"Oh I what a lovely necklace, papa," she
"It is the first I have ever given thee, my
darling," said the happy father, "but I hope
it may not be the last. My pearl basket is
now empty, but I trust in God that I may fill
it many times before I die."
A CHANGE oF Tlmes.-Legislators in the
present age set a little more value upon
themselves and their dignity than they did
in primitive ages. About the year 1684,
the Legislature a f Pennsylvania, passed a
resolution that " no membeithereof should
come to the House barefoot or oat his broad
and cheese on the steps."
WESTERN PRODUCE, LIQUORS. ETC.
H T. mAWLER,
GENERAL COMMISSION MERCHANT
75. 7, 79, 8t and 3 Peters street (late Neow Levee), near
Poydras, New Orlen,,
POR ITE MAM OF
NORTHERN AND WESgBTR PRODUOC.
A Good Supply of the following articles always on
POK. BACON. LARD FLOUR.
CORN, OATS, BRAN. AY CORNMEAL,
POTATOES ONIONS. BEANS,
DRIED FRUITS, ETC., ETC.
Cash Advnced on All Consignments (not perishable).
Shipments Advanced On. Must Be Insured in My Open
Personal Attention Devoted to All Business Entrnated
to My Care.
PROMPT IN ALL THIXGS.
In the execution of your olnmands, in the acknow.
ledgment of receipt and Mdv= of sale of your consIgnn.
ments, and in remitting net pcboeeds accompasned
o e for Western or Southern Produce filled
promise at the lowest market rates. Katafaotlion
always t eed, no commiuion charged for execu.
ting for goods which I may have on hand, full
omon. on charged for selling all consignments.
Connment and Orders are respectfully solicited.
nol4 75 tf
J, T. GIBEONS & CO.,
GRAIN, CORNMEAL AND HAY,
57, 59, 61, 63...New Levee Street...57, 9, 61,
sus 75 ly Corner Poydra.
HAY, GRAIN, CORNMEAL, FLOUR,
fi.I. InDs OP
Western Produce Constantly on Hand.
28 and 30.......Poydras Street.......28 and 30
Corner of Fulton,
,an O ly NEW Ot8sA.
WHOLESALE LIQUOR DEALER,
85 and 87....Tchoupitoulus Street.. .55 and 87
Corner of.asyetts street,
Naw ORLEA5S, La.
Manufacturer of PALACE BOURBON and RYE
WHISKY, ALCOHOL, and all grades of REOTIUED
WHIBKY, so" 75 Iy
SP. A. PINET. M. DUSY.
p. A. FINNEY & CO.,
DRY SALTED MEATS,
r Bacon, Pork, Lard, Hams, Flour, Butter,
No. 79 Magazine trect,
de6 74 ly NEW ORLEANs.
poist DimeAe, ta me of artsTUe I ea
"I 1s also eaetieselat m. el e I e a
mes .e·eusciagfive pb 4ampte uraea *ou"
x babe bken iow by the fall
Men y.e er A Uer musits aa e te AtIe -
wlosg and Fal Paler of hel tUlood.
reill ossee e e pro medcal vIragonl an arateIl
Tb labostery is nander the diwotla aoes
in iearn, who has devss ie "rtat we as tsti
iu atetk prepeato during the \. ea-s.t
Mers ad not albottle pna wt opbo.t 3etlbajL
fIt ost to the p uati e nt II s uLuWIE E a
mot diseased and debilitated. asd IeN t N e A ll
WHERE THE BLOOD Is NOT PMO? ,
BE UiSeD S SeL.S Prepared an stato
113 So. Sveinth sta, bhod Chettnut Pel4,
Desctprlve p amphlet. fuorniehd aon a ll t
TO SUFFERERS WITI RHEIMADI~t
GOUT AND NEURALGIA.
WTn vew of the nnmberlesdufferers atflcte wdthe
above painful mlotlra. I feel induueo to eoer its
Thin medicine proven to Vol too oDly scace.efar olren
in this line. for it baa saloost at ways atem iaase
taneone relief. and in boot cases poitsrd
cured tloisoate. LDrint the sloetaiuees ie
cured tlinnaedo of porrous in this city sad Sit" Ma
the majority of theo u inog my preparatbl ao rs
by tse sa of but one bottle. .ould the pat]tal
recover or at least hod great relief after the asai ,
eret bottle, that person is undoubtedly ndt sioahs
any of the above dipaessa. It fl butes .
ee I iret began advert;e( this ered,. alihse3j
have soceesfully used the oe for over al-senyew
with the opat eatioactory rrealttor, and it hsaao
quired s a wide-spread reputation that counyi: '
tno moat ptical..f its curative aooers.
