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joyment, eat and drink only to be able to laugh the more character, and are of such great length that all the heartily afterwards. As the all-wise Creator has ordered arrow-headed inscriptions before known, if united tothat the little circle of our habitation should be ruled gether, would not equal them. The character used twelve hours alternately by day and night, it was cer- closely resembles that found in the middle column of the tainly his intention that man, his noble though weak inscriptions of Persepolis, Hamadan (Ecbatana), and child, should quietly rest in the bosom of the latter, that Bisutun, and in the earlier inscriptions of Van. Each he might be able to awake refreshed, and to enjoy the wall bears two rows of sculptures, one placed above the morning beams of the former. Therefore, let the end of other, and the inscriptions, containing generally about the erening be also the end both of your day and your twenty lines, are graven between. Frequently, however, pleasure. May midnight find you enjoying soft repose. they also occur on the garments of figures, or on towns, And the day being peacefully closed, at a proper time, and other objects found in the bas-reliefs. There canyou will be able to say with the poet

not be a doubt, therefore, that they contain a description * After an evening

of the events recorded, and the names of the principal Moderately enjoyed,

actors in them in fact, that they are a portion of the We sleep with pleasure, and awake uncloyed.'

historical records of a kingdom. We have alluded to the The clock strikes eight! The horrible supper hour! The variety of the subjects described by the sculptures, but carriage waits. My husband is ready, and I have not a the spirit and beauty of their execution form the widest single flower in my hair. Good night, happy Amelia, field for astonishment and conjecture. To those who you will soon be in bed, but I must set forth on another have been accustomed to look upon the Greeks as the expedition. To-morrow, if I am able, I shall sing- true perfectors and the only masters of the imitative arts, When snppers and yawns

they will furnish new matter for inquiry and reflection. The evening close,

I shall, I think, be hereafter able to show, that even if We enjoy a fever, but no repose.

they cannot be referred to a period much antecedent to the earlier stages of Grcek art, they have, nevertheless,

no connexion with it, and are perfectly original both in DISCOVERIES AT NINEVEH.

design and execution. Whilst probably cotemporaneous As the excavations undertaken by the French Govern- with many of the most ancient sculptures of Egypt, they ment near the ruins of Nineveh have now been completed, are immeasurably superior to the stiff and ill-proportionsome account of their origin and results may not be un- ed figures of the monuments of the Pharoahs. They interesting. About three years ago, M. Botta, the French discover a knowledge of the anatomy of the human frame, Consul at Mosul, was induced to open several of the a remarkable perception of character, and wonderful artificial mounds which abound in the neighbourhood of spirit in the outlines and general execution. In fact, the that city, in the hopes of discovering remains of what is great gulf which separates barbarian from civilized art generally termed the Babylonian epoch. · After many has been passed. Although the ornaments, robes, and fruitless attempts he was about to relinquish his labours, various implements of war, are finished with an extraorFhen his curiosity was excited by some fragments of sculp- dinary precision and minuteness, they in no way detract tured stones which were scattered around Khorsabad. from the effect of the whole, nor do they add heaviness to This village is situated upon a lofty tapeh or tumulus the figures. The extreme beauty and elegance of the aloat twelve miles distant from Mosul, and to the left various objects introduced among the groups are next to of the river Tigris. In this mound M. Botta renewed be admired. The shapes of the cases, of the drinkinghis excavations, and was fortunate enough, upon the re- cups, the sword-scabbards, adorned with lions, and the moral of a very small accumulation of earth, to discover shields decorated with animals and flowers; the chairs, several bas-reliefs. Farther research proved that these tables, and other articles of domestic use; the ornaments sculptures were but a portion of an extensive series of the head, the bracelets, and ear-rings, are all designed shich formed the walls and interior divisions of a large with the most consummate taste, and rival the producbuilding. Difficulties of no ordinary nature were, how- tions of the most cultivated period of Greek art. There erer, in the way of their entire examination. The sum- are undoubtedly faults in the general execution (such as mit of the mound was covered with houses, whose inha- a frequent contempt for the relative proportions of the bitants were averse to the labours of the French Consul. figures), and it is evident that a variety of hands may be The local authorities, suspecting that he was in search of traced in the workmanship.'—Malta Times. treasure, openly opposed his plans. The climate of the place was unhealthy, and the small pay of a Consul was inadequate to the undertaking. M. Botta struggled man

