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jast the same as he used to. But he won't, they seemed to sile upon the travelers will he? He's tov poor, now!!
from out their twinklig eyes of light. Si“Jo, my dear boy, we shall bave no otu. leutly Wilkios led the way, and siteuriy his er present than food; and even for that we wife and children followed. Several times must thank dear father. There, lay your
the wife gazed up in her husband's counte head in my lap again."
wance; but, from the strange expression that
rested there, she could nake vut muihing The boy laid bis curly heal once more in
that tended to satisfy her. his mother's lap, and with tearful eyes she
At length, a slight turn in the road brost gazed upon his innocent form.
Then suddenly upou the pretty white cogThe clock struck eleven! The poor wife
tage where, years before, they had been yo was yet o: hor tireless, sleepless watch !
bappy. They approached the spot. The But baruly had the sound of the last stroke
snow in the front yarut bad been shoveled died away, ere the snow-crust gave back
away, and a path lul up to the prazza. Wilthe suuuid of a foot-fall, and in a moment
kivs opened the gate-his wife, uembling, more her husband entered. With a trembling
| followed, but wherefore, she kuew wot. Then fear sbe raised her eyes to his face, aud a
her husband opened the dous, and in the enwild thrill of joy went to her heart, as she
try they were met by the smiling countosaw that all there was open and bold-only! those manly features looked more joyous,
nance of old Captain Walker, who ushered
them into the parlur, where a warm fire more proud than ever.
| glowed in the grate, and where everything "Lizzie,” said he in mild, kind accents “I am lite to night, but business has de
looked neat and colufortable. Mis. Wilkins tained me; and now I have a favor to ask
turned her gaze upon the old man, and then
upon her busband. Surely, iu that greeting “Name it, dear Thomas, and you shall
between the poor man and the rich, there not ask a second time,” cried the wife, as
was none of that constraint which would she layed her hand confidently upon her
have been expected. They met jather as husbaud's arm.
friends and neighbors. Wbat could it mean? “And will you ask me no questions?” -
Hark, the clock strikes twelve. The old continued wilkins,
year is gone-a uew, a bright-winged cycle "No, I will not.”
is about to commence its flight over the earth.
Thomas Wilkins took the band of his wife * Then,” coulinued the busband, as he
within his own, and then drawing from his bent over and imprinted a kiss upon his wife's brow, “ I want you to dress our chil
bosom a paper, be placed it in her hand, ledren for a walk, and you shall accompany
marking, as he did so: us. The night is calm and tranquil, and the..
“ Lizzie, this is your husband's present for
the new year.” snow is well-trodden
The wife took the paper and she opened “Ah, no questions. Remember your pro- it. She realized its coutents at a glance, but mise."
she could not read it word for word, for the Lizzie Wilkins knew not what all this streaming tears of a wild, frantic joy would meant, nor did she think to care; for any- uot let her. With a quick, nervous movething that could please her husband she ment she placed the priceless pledge next would have done with pleasure, even though her bosom, and then, with a low murmur, it had wrenched her very heart-strings. In like the gentle whispering of some heavena short time the two children were ready; bound angel, she fell, balf fainting, into her then Mrs. Wilkins put on such articles of husband's arms. dress as she could command, and soon they “Look up, look up, my own dear wife,” were in the road. The moon shone brightly, uttered the redeemed man, "look up and the stars peeped down upon the carth, and 'su il: upon your husband, and you, wo, my
children, gather about your father--for a “ Weeks passed on, and nothing more was husband and a father benceforth will I ever said on the subject. My father lived in a be. Look up, my wife. There—now Liz- log-house which contained one room below zie, feel proud with me, for we stand within and one above. One night a tremendous our own house. Yes, this cottage is once wind arose, and at midnight blew off the enmore my own; and nothing but the hand of tire roof of the house. My mother alarmdeath shall again take us hence. Our good, / ed at the crash, ran up the ladder, and put. kind friend here will explain it all; 0, Liz- ting, ber head into the roofless chamber, ‘zie, if there is happiness on earth, it shall criedhenceforth be ours. Let the past be forgot-! “Children, are you all there?” ten, and with this, the dawning of a new “Yes, mother !” piped a small and terri. year, let us commence to live in the future.” | fied voice; “yes, we are all here ; and if
Gently the busband and wife sank upon the day of judgement has come, it was me their koees, clasped in each other's arms, that told the lie!” and, clinging joyfully to them, knelt their To how many "children of larger growth.” conscious, happy children. A prayer from does a similar repentance come, and from the husband's lips wended its way to the similar causes; the “still small voice" amid Throne of Grace, and, with the warm tears the storm. trickling down his aged face, old Captain Walker responded a heartfelt “Amen.”
