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Saturb iticmOng, id= 8, 1859;
(For the Bradawl! Reporter.)
THE STREAM.---A SONG
In & forest-wild and deep,
Undisturbed by man, .
Where the silent shadows sleep,
And a breeze of battik
Gently floats among the trees—*
Where theigolden beam
Glances thro' the parted leaves,
Glide* ii silvee •stream.
Often by t is gentle rill.
When t day had flown.
In the twill bt calm and still;
Wander I alone: • •
As I watched its mimic play
In the•dincing gleams, ..
Fancies wild would float away
In elisian dream!.
On its margin sweetly grew
Sky-blui. tri'lets lair; '
Seemingly they shrank from vitro;
With a modest care.
But I sought them 'beach the shade,
Dwelling there so low;
Like the modest gentle maid,
I am acekkng now.'
Merrily those hours flew
O'er my yonthfnl head;
Aught of sorrow if I knew.
'Shadow-like it fled.
. Anti when _airy fancy floats
Through the misty past.
That is still the brightest alkot
In fond MeniorY's waste.
Herrick. Pa., May 1850.
►From the Hartford Tunes j
IN $250 NEW YEARS PRESENT.
BY MO GASOLINE ♦. SOOLX
"That is he," exclaimed Ellen Lee in a joyous
tone, as the'Street door was gently opened and
"Pow clad I am he has come at last; I thought
it would never be two o'clock ;" and rising hastily,
i she shook an apron foll of gorgeous Worsited upon
the carpet, tossed lAr thimble in the midst of them,
and was down stairs ere he ,whi!urri she 'had been
impotently expecting, hall• laid -aside his over.
"Oh, father! Father!" cried ehe, grasping the
hand of a fine looking man and gazing earnestly
at him, "1 am so glad you've come ! Do you
know I have been watching at the window a
whole hour for you? Pray, why did you stay so
' "So long, Ellen ! Why it's not late the clock is
only now , striking."
'• Well, it has seemed an age since noon."
"Two hours, an age! oh, the extravagance of
these girls!'' and the parent, half-reprovingly, half
jestin?,ly, placed his fingers upon her lips.
"Now don't, father, pray don't use that word .--7
You know two hours do seem a long while, when
one is waiting for thern.to pass. So now lay aside
ale frown lor•it was only because I wanted to iiee
yes so much, so very much that the hours dragged
ft was some moments ere she could answer, and
then., with teethes and broken sentence., she told
"But wby warn to see me so very much 1" an• him she had harried to talk with him about that
rwered he, ins bantering tone, as he suffered her gold watch oral chain.
to lead am into the parlor and seat him in his ea- " You will give rhea to me fora New Year's
sy coats; " not, I hope, to get my consent to giv present, won't you, father?' Now don't—playfully
nig away this life ---", , envering his mount as he was ahem 'to speak
-" Now , father, don't tease; you know 1 tanner- don't this time have along string of prelimina t
et going to leave you." ties. S.ty yes, at once." .
/Vain were the, fingers placed upon her lips. Be shook his head. .
"Jost now; an age meant two hours; and now, " Well, then, begin. What ia the first thing to
never is synonymous with a year, and perhaps less b e considered'?"
it love and business can agree. Oh, Elly! Elly! I. How much will it cost Ellen ; a hundred dol.
• / most chide you sometimes. But tell me, why l im p , .
hare you been so anxiously awaiting met " " A hundred dollars, father ? Why, you don't
Then the daughter, nestling at his feet on a low suppose you could buy a handsome watch and
atop!, and resting her head on his knee, as she was .ehairklor, a heindred dollars! Why, Julia's cost
wont to do when a little child, looked wistfully in- two hundred and f t AV ,
lb lig face, parted her lips as to speak, and then t' Two hundred and fifty !, Bless me; that is
tamed aside her enuntenanne an though she were twice as much as L had laid aside to - purchase New
half afraid' to utter her wishes. Year's( presents for all of you. I think yon are
't You're.sirangely timid, Ellen. What is it you growing modest ; Ellen. What is the style of Jo
want so very much, and yet rare not ask me for? tin's present ?'' .
con:ll4,la me hear it quickly; for, if my appetite "Oh s it is beautiful—empirately so ;" and then
deceive me not, the dinner bell will ring ere long. she went on with a long and minute account of it.
