Sidor som bilder


heart is not


them to take her innocent boy from his placed the plates on the table. “He has miserable home, she answered with a been sick a long time. How soon will he quiet smile:

get well, mamma ?''. “The time has not come yet, father. “I do not know, dear. We will pray Henry has never treated us with personal to our heavenly Father for him." unkindness. Even in his wildest moments, “Yes, mamma, I do always pray that a word from me will often quiet him, and the Lord will make him better, and one I have seen tears on his cheek when little day I thought the Lord had heard my Arthur kneels to repeat his evening prayer. | prayer, for father patted my head and

gave me some sugar-plums; and when I hardened. Surely you would not have me I put my arms round his neck and kissed leave him to destruction. The dark shadow him, he cried just as you do sometimes, which has fallen upon us will pass away, | mamma ; but he soon grew sick again, and we shall again be united in a purified and now he does not speak to me at and exalted love."

To such appeals the father could only Tears rolled down the mother's cheeks shake his head mournfully, as if these were | as she listened to the artless prattle of to him vain anticipations.

her pure-minded boy; but she endeaLittle could be done for Helen's comfort, voured to control her feelings, and bade excepting to protect her from actual want; the child still to pray for hiş father, for for nothing which could be turned into the Lord would always hear his prayer, money was safe from the selfish grasp of | and in His own good time would make her husband. Even her own personal him well. property, articles of jewellery, which she The beauty of the summer's afternoon valued as remembrances from those she was gone. The sky was completely overloved, had, one by one, disappeared. cast, and one huge cloud of frightful

It was near the close of a sultry sum- / blackness was rapidly rising. The wind mer's afternoon. Helen sat in her scan. moaned and sighed among the trees, and tily furnished apartment with little Arthur, low peals of distant thunder were occanow a lovely boy of four years, by her sionally heard. There was every prospect side. The husband and father was absent, | of a violent tempest, and Helen hastened and there was little reason to expect him her preparations for supper, in the hope home until a late hour of the night, for that her husband would seek refuge in his midnight carousing had now become an own home. In this she was not dishabitual custom. Still there was a chance appointed. The street door slammed that he might return to the evening meal ; | heavily, and his well - known step was and Helen now laid aside her work, and heard in the entry. He came in without rose to prepare the tempting morsel which apparent notice of his wife or child, and she knew would suit his appetite, and walked hurriedly to and fro in their small also the more simple refreshment for her apartment. Helen saw at once that he self and her boy. It was her own choice had been drinking,--not enough to ap. to perform this task herself, for she shrunk pease his unquenchable thirst, but suffifrom the thought of another witness to | cient to produce irritation and partial dethe constant degradation of her husband. rangement of the senses. The oppressive state of the air increased At her well-known sign, little Arthur the usual depressed state of her spirits, seated himself quietly in his chair, and and she sighed so frequently and heavily with a picture-book in his hand remained that little Arthur stole to her side, and | almost motionless. Half an hour passed, slipping his hand into her's, said softly; and the hurried walk was still continued.

“ Are you tired, mamma? I will help | Helen's gentle summons to the table was you to set the table.”

disregarded, excepting by an impatient : “ Thank you, dearest," was the reply. gesture. “I do not feel very well this evening. 'I The storm had increased, and was now shall be glad of your help.”

raging fearfully. “ You are not sick, like poor father,”! Suddenly Henry paused, and turning to continued the little boy, as he carefully | Helen, demanded if she had not in her possession a golden locket containing his The child still lingered, and exaspeminiature and hair.

| rated by his delay, the infuriated man Helen trembled. It was the last trinket raised his hand to strike, but Helen sprang she possessed, and it had been carefully forward, and throwing herself upon her preserved that her boy might see what knees before him, flung her arms around his father had once been. She could / the boy, exclaimingcould not part with it, even if she incurred ! “No, Henry,—not that! for the love of his displeasure by a refusal. Mildly she heaven, strike not our innocent boy ! replied:

Sever not the only tie which now binds us "Yes, Henry, I have the locket; I am together." keeping it for Arthur.”

| But her appeal was lost upon one "Give it to me. It is no longer of whose better feelings slumbered too deep any value to you or him," said her hus for an earthly voice to awaken them. band.

