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gaze at it.
enjoyment in its possessors. As it stood the ocean had closed over that hand and in the window, the passer-by would some- | heart; and it was this that had touched times stop and gaze, attracted by its beauty, with such pensive sorrow the lines in her and then proud and happy was Mary; nor lovely face. did even the serious and careworn widow But this letter told that he was living, notice with indifference this tribute to the that he had traced her, even as a hidden beauty of their favourite.
streamlet may be traced, by the freshness, But little did Florence think, when she the verdure of heart, which her deeds of bestowed the gift, that there twined about kindness had left wherever she had passed. it an invisible thread that reached far and Thus much said, my readers need no brightly into the web of her destiny. help in finishing the story for themselves.
One cold afternoon in early spring, a tall and graceful gentleman called at the A VALUABLE THING WITHOUT CAUSING lowly room to pay for the making of some
YOUR Purse! - Which linen by the inmates. He was a stranger i will you do? — smile, and make your and wayfarer, recommended through the household happy; or be crabbed, and charity of some of Mrs. Stephens' patrons. make all those young ones gloomy, and As he turned to go, his eye rested admir- the elder ones miserable? The amount of ingly on the rose-tree, and he stopped to happiness you can produce is incalcu.
lable, if you show a smiling face, a kind “How beautiful!" said he.
heart, and speak pleasant words. Wear “ Yes," said little Mary,
“ and it was
a pleasant countenance; let joy beam in given to us by a lady as sweet and beauti- your eyes, and love glow on your forehead. ful as that is."
There is no joy like that which springs "Ah!" said the stranger, turning upon from a kind act or a pleasant deed ; and her a pair of bright dark eyes, pleased and you will feel it at night when you rest, rather struck by the communication ; “and at morning when you rise, and through how came she to give it to you, my little the day when about your business. girl ?"
A smile, - who will refuse a smile, “Oh, because we are poor, and mother The sorrowing heart to cheer, is sick, and we never can have anything And turn to love the heart of guile, pretty. We used to have a garden once,
And check the falling tear? ane we loved flowers so much, and Miss Florence found it out, and so she gave us
LETTERS FROM HOME.-Letters from this."
home! How musical to the cry of the • Florence !" echoed the stranger. boy-sailor on the far-off main, when from “ Yes - Miss Florence l'Estrange - a the friendly vessel drawing nigh, across beautiful lady. They say she was from the billow floats the gentle strain. The foreign parts; but she speaks English words, the tear-drops of his memory move; just like other ladies, only sweeter." They tell a mother's or a sister's love ;
" Is she here now? Is she in this city ?" and playmates, friends, and sweetheart to said the gentleman, eagerly.
him come, out on the sea, in letters from “No; she left some months ago," said his home. The frail, sad mother, by her the widow, noticing the shade of disap- children's prayers, driven from her native pointment on his face ; " but,” said she, but ungenial air, to where the breeze
you can find out all about her åt her amid the pine-wood sweeps, or orange aunt's, Mrs. Carlysle's, No. 10— street.” | blooms nod white o'er southern deeps;
A short time after, Florence received a feels the deep mother-heart suspend its letter in a handwriting that made her beat; half hoping and half fearing, see tremble. During the many early years her come, stretching her thin hand for of her life spent in France, she had well those lines from home. Home is where learned to know that writing—had loved love and gentle trust abide; 'tis.where as a woman like her loves only once; but mother, wife and child, reside. Bereft of there had been obstacles of parents and these, roam on, 0, lone heart, roam o'er friends—long separation, long suspense, crag, and wood, and fell, thou hast no till, after anxious years, she had believed | home.
ENIGMA. Please, listen, Lydia! to this Riddle-Rhyme; 1. I am as old,-if not more old, -than Time: 2. Light look'd upon me, when the fulgent grace,
Came, by commandment, from a secret place: 3. Yet, oft beyond the glorious ken I lay
In the dark regions, fathomless to day! 4. Inert, at first, I afterwards was made
A live participator of sweet shade. 5. Living, I gloried in the sunny sheen,
Where Eden spread her golden grace serene: 6. The pair trod on me by the river's flow; 7. While, also, I was far, its bed, below: 8. Resuscitated by revolting Cain,
I rose, resplendent, looking down on plain : 9. His skilful progeny enjoy'd mine aid
In several species of useful trade. 10. After the flood, I grew again of note;
Being, by Babel's planners, keenly sought; 11. They, thoughtless, guess'd not,--either men
or dames, My figure bolster'd bulwarks of their frames: 12. World holds me, yet, in very vast esteem;
Now, lovely Lydia! this is not a dream
REBUS. The fruitful source of griefs and evils dire, The thing to which we ne'er should bow the
knee; A city famed for arts and warlike fire,
A title in this land of high degree, The land of great wonders as travellers tell, She who tends us in birth, and in childhood as
wellThe initials of these show for what we are famed, And him whose wants we should with care attend.