I never refuse you anything reasonable, do IV concluding with" Mr. Grey says be don't think
"Oh; no no; and that ......- 01 she hesitated. there is one in the city like it, and -there was only
"Then you' want #,,omething ottrenibllnhlns do one more jest like it where be packaged Julia's;
you? another silk he"a, ere the last has been worn do, father, I
. want you to decide soon shoat it; so
shall duzen times; or a--" ' that we ran send' for it, a ens cannot find ;one
"k new dress!" and the lip curled. "No, in. h em :,
deed. Bat, father," said she, gazing into his eyes oy es , yea ," *na tt ere d t h e h o t w o. , wi s n i as i n oi xs
as thelqh going to express some startling fact, "do' Ellen, if P give you the watch and chain, I 'shall
you know hie almost New Year's?" very scion have to give lon a new breastpin, and
Be laughed aloud. • some new, bracelets, for, at-the anon said ,in the
."Do I know ill Why, yet, I should think I story, the watch andthain wilt kill dom.::
I did ;,at lewd f ought to; I have received billets "On, net, indeed. I' would not exchange these
.esough to thatimport, this morning;." for any m the town. They are sui berititilut as I
"Billets! father; what kind, pray?" shall ever weir."
"Those that most ba answered by batik notes, , u But o f w h at use w ill t h is piesent i m p
Dip. Bet tell me;did you watch' ad hour at the " What use? Why, faiher,u great deal. Pore
window for me, and fret another away, merely to use than my pin and bracelets.' Indeed, P always
tell me it,is almost New Year.?" thought I should like a watch; for.tbe very reason
' "Oh, no; that is only the preface to my tale; that it combines utility with ornament? ,
sad I 'wan teatetyon yet another qhestion, before " Utility !' yea, it will be very useful to you, as ,
1 begj.W.the'proposition. Which is the wealthiest, we have only five dodos in the house."
you or'illt. Grey?" • "But when I ameut, father"
" Whit are you trying to come at Ellen?" " Were Ton deaf, Ile utility might cane in play
a DWI yon think yowareas rich as he?" then; but as it is; t.:e town clitcas • acquaint us of',
" -- Whii.yes, I guess I am. But why ask me the boas. And then; if it is only he the utility of
such a quesliOn T You' and Julia have oat been the thing erandesire it; why, yonean have a good
Inarrelingliboat your probable dowries?"
~ silver one for ---." i
" Julia'antftquarniling—why, father !--.bat you " A silver. watt* are - you:lig lady in these days!
?ea— Pll,tellmatow„,selor,l:34.watitedioaceyou *hy father, how it wpail 101 l L' , '
so much. hir".44gyrirel.,,uruld-,lare evening front ,: tt \ rocark; oh/ yea; I- suspeci look hese.finle mere
Baton, and'he halbrought lotto an -elegant gold lb do in the eastr.than utility ;' , and'searbere; Ellen,
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guess the remainder of your shirr. It is only this:
you want your dear father to be as generous as Mr.'
Grey and give you a watch and chain for the New
,Year. is 'knots°, dm:liner'!" inn he playfully pat;
ted her &Abed cheeks. "But let me see, are yap
old enough to wear a watch!"
• "Old enough !" repeated the young girl, 'in a
tone . of surprise; and rising, she drew op her
graceful form to its extreme hiight. Why, fath
er, I was eighteen last mouth; why, I shall soon
" Old as the hills, shan't yon, Ellen ?" said the
good-natured parent. a But come, there is the bell;
`we will talk of this at dinner."
