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BY GRACE GREENWOOD.
and cauldron. We could approach very near taking leare of her, though she was to be them without the least danger, but there was gone so short a time. Lizzie nerer parted nothing further to be seen. The waters had from her mother, even for a ball-hour, withentirely disappeared from the basin, into lout kissing her lovingly, and bidding ber which we entered, and close up to the caul- good bye, in a voice as sweet and tender as dron, where they had also sunk to the depth the cooing of a dove. Now, as Mrs. Stone of seven or cight feet, though they were went into the house, she said softly to her. still boiling and bubbling with great violence self, “It is nearly ten years since God gave - Madame Pfeiffer.
me that child, and she has never yet caused
me one moment's sorrow." LIZZIE IN THE MILL.
The cousins played so much along the road, and stopped so often to pick flowers and berries, that it was nearly dark when
they reached the mill. Then, when the Many years ago, in a pleasant village of
girls came to part, they had so many inviNew England, lived the little girl whose tations to give, so many good byes to say, true story I am about to relate-Lizzie
it was no wonder that they lingered awhile. Stone, the only daughter of the miller.
It seemed that Lizzie could not let her Lizzie was a child whom every one loved
cousins go. She parted from then, in her —not only because she was so pretty, live
| loving way, so many times, that her brothers
grew a little impatient, and George, the ly, and intelligent, but for ber being so
eldest, said sweet, gentle, and peaceable—so truly good. Lizzie had two brothers a few years older
"Why, sister, I don't see but that Ned and than herself, who were very fond of her
I will have to help you in your kissing, or and of whom she was very fond. These you'll never get through.' three children always went to school and Then Alice and Celia, blushing and laugh church together, and played in perfect agree-ing, broke away from their cousin, and ran ment.
fast down a little hill towards their home It happened that one sunny autumn fore The boys soon overtook them; and Lizzie, noon they had a visit from two little girls after watching the group awhile, and thinktheir cousins, who lived about a mile dis- ling how good was God to give her such amitant. They had a wild, joyous time; they able cousins, such noble brothers, and such played in the yard, in the barn, and all over dear parents to love, turned and went into the house. Mrs. 'Stone, who was a kind, the mill. "She found it going, and was almost pleasant woman, looked on and laughed, if frightened by the din it made, and by the she did not mingle in their sports. She got darkness ; for night was fast coming on. them a nice early tea by themselves; and She called her father's name, and he answerwhen the visitors, after one last merry game, cd; but the machinery made so much poiše were about leaving, she said to Lizzie that she did not hear. Thinking that he had
“Your brothers will go home with Alice already gone, she turned to go home alone and Celia. You may go with them as far She took a way she had often safely taken, as the mill; but be sure and stop there and over the flume, by the great water-wheel. come home with your father.”
| But to-night she was bewildered—lost her As the cousins set out, laughing and frol-footing, and fell off on the wheel, which icking along, Mrs. Stone stood in the little whirled her down, down), crushing and tearfront portico of her cottage, looking after ing her in a shocking manner! It happened them, as they went down the lane, and that just at that moment her father, thiuking thinking what good children they were.- | that Lizzie had been sent to call him home, She smiled at Lizzie's affectionate way of listopped the mill, and began to search for ber
Led by her cries, he came to the wheel, and carried home. When she opened her eyes, there found what had occurred.
she found herself on her own little bed, with Are you badly hurt, my daughter ?" he her dear father and mother and brothers asked in great grief and terror,
at her side. Yes, father. I seem to be all crushed to
The doctor dressed Lizzies wounds, and pieces, and I cannot stir: but I think I shall gave her some opium to make her sleep; but live till you get me out. Leave me here and
she told her father and mother that she could go for help
not possibly get well. When he heard the The neighborhood was soon roused, and dreadful words, Mr. Stone groaned and mauy men hurried with saws and axes to covered his face with his hands ; and for a the mill. But they found that only one or few moments, Mrs. Stone leaned her head two could work at a time in cutting away on her husband's shouider, and cried. Then the strong, heavy timbers, and that it would lifting her eyes and clasping her hands, she be some hours before Lizzie could be taken said, “Thy will, O Lord, be done !' and from the cruel place where she was held so went and sat down calmly by Lizzie's side, fast and crushed so dreadfully; and they said and watched her till she slept., that to move the wheel backward or forward. The poor little girl remained sleeping might kill her at once.
