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Air Transar I Sorribe! hesa "An old patient, no doubt,” said Mr. tone, but the ear of the stranger caught Beresford; "shall I see him here, dear, or the sound, and he said . ask him to the reception-room ? " 1 1 "You think me mad. I know you do;

" Oh, don't go away from, us,” said but you are mistaken, Sir." I was mad Mrs. Beresford, “unless there is need once; but I am sane at last, and looking show the old man in," she added to the in upon my own souf, am desirous to servant.

purge out the stains that rest upon it." A man, bent with premature age and l. This is very strange,” said Mr. Mondebility, his head partly bald, and his re- tague, very strange indeed.” inaining hairs of a silvery gray, came in. "Bear with me but a few moments.” But when he perceived so many persons said the man, " and you shall know all. I present, he suddenly, drew back, and ap. said,” continued he, addressing Mr, Monpeared alarmed.

tague, “ Į said that I had injured most of “Come in! come in !" said Mr. Beres. you. But you, Sir, at least owe me someford, you need not be timid."

thing. The joy you have in the loving The inan entered, and gazed con. wife now by your side, was once the cup of fusedly around the room, and at those who neetar which I turned from my own wicked were sitting in it.

and perjured lips-it was reserved for you “Sit down, Sir," said Mr. Beresford. I the hand of God preserved it from me." "Have you come to speak to me about There was a new and painful surprise your health ?"

upon the utterance of these strange words, * Yes, Sir," said the man; “but more of and glimpses of the truth took possession the health of the soul than of the body!” of the minds of all presenti

This strange and unexpected sentence “ Do not fear me,' said the man; “after startled the company, and at once excited | a life of wickedness and dissipation, I am a deep interest in the remarkable object now. totterîng into the grave. I ain dying, before thein..

i bon too, from poverty-I have not tasted food " Then the case is more for your con- for two days." sideration than for mine," said Mr. Beres. “Who are you,” said Mr. Beresford ford, turning to Mr. Montague.

emphatically, “that speak to us thus **"'What is the matter ?" asked the latter, mysteriously ?" in a feeling tone.

* A villain, Sir, whom you unmasked. “I did not expect," said the man, "to But oh, pardon me, I was not all a villain see so many faces, and especially such and now that the fiery passions of my faces as are here."

nature have died away, I find a spark of “Would you speak privately ?" asked virtue shining amid the embers. It has Mr. Beresford.

lighted me to repentance in the latest "No, Sir, no !” replied the man, with hour. I am Charles Langford, sir, who an air of much sorrow, and with an earn- years ago fled from his country in disest gaze into their faces. “There are grace, overwhelmed by the weight of his none here to whom I am not indebted, and wickedness. A criminal here, I became a I have wronged most of you!”

greater one in a foreign land, and underThe ladies started in affright; for they went transportation, from which I was concluded that the man was mad, he spoke / released about four years ago. Before my so incoherently, and so strangely.

punishment had ended, my heart had been Will you explain yourself," asked Mr. somewhat purified, and I determined if Montague, "and state what is the cause God allowed me life, to try to trace out of your trouble ?"

my uncle, to learn his fate, or, if God had "More, Sir, than can be told in an preserved him until this time, to throw hour, or in a day," replied the man." Mine myself at his feet. I learned while in is the history of a wretched life-a sinful London that you were living here, and I existence. I have spurned God-and his have come to ask your forgiveness for the brand is upon me."

wrongs I have done to you, and to learn “He is delirious," said Mr. Beresford, what has become of my uncle." "we had better remove him to another “The good, old man died, several years room.” He said this in a whispering ago," said Mr. Montague.



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"Dead !" exclaimed Langford, bursting T into bassovateledis. 16% Fördive me. 1 EXPERIENCE OF HUMAN CHA. said he—“let, this prove my sincerity!

b**' mRACTER. *** have never wept since I was a child, as I I now see more good and more evil in weep now. And is Mr. Lyndhurst dead all men than heretofore I did.” I see that 100 asked Langford. mixtur e

I good men are not so good as I once He is living blessed old age," said thought they were, but have more imperMr Montague, 23 2012:

fections; and that nearer approach and ****Then he, at least, will kuow how bit- fuller trial doth make the best appear terly I repent the wrong I'díd his child?" more weak and faulty than their admirers

W. have forgiven you long ago," said at a distance think. And I find that few Elen, and prayed for your repentance." are so bad as either malicious enemies or

* Then your angel prayers have been censorious separating professors do inaheard--repentance has come-God knows gine. In some, indeed, I find that how truly !" said Langford; 'and 'he sunk Kuman nature is corrupted into a greater upon his knees and looked devoutly up to likeness to devils than I once thought heaven.