At the table, Mrs. Lee had so much to say to her
husband, about some preparations for the approach•
Ing holidays, That Ellen could not, without obtrud
ing speak a word of the costly gift, and.could only
wish, in secret, that the viands were despatched
'and she again at her father's
,teet. But, alas for
her ! just turthey were entering the parlor, he was
summonedin inane to his counttng•room, "on im
"Business—business---how I hate the word!"
muttered F.llen, as she proceeded} to her chamber.
"it's always basinesi with men, just when their
wives•and daughters Want them most. I wish,"
but she checked herself, good dense whispering to
her, if it were not for that butiiness, what wcittld
'become of those wives and daughters! "But, af
ter all," said she to herself, when she had again
found her thimble, and commenced re-arranging
her worsted, "it was.provoking that he should be
called away so soon, when it will be so long be
fore he will be in again. Ilet me see what time h
is ;" and she glanced at the clock on tie mantel;
.14 half past three; four, five, six, seven--three hours
and a half Father may laugh or frown, they will
certainly seem an age."
It it did not seem an Eq . !, it really did a very
long aftemodn to that excited and impatient young
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PUBLisERD EVERY SATURDAY, AT - r*No* BRADFORD COuleri, FL,. BY E. O'MEARA GOODRICH.
" I do' believe my clock id wrong; indeed I know
it most be ton slow," exclaimeti shej as it struck
five; '• r will go iln-vnand see?
13111 it was oily fire by the clock in the parlor;
and the others Sold the same story.
a What shall I do in pass away the lima am
ai , hamed of indif for being so childish,
but 1 cannot help it ; I do so want to-know whether
lam to have them or not. 1 cannot bear this sus
pense. Oh, I bethink roe now," and her face
brightened ; I will run' over to Julia's and look
at her's acrtin •I can then tell father all abom it."
Once closeted with her friend, she forgot the
hours, and yeas only atiare they had passed, by
the entrance of a domestic, summoning them to
Stop with me,, won't yon!" said Jitter':
" Oh, no, not for the world f—pahjoit me, rwrt
rude in word only; i did not mean 140. No, Volum
see father to-night atunn it. Good bye;" and tie
did not draw a long tneath till she, found her.el
beside her parent.
" Why, what is the matter?" said he, in surprise,
are you frightened Ella'? You pant like a chased
5 , 1
; Moir a~rf
would mate you feel ignitleasantly,' to •altoer•to
your friends u gift valued at twotundredied-fifty
dollars, while your Mother sad btulhent could only
exhibit those whickcost five or ten dollen,: Have
you thought of thirt4.:Uy ? you are not wont to be
"Bat, father, you are rich 'enough to borihe
pitchers, pone'', bird and 'all, e+eit though you
should give me **web . and chain. If I thought
you could only ratify my wishei at - the etpense
of mother and brothers, I should despise myself
for asking it of you. 'Brit I know you need not do
so; so come, be agerieroussantatleusthis time!'
"is there nothing else you can think of; for a
New Year's gift?"'
No if I can't have these I don't want anything."
said she rather pettishly.
"Two hundred and fffty defiant will bay a great
many things; a good many-barrels of floor and
cords of wood—,"
Why, father, you talk as though you were poor.
You don't expect we'll here to 7 . 1a5e,..a0y the less
Dread or fuel the corning year, if I ha've a watch?"
g• Oh, no; 1 was not• thinking. of ourselves, El
len, I bad the poor upon my mini. Such a sum
would be a fortune to many a family in this city
How many, many comforts it would produce hoW
much sorrow and suffering, it we uld relieve."
The young girl bent her bead, and was silent
—There was a strurmle 'Ding on in her heart ;
pride and pity were at wet. Which shall conquer 1 ;
Upon the lapse of some moments, she spoke;
"But, father, were you to give to the poor not only
the money which I ask you to expend for me, but
even the value ot the pitchers, pony and bird, it
would ga xpite a vary little way towards relieving
poverty, even in our own city. The mass would i
be as poorly off as ever."
"That may be ; a but the reflection that I bad
made two ir three, cr even one family, comforta
ble, and glad would add not a fink, to the pleas
ant memories, to the snbstantial happiness of my
tire. And then, thongli it *culd be but a mile, if
every one who is blessed as we are, were to Jo
the same, there would soon be but little misery
left. Never refuse to de good, because you can do
but a little. Atoms make the world."