His wrath turned upon her, and the blow "Indeed, Henry, it is of inestimable intended for the child would have fallen value to me, and I cannot think of part. upon the devoted wife and mother, had ing with it.”

not the voice of God himself arrested the The miserable man uttered an exclama- uplifted arın. tion of impatience.

A flash of lightning so vivid that the Have you any money, then ?" he con- eyes involuntarily closed before it, followed tinued. “Something I must have.” or rather accompanied by a deafening peal

“ I have no money, Henry. But come and of thunder, and the crash of a part of the take the nice tea which I have provided house in which they stood, was followed for you. And look, here is your favour-by that deathlike silence which often ite dish,” removing a cover as she spoke. succeeds this concussion of the elements.

"I want nothing to eat. If you have In the middle of the room stood the no money, give me the locket at once ?" husband with his arm still raised over the "I cannot, Henry.".

| lovely beings who knelt awestruck and Irritated by her refusal, he again paced motionless at his feet, all unhurt in the the room restlessly, while little Arthur midst of the destruction that surrounded crept close to his mother and whispered- them. Fragments of glass, piles of mor

“I have the gold piece my grandfather | tar, and large splinters of wood, gave gave me, mamma. Shall I give that to fearful evidence of the mighty power poor father? Perhaps it will make him around them. well."

| The arm of the guilty one was still .."No, dearest; money would make raised, but no longer in insane wrath. him worse. Do not say that you have any." The whole expression of his countenance

But the whisper had been partially over- had changed his soul bowed before his heard, and Henry turned to his boy. Creator and Father, and the first sound . "Have you any money, Arthur ? Give which aroused Helen from the temporary it to me. I will bring it to you again." suspension of her faculties which had , The child hesitated. He looked at followed that fearful crash, was the deep his mother for direction, but she was full tones of her husband's voice, which unable to help him. At length he said: thrilled to her heart as in days of old,

"I cannot give you the inoney, father, uttering fervent prayers and thanksgivings because mamma says it would make you for their miraculous preservation from a worse. She knows the best. One day I sudden and dreadful death. eat some raisins when she told me not to, Instantly her arms were twined around and they made me sick. When you are him,--her head rested upon his bosom, quite well, I will give you all my money." and by the side of their child they kneeled,

Unaffected by the simplicity and sweet- while Henry solemnly vowed that the cup ness of the answer, the father replied, of intoxication should never again be angrily :

raised to his lips; and with a full sense of "What nonsense you have put into the his own weakness, earnestly and humbly child's head, Helen. Give me the money prayed to the Only Source of Strength. at once, Arthur! I command you to do so." | The vow this registered was never broken.

[graphic][ocr errors]

CROCHET FLOWERS-HEART'S-EASE-BY MRS. PULLAN. buttonhole stitches. In working those at velvet-like surface peculiar to the heart'sthe edge of the scallop, the stitches of one ease. It is, however, indispensable that must touch those of the preceding one, flowers made of chenille should be kept so as to form, of themselves, an edge, under a glass shade, as the least particle beyond which a scallop of plain raised of dust destroys them. buttonhole stitch is made. The small For each flower cut five pieces of wire, leaves should also be cut out, and sewed over. four inches long. The wire is about the

The tracing should be done with No. thickness of Evans's Boar's Head Cotton, 40 cotton, and No. 50 should be used for No. 40. all the sewing.

THE PURPLE PETALS. 8 Ch; take the The muslin should be tacked on toile wire, and hold it in the left hand parallel cirée, before being worked.

with the chain, working it in at every The design given is very suitable for stitch ; miss 1, 1 Sc in the next, 1 semitrimming the small mandarin sleeves now double crochet in, next, 2 Dc in the worn, and it is particularly adapted for next two, 2 Dc in one in the next, 2 Tc in amateur workers, as a good effect is pro one in the next, 5 Tc in the last ; fold the duced with very little trouble.

wire, and work down the other side of the chain ; 2 Tc in the first, 2 Dc in

the next, 1 Dc in each of the two next, CROCHET FLOWERS.-HEART'S - EASE.