WHAT THE SUNBEAM DOES.
Five years have passed away since that Heat, or the caloric portion of the sunhappy moment. Tbomas Wilkins has clear- | beam, is the great cause of life and motion ed his pretty cottage from all incumbrance, in this our world. As it were with a magicand a happier or more respected family does al energy, it causes the winds to blow and not exist. And Lizzie, that gentle, confid- the waters to flow, vivifies and animates all ing wife, as she takes that simple paper from nature, and then bathes it in refresbing dew. the drawer, and gazes again and again upon The intensity of the heat which we receive the magic pledge it bears, weeps tears of joy depends on the distance of the earth from anew. Were all the wealth of the Indies the sun, its great source, and still more on poured out in one glittering, blinding pile the relative position of the two orbs; since at her feet, and all the honors of the world in winter we are nearer the sun than we are added thereto, she would not, for the whole in summer, yet, in consequence of the posicountless sum, give in exchange one single tion of the earth at that season, the sun's word from that pledge which constituted her rays fall obliquely on its northern hemihusband's present.-- Temperance Chart. sphere, rendering it far colder than at any
other period of the year. THE CHILD OF JUDGEMENT. | A great portion of the beat-rays which are
emitted by the sun are absorbed in their pasI HEARD a story the other day, (writes a sage through the atmosphere which surfriend and correspondent of the Knicker-rounds our globe. It is calculated that about bocker,) which amused me. An old lady one-third of the heat-rays which fall on it
never reach the earth, which adds another “When my father moved to the new coun- to the many beneficent purposes fulfilled by try, one of us children once told a lie. My our gaseous envelope, screening us from the nother could pot ascertain the culprit, but a otherwise scorching heat. It is curious to lie lay between us."
trace the varied fates of the calorific rays "Well," said she, “you may escape now; which strike on the surface of the earth. but you may be sure that I will know at Some at once on falling are reflected, and, some day which of you has told a lie." passing back through the atmosphere, are
last amid the immensity of space; others comes much heated. It is the property of are absorbel or imbibed by different bodies, air to expand when heated, and, when exand, after a time are radiated from them; but panded, it is necessarily lighter than the the greater part of the beams which reach the cooler air around it. Consequently it risce. earth during the summer are absorbed by ic, As it rises, the cooler air at once takes its and conveyed downward to a considerable place. Rushing from the temperate and po-' distance, by conduction from particle to par- lar regions to supply the wavt, the warm air ticle. Heat also spreads laterally from the re- which has risen flows toward the poles, and gions of the equator to the poles, thereby descends there, loses its heat, and again trave moderating the intense cold of the arctic and els to the tropics. Thus a grand circulation antarctie circles, and in winter when the for- is continually maintained in the atmosphere, est-trees are covered with snow, their deep- These ærial currents, being affected by the ly-penetrating roots are warmed by the heat, revolution of the earth, do not move due which, as in a vast store-bouse, has been laid north and south, as they otherwise would.up in the earth, to preserve life during the Hence while they equalize the temperature of dreary winter. The rays which fall on the the atmosphere, they also preserve its puri. tropical seas descend to the depth of about ty; for the pure oxygen evolved by the luxthree hundred feet. The sun's attraction for uriant vegetation of the equatorial regions is the earth being also stronger at that quarter wafted by the winds to support life in the of the world, the heated waters are drawn teeming population of the temperate zones, upward, the colder waters from the poles rush while the air from the poles bears carbonic in, and thus a great heated current is pro- acid gas on its wings to furnish food for the duced, flowing from the equator northward rich and gorgeous plants of the tropies.aod southward, which tends to equalize the Thus the splendid water-lily of the Amazoni, temperature of the earth. The sailor also the stately palm-tree of Africa, aud the great knows how to avail himself of this phenom- banyan of India, depend for nourishment on enon. When out at sea, despite his most the breath of men and animals in lands skillfa: steering, he is in constant dauger of thousands of miles distant from them, and, shipwreck, if he fails to estimate truly the in return, they supply their benefactors with free and direction of those currents which rivifying oxygen. are dragging hiin insensibly out of the true Little less important, and still more beaucourse. His compass does not help him
imtiful is the phenomenon of dew, which is here, neither does any log yet known give a produced by
un give a produced by the power of radiating heat, perfectly authentic result. But he knows possessed in different degrees by all bodies, that this great gulf-stream has a stated path. The powers both of absorbing and of radiand tine, and, by testing from hour to hour ating heat, in great measure, depend on the the temperature of the water through which color of bodies—the darker the color, the he is proceeding, he knows at what point he greater the power; so that each lovely floris mæting this curent, and reckons aecord
er bears within its petals a delicate thermom
eter, which deteripines the amount of heat ingly.
