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From the Columbian Magazine. for me, while I am getting my furniture in order. THE NEIGHBOR IN LAW.
I will pay her sixpence an hour."
Aunt Hetty began to purse up her mouth for a BY L. MARIA CHILD.
refusal ; but the promise of sixpence an hour reWho blesses others in his daily deeds,
laxed her features at once. Litile Peggy sat knitWill find the healing that his spirit needs; ting a stocking very diligently, with a rod lying For every Rower in others' pathway strewn,
on the table beside her. She looked up with Confers its fragrant beauty on our own.
timid wistfulness, as if the prospect of any change "So you are going to live in the same building was like a release from prison. When she heard with Hetty Turnpenny,” said Mrs. Lane to Mrs. consent given, a bright color flushed her cheeks. Fairweather. "You will find nobody to envy She was evidently of an impressible temperament, you. If her temper does not prove too much even for good or evil. “Now mind and behave yourfor your good nature, it will surprise all who know self," said Aunt Hetty ; " and see that you keep her. We lived there a year, and that is as long as at work the whole time; if I hear one word of anybody ever tried it."
complaint you know what you 'll get when you 1. Poor Hetty!" replied Mrs. Fairweather, “she come home." The rose color subsided from Peghas had much to harden her. Her mother died gy's pale face, and she answered, “ Yes, ma'am," too early for her to remember: her father was very meekly. very severe with her; and the only lover she ever In the neighbor's house all went quite otherhad, borrowed the savings of her years of toil, and wise. No switch lay on the table, and instead of, spent them in dissipation But Hetty, notwith-" mind how you do that. If you don't I'll punstanding her sharp features, and sharper words, ish you," she heard the genile words, “ There, certainly has a kind heart. In the midst of her dear, see how carefully you can carry that up greatest poverty many were the stockings she stairs. Why, what a nice handy little girl you knit, and the warm waistcoats she made, for the are!” Under these enlivening influences, Peggy poor drunken lover whom she had too much sense worked like a bee, and soon began to hum much to inarry. Then you know she feeds and clothes more agreeably than a bee. Aunt Hetty was alher brother's orphan child."
ways in the habit of saying, “ Stop your noise, " If you call it feeding and clothing," replied and mind your work." But the new friend patted Mrs. Lane. " The poor child looks cold and her on the head, and said, " What a pleasant voice pinched, and frightened all the time as if she were the little girl has. It is like the birds in the chased by the east wind. I used to tell Miss fields. By and by, you shall hear my music-box." Turopenny she ought to be ashamed of herself, to This opened wide the windows of the poor little keep the poor litule thing at work all the time, shut-up heart, so that the sunshine could stream without one minute to play. If she does but look in, and the birds fly in and out, carolling. The at the cat, as it runs by the window, Aunt Hetty happy child tuned up like a lark, as she tripped gives her a rap over the knuckles. I used to tell lightly up and downstairs, on various household her she would make the girl just such another sour errands. But though she took heed to observe old crab as herself.”.
all the directions given her, her head was all the " That must have been very improving to her time filled with conjectures what sort of a thing disposition," replied Mrs. Fairweather, with a a music box might be. She was a litile afraid good-humored smile. " But in justice to poor the kind lady would forget to show it to her. She Aunt Hetty, you had ought to remember that she kept at work, however, and asked no questions ; had just such a cheerless childhood herself. Flow- she only looked very curiously at everything that ers grow where there is sunshine."
resembled a box. At last, Mrs. Fairweather said, "I know you think everybody ought to live in the "I think your little feet must be tired by this sunshine," rejoined Mrs. Lane ; " and it must be time. We will rest awhile, and eat some gingerconfessed that you carry it with you wherever you bread.” The child took the offered cake, with a go. If Miss Turnpenny has a heart, I dare say humble little courtesy, and carefully held out her you will find it out, though I never could, and I apron to prevent any crumbs from falling on the never heard of any one else that could. All the floor. But suddenly the apron dropped, and the families within hearing of her tongue called her the crumbs were all strewed about. “Is that a little neighbor in law.",
bird ?" she exclaimed eagerly. "Where is he? Certainly the prospect was not very encourag- Is he in this room?" The new friend smiled, and ing; for the house Mrs. Fairweather proposed to told her that was the music box ; and after a while occupy, was not only under the same roof with she opened it and explained what made the sounds. Miss Turnpenny, but the buildings had one com- Then she took out a pile of books from one of the mon yard in front. The very first day she took baskets of goods, and told Peggy she might look possession of her new habitation, she called on the at the pictures, till she called her. The little girl neighbor in law. Aunt Hetty had taken the pre- stepped forward eagerly to take them, and then caution to extinguish the fire, lest the new neigh- drew back, as if afraid. “What is the matter?" bor should want hot water, before her own wood asked Mrs. Fairweather; “I am very willing to and coal arrived. Her first salutation was, “If trust you with the books. I keep them on purpose you want any cold water, there's a pump across to amuse children." Peggy looked down with her the street: I don't like to have my house slopped finger on her lip, and answered, in a constrained all over."
