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amidst wooded uplands, and through its - charity, prospered abundantly. There centre there ran a broad stream of erystal cwere no furious schisms, provoking mente waters, in which the ducks and geese disregard the spirit of the Gospel, whill luxuriated. There was scarcely a cottage they contended for the letter. in the village which was not completely although now and then strange doctrine overgrown with climbing plants, so that in were sought to be introduced by strang the summer season the air of the place men, coming from adjoining towns, the was redolent of the perfumes of roses, held meetings in the open air, and sough honeysuckles, and other sweet flowers. to engage the attention of the poore The largest building in the village was people, their speculations found out me that denominated the Hall, in which encouragement; and after exciting a brid the Squire dwelt. It stood immediately discussion, soon died away, and left in below an overhanging hill, whose brow village again at peace, with the same view was crowned with a cluster of fir-trees, and prospects of heaven as before. and around whose sides tall elms and prioThere was only one man who disse broad oaks spread their leafy branches, from everything believed in the village, affording shade to cattle that strayed be that was Tompkins, the shoemaker. He neath them, or sheltering wandering was always fishing about for some ties lovers from the rays of the unclouded sun. theory to disturb the mental repose of the We have already spoken of the long grass place, and his house was the rendezves Siawn which fronted the Hall, the tall
iron of whatever sect might endeavour palings which were arrayed all around it, make the village the scene of their progel and the large iron gates swinging upon tising labour. Believing nothing hring bstone pillars, surmounted by pieces of having in his early youth been influence heraldie sculpture that had fallen into by an imperfeet examination of the theo dilapidation. Next to this in importance of French philosophers—he was always near to the church that, at a little dis- ears, and he would countenance any tance, it looked like a part of the sacred creed, no matter how eccentric or absu structure. The
curate was a young man it might be, for the purpose of trying of delicate health, had succeeded his break up the religious harmony of respected, on account of his father's long eccentric, to whose words nobody account of his truly amiable disposition version, but all had failed. The ter and Christian character. It was, however, dren stood apart and looked timidi evident that he could not long continue to him as he passed by-for all the pecul fill the dnties of the sacred office. All ties of his mind were indicated by a dec the symptoms of decline had set in, and austerity of countenance. upon several occasions it had been found The village was constantly the scene necessary to obtain assistance from the philanthropic labours. It had its Bear leading lady of the village was Mrs. Luke- And the meetings of these bodies man, the clergyman's wife. She was an the occasions of great festivity, active and benevolent lady, and frequently best orators were secured for them. accompanied Miss Lyndhurst in her mis- it might be seen from the reports sions of charity. Several Quakers resided Societies referred to, by the amount in the village, and also ministered to the funds sent in from Windmere, fost wants of the poor. There were, in addi- was a most important auxiliary in the tion to the church, Wesleyan and Baptist of reformation, and put to shame mi schapels. But among the leaders of the places of larger growth. Tea-meet three congregations considerable harmony were of frequent occurrence ; and prevailed; and they worked together for Sabbath-schools were proportionable all purposes of common good, forgetting tended upon a larger scale than any oth their doctrinal differences. In this way in the west of England. the ea:ise of religion, and of Christian Educated in this wholesome atmos
qnknown to the degeptions and wicked-ajpersation, they arrived at the door of a ss of the world the single nursling of thatched cottage, and knocked. It was tender father's heart it is not to be opened by a little child, who timidly withndered at that while Ellen Lyndhurst drew, leaving them with noi attendant. s a woman in stature, and in all that After a few moments a young woman, ates to the higher duties of life, she was with the features of a country brunette, vertheless, simple as a child in many came in from the orchard. Her long ings which more pertained to the world. hair hungrin confusion all about her Mrs. iLakeman called upon her one shoulders, and her apron was full of apples orning, and said, "I want you, Ellen, which she had just been gathering