each shall receive, and which is always the We have already said that heat was the
amount essential to their well-being. The producer of the winds, which are so essential
queenly rose, the brilliant carnation, the fair to the preservation of the purity of the at-lily, and the many-colored anemone, all mosphere. In order to understand their ac- basking in the same bright sunshine, enjoy tion, we shall consider the stupendous phe- different degrees of warmth, and when niglit comenon of the trade-winds, which is sim- descends, a
me descends, and the heat absorbed hy day is ilar to that of the current we have described. redisted her
ed. radiated back, and the bodies become cooler T'he rays of the s'in falling vertically on the than the surrounding air, the vapor contained regions between the tropics, the air there be in the atmosphere is deposited in the form
of dew. These bodies which radiate most cal with life and beauty, the other daik quickly receive the most copious supply ot dreary and silent. the retreshing fluid. Tbis radiating power! The thir: Cullstituent of the sunlcam is depends on the condition of the surface, as actinism-its property being to produce well as upon color, so that we may often set chemical effects. So long ago as 1556, it the grass garden batbed in dew, wbile the was noticed by those strange seekers after gravel walks which run through it are per impossibilities, the alchemists, that born silfectly dry, and, again, the smouth, shining, ver, exposed to the sunbeam, was blackened juicy leaves of the laurel are quite dry, while by it. This pbenomenon contained the germ the ruse-tree beneath it is saturated with of those most interesting discoreries which moisture.
have distinguished the present age; but, in The great effect produced on the vegetable
their ardent search for the philosrj her's
stone and the elixir of hfe, they overlooked kingdom by the heat-rays may be judged of
many an effect of their labors which might from the fact that almost all the plants which
have led them to important results. exhibit the remarkable phenonena of irrita
| As yet, the effects or activitat have been bility, alniost approaching to animal life, are
are more studied in the inanimate ihan the orconfined to those regions where the heat is
ganic creation. Still, in the vegetable kingextreme. On the banks of the Indian rivers dom, its power is known to be of the utmost grows a plant in almost constant motion.- limportance. A seed exposed to the entire In the hottest of the conservatories at Kew with
new sui.beam will not germinate ; but bury it in is a curious plant, whose leaflets rise by a
the earth at a depth sufficient to exclude the 8 Iccession of little starts. The same house
light, yet enough to admit actiniem, which contaius Venus' fly-trap. Light seems to like heat.
ms 19 like heat, penetrates the earth to some dishave no effect in quickening their move- tan
oveo tance, and soon a chemical change will take ments; but the effect of increased heat is at
place; the starch contained in the seed is once seen. They exhibit their remarkable
converted into gum and water, forming ibe power's most during the still hot nights of nutriment of
nights of nutriment of the young plant; the tiny root au Iudian summer.
