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in a voice I can never forget, say, “ Promises tect and to cherish the gentle being at his me, Willie, when you go out from your side; and I koow he thought as he looked home into the world and its temptations, and down fondly at her, that the very winds of your mother has laid down with her gray heaven should not visit her face too roughly. hairs to sleep in the church-yard, yonder, And then, my father would tell us of a home promise, my child, that the memory of her made very bright by watchful affection, and prayers and counsels shall keep vou from all of the dark-eyed boy, and of the fuir-haired evil ways?" And Willie would raise his girl, who came, after a while, to gladden it; head, lift his blue eyes proudly to his moth- and then, you know, he removed to the er, and answer, “ I promise you, I will make West, and lost sight of you, Mr. Strong." a first-rate man, mother.” And after he bad. Once, again, the lady paused, for the agony said his evening prayer, we would go, hap- of the strong man before her waz fearful to py as the birds that nestled in the branches bebold; and when she spoke again, it was ia of the apple tree, to rest; and then, just as a lower and more mournfal tone: we were sinking to sleep, we would hear a “I promised my father, previous to his well-known foot fall on the stairs, and a lov- death, that, if I ever visited his native state, ing face would bend over us to see if we I would seek out bis old friend. But when were nicely tucked up. It is a long time, I inquired for you, they unfolded a terrible father would say, after a pause, since I story to me, Mr. Strong: they told me of a have heard from Willie-but sure I am, that broken and desolate household; of a darkhe has never fallen into any evil ways. The eyed boy who left his bome in disgust and memory of his mother would keep him from despair, for one on the hopeless seas; of the that.”
gentle and uncomplaining wife who went Rap, rap, rap! went the words of the lady | down, with a prayer on her lips for ber erat the door in that old man's heart. Creak, ring husband, broken-hearted, to the grave; creak, creak, went the door on its rusty hin- of the fair-haired girl they placed by her ges (angels of God, held ye not your breaths side in a little while. 0, it is a sad, sad to listen)! The lady could only see the sub-story, I have heard of my father's old dued map bury his face in his hands, and friend!” while his whole frame shook like an aspen “It was II it was I that did it alll I killleaf, she heard him murmur, amid childlike ed them!” said old Bill, in a voice hoarse sobs:
with emotion, as he lifted his head from his “My mother, O, my mother!"
clasped hands and looked upon the lady, And she knew the tears, that were wash- every feature wearing such a look of agorising those wrinkled cheeks, were washing ing remorse and helpless despair, that shs out, also, many a dark page in the record of shuddered to behold it. old Bill's past life, that stood against him.- Wide, wide open, stood the door, then, So, with a silent prayer of thankfulness, she and the lady hastened to pass in. A small, resumed:
fair hand was laid geutly upon old Bills "But there was one scene my father loved arm, and a sweet voice murmured: to talk of better than all the rest. It was “Even for all this there is redemption, of the morning you were married, Mr. and you well know in what manner. I Strong. It was enough to do one's eyes the name of the inother that loved you, good,' he would say, 'to look at them, as in the name of your dying wife, and of they walked up to the old church aisle-he, the child that sleeps beside her, I ask you, with his proud, manly tread, and she, a deli- will you sign the pledge?" cate, fragile creature, fair as the orange blos- | “I will," said old Bill, and he brought soms that trembled in her hair. I remember down bis hand with such force on the pine how clear and firın his voice echoed through table, that its rheumatic limbs with difficulthe old church, as he promised to lovė, pro-ty maintained their equilibriun, and then
eagerly seized the pen and pledge the lady she speedily betook to the cleaning operatioa placed before bim, and when he returned likewise. And very soon the whole house them to her, the name of William Strong was, as it were, trausformed and made tidy lay in broad, legible characters upon the and comfortable, simply by the cleaning of paper. .