I'LL RISK IT. fully against these difficulties, and after important sacrifices of health and money, succeeded in rescuing from the

A STORY FOR YOUTH. rubbish several reliefs and inscriptions, of which he sent Now see, which of you will catch this one,' said Farmer rough sketches to Paris. The great beauty of the sculp- Eldridge to his two children, as they stood under a tree, tures, the length of the inscriptions, and the extreme loaded with blushing Baldwin apples, against which he rarity of both, soon attracted the notice of the learned; had placed a ladder, for the purpose of filling a little and the French Government, at all times ready to afford basket. its aid in the cause of science, offered its immediate as- Walter held up his hand, but little Mary more prudently sistance to M. Botta. Funds were placed at his disposal, took hold of the corners of her apron, and presented that and an artist, M. Flandin, was sent to Mosul to make to receive the falling fruit. correct drawings of the sculptures discovered. From • You had better get your hat, Walter,' said the that time the works were carried on with much activity. farmer, the surest way is the best, my boy. The Porte was induced to withdraw its opposition; the . No, father, I'll risk it,' said the careless boy. entire village was purchased, and its inhabitants removed. The smooth apple slipped through his fingers, and fell After seven months' residence on the spot, and a com- into Mary's apron. plete examination of the ruins, M. Flandin has returned . Now, my son,' said the farmer, remember from this to Constantinople, on his way to France, with the result little incident, what I have so often told you, the surest of his labours. Fifteen chambers, some above 100 feet way is the best. It would have hindered you but a in length, and evidently forming part of a magnificent few moments, to run and pick up your hat from the grass palace, have been opened. Their walls are entirely yonder, and then you would have made sure. Now I covered with inscriptions and sculptures. The latter are, must give you a smaller apple to make you remember! almost without exception, historical, and illustrate events • He may have this,' said Mary, and I will take the of the highest interest, sieges, naval manquvres, triumphs, little one. Prudent people can afford to be generous on single combats, &c. The inscriptions are in a cuneiform occasion.


"No, no,' said Walter, 'keep it ; I am willing to pay One day as he was walking with his more prudent for my carelessness.'

sister, a gentleman who was fishing called to him, for de But Walter was not so willing to reform himself, and knew who he was, and told him he would give him somecorrect his growing fault. When his father or his mother thing if he would take care of his rod and line whilst be said, “Take care, Walter!'. I'll risk it,' was his favourite returned home for some tackle he had forgotten. • It answer.

will be quite safe on the grass,' said the gentleman,' and It is true that when he had run a risk and failed, he all I wish you to do, is inerely to see that no one touches paid the forfeit manfully; but he was just as willing to it; I shall not be gone long. Walter readily undertook run the risk anew, as if he had never suffered by this the charge ; but the gentleman was scarcely out of sight, careless, reckless spirit. The admonitions of his parents when an inclination to use the rod in his absence seized were hitherto productive of scarcely any amendment; him; and, with his usual daring, he raised it for the and alihough he acknowledged his fault frankly, when he purpose. Mary remonstrated with him on the improhad just suffered by it, he forgot the whole affair when a priety of his conduct, and represented that he might do new temptation offered.

some mischief. Mary was one of those quiet, sedate, womanly little Never mind,' replied Walter, throwing the line into the girls, who are seldom elated, and never remiss in an ap- water, l'il risk it ;' but from his size and inexperience, pointed task or duty. She never uttered the maxim her- he did it so awkwardly that the line became entangled with self, but her mother said that 'careful and sure' was the weeds, and defied all his efforts to extricate it. In Mary's rule.

this state, ashamed and alarmed, the gentleman found John Eldridge, their father, lived in a very small, him on his return ; instead of the promised reward, be humble-looking cottage. It was but one story high--but received a severe reproof; but tiris was not sufficient to then the walls were painted white, the farm, garden, and cure him of his bad habit of risking it.' orchard, were in the neatest order, and the barn was a Mary had a single grape-vine, which had been girea noble large one; which the country folks say, is a sign of her by the gardener at a gentleman's seat in the neigba good farmer.