There Was silence. ' f "
When Ellen spoke it was in a subdued voice;
r• I wi,h I hail not set my heart so epon having a
a atch and chain, but it seems "—and' her tips
As though ii would break if you did not bate
i• Oh no, not quite so bad as that lather;" and
r.he tried to '• but 1 41loold feel very, very
rourh Ji~a~ pointed"
-And you really think the possession of the
rnre;eJ ol•jec•t would wake you a great deal hap•
" Oh, yes. a thousand"—she paused, fancying
she felt 11101:gen' on her lips.
s• But why would they make you so much hap
pier, Dieu, come, tell M 3 that, and mayhap; il my
purse is Inni enough, you can show as splendid a
?di as Julia."
Why—why—you see—you' itrow, father," be.
gan the daughter; and then she stopped. " I
hardly know why," said she, at length, " but 1 feel
that they would "
" Well, if you cannot tell me why you would
be happier with them, perhaps you can tell me
why you would be sad witlioni,them. *oald
you have thou gat of stub a present, if Julia bad
not received otter
fihe.did net answer.
"'Come, now, be frank% Would' not the greater
part of your sorrow arise from the (ear that Julia
would eclipse you! And would not the pleasure
arise more from a feeling of gratified vanity than
anything else 1"
Sill she made no reply; she did not oven look
into his face. Site ti might there mast be a frown
upon his brow ; for she knew that few things were
more despicable in his eyes, than the desires' of
making a show, or having certain things Merely
because others did. •
"Am I not right, daughter?" said he, very gent
ly. 4 4 You would not trice to have talks wonder
why Ellen Lee's father did not make her as costly
a present as Mr. Grey did Julia. Yon would not
like to show your young beast, -on New Year's
day, a"less et pensive present than hers:"
"Do not go on, pray don't; I see I am vet
klhlith—ahnoet wicked; but 1 am so young
" Young! f thought you were.old . Ina now,.
left. But we fiaifinnoialEeriTU4 - 'Lire
ell,warrankilui tea is 'liana , )i.arptid in your
ear,for F see mothet3s,waithing us suety elobely,
to see how oar talk terminates; not, 1' suspect,
Withotit some selflih thought:" Ile bent for Ward
his bead, and : whispered something to her; when
he again continued; stubbly, 44 and now, daughter,
for a kiss and our tea."
" A dozen, a dozen kisses, father !" mild the
young creature in a tone of exstacy, half smother
ing him with .parsionate embraces; forgetting ,all
she - signiticant reproofs she had just received in the
excitement begouen by the hope of soon gratified
"Oh, I am so happy,' so very happy ;" and' she
sank upon a sofa, buried het headin its cushit,ns,
and dreamed away the eveniud hours in golden
fancies. seem in •--even her lather said so—to be
itubtied with the very ; spirit of bappiners.
The illusion lasted till she luidtanT.tit her chant
berj-an I laid her heir.) rpm het pillow. But as
her Newt, prepared to commune with hilly things,
~ h e realized that it Wirt excitement, not.happiriess,
whia guinea her. sie-could * not conceal from
henidfilie troth - tun she hod desired the watch and
.tittilli,•:not !Ark, miser to a Off to be , treasured . ill
after - f in - Ste a4 ; camirr4 froja-a•father i t hand, ,as to
gratify a, feeling. of vanity ; and she felt - the surmise
was too true, ituathezpainoLdisappointment Would
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have been moth better to have re
&dyed" free-ivill Offering, theft What "he feared he
vtrobtd pot pre against his judgment. He wave!.
stays generous to his 'family, never gave them
mean present, and had even said to her that he
had appropriated over hundred dollars for their
New Teals gift.t.." But how,—why, bow much
these holidays will Cost hini!' said she ; and began
to calculate ; but ceased when she had added the
price of the watch and pitchers, and mused again.