1 any on earth had been; but, even in the The eyes of all the company were 'Allied | wicked, usually there is more for 'grace to with tears their hearts were so overcome , take advantage of, and more to 'testify for with feeling that it was deemed advise, God and holiness, than I once believed able to close the scene. - Mr. Beresford there had been. I less admire gifts of and Mr. Montague took Langford apart, utterance, and bare profession of religion, and did their best to comfort him. He than I once did ; and have much more was placed in a cottage, and allowed charity for many who, by the want of respectable support. After enjoying a gifts, do make an obscurer profession repose of two years-during which he than they. I once thought that almost exhibited many "signs or true piety, --he all who could pray movingly and Auently, died, with his last breath beseeching the and talked well of religion, had been forgiveness of Heaven,,, s16 or

"saints; but experience hath opened to me

what odious crimes may consist with me In every life there are actions untold,+ profession ; and I have met with divers in every history there are pages omitted, obscure persons, not noted for any extrain every human work there are imper

| ordinary profession, or forwardness in 'le.

ligion, but only to live a quiet blameless fections ; so in this. Whatever incidents 14. wh

incidents life, whom I have after found to have long are wanting, to complete the story, may lived, as far as I could discern, a truly be added by the suppositions naturally godly and sanctified life ; only their praysuggested by the course of the events i ers and duties were by accident kept secret Décorded. We have gained our chief object,

from other men's observation. Yet he if we have impressed upon the reader godly and the ungodly, may as well go about

that upon this pretence would confound the that there is no TRIAL too great for a to lay heaven and hell together.-Baxter. truthful" confidence in God to TRIUMPH over.,

INFANCY.-As the infant begins to dis* 3 buti!.. THE END.*

criminate between the objects around, it soons discovers one conntenance that ever

smiles upon it with peculiar benignity. EGYPTIAN SALUTARY LAWS.--Among When it wakes from its sleep, there is one Other ancient salutary laws amongst the watchful form ever bent over it's cradle. If Egyptians, were these: - Honour thy startled by some' unhanpy" dream, a parents. Be virtuous. Wash thy body guardian angel seems ever ready to soothe twice each day, and twice each night. I its fears. If cold, that ministering spirit Live upon little. "Reveal no secrets." brings it warmth; if hungry, she feeds it; Y of 910b svod

if happy, she caresses it. In joy or sor

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germination of seeds in spring, the flowerCULTURISTS..

ing of plants, in summer, and the ripenORDINARY solar light consists of rays ing of fruits in autumn, are dependent of three colours, red, yellow, and blue; upon the variations in the amount of of these three, the red has the most heat-actinism or chemical influence of light and ing effect, the yellow the most light-giving of heat, at those seasons, in the solar beam.'' effect, and the blue the strongest chemical These interesting facts, it is true, belong effect. When combined in the ordinary to the optical and organic sciences rather ratio, the sun's rays produce the regular or than to the glass manufacture, but it is natural effects (whatever they may be) on' impossible not to see how mutually bene. vegetation ; but if artificial means beficial such discoveries must be to the two adopted to change this ratio, special friendly powers-science and industrial effects result. Mr. Robert Hunt employed art; and the new palm-louse at Kew coloured glass to determine these effects; affords at once a case in point. When a for, in each kind, the glass transmits one little manganese is present in glass, it corportion of the solar rays more abundantly rects the colouring action of the iron than the rest, and owes what is called its which usually exists in the sand; but the “colour" to this property.

whitened glass thus produced is found to Under yellow glass, he found that, gene admit the heat of the solar rays to a rally speaking, the germination of seeds greater degree than ordinary glass and is prevented; and that even in cases where the plants in a palm-house or hot-house it has commenced, the plant speedily dies, so glazed are found to suffer a scorching On the other hand, in a later stage of | effect injurious to them. Mr. Hunt, development, these rays seem to contri- appreciating both the good and the bad bute to the vigorous growth of the plant. aspects of this modification, has exercised

Under red glass, if the seeds are well his ingenuity in retaining the former and watched and watered, germination takes dispersing the latter; he recommended the place; but the plant shows a sickly con- use of a little oxide of copper instead of stitution, and the leaves are partially oxide of manganese; and the palm-house blanched. It is curious that, according at Kew, glazed with glass so tinted, has to Mr. Hunt's observations, those plants been found to possess the advantages withwhich naturally bend towards the white out the disadvantages of what we may term light of day, seem to shun red light by the manganese system. bending away from it; but that when they

. arrive at the flowering stage, the plants | FLOWERS.-How the universal heart of welcome the red rays more than the blue man blesses flowers! They are wreathed or yellow.

round the cradle, the marriage altar, and Under blue glass, the germination of the tomb. The Persian in the far-east seeds, and the growth of young plants are | delights in their perfume, and writes his accelerated in a remarkable manner ; but love in nosegays, while the Indian child if this kind of stimulus be continued be of the far-west claps his hands with glee yond a certain time, the plant increases in as he gathers the abundant blossoms, bulk without a corresponding increase in the illuminated Scriptures of the Prairies. strength.