join me in a mission of benevolence. Hoit Is Maggie, lying here ?" asked Mrs. oor old Maggie, who used to be down at Lakeman. bogia I be tumpike gate is upon her death bed. Wong Yes, ma'am,” replied the girl, droper husband, having embezzled some ping a curtsey, 19“ she is upstairs and oney belonging to the trust, has gone mother is theres attending upon her, I ay and left her, and she has found believe.! She made a curtsey again, and alter in a hut about two miles from the in doing so dropped all the apples from lage. I thought as you have not been her apron, which mishap set a deep blush | lately, that the walk might do you over her countenance. Please to walk db Or, if you think it will be too much up, ladies,” said she, while quite confused, you, I will drive you down in our car." and stooping down she began to scramble
Oh, no !" said Ellen, "I will go most after the fruit she had dropped.w.autism Perfully. My cousin told me some time The ladies ascended a creaking stair
of this poor old creature, and I have case, which led to a low bedroom, crossed en thought of her, and promised to go by rude beams of wood, and covered only
see her.” So saying she hastily by the rough thatch from which hung on her bonnet and shawl, and was long cobwebs, and amidst the loose straw dy to join her companion in the work of which the swallows fluttered while love." pin ។ ដូ,០៥ម ។
attending upon their young, 17.1961 Is they walked through the village, Miror (Continued at page 301.) IS
called here and there upon the cott benogata ers, dispersing charitable gifts, and Love of FLOWERS.-In all countries ing advice and consolation to those who women love flowers; in all countries they
form nosegays of them; but it is only in The road over which they walked was the bosom of plenty that they conceive eedingly beautiful. It lay in the the idea of embellishing their dwellings pest part of a sequestered valley, and with them. The cultivation of flowers ind around by the course of a river, among the peasantry indicates a revoluon whose glassy surface small boats tion in all their feelings. It is a delicate played their snow-white sails. The pleasure, which makes its way through ges were covered with wild roses and coarse organs; it is a creature whose eyes eysuckles, and the delicate blossoms are opened; it is the sense of the beautiful,
lackberries, with here and there rich a faculty of the soul which is awakened; dies in various stages of maturity. colours, forms, odours, are perceived for
down of thistles was floating about the first time, and these charming objects n the gentle breeze. High in the air have at last spectators. Those who have
of the skylark were travelled in the country can testify that a and on either side, were broad rose-tree under the window, a honeysuckle is of waving corn, from the midst of around the door of a cottage, is a good th red poppies shed forth their crim- omen to a weary traveller. The hand that
glow. Gorgeous butterflies, and cultivates flowers is not closed against the ets with humming notes, flew from supplications of the poor, nor against the er to flower, and earth seemed to wants of the stranger. Flowers may be et the beauties of Paradise.
called the alphabet of angels, wherewith Ifter an agreeable walk, rendered they write on hills and plains mysterious rful by pleasant and profitable con- truths.-Canadian Agriculturist.
MARIA. When all at once something EVENINGS AT HOME; aroused them.
FATHER. What that was I will now tell OR, WINTER IN SPITZBERGEN.*
you. More calm, and yielding to their fate, than they had been the day before,
the good men lay slumbering there, when It is unpleasant even to grown-up per- the pilot lying close to the entrance sudsons, when a story of any interesting event denly sprung up from a dream, and called is broken off in a moment in which the to both of his friends by a loud cry of curiosity has reached the highest point. horror, that they were attacked from withJust so was it most naturally with Max, out. They sprung up, seized on their Gustavus, Maria, and Julia. Their expec- arms, and in a moment were ready to face tation had been raised to the highest any danger. pitch; they had not thought of sleep, and JULIA. Was there any danger then ? felt not the least tired; the evening hours FATHER. They had slept some time had passed away to them like short probably, for the fire burning before the minutes, and they would gladly have cavern was almost extinguished, and only spent the whole night, when the voice of a few flames flickered over the heap of the watchman proclaimed the near ap- burning coals. Gregory wished to kindle proach of midnight.