"But then, he's rich enough," murmured she af
ter awhile, and, stiffing her Conscience closed her
eyes and tried to slumber. But the words of her
father, "I thimbni of theptior," would recur
to her mind. She kfiew hire to" be verychintaWel
and she knew, also, that V he were rich, his posi.
tiers brought with it many and heavy expenses.—
Besides, there was a limit to his wealth, for he was
very far from being a millionaire. Perhaps if he
made his family such expensive New Year gifts,
many poir famiTies would gaffer, who otherwise
wnutd have received aid frA his purse.
She had a kind, noble hea rt, and though %anity
might reign in it bar a time, with calm thought its
crown would ever tremble. • It was long ere she
slept that night; and when at length she did, gold
Watches, and ragge children; brilliant chains and
paled-faced m and women, were blended in
strange confusio .
when sh •
a Afferent being the next morning,
entered the breakfast room, so quiet and
d was she in manner. When her lather re
ed, as she rose from tho table, that he should
irat her disposal that evening for a voyage of dis.
°very among the jewelry store of the town, in
stead of half devourinz him With kisses, . and then
dancing a polka with the wildness of a northern
maid. Ell e answered only with a gentle smile_ and
a "thank you, father " The change was not no
ob.erved by him, though he made no romment.
Son three or four hours later, as F:Pen stood at
the parlor window, she noticed a young gill pats 1
by several times, pause a hall moment and go on.
She was evidently a child or poverty, and it seem
ed even of extreme destitution. Her patched cali
co dress and the cotton shawl, were but feeble pro
tection against the keen air, while the snow had
comple•ely soaked her fir wo:n slippers. Her
hands were purple and stiff, and as the wind swept
by her, her fragile form cowered aria trembled be
rote its cold bthath, At.iength she placed a foot
Upon the step, glanced at a card she held, avilf
I seemingly irresolute, at last turned eira:,•. Eliftt
caUght a 2limpse oilier countenance n 5 sue stood
there, and was deeply moved by it, so thin, and
ale, and sad it was ; bearing traces, too, of recent
"I floras she will stop here," murpured Ellen ,
"she seems to wish to. and vet is afraid. I've
all a mind to-open the door and speak with her,"
at as she tamed from the windowlor that purpose,
"le young girl, apparently with a great eflort, as
ended the steps and polled the bell. It was a
ry gentle fing, and Ellen waned the time of no
d,rtiestic, bat answered it herself at once.
"Is Mrs. Leo , at homer asked the stranger, in
a on, timid voice'.
She is; world you like to see her?" answered
en, in her sweet, pleasant may.
I should very much indeed, it it would not
" I don't think she is engaged. Come with me
up is airs and I will see." And ennductinu, her to
the iaing room, she ushered her iu , sa3ing very
gent .y, "a stronger, to see you, mother."
" ood morning," said Mrs. Lee, in a tone so
7.11 as to make the poor trembling thing feel
at ease. "Draw a chair to the tire, it is rep.
F_Cr. Lee Oireeted me here, ma'am. He met
ot a m mein when r was in great distress, and
!' kind enough to say I might call upon his wife,
perhaps she might Torn i:..h me with %Toil
oh, if you can, ma'am," her team starting, "1
be very grateful,"
e does not beg, said Mien to herself; no bat
tears a:•ltt4 only for somo.lting to do. Poor
7, so young, not yet as old s 1, and amid gran
!t seeking for work ,,lTeauti ul charities began
erminate in her moved heart.
What kind of work' do you like?"
Any plain sewing ma'am. I am used to all
ds, anti perhaps enuld . inake a vest, if it were
I' F icto njee. Iliad almost learned Wheo mother
hep you have a mother?"
ter, Ma'am ; but iha has been fury sick, anti
sfittij"—her woke was chi:inked. -
What-has been the Matter 1" inquired the lady .