CHARADE. Though my first may be found in a stable,
SCIENTIFIC AMUSEMENTS. To melt Iron in a moment.--Bring a bar of iron to a white heat, and then apply to it a roll of sulphur; the iron will instantly melt, and run into drops.
To extract the Silver out of a Ring that is thickly gilded, so that the Gold may remain entire.-Take a silver ring that is thickly gilded ; make a little hole through the gold into the silver; then put the ring into aquafortis, in a warm place; it will dissolve the silver, and the gold will remain entire.
1. What is the difference between the Emperor of Austria and a beggar with holes in his shoes?
2. How do you prove that all people are wise ?
3. If you want a Doctor of Divinity to play on the violin, what word would you say?
If a man has a very thin wife, how will he make her fat, by throwing her out of the garretwindow?
bear a part;
My second in the wave,
Emblem of the fate of man; Thousands of my second are,
In every nation, race, or clan;
And to horses yield food and delight;
In the hands of intolerant spite.
Although in distress they may be ;
Where taxes and such things are free.
And a farmer detests e'en my name.
And seizes without fear or shame.
ANSWERS TO FAMILY PASTIME.
G racchus, Lucilius, O tho, U tica, Cincinna-
Crate, Rate, Rat, Atè, Tea, Tar, Tear.
1. Post-age 2. Heart, ear, hear, tear, eat, tea: earth. 3. It is always infirmity (in furmety). 4 A Yard. 5. WIT. 6. A Member of Parliament. 7. When he is a-board.
OLD RECOLLECTIONS AND NEW RESOLVES.
but the facts have been confirmed to me ELLEN LYNDHURST ;
by a person who had been deceived like A TALE OF TRIAL AND TRIUMPH. yourself and others, by his apparent frank. (Continued from page 136.)
ness and amiable manners; but who, by a singular combination of circumstances,
has found out the true character of the CHAPTER XII.
man he was serving, and has cast him off
with disdain. Painful as it is, my sweet ALFRED Beresford soon decided upon cousin, to become the accuser of any inthe course it was necessary to pursue in dividual, I am grateful to Providence that order to rescue, if possible, bis cousin I may be the means of preserving you Ellen from the terrible consequences of a from a fate which I cannot contemplate misplaced attachment. His first impulse without dread. I will endeavour to see was to proceed at once to Windmere, and you soon, and give you sufficient proofs there openly denounce the man who had that all I have stated is true. Meanwhile, gained, by artful practices, the good be on your guard; and, believe me opinion of his excellent uncle, and had in. “ Your affectionate cousin, sidiously won the affection of a simple.