bourhood, as an acknowledgment of her kindness in At any rate, John was a good and a kind father. He teaching his little daughter a particular kind of needlesent his children to the town school all the year round, work. She had trained it up against the south side of and what is more, he paid the most scrupulous attention the cottage, where the garden spread out its little squarts to their conduct at home. For John believed that one of of vegetables, strawberries, and flowers. It had now beer the first duties of a parent is to see that the heart and two years under her care, but had as yet borne no grapes. temper, the disposition and morals of his children, are Walter was rather inclined to laugh at his sister for properly cultivated, and above all, that they are taught what he considered her hopeless labour. And when she the fear of God.

began to weed about its root and break up the soil on the At school, Mary suffered a little at first, from her diffi- | third spring, he carelessly asked her 'what she could dence. But presently the master began to perceive her take for her harvest next autumn.' She replied tha: merit. She was not a bold, loud reader, and she was • she was not a very good hand at making bargains, bui never known to dispute for her place; but every lesson she would tell him when the autumn should arrive. which was given her, she learned perfectly, and she used He had a garden of his own, planted with vegetables to ask her inother to explain things which she did not and strawberries, which he had insisted upon having perfectly comprehend. She did not suppose that she had separated from his father's by a fence, so that it migti done with a lesson when she had learned and recited it, seem more like an independent freehold and possession but read over the whole book at home, and endeavoured of his own; and to do him justice, it presented quite a to retain everything which she had studied.

tidy appearance. The beds were all neatly weeded, the In consequence of this prudent course, when the class alleys were quite clean, and the plants looked fair and went through the geography or grammar a second time, flourishing. and had a double lesson every day, she rose to the head One morning in summer, before going to school, Mary of her class. Her writing-book was one of the neatest in observed that the fence of this garden had got broken school, and the little maps which she drew were marked down in the night, and told Walter that he had better with the highest note of approbation, although she had stop and put it up. no colours to put upon them. Every little crook or turn Oh, it is no matter now, I will put it up at noon,' said in the coasts and rivers was drawn exactly, and the whole he. had the appearance of a finished work. The master told • But the breach is next the road, and it exposes your Mrs Eldridge that her daughter was a pattern of a scholar. garden very much. You ought not to neglect it for three

The same could not be said of Walter. He carried his whole hours,' said Mary. adventurous, careless spirit into school, and the marks of • There are no cattle in the road,' replied Walter, it were plain enough. He never anticipated a lesson, nor and besides, there is not the least danger in the world. reviewed the book till he was ordered. On the contrary, If there is, I'll risk it.' So saying he swung his satchel he put off the stated lessons till the last minute ; and over his shoulder, whistled a merry tune, and trudged of when his sister told him that he would lose his place in towards the school-house. Mary followed him with slow the class, he replied, as usual, . I'll risk it.'

steps, casting many a lingering look behind at the fair llis writing-book showed frequent blots, and he never garden, which she feared would suffer by her brother's had patience to finish a map, or get through the book carelessness. which told about the places mentioned in the geography. It so happened that in the course of the forenoon, a

The consequence was, that although he was two years large drove of cattle were driven by, and meeting a older than Mary, and had been through the geography, carriage just opposite the cottage, they were thrown into and parsed a long time before she began, yet when she disorder. An unruly ox threw off the top rail of Walter's had been one year upon those studies, she could parse broken fence with his horns, and jumped into the inclosentences which he could make nothing of, and could tell sure, whither he was followed by twenty more, and in the situation of ten cities and towns to his one.

two minutes time the pretty garden was in a perfect When things had come to this pass, Walter felt sadly state of desolation. Every bed was demolished, and ashamed of his negligence, and resolved to be inore almost every plant torn up. studious ; but habit was so powerful, that he had very fre- When the children came home at noon, Walter surquent returns of the old fault. His reformation, even at veyed his ruined garden with an aching heart. He tried school, where the effects of his carelessness were most to get over the matter with an air of heroism, but a tear visible, was still very imperfect.

started in his eye, in spite of his best efforts, and his Out of school he was as adventurous and careless as kind-hearted sister was ready to break her heart with ever, as the sequel will show.