• gently after a pause of some moments.
dyer exertion; ma'am. Since father bast hie
t we have bad to struggle very bard to live; for
the oldest of alt. It has been all we could do,
hard.as we would, to pay our rent and keep
warm and halt lea; and when little Willie watt
t down with the measles, we had to spend so
i time With him that we got behind .banthirith
tot, and mother trollied night and day for a
• , ht, and it was too much for hei ; she almost
and I am antid will never get Welt again."
rut you dat: her better r
'e t. better, ma'ato bot she Tell ne‘.erget well.
he Las enmforti which we cannot preside her.
Isf you only will give me work! Life is sad
;' hot shout) mother die''--and she Wrung her
,cold han.'.s. and wept. -
r!: tee and (Daughter Were unablelamer ta re
their deeply toughed feeiings, . There was
ihing in the 43(preasina Of 'her countenance.
, ll* tones other voice, triat made diem feel
de was true, aria her grief but the obtpourikr,
tricien heart. The entrance of a • domestic,,
g's tray with lancheen, atou. , :teOlheTthotlieri ,
almitig-her feeling, she poured ir oriP ' one;
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she 'wished yet did not dare, to-speak; then falter•
ed ont-i. •
If yoo wapiti not think me very rude, I would
alit if I may take them to my mother; ahe needs
them more than I."
4, Oh no, no," answered Mrs. Lee, ; I
should knie forever. say! reputation as a skillful nurse;
were Ito allOw a sick *ontsa to eat ouch :hinge
u these. But I have Some very nicesoop, which
I procured this morning for 'an invalid friend. 1
shall be happy.to send her ma of that ; it is very
innocent and strengthening.' . . .
" Thank you;" quickly responded the girt; " i
shall be very grateful."
1, I will get it for you then; meanwhile, eat your
lunch ; it will perhaps refresh you—you seem very
tired. Ellen I want you a moment ;" when, with
delicate ta6t, she left the timid girl to partake of
the'dainties, w ithorit the, embarraiiiimenf of eating
" Oh, mother, mother," Ellen sobbed out; when
they were alone, "do give ber something... How
I wish I had not spent,all last quarter's allowance.
If you will only lend me some money, mother."
"No, Ellen ; you know that is something I never
do. If my children wish to give, it moat come
from their private purse.
I , But you won't seadfier sway without anything
" Certainly not. What she asked for I shall give
her, and such other things as I can present without
paining her. She did not beg, and were I only to
give her some money and let her go, her sell res
pect would be humbled."
"Ever hind and considerate. When shall I be
like ynu I"
Alter giving their young visitor time to get thor
oughly warmed and to em °comfortable meal, they
returned to the room, Mrs Lee bearing a bundle
and lialiket, and Ellen a pair nl lined rubber•.
‘' lie e is a fine shirt, which I want very much
this week; do you think you can tlo it?"
" I think I can ; and I wit! try to sew . it as neat
ly as ycu can wish;" answered the young girl,
" I wall pay you in advance for this one," said
said the lady, placing a dollar and a half in the
small, thin hand; "and this ;evening I will send
you some coarser sewing, which you need not har
ry with" ~
"But, ma'am, ton don't mean to pay me all thus
for one shirt!"
"I do. 1 knovir is is more than the asual price,
bet I am very particular. indeed quite old maidish
tboot my sewing, and I know that one cannot. at
tord to do work neatly unless properly compensat
ed. his my usual price. And here," continued
she, as she saw how earnestly the airl strove to
, thank her, in this basket I have pot up a small
I pail of broth and a borne of gyro?, for your rtiothet.
; I think they wilt help her; indeed, I an sore .they;
will; they are what I always recommend to per
sons recovering from illness caused by exhausta-
"I should be happy m lend my - rubbers," said
Ellen, as the stranger rote to gn, too much 'Over-
come to Fpeak the gratitude Which .listened in her
epes. Yon can return them this r.ening. when
the work is sent, I think yol will find them very
"ft I could but find words to thank you both."
said rile, st lasi, in a broken voice. "Oh, it is so
new to have folks kind to me ! God -will bless
you!"and she departed:.