“ ALFRED BERESFORD." hearted and unsuspecting girl. The heavy “Heaven protect my gentle cousin,” duties of his profession, however, prevented said Alfred, as he folded and sealed the him from taking this step ; for Dr. Monta- letter ; many a guileless heart has been gue, to show his entire reliance upon the bitterly tried, by confiding in a smooth skiú and character of his pupil, had left exterior and bland words, easily practised several cases, requiring close attention, to by men used to the world's seductions; his care ; and he therefore determined upon but virtue will be sustained from above, writing. Taking pen in hand, he ad. and Langford will not be permitted to dressed the following letter to his cousin: triumph in his iniquity. No! I feel myself
“[ tremble, dearest Ellen, to think of endued with additional strength to resist the anguish of heart these few lines may this villain, and defeat his projects. Let occasion ; but my love to you, and the him but cross my path, and he shall know duty I owe to one who has treated me the full extent of my contempt for him!” with all the indulgence of a fond parent,
With a flushed brow and indignant eye induces me to warn you of the dangerous Alfred Beresford addressed the letter; and brink to which you have been drawn by after despatching it to the post, resumed the artifices of a villain,-I mean, Charles the study of a case which had greatly Langford! I have long had my suspicions interested his attention. that this man was assuming, at Windmere, Leaving him thus engaged, we will now a character which did not belong to him; transport the reader to the village of but the warm admiration you had ex- Windmere, and entering the picturesque pressed for his apparent good qualities, little cottage occupied by Mr. Lyndhurst, and the feeling that there might not be take our stand in the neat and comfortany real foundation for certain rumours able study, at that moment tenanted by that had reached me of his folly and ex- him. The morning sun darting its rays travagance, led me to abstain from any through the thin drapery of ivy that parremark that might have pained you, or tially screened the windows, shed a cheer. injured the reputation of an innocent per- ful light through the apartment, and set son. The veil is now, however, drawn off to great advantage the newly-decoaside ; and the man who, as you have in rated backs of some old volumes, the acformed me, could discourse so eloquently quisitions of Mr. Lyndhurst during his on the sufferings of the poor, and depict college career. The influences of the the vices of society with such honest in- weather seemed lost, however, upon their dignation, proves to be a depraved spend possessor ; who sat in a high- backed thrift,-guilty of the most dishonourable chair, deeply absorbed in the examination practices, and who has forfeited, by re. of some letters and papers that lay outpeated acts of baseness, every claim to spread before him. An expression of consideration. This is not mere assertion, I deep sadness pervaded his countenance,
YOL. VIII.--NO. XCII,
as he perused and replaced them from ing to memory many events of my past time to time; and it seemed evident life, and these letters,” pointing to the that his mind was intent upon certain heap before him, “have greatly assisted circumstances in his life, not to be re- Most of them were written by your membered without emotion. At length mother before her marriage, and the senhis eye rested with mournful eagerness timents they contain are such as would do upon a miniature which had apparently honour to the noblest and most talented of eluded his search, for he held it with the your sex. But," he added, observing her grasp of a man who has unexpectedly tears, "I will not continue this subject found a treasure, but is afraid of losing if it distresses you." it. The portrait was that of a lady, with “On the contrary, father, you cannot singularly expressive features, bearing speak to me too often of my mother. a striking resemblance to his daughter Pray go on.” Ellen. Indeed the wife (for it was the “My attention," continued Mr. Lyndlikeness of Mrs. Lyndhurst) and the hurst, " has been directed to these matters child, for whose sake she had resigned | in consequence of your probable marriage. life, seemed present before him.'
You are aware that our circumstances, “Poor Ellen," he exclaimed, and a owing to heavy pecuniary losses in the tear, stood in his eye. “ I shall lose her early part of my life, have been very soov ! The sweet association of ideas, limited. The small property of your the studies we have pursued together, our mother, and the liberality of a relative daily walks, and the many pleasures of have enabled us to live without sensibly social intercourse will be broken up or in- feeling the deprivation of a fortune to terfered with by new ties, and other spheres which my family position perhaps of action. But why should I complain, if entitled me; but I feel, now that my
child this change is for her happiness? Heaven is about to mingle in a society full grant it may be so !”
prejudices and exigencies, that I ought not At this moment there was a knock at to send her penniless from my hearth, the garden door, and the subject of his but raise her with honour to that station thoughts stood before him ; her face beam- she will so eminently adorn.” ing with smiles, and a nosegay of the “Do not speak thus," interrupted fairest spring-flowers in her hands. Ellen. “I desire nothing more than
Here, father," she exclaimed, with a remain here, to cherish and aid you, and cheerful laugh; "here are the trophies of to receive in return the same love you my morning expedition. I have been a have always shown to a giddy and thoughtfaithful general in your service, and have less girl." levied contributions on all my friends, “ Not so, not so !" replied Mr. Lyndespecially Squire Langford, to adorn your hurst, smiling ; "the waywardness you study. But,” added Ellen, in an altered mention has long subdued itself into the tons, observing the sadness in her father's discreet and industrious little housewife, countenance, “what is the matter, father ? ever ready with her hands to save her Are you unwell, or have you received any father the least trouble, and with an everill news ?"
