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After the execution of the edict, the player Franklin, “ I am sorry to say that I thirtk it repeats, -
highly scurrilous and defamatory. But being “Sire, I have obeyed; I await your royal at a loss on account of my poverty whether orders."
to reject it or not, I thought I would put it The king either commands him to take to this issue, – at night, when my work was something else from the slave, or says, “Re- done, I bought a two-penny loaf, on which, turn to your place.” This, however, the with a mug of cold water, I supped heartily, player must take care not to do at once, on and then wrapping myself in my great coat pain of taking the slave's place, and paying a slept very soundly on the floor till morning; forfeit. He must first say, “Sire, may I when another loaf and a mug of water afforddare ?” as usual ; and not think of quitting ed me a pleasant breakfast. Now, sir, since the presence until the king says, “ You may.” I can live comfortably in this manner, why
The articles taken from the slave are claim- should I prostitute my press to personal ed by the State as forfeits. It is seldomi, hatred or party passion, for a more luxurious however, he is stripped of many of his orna- living?" ments. The spoiler is almost sure to neglect One cannot read this anecdote of our Amerthe necessary formula, previous to executing ican sage without thinking of Socrates' reply one or other of the royal commands, and be- to King Archilaus, who had pressed him to come an object for plunder himself.
give up preaching in the dirty streets of The king is elected for an unlimited period, Athens, and come and live with him in his but may abdicate whenever he pleases, with splendid courts, — “ Meal, please your majesthe privilege of appointing his successor. ty, is a half-penny a peck at Athens, and waWith all his absolute power, he had, however, ter I can get for nothing." better take care. We have seen unpopular, partial, and especially stupid monarchs, de
Joe Douglass. throned at a moment's notice.
HOW EDDIE MADE A FRIEND OF FIM - A TESDr. Franklin's Integrity.
TAMENT FOR A BLOW.
FROM WEEMS' LIFE OF FRANKLIN.
I NEVER want to go to that school again as
long as I live, never,” said Eddie, as rushing But few have it so much in their power to in from school with flushed face and soiled do good or evil as the printers. I know they garments and bruised chin, he buried his face all glory in Dr. Franklin as a father, and are in his mother's lap and cried aloud. wont to name his name with veneration; hap- Waiting a little for him to become calm his py would it be for this country if they would mother wiped his face, and then heard his read the following with imitation :
story. “Joe Douglass will never let me go to TRUE INDEPENDENCE.
school in peace, or come home either. He is Soon after his establishment in Philadelphia, always taking away my books, or catching off Franklin was offered a piece for publication my cap and throwing, stones, or knocking me in his newspaper. Being very busy, he beg-down and to-night because I would not let ged the gentleman would leave it for consid- him have my ball, he took it away, and then eration. The next day the author called and threw me down and struck me, and kept me asked his opinion of it. " Why, sir," replied from coming home till now. I never want to go to that school any more;” and again his Joe, I've brought you a new Testament;' feeling burst forth into tears which he could and he looked, and looked, and I thought was not repress.
going to knock it out of my hands; and I “Do you never try to irritate him, my son? showed him his name, and told him you said Do you treat him kindly?"
I might make him a present of it; and he said, “I try to keep out of his way. I don't|I thank you,' and this iternoon he brought want to play with him."
me an apple.” “ Why not let him have your ball : Per-! It is almost time for the school to close, but haps he has none, and it might do him good.” | there have been no more complaints of Joe
“I have let him take my pencils and my Douglass, and Eddie says, “Mother, what knife, and he always says he lost them, and shall I do when the school leaves off ? - Mesall the boys think he keeps them.”
senger. The mother thought awhile. There was no other school for her little son to attend. She
Story of the Bottle. really pitied him, and tried to devise some
Mr. PRESIDENT: I have a confession to way to soothe the feelings of the injured boy.
make which may startle some of my old tem“ Has Joseph any books of his own, Eddie!"
perance friends who happen to be present. I “No, mother, none that are good for any
came all the way from home to Boston to-day thing. The teacher semetimes lends him
with a bottle in my pocket. Possibly it may resome, when his lesson is torn out.”
lieve their anxiety a little if I assure them « Ile has a Testament of his own ?"
that, although the contents would have prov“I don't think he has. He alwas reads
ed a sore temptation to many a man, since it from one of the other scholars'."
has been in my possession, I have never “You saw those pretty new Testaments I drawn the cork. Here is the bottle. It conbought the other day. Now, I will give you tains 437 three cent pieces. These were placone. You may go and pick out the prettiested there one by one, by an Irish boy, about cover, and if you wish, you may carry it to-fourteen years of age, the son of Catholic pamorrow morning and give it to Joseph. I rents. will write his name in it. Wonld you like to It occurred on this wise: The boy was acmake him a present of it?"