voice, “ Aunt Turnpenny won't like it if I play." "I am glad you are so tidy, neighbor Turnpen- " Don't trouble yourself about that. I will make ny," replied Mrs. Fairweather; “ It is extremely it all right with Aunt Hetty," replied the friendly pleasant to have neat neighbors. I will try to one. Thus assured, she gave herself up to the full keep everything as bright as a new five cent enjoyment of the picture books; and when she was piece, for I see that will please you. I came in summoned to her work, she obeyed with a cheermerely to say good morning, and to ask if you ful alacrity that would have astonished her stern could spare little Peggy to run up and down stairs relative. When the labors of the day were concluded, Mrs. Fairweather accompanied her home, I poor animal, and it was too much for her patience paid all the hours she had been absent, and warm- to see Pink undertake to assist in making Tab unly praised her docility and diligence. “ It is lucky happy. On one of these occasions, she rushed for her that she behaved so well," replied Aunt in to her neighbor's apartments, and faced Mrs. Hetty; "if I had heard any complaint, I should Fairweather, with one hand resting on her hip, have given her a whipping, and sent her to bed and the forefinger of the other making very wrathwithout her supper."
ful gesticulations. “I tell you what, madam, I Poor little Peggy went to sleep that night with won't put up with such treatment much longer," a lighter heart than she had ever felt, since she had said she; “I'll poison that dog ; you 'll see if I been an orphan. Her first thought in the morning don't; and I shan't wait long, either, I can tell was whether the new neighbor would want her you. What you keep such an impudent line service again during the day. Her desire that it beast for, I don't know, without you do it on purshould be so soon became obvious to Aunt Hetty, pose to plague your neighbors." and excited an undefined jealousy and dislike of a “I am really sorry he behaves so," replied Mrs. person who so easily made herself beloved. With-Fairweather mildly. “Poor Tab!" vut exactly acknowledging to herself what were “Poor Tab!" screamed Miss Turnpenny. her own motives, she ordered Peggy to gather all“ What do you mean by calling her poor? Do the sweepings of the kitchen and court into a small you mean to fing it up to me that my cat don't pile, and leave it on the frontier line of her neighhave enough to eat ?" bor's premises. Peggy ventured to ask timidly_“I did not think of such a thing," replied Mrs. whether the wind would not blow it about, and she Fairweather. "I called her poor Tab, because received a box on the ear for her impertinence. It Pink plagues her so that she has no peace of her chanced that Mrs. Fairweather, quite uninten- life. I agree with you, neighbor Turnpenny; it is tionally, heard the words and the blow. She gave not right to keep a dog that disturbs the neighborAunt Hetty's anger time enough to cool, then hood. I am attached to poor lilile Pink, because stepped out into the court, and after arranging di- he belongs to my son, who has gone to sea. I was vers little matters, she called aloud to her domes- in hopes he would soon leave off quarreling with tic, “ Sally, how came you to leave this pile of the cat; but if he won't be neighborly, I will send dirt here?' Did n't I tell you Mrs. Turnpenny was him out in the country to board. Sally will you very neat? Pray, make haste and sweep it up. I bring me one of the pies we baked this morning ? would n't have her see it on any account. I told I should like to have Miss Turnpenny taste of her I would try to keep everything nice about the them." premises. She is so particular herself, and it is a The crabbed neighbor was helped abundantly, comfort to have tidy neighbors." The girl, who and while she was eating the pie, the friendly mahad been previously instructed, smiled as she came tron edged in many a kind word concerning little out, with brush and dust-pan, and swept quietly Peggy, whom she praised as a remarkably capable away the pile, that was intended as a declaration industrious