smiling contenance, to cheer him down “ Neither one nor the other, my child," the vale of life. But to return; I am returned Mr. Lyndhurst, forcing a smile ; endeavouring to procure a reversion of “but come, take a chair. I was wishing some part of my property, small as it is, to see you just now, for we have many in your favour.” matters to discuss. Take off your bounet, “ I do not need it, father. Indeed I and listen to me for a few moments." could not leave you. It would break my
With an affectionate glance Ellen took heart.” her father's hand, and seating herself be- “Hush, foolish prattler," returned Mr. sida him, leaned her head on his shoulder. Lyndhurst, kindly, at the same time patAfter impressing a kiss upon the forehead ting his daughter's cheek; "you do not of his daughter, Mr. Lyndhurst pro- know what you say. It is Providence that ceeded,
controls our affections and strengthens " I have been occupied, Ellen, in recall- | them when they are placed upon objects
having a claim to, our love and esteem. With a light step Ellen Lyndhurst Besides, Ellen, I am getting old, and I quitted the apartment; and soon afterwards have no longer the same energy which in the hearty voice of Squire Langford was past days I devoted to your improvement heard in the garden rating Matthews, his and happiness. As I advance in years, groom, soundly for having forgotten to disappointments and sorrows I had hoped bring a basket of game which had been to have forgotten, press heavily upon me, packed up for the cottage. and I feel that I ain no longer a suitable "Too bad, too bad!” he exclaimed, companion for one so young and so sus- bustling into the apartment in a perspiraceptible of passing impressions as you tion, and adjusting the frill of his shirt are., I am glad, therefore, that a suitable which had become disordered during his opportunity presents itself for your settle temporary loss; i of temper, always the ment in life with a man who appears to way, Lyndhurst, with these sleepy fellows me calculated to make you happy. You who hang ahout the kitchen from morning still regard him favourably, do you not ?" to night with their eyes on the jack. But,
I think that Mr. Charles Langford - after all, Matthews has his good qualities, possesses many estimable qualities; but, though for memory' my blind horse Bess as you know, my acquaintance with him would beat him out of the field. But is brief. Let us change this subject, never mind, you shall have the birds soon.” father. Did you not expect Squire Langford After a cordial greeting and a few tranto-day? He spoke of calling upon you quillizing words from Mr. Lyndhurst, in the course of the morning."
the Squire took his seat in an old arm"I do hope to see our excellent neigh- chair, especially reserved for his use; and bour, Ellen,- for in our last interview he to show at once that he at least possessed expressed an intention of going to Lon- the essential gift of remembrance, he don, and surprising his nephew with an produced from his pocket with great unexpected visit.''
deliberation a small phial, containing a "To London!" exclaimed Ellen, in mixture, prepared by the hands of Mrs. astonishment, why what would Mrs. | Davis, for the relief of a cold, to which Davis, his housekeeper, say to that ? :) Mr. Lyndhurst was subject.
“There lies the chief difficulty,” replied “The good woman," observed the Squire, Mr. Lyndhurst, smiling; "the worthy “bade me say that it was an infallible elixir woman has superintended for so many years against sore throats, hoarseness, and colds, the domestic matters at the Hall, as to and had effected wonderful cures in Windexercise a kind of control even over the mere and the neighbourhood. Though as master, and obstinately sets her face against for that,” he added, in a low tone, as if such a resolution. The Squire, although afraid that his words would be heard at he brought all the arguments he could the Hall,"every thing she says and does has unite to support his project, could not some remarkable virtue attached to it. . remove her objections to it.",
I have been obliged to test in succession "I suppose," observed Ellen, "she all the recipes handed down through a considers the metropolis a city of ogres, long list of her ancestors, and in all of with Gogs and Magogs walking about the which she places implicit faith.” streets, and devouring all the unlucky “Has she any remedy against travelpassengers who come across their path." ling ?” inquired Mr. Lyndhurst, smiling
“Probably so," replied Mr. Lyndhurst; significantly. *having scarcely been beyond the limits "The very point upon which I have of Windmere during her long life, Mrs. come to talk with you,” replied the Squire ; Davis entertains peculiar notions of what would you believe it
, that this crotchet passes in the wide world. She is, however, of mine to visit the great city has raised in every respect, a most estimable person such a storm at the Hall that I doubt where But hark, there is a ring at the gate. It it will end. My worthy housekeeper was is almost too early for the Squire, and is quite aghast when I told her of my intenmost probably some petitioner for charity. tions, and has prognosticated the most It is little indeed I am able to afford. Go serious calamities if I persist in them. and see who it is ?"
She has already related several tradi