customed to visit the shop of one of our It was a new idea to Eddie, but it struck teachers who by occupation is a grocer. This him rather pleasantly; and his eyes brighten- teacher became interested in him, and loaned ed, his tears were all dried, and with a little him the Wellspring and other similar publicabrushing and washing he looked quite like tions to read. The boy became much interhimself again.
ested in them, but was afraid to carry them The next evening his mother waited a little home, or even to have his parents know anxiously for his return from school, as the that he read anything so heretical. To redistance was such he could not return at noon; / lieve him from danger, this teacher gave him but the smiling, happy face showed no more the use of a light, and allowed him to sit be. marks of blows.
neath his counter in the evening and read, all “Why, mother, he came towards me, say- unobserved. Having gained the boy's confiing, Now you'll get it, old fellow;' and Idence, and noticing that he was addicted to held out the Testament, and said, “Here,' the use of cigars, he ventured to question him
as to the cost of this habit, and to suggest fear of God and of their fellow men, we enwhether it would not be wise to rid himself grave on those tablets something which will of it, not only as a means of saving some of brighten to all eternity.” his hard-earned money, but also of preserving his health. The boy listened, and expressed
Only Me. a willingness to try. The teacher asked the amount he was spending thus, and learning A LADY had two children—both girls. The that it was three cents a day, suggested that elder one a fair child ; the younger a beauty, he save that amount daily, and lay it aside as and the mother's pet. Her whole love centera special fund. As the boy could think of no ed in it. The elder was neglected, while way to keep it safely, the teacher took this Sweet” (the pet name of the younger) rebottle from his shelf, and proposed to him to ceived every attention that love could bestow. drop in it a three cent piece daily, (on Satur- One day, after a severe illness, the mother day dropping two,) promising to keep it for was sitting in the parlor, when she heard a him. It was not long before he was cured of childish step on the stairs, and her thoughts the habit, but he concluded to continue the were instantly with the favorite. “Is that daily deposit until his little bank was filled, you, Sweet?” she enquired. “No, mamma,” so he kept on for 437 days — (there being a was the sad and touching reply, “it isn't brief interruption when, by a sudden casual- Sweet; it's only me.” The mother's heart ty, he was thrown out of employment) — an-smote her, and from that hour "only me" til at last the bottle was killed. He then cork- was restored to an equal place in her affeced it up tight, and to make all sure, drove five tions. nails into the cork. Grateful to the society which had published the papers in which he
The Boy at the Dike. had been so much interested, he handed the bottle to the teacher with directions to give it A little boy in Holland was returning one to them to aid in publishing and distributing night from a village to which he had been sent more. I have loaned it on two or three occa- by his father on an errand, when he noticed sions to interest other schools, charging a dol- the water trickling through a narrow opening lar for its use, and devoting the dollar to the in the dike. He stopped and thought what funds of this society. I now place it in your the consequences would be if the hole was hands, hoping that your worthy secretary will not closed. He knew, for he had often heard take this hint; and trusting that in this case his father tell, the sad disasters which haphe will find it profitable and beneficial to be pened from such small beginnings ; how in a " addicted to the bottle.”—The Wellspring. few hours the opening would become bigger
and bigger, and let in the mighty mass of waDANIEL WEESTER penned the following
ters pressing on the dike, until, the whole de
fense being washed away, the rolling, dashing, beautiful sentiment:
angry waters would sweep on to the next vil“If we work upon marble, it will perish; llage, destroying life and property, and every if we work upon brass, time will efface it; if | thing in its way. Should he run home and we rear temples, they will crumble into dust; l alarm the villagers, it would be dark before but if we work upon our mortal minds — if they could arrive, and the hole might even we imbue them with principles, with the just then be so large as to defy all attempts to
close it. Prompted by these thoughts, he tee of six to frame the Declaration of Indeseated himself on the bank of the canal, stop- pendence. He continued a member of Conped the opening with his hand, and patiently gress for nearly twenty years, and was acawaited the approach of some villager. But knowledged to be one of the most useful men no one came. Hour after hour rolled by, yet and wisest counselors of the land. At length, there sat the heroic boy, in cold and darkness, having discharged every office with a perfect shivering, wet, and tired, but stoutly pressing ability, and honored in his sphere the name his hand against the dangerous breach. All of a Christian, he died regretted and loved by night he stayed at his post. At last the morn- state and nation. This man was Roger Shering broke. A clergyman walking up the canal man. We take particular satisfaction, now heard a groan, and looked round to see where and then, in chronicling the career of these it came from. “ Why are you there, my self-made men; and holding them up as child ?” he asked, seeing the boy, and sur- bright examples for the youth of our time to prised at his strange position. “I am keep- follow. It is the best service a journalist can ing back the water, sir, and saving the village perform for the good of the rising generation. from being drowned,” answered the child, with lips so benumbed with cold that he could
Kind Acts. scarcely speak. The astonished minister relieved the boy. The dike was closed, and the
“ Bessie, there is a peach for you, the finest danger which threatened hundreds of lives
I have seen this season,” said Mr. Kohler to was prevented.
his little daughter.