child. of frontier war. But another source of annoyance “I am glad you find her so," rejoined Aunt presented itself, which could not be quite so easily Hetty ; “I should get precious little work out of disposed of. Aunt Hetty had a cat, a lean scraggy her if I did not keep the switch in sight." animal that looked as if she were often kicked and "I manage children pretty much as the man seldom fed ; and Mrs. Fairweather also had a fat, did the donkey," replied Mrs. Fairweather, “Not frisky little dog, always ready for a caper. He an inch would the poor beast stir, for all his mastook a distaste to poor poverty-stricken Tab the ter's beating and thumping. But a neighbor tied first time he saw her, and no coaxing could induce some fresh turnips to a stick, and fastened them so him to alter his opinion. His name was Pink, but that they swung directly before the donkey's nose, he was anything but a pink of behavior in his and off he set on a brisk trot, in hopes of overtakneighborly relations. Poor Tab could never seting them." foot out of the door, without being saluted with a Aunt Hetty, without observing how very closegrowl, and a short sharp bark, that frightened ly the comparison applied to her own management her out of her senses, and made her run in the of Peggy, said, “that will do very well for folks house, with her for all on end. If she even ven- that have plenty of turnips to spare." tured to doze a little on her own door step, the “For the matter of that," answered Mrs. Fair. enemy was on the watch, and the moment her eyes weather," whips cost something, as well as turclosed, he would wake her with a bark and a box nips; and since one makes the donkey stand still, on the ear, and off he would run. Aunt Hetty and the other makes him trot, it is easy to decide vowed she would scald him. It was a burning which is the most economical. But, neighbor shame, she said, for folks to keep dogs to worry Turnpenny, since you like my pies so well, pray their neighbors' cats. Mrs. Fairweather invited take one home with you. I am afraid they will Tabhy to dine, and made much of her, and patient. mould before we can eat them up." ly endeavored to teach her dog to eat from the Aunt Hetty had come in for a quarrel, and she same plate. But Pink sturdily resolved that he was astonished to find herself going out with a would be scalded first; that he would.. He could pie. “Well, Mrs. Fairweather," said she, “ you not have been more firm in his opposition, if he are a neighbor. I thank you a thousand times." and Tab had belonged to different sects in Chris- When she reached her own door, she hesitated for tianity. While his mistress was patting Tab on an instant, then turned back, pie in hand, to say, the head, and reasoning the point with him, he “ Neighbor Fairweather, you need n't trouble would at times manifest a degree of indifference, yourself about sending Pink away. It's natural amounting to toleration ; but the moment he was you should like the little creature, seeing he beleft to his own free will, he would give the invited longs to your son. I'll try to keep Tab in doors, guest a hearty cuff with his paw, and send her home and perhaps after a while they will agree better." spitting like a small steam engine. Aunt Hety “I hope they will," replied the friendly matron : considered it her own peculiar privilege to cuff the “ We will try them a while longer, and if they
persist in quarreling, I will send the dog into the “My nephew, James Fairweather, keeps a singcountry." ' Pink, who was sleeping in a chair, ing school," said she ; " and he says he will teach stretched himself and gaped. His kind mistress her gratis. You need not feel under great obligapatted him on the head, " Ah, you foolish little tion; for her voice will lead the whole school, beast," said she, “what's the use of plaguing and her ear is so quick, it will be no trouble at all poor Tab?"
to teach her. Perhaps you would go with us * Well, I do say," observed Sally, smiling, sometimes, neighbor Turnpenny? It is very pleas" you are a master woman for stopping a quar- ant to hear the children's voices."