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In the autumn, when her own vine produced an abun- way of food or lodging, his beverage being, moreover, the dance of grapes, she insisted on sharing them with her simple element, for he never carried with him supplies brother, and fairly gave him half the produce of her own of any kind, trusting his commissariat aid to Providence patient and long-continued care.

and rural hospitality. In this manner Captain C-beBetween the cottage and the school-house there lay a came well known to the natives of thc country in every deep valley, through which ran a rivulet-a pleasant little direction where sport was to be obtained; he was suffistream, which for the most part coursed along through ciently acquainted with their language to make himself its green, flowery banks, ' with mellow murmur or fairy understood, and the kindly simplicity of his manner shout. The children had often stopped to play on its attached them to his person, and many of them, indeed, margin.

have been known to walk miles to give him early inforThe next spring after the ruin of Walter's garden, mation of large game, which were his favourite objects there came a long succession of heary rains, which occa- of pursuit. Captain C- was thus quite at home' siched what is usually called a freshet. The little rill in the Wynaud jungle and great western ghauts, where was swollen into a torrent, and long after the rains had he probably brought to bag, single-handed, more head of ceased, it dashed and foamed along through the groves large game-elephants, bisons, tigers, and the like, than to a great distance.

any other man ever did before, or ever will again in While the stream was rising, it was thought prudent India. When upon one of these excursions, Captain for the children to go up to the village, about a quarter - happened to be passing the night at a small of a mile, and cross on a strong stone bridge, in order to village in the Wynaud jungle, when a rgot who had been go in safety to the school-house, instead of passing over, out very late scarching for a stray Lullock, came to tell as usual, on a plank, which was thrown across the rivulet, him of a large cheetul, or spotted deer, which he had directly opposite the cottage.

watched to its lair. He had so heard from the villagers One day, as, on their return from school, they came to that a huge snake had been seen several times in that the plank, Walter proposed to cross upon it.

neighbourhood. He started accordingly after his game * It is dangerous,' said Mary, besides, you know, we at daybreak, accompanied by the villager and a favourite Fere told to go over the bridge.'

dog, which rarely left his heels unless ordered. After I know that,' said Walter, ' but we were not forbidden proceeding about half a mile through very dense jungle, h return on the plank. There is not the least danger. and being, as the villager supposed, near the spot where Here the plank has weathered all the storm, and been two the cheetul had laid itself down, Captain C of a sudden or three feet under water, and is now just an inch or so missed his dog, and hearing a rustling in the bushes about ulure it. Come, let us go over, I will go first, or I will ten yards off, accompanied by a whimpering noise, he take you in my arms and carry you orer. I am not afraid.' turned in that direction, and saw what he at the first

• But I am,' replied Mary. "The brook is deep enough glance took for a tiger, from its colour-a mixture of black to drown us both, and see how swift it runs! It would and brown-but soon discovered what the monster really be very wrong to expose ourselves so foolishly, only to was-an enormous boa constrictor, which had seized his safe ourselves a walk of half a mile.'

poor Juno, and was at that moment crushing her to atoms Nonsense !' said Walter, 'l'll risk it;' and catching in his terrible coils. The native who was with him likehis sister in his arms, before she was aware of his inten- wise saw what it was, and immediately fled. Captain tan, he ran towards the plank, which at that moment C- afterwards described the appearance of the rep#2s struck by a heavy log, that came drifting along, and tile, when thus coiled round his dog, as somewhat reseintaking the frail bridge with it, was borne down the rapid bling a barrel, every portion in violent muscular motion, torrent. Another step of the careless brother, and his and he distinctly heard the bones of the poor animal fruie would have cost them both their lives.

crack in succession within its terrible embrace. At last Walter was struck with an overpowering sense of his the monster raised his head and fixed two glaring eyes on sin and folly. All the past admonitions of his parents Captain C-, who, in another moment, might perchance carne upon his mind in a moment. He placed his terri- have been fascinated by their deadly gleam, but with unhed sister on the ground, and kneeling reverently, he erring aim he placed two balls in its forehead. Their thanked the merciful Disposer of events for having effect was not, however, as he expected, fatal, and the granted him the preservation of life, and for having snake instantly uncoiling itself from its victim, came rescued his little sister from perishing by his adventurous straight at Captain C- who, of course, tock to flight, daring. He prayed for strength to reformn, and rose with but so thick was the jungle, that he found the animal a chastised and humble spirit.