It was very beautiful — so ripe that it lookA Bright Example.
ed just ready to burst through the thin skin, Many years ago, in an obscure country and a painter might have attempted in vain school in Massachusetts, an humble, consci-| to rival the color. It
to rival the color. It was very tempting, for entious boy was to be seen; and it was evi- it was the first one Bessie had seen this sumdent to all that his mind was beginning to mer, yet she stood with it in her hands, seemact and thirst for some intellectual good. He ingly lost in thought. was alive to knowledge. Next we see him “May I take it to cousin Mary? she is sick, put forth on foot to settle in a remote town in and nothing te stes well to her, and she has that state, and pursue his fortunes there as a been wishing so much for a peach.” shoemaker, his tools being carefully sent on “Yes, if you like.” before him. In a short time he is in businessAnd away flew Bessie on her errand of love. in the post of county surveyor for Litchfield She went softly into cousin Mary's sick chamcounty, being the most accomplished mathe-ber, laid the peach before her, and quickly matician in that section of the State. Before glided from the room. he is twenty-five years of age, we find him As the parched lips were moistened by the supplying the astronomical matter of an al- delicious juice, the little sufferer declared it manac in New York. Next he is admitted to made her feel “ almost well.” the bar, a self-fitted lawyer. Now he is found Now, that little act of kindness made Beson the bench of the Supreme Court. Next he sie happier than eating the peach would have becomes a member of the Continental Con- done. Would you have acted like Bessie : gress. Then he is a member of the commit-'Reaper.
Hear the Old Man.
The best profession is the ministry of the gos
pel. If you have not talents to be a minister, Rev. DANIEL WALDO is now ninety-six | be a lawyer, but be an honest lawyer." years old, and from his good health, sprightly walk and vigorous mind, you would hardly suppose him to be seventy-five. He was A Good Humored Rebuke. fourteen years old when the Declaration of Independence was signed. He served in the A certain good natured old farmer preservRevolutionary War, and was imprisoned on ed his constant good nature, let what would board the prison ship at New York. For his turn up. One day while the black tongue services and sufferings in the war he receives prevailed he was told that one of his red oxen a pension.
was dead. While laboring as a missionary in this state “Is he,” said the old man, " well, he was more than forty years ago, he preached in always a breechy old fellow. Take off his hide Slatersville, and was successful in organizing and take it down to Fletcher's ; it will bring the Congregational Church in that place. He the cash.” recently officiated for two yeaes as chaplain In an hour or two the man came back with at Washington. The people of Slatersville the news “line black” and his mate were were recently favored with a sermon from this both dead. venerable old man, while on a visit to that “ Are they?" said the old man, “well, I place of his former labors.
took them from B , to save a bad debt I He reads five or six hours a day without I never expected to get. Take the hides down apparent weariness, and in conversation is re- to Fletcher's; they will be as good as cash.” markably keen, witty and interesting, as well! In about an hour the man came back to inas instructive. The following advice to the form him that the nigh brindle was dead. young, recently penned by him, is worthy of recently penned by hum. is worthy ofl " Is he?” said the old man, “ well, he was
"T a careful consideration :
la very, very old ox. Take off the hide, and “I AM an old man. I have seen nearly a cen- | take it down to Fletcher's; it is worth more tury. Do you want to know how to grow than any of the others.” old slowly and happily? Let me tell you. Hereupon his wife, taking upon her the of. Always eat slowly - masticate well. Go to fice of Eliphaz, reprimanded her husband seyour food, to your rest, to your occupations verely, and asked him if he was not aware smiling. Keep a good nature and a soft tem- that his loss was a judgment from Heaven for per everywhere. Never give way to anger. This wickedness. A violent tempest of passion tears down the
passion tears down the “Is it?” said the old man; “ well, if they constitution more than a typhus fever. Culti-take judgment in cattle, it is the easiest way I vate a good memory, and to do this you must can pay them.” always be communicative; report what you have read ; talk about it. Dr. Johnson's Drop by drop falls into the clear wellgreat memory was owing to this communica- spring of our youth the bitter water of expetiveness. You, young men, who are just leav- rience, and there is no filterer this side of the ing college, let me advise you to choose a pro- grave that can restore the old purity. fession in which you can exercise your talent the best, and at the same time be honest.' 'Tis money that makes men lords.