| most of the next day. She would often When Mrs. Stone came, one of the men wake and ask for water; but she then seemlet down a light into the wheel, so that she ed hardly to know where she was, or who could see her poor child. When she saw was with her. Her cousins, Alice and Celia Lizzie's white face, and the bleeding arms came to see her ; but she did not recognize held towards her, she shrieked and cried bit-them, and they went away sobbing bitterly. But Lizzie called up to her as sweetly I terly. and cheerfully as she had ever spoken in her! Early in the night however she awoke, life, and said
and seemed better. She knew all about her *Don't cry, mother! They will get me
and smiled on them, but said she must leave out before long; keep up good courage, and
| them very soon. She told her father that pray to God for me.'
she wanted to hear him pray once more ; And so she continued to talk, hour after and Mr. Stone knelt down by her bedside, hour, while the men kept cutting and sawing and asked God to take safely home the little the great tinabers ; so she cheered and com- daughter He had given them, and thanked forted her parents, and her poor brothers. Hic for leaving her with them so long. when they came to the mill.
Then Lizzie said to her mother, : Will you Once her voice grew very low and indis. sing me just one verse of the hymn I love so tinct-then it ceased altogether ; the doctor much. “Jesus sought me? Her mother looked down, and said she had fainted away, tried but she could not sing for weeping; and and they sprinkled water upon her. As Lizzie said, 'Never mind--where I am gosoon as she revived, she began to say coming there is beautiful singing. Yet it seems forting things, and to beg her mother and to me I shall hear no voice so sweet as brothers pot to cry. She said she did not yours, mamma. Why do you cry? Only suffer as inuch pain as at first, and that she think, mamma, if I should live, now, bow was sure that she would live to be carried crooked and sickly I should be, I might be home.
a hunchback, and give a great deal of trouIt was nearly midnight when the last tim- ble and sorrow to you all. Will it not be ber that held her was sawed away, and a better to bury up this crushed body, and let workman lifted her gently up and laid her the pleasant grass grow over it, and have a in her father's arms. The pain of being new glorious body such as the angels have ? moved caused the poor child to faint again, As she spoke these words, she smiled, and and she did not revive until she had been I did not weep; but when, afterwards, sh
asked for a faithful house-dog, and her pret. ing forth in crystal streams. O, speak not ty Maltese kitten, and they were bronght to harshly to the strickea one-weeping in siher, she burst into tears. Good bye, old lence! Break not the deep solemnity by Bose! Good bye, Kitty!" she said. “I cry rude laughter, or intrusive footsteps. Desmamma, to part from these; because I never pise not woman's tears--they are what make never shall see them again ; for they have her an angel, scoff not, if the stern heart of no souls, poor things. But you ard papa manhood is sometimes melted into tears of will come to heaven before many years ; sympathy-they are what elevate bim abore and you too, brothers, if you are good boys' the brute. I love to see tears of affection.
A little while after this she said, Georgie, They are painful tokens, but still most boly give my love to Alice and Celia, and tell there is a pleasure in tears, an awful pleathem I am glad I kissed them so many times sure! If there were none on earth to shed last night. Eddie, take care of my flowers; a tear for me, I should be loath :o live; and and, bors don't miss me too much in (if no one might weep over my grave, I could your playi'
never die in peace.—Dr. Johnson. ... After lying very quiet for some moments shie again spoke, and said:
THE VALLEY OF THE AMAZON. Mamma, are the shutters open, avd las the morning come very brightly ?!
BY LIEUT. M. F. MAURY. No, my daughter,' her mother answered, it is still dark night.' "Ol,' ther, said Lizzie, it must be the
Of more than twice the size of the Miswindows of God's beautiful palace I see,
sissippi valley, the valley of the Amazon is with the pleasant light shining through. I
1 entirely inter-tropical. An everlasting sumam almost there! Good bye, mamma and
nomer reigns there. Up to the very base of papa, and brothers-good tye! And with
the Aódus, the river itself is navigable for a smile spread over her face, Lizzie stretch
vessels of the largest class. The Pennsylvaed out ber arms, looked upward, and so ma
d nia 74 may go there. died !