The cordage of Aunt Hetty's mouth relaxed into “I learned a good lesson when I was a little a smile. She accepted the invitation, and was so girl," rejoined Mrs. Fairweather. “One frosty much pleased that she went every Sunday eveninorning, I was looking out of the window into my ing. The simple tunes, and the sweet young father's barn yard, where stood many cows, oxen, voices, sell like the dew on her dried-up heart, and and horses, waiting to drink. It was one of those greatly aided the genial influence of her neighbor's cold soapping mornings, when a slight thing irri- example. The rod silently disappeared from the tates both man and beast. The cattle all stood table. If Peggy was disposed to be idle, it was very still and meek, till one of the cows attempted only necessary to say, “ When you have finished to turn round. In making the attempt, she hap- your work, you may go and ask whether Mrs. pened to hit her next neighbor ; whereupon, the Fairweather wants any errands done.” Bless me, neighbor kicked, and hit another. In five minutes, how the fingers flew ! Aunt Hetty had learned to the whole herd were kicking and hooking each use turnips instead of the cudgel. other, with all fury. My mother laughed and When spring came, Mrs. Fairweather busied said, See what comes of kicking when you 're herself with planting roses and vines. Mrs. Turnhit.' Just so I've seen one cross word set a whole penny readily consented that Peggy should help family by the ears, some frosty morning. After-her, and even refused to take any pay from such a ward, if my brothers or myself were a little irrita- good neighbor. But she maintained her own ble, she would say, "Take care, children. Re-opinion that it was a mere waste of time to cultimember how the fight in the barn yard began.vate flowers. The cheerful philosopher never disNever give a kick for a hit, and you will save puted the point ; but she would sometimes say, yourself and others a deal of trouble."
"I have no room to plant this rose bush. NeighThat same afternoon, the sunshiny dame stepped bor Turnpenny, would you be willing to let me into Aunt Hetty's rooms, where she found Peggy set it on your side of the yard ? It will take very sewing, as usual, with the eternal switch on the little room, and will need no care." At another table beside her. "I am obliged to go to Harlem, time she would say, "Well, really, my ground is on business," said she ; " I feel rather lonely with too full. Here is a root of lady's delight. How out company, and I always like to have a child bright and pert it looks. It seems a pity to throw with me. If you will oblige me by letting Peggy it away. If you are willing, I will let Peggy go, I will pay her fare in the omnibus."
plant it in what she calls her garden. It will grow * She has her spelling lesson to get before of itself, without any care, and scatter seeds, that night," replied Auni Hetty. “I don't approve of will come up and blossom in all the chinks of the young folks going a pleasuring, and neglecting bricks. I love it. It is such a bright, good-natheir education."
tured little thing." Thus, by degrees, the crabbed " Neither do 1,” rejoined her neighbor; “but I maiden found herself surrounded with flowers; think there is a great deal of education that is not and she even declared, of her own accord, that they found in books. The fresh air will make Peggy did look pretty. grow stout and active. I prophesy that she wilī do! One day, when Mrs. Lane called upon Mrs. great credit to your bringing up." The sugared Fairweather, she found the old weed-grown yard words, and the remembrance of the sugared pie, bright and blooming. Tab, quite fat and sleek, touched the soft place in Miss Turnpenny's heart was asleep in the sunshine, with her paw upon and she told the astonished Peggy that she might Pink's neck, and little Peggy was singing at her go and put on her best gown and bonnet. The work as blithe as a bird. pnor child began to think that this new neighbor “How cheerful you look here," said Mrs. was certainly one of the good fairies she read Lane.“ And so you have really taken the house about in the picture books. The excursion was for another year. Pray, how do you manage to enjoyed as only a city child can enjoy the country. I get on with the neighbor in law ?"'" The world seems such a pleasant place, when the “I find her a very kind, obliging neighbor,"refetters are off, and Nature folds the young heart plied Mrs. Fairweather. lovingly on her bosom! A flock of real birds and "Well, this is a miracle !" exclaimed Mrs. two living butterflies pot the little orphan in a per-Lane. “Nobody but you would have undertaken feet ecstasy. She pointed to the fields covered to thaw out Aunt Hetty's heart." with dandelions, and said, " See, how pretty! It “That is probably the reason why it never was louks as if the stars had come down to lie on the thawed," rejoined her friend. “I always told you grass." Ah, our little stinted Peggy has poetry that not having enough of sunshine was what ailed in ber, though Aunt Hetty never found it out. the world. Make people happy, and there will Every human soul has the germ of some flowers not be half the quarrelling, or a tenth part of the within, and they would open, if they could only wickedness there is." find sunshine and free air to expand them.