up the fire anew, and went towards the In the leisure hours of the next inorn. mouth of the cavern to lay together seveing, they thought of nothing but the con- ral sticks of wood. clusion of this story. They spoke of it Suddenly the other two heard him cry. together, and exhausted themselves in ing loudly for help. They hastened imsuppositions, what it could have been so mediately out, and saw to their affright extraordinary before the cavern to rouse that a huge polar bear had attacked up the wanderers. Especially did Gusta- Gregory, who was defending himself vus and Julia busy themselves in trying to against the monster only with his hatchet. answer this question; sometimes they sup- He had indeed dealt him with it a mighty posed that a part of the cavern had blow on the head, but the beast thereby tumbled in ; sometimes they believed that only made the more raging, rushed with unexpectedly, strangers, possibly friends redoubled fury on Gregory and struck him left behind on the wreck, had appeared ; with his forepaws so violently in his face, sometimes they feared an earthquake or that he sank faint to the ground. some other remarkable wonder of Nature, JULIA. But, father, did no one come to until at the end they saw that with all his aid? their imaginations they were not a hair's FATHER. How can you doubt that they breadth nearer to the truth. Max and did ? Ivan was nearest; he sprang forward Maria had better employed their time; and fired off his gun. The ball hit they had a map of the island before them, the side of the bear, on which he turned and were earnestly engaged in becoming with rage at Ivan, who was hardly in a more closely acquainted with the scene of condition to withstand the assault of the the history.
beast, until the old pilot hurried forward Finally the hour of evening struck, in and struck his sword into the body of the which their father was used to relate the bear, standing on his hind feet, clean up story; and when he had seated himself in to the hilt. Growling, the beast sank his wonted place, in the circle of his chil. down and then tried to raise himself again, dren waiting full of expectation, he began , but his wounds from which the blood to take up again the thread of the history, gushed out in a stream, hindered him. broken off the day before. “ We left," he Then the resolute pilot came up nearer, said, our friends
held the muzzle of his gun to the ear of Max. In the newly-found cavern- the bear, and with this shot levehled his JULIA. Sleeping by the fire
foe to the ground. Ivan too, brought
back to life again his friend Gregory, * From the German of C. Hildebrandt, by whom the fright and the hard blows with E. G. Smith.
the paws had
left senseless, while the pilot
kindled up the fire anew. This appeared and threw away the entrails and all the the more necessary as they heard at a dis- useless portions down into the valley. tance the howling and roaring of similar | The rest, divided into pieces, was brought beasts. Then exhausted, he entered the into the cavern, and some of the most
"A fine joke," said he, laugh- juicy parts roasted on the glowing coals, ing. “We might have come off bad gave them a fine breakfast. It had become enough!"
somewhat clear, though with the rising of Max. Certainly, if there had not been the sun a slight mist rose in the valley. three of them.
To-day the sun went up lower, and the Maria. Or if they had no fire.
round was much smaller which it described Gus. And no gun. Or if they had been above the earth ; it appeared to move over fast asleep.
the horizon and the ocean like a glowing Father. You are right! It was very ball, without rising far above them. The well that the friends had thought of acci- old pilot looked thoughtfully on this dents; the least negligence might have , appearance. “I fear,” said he, “ that in cost the life of one if not of the whole a few days we shall wholly lose sight of three of them. Ivan and Gregory were
We must use the short time still continually frightened, as is wont to which remains to us with all the activity be the case with men after a fright they of which we are capable, if we do not wish have received, since it is in the remem- to suffer the greatest want during the brance that the danger often first presents' whole of the long winter.” “We shall itself in its real magnitude. The pilot not fail to do it,” said Ivan in reply. sought to weaken this impression.
"Only tell us what we must do ?” thing has its good results,” said he, laugh- MARIA. Ah, there was plenty of work ing. “ We shall not have much more to be done. To bring together woodsleep this night, but that will do us no Gus. To provide food
shall not be troubled with FATHER. Ivan and Gregory becane weariness. We have a work to do ; the anxious from the thoughtful appearance of skin is good for use, and the meat is not
“First of all,” said he, to be slighted; I believe and hope that we must make an attempt to find that hut. may become acquainted with other guests If we do not succeed in this, we must look of the same kind."
out at least for a warmer, safer, and more Gregory had fully recovered ; with him convenient abode than this open cavern. and Ivan, the pilot went out in front of We must also provide means of living and the cavern, where the bear layout- wood. But do not be spiritless. The stretched. By the light of the fire our winter here is not so dark as in other friends laid hold of the beast, and in a few countries. The moon, the stars, the snow hours' work the skin was drawn off. The and the northern lights will give us so hide was of unusual size, and beneath it much light that we can carry on many of lay the fat several fingers' thick. . “ Indeed our operations without very greatly miss a fine piece of game," said the pilot, “anding the sun." that we should meet with it too, on the With a bag, a pack, and well armed, th first day of our residence here ! If it friends went forth during the short day goes on so, and we have for every fort. from the cavern, and turning towards the night a piece of roasted meat like this, we south side, where the wall of the rock shail have nothing to say against our win. was higher, and the cliffs more abrupt, ter quarters !”