A natural canal through Caciquiari con
Inects it with the Orinoco, giving fertility and When Lizzie lay in her coffin, that smile
drainage to immense plains that cover two was on her face still brighter and purer than
"millions syuare miles, it receives from the the white roses that lay upon her pillow
north and south innumerable tributaries, and Mrs. Stone tried not to let her tears fall
which it is said, afford an ivlaud navigation upon it; for she said, 'God has taken back a
af up and down of not less than 70 or 80 little angel He lent me for a few years, and
thousand miles in extent. why should I weep for my happy, happy
Stretched out in a continous line, the navichild !'-dmerican Artisan.
gable streams of that great water-sbed would
more than completely encircle the earth SACREDNESS OF TEARS. | around at its largest girth.
All the climates of India are there. Indeed THERE is a sacredness in tears. They we may say that from the mouth to the speak inore eloquently than ten thousand sources of the Amazon, piled up one abore tongnes. They are the messengers of over the other, and spread out, Andean-like, over whelming grief, of deep contrition, of uu- steppe after steppe in beautiful #unbroken speakable love. If there were wanting any succession, are all the climates and all the argimin to prove that man is not moital, soils, with the capacities of productions tha Iwuld kok for it in the strong convulsire are to be found between the regions of emotivu of the breast, wlien the fountairsol everlasting summer and eternal snotu. feelig are rising, and when tears are gusl- The valley of the Amazon is the place of
production for Iudia-rubber-an article of imagery of their language, the Indians call commerce which las no parallel as to the the Amazon the “King of Rivers," it empties increase of demand for it, save and except into the Ocean under the Line. Now, Look! in the history of our own great staple since Nature has scoped out the land in Central the invention of the cotton-gin. We all America, and cut the continent nearly in recollect when the only uses, to which India- two there, that she might plant between the rubber was applied, were to rub out pencil- mouth of the “King of Rivers” and of the marks and make trap-balls for boys. But it “Father of Waters," an arm of the sea capais made into shoes and bats, caps and cloaks, ble of receiving the surplus produce which foot-balls and purses, ribbons and cushions, the two grandest river basins on the face of boats, beds, tents and bags; into pontoons the earth are some day to pour out into the for pushing armies across rivers, and info Gulf of Mexico and the Carribean Sea. camels for lifting ships over shoals. It is These two sheets of water form the great also applied to a variety of other uses and commercial lap of the South. This sea and purposes, the mere enumeration of which gulf receive the drainage of all the rivers of would be tedious. New applicatiops of it note in both continents except the La Plata are continually being made. Boundless for- on the South, of the Columbia on the West, ests of the Saringa tree are found upon the the St. Lawrence and those of the Atiantic banks of this stream, and the exportation of seaboard on the East, excluding the inhospithis gum frem the mouth of that river, is table regions of P:itagonia on the South, and daily becoming a business of more and more Labrador on the North, and referring only value, in extent and importance.
to the agricultural latitudes, the two AmeriIn 1816-7, pontoons were made for the cas cover an area of land in round numbers British army in India, and tents for the of about ten millions of square miles. To American army in Mexico were made in not less than six of thi
are made in not less than six of this ten, this sea and gulf New England from the India-rubber of the are the natural outlet. Of this six, about Amazon. It is the best in the world. The two-thirds are inter-tropical, producing a sugar cane is found here in its most luxuriant
variety of articles to wbich the other parts of growth, and of the richest sacharine develop
the continent never can offer a competition. ment. It requires to be planted but once in
Nature has so ordered it. twenty years.
With scarce the exception of a "ten miles
square," the whole of this immense Carribean There too are produced of excellent quality,
water shed which is nearly double the area and in great profusion, coffee and tobacco,
of Europe, is composed of fine, rich, arable rice and indigo, cocoa and cotton, with drugs
llaud. The rainless coast of Peru, the sandy of virtues the most rare, dyes of hues the
Splains of lower California, the great salt most brilliant, and spices of aroma the most
most desert of the North and the Sabara-like exquisite.
desert of Atacama at the South ; all lie withSoils of the richest loam and the finest out it: they fall within the cther four of the alluvions are there. The climates of India— ten millions. They are uparable, and thereof the Moluccas and the Spice Islands are fore as they are unfit for cultivation, they all there. And there too, lying dormant, are should be with this classification arranged the boundless agricultural and mineral with the unhospitable regions of Patagonia capacities of the east and west all clustered and Labrador. together.