The Cupid of the ancient Hindoos tipped Mr. Hunt, in others of his published his arrows with flowers; and orange-flowers works, has applied the term actinism to are a bridal crown with us, a nation of the peculiar principle and effects of the yesterday. Flowers should deck the blue rays; and, in connection with those brow of the youthful bride, for they are views, he expresses an opinion that these in themselves a lovely type of marriage. experiments on the effect of coloured glass They should twine round the tomb, for on plants, “ seem to point to a very great their perpetually - renewed beauty is a practical application, in enabling us in symbol of the Resurrection. They should this climate to meet the necessities of festoon the altar, for their fragrance and plants, natives of the tropical regions. their beauty ascend in perpetual worship We have evidence (at least so it appears to before the Most High.

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L 'Why is a certain song called a carol ? CHRISTMAS CUSTOMS Because of its derivation from cantare, mi od EXPLAINED. turto sing, and rola, an interjection of joy.

Why is the evening before Christmas-day Bourne. celebrated ? '

Bishop Taylor observes that the “ Gloria Because Christmas-day, in the primi-. in excelsis," the well-known hymn sung tive church, was always observed as the ! by the angels to the shepherds at our Sabbath day, and, like it, preceded by an Lord's nativity, was the earliest Christmas eve, or vigil.- Brand.

carol. Bourne cites Durand to prove It was once believed, that if we were that in the earlier ages of the churches, to go into a cow-house, at twelve o'clock the bishops were accustomed, on Christat night, all the cattle would be found mas-day, to sing carols among their kneeling. Many also firmly believed that clergy. Fosbroke says" It was usual, bees sung in their hives on Christmas in ancient feasts, to single out a person exe, to welcome the approaching day. and place him in the midst, to sing a song Why is Christmas-day so called ? inst to God."

Because of its derivation from Christi Why do the Christmas carols of the preMissa, the mass of Christ; and thence the sent day differ from the carols of earlier Roman Catholic Liturgy is termed their times ? Missal, or Mass-book. About the year 500, Because the present carols were substi. the observance of this day became general tuted, by the Puritans, for the original in the Catholic church.

carols, which were festal chansons for Why was the word Yule formerly used to enlivening the merriment of the Christ signify Christmas ?

mas celebration; and not such religious Because of its derivation from the word songs as are current at this day, with the ale, which was much used in the festi. ) common people, under the same title.'' ities and merry meetings of this period; Dr. Johnson, in a note on Hamlet, tells ind the I in Iol, icol, in Cambrian, as the us, that the pious chansons, 'a' kind of e and zi in zehol, zeol, ziol, Saxon, are Christmas carol, containing some Scrip. premised only as intensives, to add a little ture history, thrown into loose rhymes, o the signification, and make it more were sung about the streets by the common (1 mphatical. 01. or Ale, did not only 1 people, when they went at that season to: signify the liquor then made use of, but beg alms.-Brand. zave denomination to the greatest festi- | Why is taurel used with other evergreens als, as that of zehol, or Yule, at Midwin- | to deck houses at Christmas! er; and as is yet plainly to be discovered Because of its use among the ancient a that custom of the Whitsun ale at the Romans, as the emblem of peace, joy, and" sther great festival.

victory. In the Christian sense, it may Why are certain initials affixed to cruci- be applied to the victory gained over the ires

powers of darkness by the coming of Because of their signifying the titular Christ.--Bourne. ributes paid to the Saviour of the world.

Why is the mistletoe so called ? Thus, I.N.R.I. are universally agreed to be the initials of the Latin words Jesus

Because its seeds are said to be dropped Nazarenus Rex Judæorum ; that is, Jesus of.

of by the mistle-thrush, which feeds on its Nazareth, King of the Jews, a title which

berries. Pilate wrote and affixed to the cross.-! Why was the mistletoe held sacred by the See John, ch, xix. The initials I.H.C., | Druids ? ppended to other crosses, are said to Because they had an extraordinary reve.' mply Jesus Humanitatis Consolator, Jesus rence for the number three, and not only the Consoler of Mankind; and the I.H.S. the berries, but the leaves of the mistletoe imply Jesus Hominum Salvator, Jesus the grow in clusters of three united on one Saviour of men. The first - mentioned stalk. Its growing upon the oak, their initials are, however, found on the most sacred tree, was doubtless another cause of

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AMONG the great and glorivus cities | situation, as she reclined at the foot of of the East, Ecbatana stood conspicuous a lofty mountain range, her white buildfor strength and beauty. In her extent ings showing brightly against the green and power, and the multitude of her back-ground, which won from every trapaiaces she could not compete with Nine- veller expressions of admiration as he veh or Babylon, but there was a grace gazed. She was the pride of Media and in her architecture and beauty in her Arphaxad, the king, had newly fortified

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