gaining on him, from the noise it made amongst the As they resumed their way towards the bridge, he de- bushes; and therefore sought shelter in a tree, reloading clared his firm resolution never again to indulge that his gun with all possible expedition. Whether the repreckless, careless spirit of adventure by which he had so tile followed him by sight or smell, he could not judge often suffered, and which had almost rendered his parents but Captain C-- was only just prepared for a second childless.

discharge, when the boa reached the tree, and instantly His endeavours and resolutions were blessed. He be- twining itself round the stem, would have soon seized came a prudent and careful youth, and by consequence, a him, but fortunately at the next shot he blew out both respectable and useful man, and never, from the day of its eyes with a charge of BB; yet though the snake arhis adventure at the rivulet, was he heard to use the ex- peared for a moment stunned, it still continued its efforts pression, “ l'LL RISK IT.'

to reach him, until by repeated shots it was incapacitated

from rising; not, however, till Captain C— had comRENCONTRE WITH A BOA CONSTRICTOR.

pletely emptied his powder-fiask, and even then he did

not venture to descend, as the reptile continued coiled CAFTAIN C- of her Majesty's 81th Foot, was one of round the tree, occasionally by a muscular movement the most indefatigable sportsmen I ever met with, and showing that its vital powers were not wholly extinct. the entire of his time that could be spared from regi- At length, after some hours' solitary confinement on his mental duty was passed in the jungles. He was a man perch, and shouting until he was hoarse for aid, Captain of vast personal strength, could undergo any degree of C — had the satisfaction to see a number of villagers fatigue, in short, possessed a perfectly iron constitution. arrive, by whom the monstrous animal was soon comHis habits, too, were anything but luxurious--a single pletely destroyed. Captain Chad no means of accuattendant carrying a rifle of large bore, a small carpet to rately measuring its length but by a piece of stick, which sleep on, a limited stock of linen, and a good supply of the natives said was a cubit long, and he declared it meaammunition accompanied the sportsman, who pursued sured upwards of thirty of these, and was much thicker his game by day, and at night sought shelter in some than one of his own thighs.- Madras United Service Fillage, perfectly careless as to his accommodations in the Gazette.

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TEMERITY AND TIMERITY. The late Richard Brinsley Sheridan was more cele- Of all the dangers to which the juvenile student is er. brated in the senate than in the field, and enjoyed more posed, I hold those of over-confidence and temerity to be pleasure in popping at his political antagonists than at a incomparably smaller than those of doubt and distrust. covey of partridges. A few years beforo his death he It is very true that a young mind, plunging prematurely paid a visit to an old sportsman in the sister kingdom, at into the depths of metaphysical research, before it has the commencement of the shooting season ; and in order stored itself with a knowledge of useful facts, may be to avoid the imputation of being a downright ignoramus, compared to one exploring the wheels of a watch before he was under the necessity of taking a gun, and at the he has learned to read the hours on the dial-plate. It is dawn of day setting forth in the pursuit of game. Un- true, also, that precocious attempts at fine writing, and willing to expose his want of skill, he took an opposite at colouring language before we have learned to give shape course to that of his friend, and was accompanied by a to our thoughts, have their disadvantages. Yet still, algamekeeper, provided with a bag to receive the birds together, I tremble at the idea of damping the fire of which might fall victims to his attack, and a pair of er- youthful ambition ; for in the young student, as in the cellent pointers. The gamekeeper was a true Pat, and pos- young soldier, the dashing and daring spirit is preferable sessed all those arts of blarney which are known to belong to the listless. The opposite feeling of the mind's disto his countrymen; and thinking it imperative on him to trust in its own powers, ought not to be too harshly and be particularly attentive to his master's friend, he lost hastily set down as a token of mental debility in youth, no opportunity of praising his prowess. The first covey, for it is often connected with considerable talent. It is a and the birds were abundant, rose within a few yards of failing, however, that if suffered to continue, will create the statesman's nose, but the noise they made was so un- all the effects of debility, and will dupe the mind to be expected, that he waited until they were out of harm's the passive agent of its own degradation ; like a jugglinz way before he fired. Pat, who was on the look-out, sup- soothsayer contriving to make his prophecy fulfil itself, pressed his surprise, and immediately observed, “Faith, or a blundering physician verifying his ignorant opinien sir, I see you know what a gun is; it's well you wasn't by despatching the patient whom he has pronounced innearer, or them chaps would be sorry you ever came into curable. But if to look abroad over the vast expanse and the country.' Sheridan reloaded and went on, but his variety of learned pursuits should appal and overwhelta second shot was not more successful. “What an escape!' any young imagination, like the prospect of a journey over cried Pat, 'l'll be bound you rumpled some of their fea- alps and glaciers, let it dispel the unworthy fear to rethers!' The gun was again loaded, and on went our collect what guides, and lights, and facilities, modern senator; but the third shot was as little effective as the science and literature afford, so that a quantum of infortwo former. Hah!' exclaimed Pat, although astonished mation is now of comparatively easy access, which would at so palpable a miss, “I'll lay a thirteen you don't come formerly have demanded Herculean labour.-Thouas near us again to-day; master was too near you to be plea- Campbell. sant.' So he went on, shot after shot, and always had something to console poor Brinsley, who was not a little