Of the many thonanDurd who ah bee crad, It
onlyp refer to the following well-kno4rrwuntiaoaoal
city who have .l1 signed the following card:
We, the nodersigned resldentw ot the ineaii
Orluans, ha. e used Mr. W. L. .urgelewitcts L
RHEUMAeTIC M UhJTtr. and have tousar
really posessaed medicinal virtesa Ma staiedlsiI
abovre ad vemtiaret. sod theremto do mos chate
recommend the same to the ahteto
James Regan, owner of livery stable. No rledtt s
street; Stephen Erans Doon Annusolatwa aN.
Washington streets Chres mo, propboe
ddlery store. No. 901 Tobeupilulses sgesA.S
ewner ot b~y.No 21 Fatton 4trOpycastnss
Bord orbn e,. No ra smnat a ls s ]
O'Hero.o. No. 388 Camp street. D. LWI e.
St. Andrew street; ·DC Was. 6leabome
460 Dryade. street ..g ..e E .ath. .w.or .
Brewe.eý a No. 289 VIlre street1Gb; iOo 5ul
N6o. 8V8llere street W. A A Kota.No. 9 l5 I
pts htreet; Jean Duvantoi. Noa. 9 Uklsfb ]
Capt Jamee A Sylvester, No 343 St. usa ;ruja
rlre. J. Bran mIdwife, No. 9I1 Miagatel i i
Mrs. E. Siebrendi wpidwife. No. 304 Cmam sA;l i
N.. P sne chIef gosg er. iToltad States T5jmau
O. 7.ThUmsn, grocer. No. 30 Ha gaal e J
Lar le ~ La JURGMLEWICZ.
p. L. CUSACRS
U Removed his Dreg Stotwo
Betwsee en lle and Castor stssh.
One Block from Canal aat0
whore he will, as heretofore, eo tlano'1 wsil1kses
DISTILLERS'. DYEkS' AND TARNSIBF
Fi tned t.Iaow d.y .mtsdoe ._misi5U
Pric IS pahicinylars. prices. re. eue.
LUEy R MEtEANE & CO.,I
SL toOi West Eighth 8t.. C a.5flU.&
VCLeeN E SELL OtEDEfU R
uerleor BEll. o(fCI aorL
ris Lst fr CC s reA. f
itssii 16es.u 5.05L.4 ClO
m 75 ly B. J. WEST. Agent. ewa Oti
geunine TROY BELLS, known to Its I
m which, by their uniform *icelleUa M
a reputatlon oucquloalld by soy sod S
hap t of alt others.
.fre. No agencies.
addres either TROY or WEST T1t
j lty MENEELY & COMPAI!
McSHANE BELL FOUNDRY
Manufacture those colebrated BELLS for
CHURCHES. ACADMI3ES, ETC.
Price List and Circilars sent free.
HENRY McSHANE & CO.,
Idii 7 lv F*·t'ner
"jON COTTON TIES.
(HE ARROW TIE.
!or sale by all Dealer. and ConLtry e
throughout the Cotton States, at
LOWEBT MARKET PRIOC·
R. W. RAYNE & CO.,
Generai Agent. of Americas CottoS '
48 Carondelet Street,
1y475Iy sew oaLa.Aa.
FoR SALE.. . ..:OS
STAR PLANING MILL AND L UMBRZ
Corner Calliope aud Rampars 1
S3 000 per thousand fe*e0t CNLTH6
00 per thouesand bet . W.
Terms Cash NICmHOL
Agency of the celebrated Grand Point, P
Has constantly on hand a large steak 1, s
carolo, for sale n lota to sulL. E .O Ol
lee? em Ie w
ALIAlDUR HILL. Co)
A . (Pormerly J Daivdeon H .L_
(Welh and American Slates, Sat
And Agent for the Will amStOW and
QuarrIes The Slate from hes Q5
Ameroan blat0e. whh het beer moat
and bear a cler resenblaoe coor,
Enaglis omun. Iflo cra ase ' x ewo