one ragged school-boy. There was an expression, ludicrous from ita intensity of curiosity, on the bar-keeper's
MATERNITY. pbysiognomy, as the lady passed quietly through the "shop," after her long inter
Woman's charms are certainly many and view with old Bill; and the expression was
| powerful. The expanding rose just bursting in no degree lessened, when, a few moments
into beauty bas an irresistible bewitching. after, old Bill followed ber without stopping,
ness; the blooming bride, led triumphantly as usual, to take a “second glass"--and he
to the hymeneal altar, awakens admiration nuover passed over the threshold again." Reader of mine, if you are of those whose
and interest, and the blush of her cheek fills
with delight; but the charm of maternity is true, carnest souls bear ever about them one
more sublime than these. Heaven bas im. great desire to benefit their fellow men, if your heart is yearning over some erring bro
printed on the mother's face something bether man, whom you would gladly raise from
yond this world, something which claims the depths of degradation and misery, and
kindred with the skies—the angelic smile, point to the biglway of peace and virtue, re
| the tender look, the waking, watchful eye pember that somewhere in his heart must be
which keeps its fond vigil over her slumbera door, which, when rightly applied to, will og open unto you. See to it that ye find it.
These are objects which neither the pen
cil nor the chisul can touch, which poctry Arthur's Home Gazette.
fails to exalt, which the most eloquent
tongue in vain would eulogize, and to por: BENEFITS OF A CLEAN FACE. tray which all deseription becomes incffee
tive. In the heart of man lies the lovely The successive stages of this interesting picture; it lives in bis sympathies, it reigos outward metamorphosis, are impressively in his affections; his eyes look round in vain described in a late speech of Joseph Paine, for such another object on earth. Esq., of London.
Maternity-ecstatic sound! so twired A boy once went to a ragged. school and round our heart that it must cease to throb bad his face washed; and when he went
when he wentere we forget! 'Tis our first love. 'Tis bome his neighbors looked at him with as- part of our religion! Nature bas set the motonishment. They said “that looks like ther upon such a pinnacle, that our infant Tom Regers, and yet it can't be, for he is eyes and arms are first uplifted to it; we clean.” Presently his mother looked at him, cling to it in manhood, we almost worship it finding his face so clean, she fancied her face in old age. He who can enter an apartdirty, and forthwith washed it. The father ment, and behold the tender babe feeding soon came home, and seeing his wife so upon its mother's beauty, nourished by the clean, thought his face very dirty, and soon tide of life which flows through her generfollowed their example. Father, mother and Sous veins, without a panting bosom and a Bon, all being clean, the mother began to grateful eye, is no man but a monster. He think the room looked dirty, and down sbe who can approach the cradle of sleeping inwent on her knees and scrubbed that clean. nocence without thinking "of such is the There was a female lodger in the house, who kingdom of heaven," or view the fond paseeing such a change in her neighbors, tho'r rent bending over its beauties, and half reber face and her room tere very dirty, and 'tain her breath lest she should break its
slumbers, without a veneration beyond all churches, are prolific sources of evil and sufcommon feeling, is to be avoided in every fering. intercourse in life, and is fit only for the As a general rule, the proper temperature shadow of darkness and the solitude of the of the human body ought to be preserved by desert.-Canada Magazine,
food and exercise, rather than by clothing and fuel.
This matter of temperature is one of much TEMPERATURE.
higher moment than is generally supposed.
“ Since heat, magnetism, electricity, light, BY JAMES HENRY, JUX.
and nervous energy, are proved to be inti.
mately related to each other, we need no TEMPERATURE describes the degrees of longer wonder that the sun should appear beat and cold which exist in all bodies. In to be the fountain of .all animation to this a healthy state, the temperature of the adult earth. The consideration of the effects of human body is about ninety-eight degrees light on the human being. involves also that of Fahrenheit; tbat of the atmosphere, in of the influences which light seems to call the temperate zones, is almost constantly into action; tbe chief of which, as regards many degrees below; the consequence is, its manifest operation on vital development, that in these portions of the earth, heat is is caloric, or that which causes the sensation almost constantly escaping from the human of heat. The Almighty regulates all nature body into the surrounding air.