GATHER RIPE FRUITS, O DEATH! amused by his ingenuity. At last, on their way home, without a bird in the bag, Sheridan perceived a covey

BY SIR F. H. DOYLE, BART. quietly feeding on the other side of a hedge, and, un

Gather ripe fruits, O Death ! willing to give them a chance of flight, he resolved to

Strew not the pathway of the tomb with flowers;

Invade not childhood with thy withering breath; slap at them on the ground. He did so, but, to his mor- Pass on, aud touch not youth's bright sunny bowers. tification, they all Hew away untouched. Pat, whose

There are enough for thee excuses were now almost exhausted, still had something Or hearts that long for thy serene reposeto say, and joyfully exclaimed, looking at Sheridan very

That sain among the lowly-laid would be, significantly, 'Sure, you made them lave that any how!'

Pierced deep with festering wounds that will not close. and with this compliment to his sportsman-like qualities

Go to the desolate,

Whom thou has robb'd of every star-bright thing; Sheridan closed his morning's amusement, laughing On whom the smiles of hope no longer waitheartily at his companion, and rewarding him with half- Whose loves have pass d upon the morning's wing. a-crown for his patience and encouragement.

Go to the wearied frame

That seeks to slumber on the grave's cold breast

That finds life's pleasures but an empty name, Frederick the Great, King of Prussia, had heard that a And longs to Nee away, and be at rest. corporal in his regiment of body-guards, who was well

Go to the saints of God, known as a remarkably handsome and brave young man, Whose souls are woary of the world and sinwore, out of vanity, a watch-chain, suspended from a

Who fain would tread the path their Saviour trod,

And greet the tomb that lets heaven's glories in. leaden bullet in his fob. The King had the curiosity to

Take these, take these, to rest; inquire into the circumstance himself, and an opportunity

But smite not childhood in its mirthful play; was contrived that he should meet the corporal as by Snatch not the infant from its mother's breast; chance. A propos, corporal,' said the King, you are a

Steal not the loved and loving ones away. brave fellow, and prudent too, to have spared enough

Gather ripe fruits, O Death! from your pay to buy yourself a watch.' Sire,' replied

Strow not the pathway of the tomb with flowers;

Invade not childhood with thy withering breath; the soldier, 'I flatter myself that I am brave: but as to

Pass on, and touch not youth's bright fragrant buwen. my watch, it is of little signification. The King pulling out a gold watch set with diamonds, said, “ By my watch it is five. What o'clock are you, pray?' The corporal,


To cultivate the sensibilities much, and a taste for ropulling out his bullet with a trembling hand, replied, My watch neither tells me five nor six, but shows me

mance at an early age, to the neglect of more solid acclearly the death I am to die in your Majesty's servico. quirements, is about as wise as to sow arable ground with "Well, then,' returned the King, that you may likewise poppies. In spring all will be prematurely beautiful; in see the hour among the twelve in which you are to die autumn everything bleak and bare ; and there will be bat in my service, I will give you mine.'

a drowsy residuum, in place of healthful nourishment, to

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Sold also by J. Johxstone, Edinburgh; J. M.LEOD, Glasgow;

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a more calculating love of gain. Whence this being came ETCHINGS FROM LIFE.