1 semi-double in the next, 1 Sc in the Materials-Violet-coloured wool, 1 skein; yel. low ditto, and green, two shades of each, and 1

last. Slip stitch at the end, on the firs! skein; a skein of coarse black sewing silk, and Sc, and make one chain. Cut off the some very fine green wire.

wool, leaving about 11 inches. Twist this Those who prefer it, may use fine a little, with the two ends of the wire. chenille instead of Berlin wool for these Make two purple petals. flowers; that inaterial giving the rich! A semi-double stitch is begun like a double crochet, but after drawing the


GARDENER'S COLUMN. loop of wool through the chain, when three threads are on the needle, bring a FLOWER GARDEN AND SHRUBBERY.loop of wool through all three at once. Annuals will now be generally out of It forms a medium stitch between a Sc bloom, and with few exceptions, should be and a Dc. We need scarcely remind our entirely removed, as the saving of seed, readers that the first stitch of a chain is unless in few instances, should never be never counted.

attempted in well kept gardens, and the SMALL YELLOW PETALS, of which two seeds themselves can be purchased at so are required for every flower. 7 Sc with trifling an expense, that it hardly repays the darker yellow; hold in a piece of the trouble. The vacancies left by their wire, and work on one side of the chain, removal should be filled up by wallflowers 1 Sc, 2 semi-double, 1 Dc, 2 Dc in one, 5 and other biennial flowering plants; and Dc in the last; on the other side,-2 Dc by spring bulbs, of various kinds, which in one, 1 Dc, 2 semi-Dc, 1 Sc, 1 slip on will add much to the gaiety of the borders the first Sc, 1 Ch; cut off the wool, leaving next spring. The latter, when planted, a small end, and twisting it with the wire. should be labelled, that they may not he

LARGE YELLOW PETAL, with the lighter disturbed in cleaning the borders at future shade. 6 Ch; hold in a piece of wire, times. When the soil is at all worn out, and work on the chain, 1 Sc, 1 semi- a spadeful or two may be removed, and double, 1 Dc in the next, 1 Tc in the a little fresh compost, for the roots put in same, 1 Tc in the next, and on this Tc a when planting them. Herbaceous plants De must be worked; 1 Tc in the last, 1 will require the dead, flower stalks reDc on it, 5 more Tc in the same, 1 Dc on moved, carefully retaining such as are the last, 1 Tc on the first chain stitch on producing flowers, or even where they are the other side, 1 Dc on it, 1 Tc and 1 Dc green, as they will help to keep off the on the next, 1 semi-double on the next, 1 naked appearance borders of these plants Sc on the next; 1 slip stitch and a chain present during the winter. Every means to finish. Cut off the wool, and twist all should now be put in hand to complete the the ends together ; take a piece of wire 8 propagation of plants for the ensuing inches long, bend it in half, and slip both year's flower - garden; on no account the points through the heart of the flower ; neglect this, for very late struck cuttings cover the stem with dark green wool. are liable to damp off in the winter. Take a needleful of black silk, and work Where large quantities of these things are five long stitches on the large petal, and required, and frame or pot room is scarce, three on the small ones, making them of un- the more common things may remain in equal lengths, and radiated from the base. their striking pans; these, when struck,

To make a group of Heart's-ease well, should be slightly topped, and set in a a variety of specimens should be intro sheltered place out of doors, for a short duced. Some may be entirely purple or time. This will harden the plants suffigolden ; and larger or smaller than the ciently to bear damp and cold much better directions given.

than plants which have not been exposed. The leaves should be made of several The bedding out geraniums (especially shades of green ; and two may be allowed the fancy kinds) should be potted of for each flower. 20 Ch; take a piece of immediately they are struck, and be kept green cannetille, the length of a finger, in a close frame tiil they become estabslip the end in the last chain stitch, and lished, when more hardy treatment may work over it, on the chain, 2 Sc, 2 Sdc, 2 be given them; the present has been an Dc, 1 Sdc, 1 Sc, 1 Sdc, 5 Dc, 1 Sdc, 1 Sc, infavourable season for them out of doors. 1 Sdc, 1 Dc. Bend the wire, and work Cuttings of scarlet geraniums and calon the other side of the chain, 3 Sc in ceolarias may now be put in in quantities, one, 1 Dc, 1 Sdc, 1 Sc, 1 Sdc, 5 Dc, 1 ! the latter seldom strikes well earlier. Sdc, i Sc, 1 sdc, 2 Dc, 2 Sdc, 2 Sc. Sulphurea splendens has proved an acquiSlip a stitch at the end, in the first Sc; sition. As leaves are now beginning to fall, make one chain, and cut off the wool, constant sweeping must be had recourse twisting the end in, with the ends of wire. to.--Gardeners' Chronicle.

« FöregåendeFortsätt »