So classing these barren places, we disIf commerce were but once to spread its cover the startling fact, that these two rivers wings over that valley the shadow of it would are the true natural outlets, and the Carribean be like the touch of the magician's wand :- sea and the Gulf of Mexico are the natural those immense resources would spring right receptacles, for the surplus produce of nearly up into life and activity. In the fine' three fourths of the whole extent of arable
land in the two Americas. Moreover these sides of the Andes, and floated down the two marine basins of the South are also the river in the like manner. The natural route natural outlet of the North and South for of the drift-wood, from both to the open sea, the productions of pot less than 70 ° of lati- is through the Gulf of Mexico, around the tude. The Mississippi runs south and crosses peninsula of Florida and so out into the parallels of latitude; it consequently traverses Atlantic through the Gulf Stream. These a great diversity of climates, and floats twin basins are destined by nature to be the down to the Gulf a variety of produce,-a greatest commercial receptacles in the world. large assortment of staples. Its tributaries No age, clime, por quarter of the globe affords flow east and west: and each one contributes any parallel or any conditions of the least to the main streain itself many productions resemblance to these which we find in this that are peculiar to its own latitude and sea or gulf, climate.
The Amazon flows east. It runs along a parallel of latitude. Save and except the
THE CHEMISTRY OF NATURE AND changes due to cultivation, its climates are
ART. the same, and its banks, from source to mouth are lined with the same growth. Its
tel The rustling of rose leaves by the pantributaries run north and south, and the pro-cering winds, the raing or
the pro. dering winds, the falling of gentle showers ducts supplied by one of these to the main
on beds of thyme, and the brushing of a stream, are duplicates of the products to be lady's dress against the orange geranium, contributed by all. In one river valley,
send forth sweet tinkling perfumes, which winter and summer, spring and autumn,
although not seen by the eye, regale the mark the year, and divide the seasons ;-in
senses and delight the heart. From what the other, the seasons are wet and dry-and rich store huuse do flowers and scented the year is all summer.
. shrubs draw their choice sweets; how curiOne valley is in the Northern hemisphere : ous must be the laboratory in which they the other in the Southern. When it is seed- have been distilled, how subtile the combitime on our side, the harvest is ripe on the nations, how intricate the processes; bath other. The Carribean Sea and Gulf of art done anything to compare with nature Mexico are twin basins. They are scas in the production of such odiferous treasMesopotamian and wholly American. The ures? The laboratory of a flower is a mysgreat equatorial current having its genesis in terious place; the most offensive matters of the Indian Ocean, and doubling the cape of the stable, the offal of the streets are transGood Hope, sweeps by the mouth of the formed there into the fragrance of the wallAmazon, and afier traversing both Carribean flower and the perfume of the mignonette. Sea and Gulf of Mexico, it meets the Gulf But art has her mysteries too, and she is alStream, and places tbe commercial outlet of so lavish with her sweets. Within a very that river almost as much in the Florida pass short period, chemistry bas made many disas in the mouth of the Mississippi river coveries in the production of artificial odors. itself. Two travelers may set ou from the Sone of the most delicate perfumes exhibitYucatan pass; one north for the sources of ed at the World's Fair, were made by chemthe Missouri, the other south for the head ical artifice, from cheap and otherwise ofwaters of the Amazon. If, when the former fensive matters. reaches the base of the Rocky Mountains, be Heretofore, the scents of shrubs and flow. will cut a tree down and let it fall into the ers used by the rich, the fair, and gay, have river, so that it will drift with the current been obtained from the emulsions of those without lodging by the way, it will meet in flowers and shrubs themselves. But now, the straits of Florida one cut and cast into from the fetid fusil oil the practical chemist the Amazon by the other traveler, from the has obtained an ether oil which has the per.