(for at the period we speak of, he had been but a short

time resident in the town) no one could tell, and the CLEMENT FOR D.

manners of the old man were not of such a nature as to PROFITABLE, in very deed, is the retrospect of the past. encourage any to put the question to himself. Friend, Although, in our ascent of the hill of life, our backward relative, tie, on earth, he appeared to have none—an glances may not always be thrown upon green and isolated existence, unloving and unlovely. Into his house sunny spots, yet, from the incidents of our journeying, none ever penetrated beyond the counter of his shop, save many a maxim is to be drawn and many a lesson derived, an old woman, who kindled his fire and prepared his to guide us more safely in the onward path.

scanty meal ; and thus, in the utter disregard of all inWho has not felt a benefit, perchance, too, a pleasure, tercourse with his species, except wliat tended to selfish when, seated in the stillness of his own thought, he has and sordid aggrandizement, he lived, a something scarcely recalled the events of his previous existence, and—from thought of without a shudder. Here was a problem, a the dim shadowy outlines of bygone years, to the vivid puzzle, a psychological curiosity in the concrete. To remembrances of yesterday—he has marshalled before his what end was this man existing, equally regardless, as he mind's eye a phantasmagoria of accident and character, appeared to be, of the happiness of this world and of the most marvellous, yet simply true. He who has been ac- concerns of that which is to come? We are accustomed to customed to mingle in the motley throng around him, consider the interchange of the kindly emotions as among observant and inquiring ; to note down in memory the the highest of man's sublunary enjoyments—he volunphases of man in the aggregate, and the eccentricity of the tarily stifled them. Urchins ceased their sports when his individual, must have at his command a boundless gaunt figure approached them—the young, in whose source of instruction and amusement—a ready-reckoner hearts the blood danced mercurially, called him miser of the practice of life, each rule illustrated by example. and fool, but wise men only sighed and said, 'twas a sinFrom among the many reminiscences of our earlier years gular symptom of the moral disease with which we all we propose now to transfer to paper, a slight sketch of a were born. being whose peculiarities made a lasting impression on A penny to the craving beggar, Clement Ford was our young mind, and we shall do so in naked truth, never known to give; yet he actually once presented the neither heightening colour nor deepening shade.

vestry with a new surplice and gown for the clergyman; In a small town in the north of England, dwelt, some and paid for the white-washing of the parish church, within years ago, a man named Clement Ford. In age he might the walls of which he seldom came. Upon this incongruous have been a year or two beyond threescore; his person display of liberality, Mr Ford rose vastly in esteem, and was tall and meagre; his face sallow and shrivelled, but there was some talk of electing him churchwarden ; but its deeply indented lines seemed rather the work of a he very gravely declined the honour, and the only thanks gnawing anxiety for this world's good, than the frosty but its proposers got were sundry pithy remarks upon the kindly pencillings of time, while the few straggling silver scandalous frequency of official dinners. He was under bairs that fell over his temples, lent not the calm dignity the necessity of doing all the work of his shop with his of age to the wrinkled brow. The fashion of his garments own hands, for his suspicious avarice would not permit Clement altered not with changing years or seasons, and him to incur the expense, nor trust the honesty of an at all times, and in all weather, he might be seen arrayed assistant, and hence, whenever compelled by business to in a long drab great-coat, 'fallen into the sere,' breeches be absent from his dwelling, he would lock the door, and, of coarse brown cloth, grey stockings, ' a world too wide for quaintly enough, stick up a written notice of when he might his shrunken shanks,' and brightly polished shoes adorned be expected to return. On one occasion some itinerant -ay, herein he indulged a kind of pride-with huge swindler had imposed a counterfeit half-crown piece upon antique silver buckles. A broad brimmed hat and a tall him, on the discovery of which he straightway proceeded staff completed his attire. Although possessed of great to the office of a society for the prosecution of felons, and wealth, he followed assiduously, and with a grasping presented five pounds to their funds. No one could have eagerness, the double avocation of a small general dealer believed Clement Ford so much the child of impulse as and a money lender; nor would it have been easy, from so far to have forgotten himself. At another time, when any expression of his withered countenance, to have told, solicited to subscribe for the formation of a gas company whether he sold a few pence worth of his goods, or ex- in the little town, his brief and only reply was, ' gentleamined his securities in putting hundreds to usury, with men, I sell candles. A great predilection he had for at

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