Domestic duties calleti Mrs. Lee at that moment
to another part of the hooae, leaving Ellen
. to her
own reflections . She sa l a a long time motionles4,
her hand neon her brow; a tear now and then ewe . I-
ing down her cheek. At length. nntrninting at in•
servals, " iris an npportcnity—it would buy a great
many things—perhaps this blindness might be cur.
ed—how very sad she scat"—she left the room,
and gainmgherchamber, threw herself on a lounge,
and suffered mind and heart to revel in sweet,day
Her father 4hi riot retom to dinner, but sent word
be was too much em4aged, and requested an early
tea.thalhe might go. out with Ellen '
Scarcely were they aerated at the table when Mr.
Lee remarked, u I sent a yonnggirl here this morn
ing, in quest of work. Have you Seen her!"
ei We hare," answered mother and daughter in
one roicee; oi where did you find her 7"
"I was in one of the clothing stores, waiting to
see the proprietors when she came in. My heart
ached for her as won as I ;danced at her, she was
so ill projected against the cold. She drew near
the weve t wood a moment, then in a very timid
manner approached the counter, and in a plaintive
Voice, asked the clerk if they had any work to pat
nit. ti No. of coarse not 16 strangers;" was the
reply, in a coarse impudent way; when he added
with a leer, "not even to math a pretty one as you
sit." The blood erfmsonetr her face, and her eyes
filled with tears; bat she silently left the shop. I
followed quickly, and overtaking her, inquired as
delitately as_possibfe, if I could render her any as-
Eistance. "Oh, sir," said she, in a touching tone,
"if you will but give. me Work." She Willi too
much excited for me to Mom much of her story,
but I enthered thnt she was the sole stay of a I age
and afflic i tal family. I thoneht at+ finu to give her
alms :la let her pass, but thinking female Fym pa-
the and advice mir.,•ht do her more sersofee, !direct
ed hPrfiere; and Fam glad'l aid go, for I know
two such kind hearts trooid devise many things a
man worth! not think of. (think you said you saw
her. Dien ?"
" I did, falier and . thern she gave an account cd
the visit, `in a manner whieb affected them all She
°fele sitrrows of the poor; indeed = !
hall never - before been itt scab close contact with
therti-;-nevet realized so viii' ly bow much they-
ReFee,,turib. , rt Was movotEdeeP
-ir thilvirldray .
ter been trek and The ktheit . of
her Foieeitneeted ter Whet e
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isitYrA l / 4 0040, •Roll bs-
As they were preparing to go mit t Mrs. tee ens
tered with a bundie. " 1 lute dgd this by
a-domestic, but as you are goingin the samit'peigh.
borhood, I should prefer your taking itt • foil' can
easily ascertain then. if the 'tale was true. Yoe
have the name and number,l thlrk Eilenl"
" Yes, she gave it to me at diadOor f as 40 was
leafing. Do call, father."
"1 will—but we must hasten''
They parsed rapidly from square to square, gis.
ing only rascal glances at the illuminated steno
windows, where gills of althost duinial. elegance
dazzled the eye and tenipted the . purse, *until .they
passed before the most brilliant of all a jeweler',
establish ment. 7 P
Wet will first look in hero -They hays usually
the best and most cosily assotimern."
Like ;Oiling at once into fairy land, seemed it
to tllen as they entered ; and like a laity she
seemed herself, as in her sparkling beauty she pas:
sed from one rich ornament to another, each new
one seeming to outrie the last. "I am glad I
knew before I entered, just What I wanted," said
she. u I should have been bewildered, had [come
here to choose a gift. ft is really intoxicating to
one's eyes to behold at once so much that is rare
and dazzling, and superb:"
But brilliant as was the display, and large as was
the assertment, a'w.stch and chain exactly cones
'pending to Jalia's could not be found; and they
corttittudd their walk..
Turning up a cross street,. a few steps brought
them to,one of those dark, narrow lanes, which
are at once the pest and disgrace of every city.
" The sixth house from the corner, you raid.--
This must be it then"—as they stopped before a
gloomy looking, wooden tenement. "In this cel
lar. w as it?"