minutely observed everything which they Julia. But to eat bear's flesh? No met. Every fissure or opening in the one would have me for a guest
rock was examined attentively. EveryFather. And why not? In the northern where they found traces that men must regions, bear's flesh is often eaten ; the have inhabited here. Sometimes a piece bear, in spite of his growling and wildness, of hewn timber was seen, sometimes poris a very clean animal.
tions of a broken tool, but nowhere could MARIA. And if he were not, hunger is they find the trace of a dwelling. the best cook.
“ The story as to the hut is certainly FATHER. The pilot cut up the beast | false, invented by some idle brains," said
the pilot. “We must make up our mind JULIAJ Thank God! It seems Teb to spend our winter within a casemate' }, almost as if I had found the hut. 27311 JULIA. Casemate?..
MARIA: "I was afraid, indeed,
the Wrfor FATHER. Casemates are arched bomb tunate men would have searched here too proof cellars under the main wall-ofa in vain! ,15
bilf 0 906 fortress. The pilot here used this expresa FATHER. With delight they looked into sion by way of joke. The nearer out the valley sufficiently enlightened by the friends came to the mouth or passage out lastorays of the setting sun, and saw that of the bay into the open sea, the higher, the hut was built against a wall of rock, wilder, and the more frightful were the and enclosed by a pretty wide and deep rocks. It appeared as if here Nature had trench laid on the upper margin by large placed firm and insurmountable bounds to stones, in the inside space of which laya the ocean. “What if we should try to sort of broken bridge. climb one of these cliffs ?." said IvanoThat they now, inspirited anew, quickly “Possibly we may discover from thence and hurriedly left the cliff, and every one what we are so greatly longing to find." wished to be the first to enter the so long The pilot gave him liberty, for according desired refuge, I need not assure you. to his view the hut they were seeking MARIA. And that was really the hut must stand as near as possible to the sea. which the cooper had erected? MARIA. Why so, sir ?
FATHER. That our friends could not FATHER. Partly on account of their determine. Perhaps they did not at first being the easier able to supply their inquire about it, as they were so glad as. wants from time to time, and partly to have found the hut. Gregory de because they might as soon as possible scended into the trench, clambered up on notice the arrival of a ship, which farther the other side with much trouble, and now into the land was attended with numerous reached out a piece of rotten board, which difficulties.
served for a bridge, to his convenient Courageously and collectedly, they order to give them a. clambered up one of the nearest and way across than he himself had enjoyed highest cliffs. It was still day, and the With the most anxious observation they view was fine; they looked far, far out looked around on everything. The in into the ocean, but it was already covered side of the trench was made with a sort of even to the entrance of the gulf with mon masonry-work, which was set with large strous cakes of ice which towered up | flat stones, and bound together with moss before the mouth of the bay. They stood and earth. The hut itself was of tolerable crowded on one another like huge blocks size; its sides as well as the wall were of of rock, and formed into a multitude of flat stones, the roof consisted of sea-weed, points and shapes, which lay beneath each but was wholly covered over with moss. other in the most parti-coloured mixture, On one side of the ridge an opening, and in any other circumstances would served for a chimney, and a wooden have been to our friends a fine sight. But shutter appeared to represent a windowon them now, in their present circum- frame. The door as well as this shurter stances, the view had little effect; the was closed. thought of their lost friends, and the JULIA. And did no one dwell here? idea of their own sad condition, ban. FATHER. At least no answer followed ished every otherwise agreeable impres- the repeated calls and knockings. While sion. Now the sun went down, and the our friends went around the hut, they. cold air blowing, took away the breath and observed a hollow leading through the strength from our friends; neither of them rock from which a person might clearly spoke a word; sorrowful and full of the look out on the surface of the ocean; a most disturbed thoughts, they wished to circumstance which gave them the most go down again, when Gregory looked certain proof of the wisdom of the around him and who could conceive of builder. Both were here united - a the joy of the good man--below, in a warmer valley protected against the storms, valley lying at a short distance off, he and likewise a view of the ocean, from saw a tolerably large and firmly built hut. whence only they could expect deliverance.