From this gospel of joy preached and practised, Mrs. Fairweather was a practical philosopher nobody derived so much benefit as little Peggy. ia her owa small way. She observed that Miss Her nature, which was fast growing crooked and Taropenny really liked a pleasant tune; and when kootty, under the malign influence of constraint winter came, she tried to persuade her that singing and fear, straightened up, budded and blossomed, vould be excellent for Peggy's lungs, and per- in the genial atmosphere of cheerful kindness, laps keep her from going into a consumption. Her affections and faculties were kept in such pleasant exercise, that constant lightness of heart! When the orphan removed to her pleasant little made her almost handsome. The young music cottage, on her wedding-day, she threw her arms teacher thought her more than almost handsome, round the blessed missionary of sunshine, and said, for her affectionate soul shone more beamingly on " Ah, thou dear good aunt, it is thou who hast him than on others; and love makes all things made my life Fairweather." beautiful.
WHO STOLE THE BIRD'S NEST?
BY MRS. L. M. CHILD. To whit! to whit! to whee! Will you listen to me? Who stole four eggs I laid, And the nice nest I made? Not I, said the cow, Moo-oo? Such a thing I'd never do, I gave you a whisp of hay, But did'nt take your nest away. Not I, said the cow, Moo-00 ! Such a thing I'd never do. To whit! to whit! to whee! Will you listen to me? Who stole four eggs I laid, And the nice nest I made ? Bob-a-link ! Bob-a-link! Now what do you think? Who stole a nest away From the plumb tree to-day? Not I, said the dog, bow wow, I would n't be so mean, I vow, I gave hairs the nest to make, But the nest I did not take. Not I, said the dog, bow wow! I would n't be so mean, I vow. To whit! to whit! to whee! Will you listen to me? Who stole four eggs I laid, And the nice nest I made? Bob-a-link! Bob-a-link! Now what do you think? Who stole a nest away From the plumb tree to-day? Coo coo ! coo coo! coo coo! Let me speak a word too, Who stole that pretty nest From the little yellow breast ? Not I, said the sheep, oh no, I would n't treat a poor bird so, I gave the wool to line, But the nest was none of mine. Baa baa ! said the sheep, oh no, I would n't treat a poor bird so. To whit! to whit! to whee! Will you listen to me? Who stole four eggs I laid And the nice nest I made? Bob-a-link ! Bob-a-link ! Now what do you think? Who stole a nost away From the plumb tree to-day? Coo coo! coo coo ! coo coo! Let me speak a word too,
Who stole my pretty nest
Said little Mary Green;
Of anything so mean. 'Tis very cruel too,
Said little Alice Neal; I wonder if he knew
How sad the bird would feel ? A little boy hung down his head And went and hid behind the bed ; For he stole that pretty nest, From the poor little yellow breast; And he felt so full of shame, He did n't like to tell his name.
ON THE YOUNG AND BEAUTIFUL COUNTESS
PLUTER, Who organized and commanded a troop in the
late Polish Revolution ; and when the independence of Poland was finally crushed, died of a broken heart. The missile with resistless fury sent,
Though fragile be its nature, in that flight Gains fresh endurance and unwonted might, Through all opposing strength to force a vent; But that new nature, for the purpose lent,
Enduring only till its task is o'er,
It then resumes the same it owned before, And falls and shivers as its power is spent ; Thus was a woman's heart, for Poland's sake,
Inspired with energy before unknown, And armed with strength and firmness not its
own. Thus did that heart, its trial ended, break,
To prove, when all that made it move was past, That it was still but woman's at the last.,
From Chambers' Journal. Jas he writes for several of the higher-toned peri
My sister-in-law is certainly more in her natural
sphere where she is. She does not affect to conThe prophetic doubts of my good aunt, the cap- ceal that the change is agreeable to her. The tain's shrewd-judging lady, did not fail in time to perpetual little party-giving is quite to her mind; be very painfully realized. Though widely sepa- so are the dressing, the morning calls, the cardrated from my Highland kindred, I had kept up a playing : her taste for this mode of getting through correspondence with the principal members of my part of her time having rather increased as more brother's family, sometimes hearing from himself youthful inclinations have declined. Unluckily of some new golden project, now and then from for my brother, the loo she so much delighted in his wife-latterly to complain of an increasing dul- was not always limited ; but years had brought ness in the neighboring society-and very con- some degree of prudence along with them, and her stantly from the elder children, to whom I had gains are beginning to preponderate over her had the extreme comfort of sending a young losses. She was still a fine-looking woman when woman, of superior understanding, as their gov. I last saw her : ten years at least younger in erness. About the time that my two eldest appearance than her real age. She had latterly nephews came to England, to a public school, devolved the management of her household on her rumors of my brother's