" Su f•he said ;" and the.young girt shuddered as
they werit down the rotten and yielding. steps.—
The street was so dark, the place so low, the neigh.
borhood apparentl . l , so vile, that fear almost sup
planted the leeling'ol charity. But her father seem-
ed undismayed, and opening the door Without
knocking ; they made the,r way' through a long,
narrow hall, to where, through a chink in the plas
tering, glimmered a feeble light: Feeling Along
the wall, he st length touched a door-latch, and
gently tapping, was m a moment admitted by th e .
same young girl they had seen in the morning..
in the kind way peculiar to him, Mr. Lee es
cham4d greetings with her, and said, that being
Loilt, he and his daughter nad brought her the we'-
lling hi= ticde had promised.
"Thank you, you are very, very kind," said
she ' and rather timidly invited them in, and offer
ed T hem seats. Rude ones they were—old wood
en stools, which the plane And the paint-brush bad
never touched • -
" What a i lace for human beings la exist in." ,
thought Zflen, as she glanced around There . was
no filth, no disorder, but poverty—uannt, thread.
bare poverty—stared at them with its holloti eyes,
and with .keleton finzers beckoned for charity.—
The damp worm-eaten floor yielded fearhilly at
every footstep, while the crumbled ceiling seemed
ready, to fall at the least unusual jar. The winter
wind shrieked dismally in the narrow hall, and
found its trap through a thousand crevices into the
room—now cbmiog with a fierceness that threat
ened to evingoish the dim light—and again mak . -
' ing it flare so %sillily that the shadows seemed like
a-spectral host. Close to the fireside, were burned
or rather smoked a single stick, was drawn a cot,
upon whose straw layer reclined the paleand ema
ciated mothr.r, covered only by one thin and tat
tered quilt. Beside her slumbered a little, meagre,
pirple child, some three or four years old. Upon -
alma() of straw, in 'a corner, at a little distance,
slept two other children, an old worn woolen blank
et wrapped closely around them. Upon a .rickety
chair, almost within the chimney place, sat the
siehtless father, soothing 'gently—as though he
were a woman—the moans of a little one, which
had known bat two summers. A small pine table
was near the bed, Upon which stood an old &Atte,
the neck broken - Off, so as to support a cheap tal
low candle. Beside it, leaned a young lad, — ot
about ten, his head bent closely to the pages of an ,
old much worn book. A few plates, a single-spoon;
knife, cup and saucer, with a couple of tin pans,
were arranged on the shelf over the &e. - place; and
this was the summary of Ellen's inventory.
" These, father and mother," said the daughter,
a are the kind friends to whom we are so much in
, debted." Ttns mother strove to raise herself; but
fell back, and could only murmur in a faint voice,.
"God bless you--Gral bless you !" The, blind fa
ther, as he took the hands which Mr. Lee and El
len extended, wet them with his tears, and with a
choked voice, said—
" These sightless eyes cannot see your faces f - but
this peps, stricken heart will always keep your me
mories green. f would try to thank you, I'M sym
pathy and kindness are so new to us, it ey mote us
roo.deeply for words : "
• - tiering gained the masteryof their emotions, Mr.
bee entered into conversation with the husband,
and learned his history, while Ellen, by the bed- •
side , of the mother, listened to a whispered recital
of her young daughter's devotion. Their story was
aid, but trio; only one wee of that voice that goes
waiting through the suburbs of every toWn ; -that
voice, which, stealing up from damp cellars doktrit
from dusty garrets, oat from gloomy alleys andAlark
courts.--blends in a attain, which, low and plaintive
at first, will swell and echo till the great soul of his.
manhy is moved to angel deeds—till love reigueth
upon earth as. it does inheaven..
e , Ye have parted with all the comforts we
had," said. the father to his Visitorsraslevortelud
ed his - brief tale; "all, al) sive thakroki hcitiltpm
itt other's-Bible. Thank, pod
mareat, and cirink, and, eep,iiraretitlit*?:
bodies starve and freeze!". yip;
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