I plunges downward, the slender stem rises to Heat is of essential importance in the the light, the first leaves, or cotyledons, then production and ripening of fruit. Many unfold, and now fully expand to the light, trees will not bear fruit in our cold climate, and a series of chemical changes of a totally which are most productive in the sunny south, different nature commence, which we have Animal as well as vegetable life is in great before noticed, when speaking of light. Exmeasure dependent on heat. Look at the periments clearly prove that this change is insect tribes. The greater number of them to be attributed to actinism, and not to heat. pass their winter in the pupa state. Hidden Glass has been interposed of a dark blue in some sheltered nook, or buried in the color, which is transparent to actinism, earth, they sleep on, until tbe warmth of re-though opaque to light and heat, and gerturning spring awakens them to life and mination has been thereby quickened. Garbappiness; and if; by artificial means the cold deners have long known this fact practically, be prolonged, they still sleep on, whereas, if and are accustomed to raise their cuttings they be exposed to artificial heat, their change under blue shades. There is no doubt that is hustened, and butterflies may be seen actinism exercises a powerful and beneficent sporting about the flowers of a hot-house, influence on plants during their wbole existwhen their less favored relatives are stilllence, but science bas yet to demonstrate its wrapped in the deepest slumber. To judge nature; and it is curious to observe that the of the influence of heat on the animal and actinic element is most abundant in the sunvegetable economy, we need but contrast beam in the spring, when its presence is. samwer and winter-the one radiant and you'most essential in promoting germination
in summer the luminous rays are in excess' | liantly produced than, in brighter and more when they are most veeded for the forma- sunny lands--so much so, tbat a gentleman tion of vo dy fibre-and in autumu the beat- who took the requisite materials to Mexico. rays prevail, and ripen the golden grain and in order to take views of its principal buildthe de kious fruit; in each day the propor- ings, met with failure after failure, and it finns of the different ravs vary_in the nior- was not until the darker days of the rainy ning the actinic principle abounds most, at season; that he met with any measure of Doon the light, and at eventide the heat success.
The indigence of actinism on the animal world is not well known; but it is probable
THE PURPOSE OF OUR BEING. that many of the effects hitherto referred to light are in reality due to actinism. It has See that beautiful church organ, with its the strange power of darkoning the human rows of gilt pipes, its case of carved oak, its skio, causing the the deep color of those black and white ivory keys, its pedals, and tribes who inhabit the sunniest regions of its stops. Now suppose that a person should te earth; and eveu in our own country, in go up to it, and without any skill or attensoumer, that darkening of the skin called tion, strike about on the keys, wherever his sou-burning. Doubtless, more careful inves- hands might bappen to fall. Instead of mutigation will discover this princple to be sic, he would make mist terrible discord; equally inportant to the life and health of yet it should not be fair to say that the oranimals as either of its closely allied powers gan was built to make discord, should it? of light and beat.
Surely not. It was built to make music, Our knowledge of the actinic influence on because, when it is played properly, it does inanimate nature is not so scanty, for it is make music. It is an instrument of music, Low a well established fact, that the sun- and not an instrument of discord, even tho' beam can not fall on any body, whether sim- it may be easier to make discord on it than ple or compound, without producing on its to make music. Music is pleasant, discord surface a chemical and molecular change.- is not pleasant, bit painful. We must beTbe immovable rocks which bound our lieve that all the time and skill, and experi. shores, the mountain which rears its lofty epce which were devoted to the building of had above the clouds, the magnificent ca- the organ, were devoted to bring forth what thedral, the very triumph of art, and the should be pleasant, and not what should le beautiful statue in bronze or marble, are all rainful. The oryan will produce discord if acted on destructively by the sunbeam, and its keys are struck ignorantly and improper Tould soon perish beneath its irresistible en ly; but not if they are touched with knowergy, but fo: the beautiful provision made ledge and care. Now we were made for for their restoration during the darkness of goodness, virtue, huliness, which may bo pight-the repose of darkness being no less called spiritual music, or music or the soul. essential to inorgavic, than it is to animated Love, hope, fear, joy, grief, are the musical nature. During its silent hours, the chemic- potes within you. If your will is suffered al and molecular changes are all undone, and to strike these potes in a violent, careless or the destruction of the day repaired, we uninstructed manner, discord and sin will be know not bow.
the consequence. But if the Spirit of God The art of painting by the sunbeam bas enters your mind and touches those keys. been rather unfortunately called photography, your affections will harmonize, the music of which meats light-painting, for the process holiness will be given forth, and this melois pot dve to light but is rather interfered |dy will be very sweet to the ears of your with by it; and, contrary to all preconceived friends, and of listening angels, and of God ideas, the pictures taken in our comparative. himself, who made you to be good and haply sombre chantry, are more easily and bril. 'py.