embarrassments began to eldest daughter, who has been taught by adversity be current around him. Without any very expen- the prudence ordinarily the result of half a life's sive habits, he and his lady got through large experience. The second daughter, who, from the sams of money, which even the better resources more intellectual expression of her countenance, of their improved management failed to supply. surpassed even her mother's early beauty, had Besides their hospitable summers, there were win- married just as the family were leaving the Highter visits to Edinburgh, Dublin, and sometimes lands. She had married greatly-the young London ; with no farm at hand to aid in house." master” of the neighboring noble domain, who keeping, when some ready money being of abso- discovered, at the prospect of parting, that he had lute necessity, it had often to be raised at ruinous been cultivating the society of the brothers for the interest. Then came the system of long credits, sister's sake. Though the bride was portionless, bills renewable, a trust-deed-all vain attempts to she was received with affection, and parted with stave off, for some indefinite period, the crash, without elation: like sought like. There was which every expedient to avert tended but to nothing the Highlanders considered uncommon in aggravate the weight of. It came at last, and it an accident which we, more worldly-minded, was overwhelming. The trustees entered upon thought so fortunate. the administration of the property, and my brother My brother's eldest son, he more peculiarly tho had to remove with his family, to live where he subject of my present sketch, had been educated, pleased, on a very slender annuity.
while at school, with my own boys, passing, too, At first they went abroad, but the continent not the most of his holidays with us. Before his colsuiting either himself or his wife, principally from lege days, the funds were wanting to complete their ignorance of modern languages, they were what had been begun : he studied one year only advised to fix at Cheltenham, to which they were at Edinburgh. The two following he spent at a the more inclined, as we were enabled to lend German university, which he left to accompany his ther a house there. Our Indian uncle, the colonel, family home, upon their tiring of the continent. had bought a villa on the outskirts of what was We thought him anything but improved by his then a pretty village, and this his widow had foreign travels, and we fancied his character still Iately left to me. Soon after the completion of further deteriorated by a couple of seasons at this arrangement, our younger brother, who had Cheltenham, where, as a handsome beau-à musgone out early in life to Madras as a writer, re- taches he lounged away the mornings, with other turned home a wealthy man ; and he too settling idlers, in the High Street, or in the billiard-rooms, st Cheltenham, to be near the “ laird”'--for never or on the cigar benches, while at the evening balls has he been heard to call his elder brother by any he was the coveted partner of every fair exhibitor, other name and also with a view to the happiness unchecked in his advances by any maternal of his wife, who was of a Gloucestershire family, frowns; it being well known that the Highland he gathered his scattered children from their vari. estate was entailed, and of course redeemable. ogs homes, and, applying to the “ laird” for ad- His mother rather encouraged his numerous flirvice in every circumstance of the life equally novel tations, almost glorying in his easy conquests : his to both, the old age of two men, used to the most father, occupied in his study, knew little of what active babits in totally dissimilar spheres, where was going forward : the gentle rebuke of his siseach had commanded, is gliding away, I believe, ter he only laughed at. Suddenly he vanished: in quiet happiness. I had feared that my brother he joined a party to shoot in the Highlands, and ** the laird" would have felt very painfully his returned no more. He had ventured to his own descent in position : but no; his seems to be a glen ; he wrote his sister word ; and he meant to mind which accommodates itself without effort to remain there on a visit to my old friend the foresevents. He considers himself the victim of phi-ter. The next thing we heard of him was, that lanthropy; and, persuaded that his patriotic he was in Edinburgh at college again ; then doattempts to improve his place and people were the mesticated in some farmer's house in the Lothiwole canse of the ruin brought on him and them, ans ; next back to the Highlands; and then came be hardly even regrets it. It was the consequence a joint letter from the trustees to announce that, of good intentions; and the schemes in the High- being dissatisfied with the gentleman hitherto lande failing, he has begun another series in the charged with the management of the property, south, not so costly at any rate, being princi- they had relieved him from his duties, and had pally confined to his study, where his fertile appointed in his stead the person most interested brain and ready pen occupy bim very profitably, in the retrieval of its difficulties, and, in their esti