by the combination of opposing forces; and as This general condition, therefore, ought att
onight attraction gives origin to form and deusity, so to be borne constantly in mind, in selecting beat, acting as the divellent force, imparts to the material and fixing upon the quantity of bodies a tendency to expand. It is therefore clothing. The general practice of our times essential to fluidity and motion, which sufis to wear such superabundance of clothing, ficiently demonstrates its importance in evethat the body is kept in a temperature so try thing appertaining to life. high as to be highly prejudicial to health.- “Knowing the nature of our dependence The untold fulds of cotton batting in which on the state of the brain and of the blood, we wrap ourselves round and rourd; the soft, we might determiue the locality most favorwarm feather beds we so commonly immerse able to mental and moral development, and or bury ourselves, are all fruitful sources of no one could doubt the probability of finddebility and disease, and parents and teach-ing, what we find in fact, that in the temers ought to take the initiative in introduc- perate zones man would appear in the highing a general correction of these com- est state of moral and intellectual cultivamon and great errors. The general adoption |tion." of light, loose, and porous clothing, clean straw beds and husk matresses, would great
BEGIN RIGHT. ly augment the general comfort, health, and happiness.
The first stone of an edifice, which is to The temperature of rooms artificially constitute the foundation of the whole, warmed is almost invariable above the should be well laid, or the building cannot state most conducive to health. Not be- be sustained, and in the formation of charlow seventy, nor abore seventy-five de-acter it is equally essential that the first grees, ought to be the general rule. Too principles instilled into the mind, should high temperature will very generally be comport with truth and night. An error in found in school-rooms and churches, and the beginning may lead into hundreds of bis joined with the impure atmosphere otbers, as one lie requires an after series to almost invariably found in both schools and sustain it. The first step in any enterprise is always an important one, and if it be ta- ficiency in this respect, that they never venken wrong, no after toil and perseverance tured to send a letter till it had been revised may be able to correct the evil. The entire by a friend. This was, to say no more, suflabor may be lost, and after long struggling, ficiently inconvenient. he who has started wrong may be obliged I say again, learn to spell, young map.to go back and begin again.
Keep your eyes open when you read, and if A young man, when setting out in life any word is spelt different from your mode, needs to be careful that he begins right. An ascertain which is right. Keep your dicerror committed then may blast his charac- tionary br you; and in writing, whenever ter through a long life. It is harder work to you have the least misgiving about the epelundo evil, than it would be to avoid it in ling of a word, look it out at once, and rethe beginning. He who would build should member it. Do not let your laziness get the first sit down and count the cost. And he better of you.---Olive Branch. who would accomplish any important undertaking, should make his arrangements
SABBATH THOUGHTS. with care first, and it will be comparatively easy afterwards. Success will be likely to follow a good beginnivg. But a bad com- Many and thrilling are the associations mencement will always make uphill work, which the weekly recurrence of the Sabbath Let all take care to begin right.-Boston
brings. The son of a Sabbath morn first Olive Branch.
shed light on a finished creation. When the tall we tread on stood out a complete
and lovely thing before its Maker; when Eden LEARNING TO SPELL.
blooiced a little heaven below, and man,
with his pure and lofty spirit, lived in its BAD spelling is discreditable. Every bower; ere yet the trail of the serpent was young man should be master of his native over all. « God blessed the seventh day and tongue. He that will not learn to spell the sanctified it.” The beams of a Sabbath language that is ou his tongue and before bis morn first shed light over a ransomed creaeyes every hour, shows no great aptitude tion. Then it was that the Captain of our for the duties of an intelligent, observing salvation, having battled with death in his man. Bad spelling, therefore, is an unavoid-lown dark domain, shivered his fetters, rose able indication. It indicates a blundering la victor from the tomb, led captivity captive, man-a man that cannot see with his eyes and gave gifts unto men; so that now, inopen. Accordingly we have known the ap- stead of the woe and sbame that sin had enplication of more than one young man, tailed upon the fallen, there is proffered to made with great display of pen manship and them the benuty, the brightness of a purparade of references, rejected for his bad spel-chased immortality. ling.
The Sabbath is a type, and tells of that Bad spelling is a very conspicuous bad in- rest which remaineth to the people of God dication. He who runs may read it. A --of that hour when the Christian pilgrim bright school-boy, utterly incapable of ap- shall terminate his long and toilsome march preciating your stores of science, art and through the wilderness, and cross the thresbliterature, can see your bad spelling at a oid of his father's home—when the Chrisglance, and crow over it. You will find it tian mariner shall beave over the last ocean hard-tv inspire that boy with any great re- billow, and enter the desired baren—when spect for your attainments. Bad spelling is the soldier of the Cross shall lay off bis pantherefore a very mortifying and inconvenient oply, and wear the rich robe and bright defect. We have known men, thrown into crown. Independently, too, of these grander prominent positions, so ashamed of tbeir de- 'associations, there is much of piety, much
, much of poetry--to make the Sabbath-day! We turned our horses' heads towards the to a Christian's soul the very “ best of all Jordan,and rode on over a dry, barren plane. the seven." The image of a gray-baired The two Bedouins at first dashed ahead at sire, the family shrine, the domestic Sunday- full gallop, uttering cries, and whirling their school, the “ big ba' bible, once his father's long guns in the air. The dust they raised pride,” the music of the church-bell, the was blown in our faces, and contained so house girt round with the graves of his kin - much salt that my eyes began to smart dred, devotion's lofty peal-Oh! it cannot painfully. Thereupon I followed them at be that the man is on his way to heaven who an equal rate of speed, and we left a long loves not as his atom of heaven dropped on cloud of the accursed soil whirling behind earth—it cannot be chat he is of the “ pecu- us. Presently, however, they fell to the liar people” who calls not the “ Sabbath a rear, and continued to keep at some distance delight, the holy of the Lord honorable" - from us. The reason of this was soon exthat he has any claim to the character of a plained. The path turned eastward, and we religious being, who allows his golden bours already saw a line of dusky green winding to glide away without some thoughts about through the wilderness. This was the Jorthat inheritance to which it points!
dan, and the mountains beyond, the home of robber Arabs, were close at hand. Those
robbers frequently cross the river and conTHE DEAD SEA AND THE RIVER
ceal themselves behind the sand-Lills on this JORDAN.
side. Our brave escort therefore was inclinBerond Nebbee Moussa, we come out up-ed to put us forward as a forlorn hope, and on the last beights overlooking the Dead Sea, secure their own retreat in case of attack.though several miles of low hills remained But as we were all well armed, and had nevto be passed. The head of the Sea was vis-er considered their attendance as anything ible so far as the Rael-Feshka on the west more than a genteel way of buying them off and the hot fountains of Callirhoe on the from robbing us, we allowed them to lag as eastern shore. Further than this, all was much as they chose. Finally, as we apvapor and darkness. The water was of a proached the Pilgrim's Ford, one of them soft, deep purple hue, brightening into blue. took his station at some distance from the Our road led down what seemed a vast slop- river on the top of a mound, while the othing causeway from the mountains, between er got bebind some tiees near at hand; in two ravines, walled by cliffs sereral hundred order as they said, to watch the opposite feet in height. It gradually flattened into a bills, and alarm us whenever they should plane, covered with white, saline incrusta- see any of the Beni Sukrs, or the Beni Adtions, and grown with clumps of sour wil-wams, or the Tyskb, coming down upon low, tamarisk and other shrubs, among us. which I looked in vain for the osier, or The Jordan at this point will not average Dead Sea apple. The plants appeared as if more than ton yards in breadth. It flows at smitten with leprosy, but there were some the bottom ofa gully about fifteen feet deep, flowers, growing almost to the margin of which traverses the broad valley in a most the sea. We reached the shore about 2 P. M. tortuous course. The water bas a white, The heat by this time was most severe, and clayey hue, and is very swift. The changes the air 89 dense as to occasion pain in the of the current bave formed islands and beds ears. The Dead Sea is 1,300 feet below the of soil here and there, which are covered Mediterranean, and without doubt the lowest with a dense growth of ash, poplar, willow part of the earth's surface. I attribute the and tamarisk trees. The banks of the river oppression I felt to this fact and to the sult- are bordered with thickets, now overgrown riness of the day, rather than to any exhala- with wild vines and fragrant with flowering tion from the sea itself.
plants. Birds sing continually in the cool