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unwisely that his customers began to forsake him. Every day he repeated his wish with increased fervour, and every night he went early to bed, to be blessed, as he hoped, with the golden dream. Fortune, for a long time unkind, at last condescended to smile upon him, and indulged him with the wished-for-vision. He dreamed that, at a great depth beneath a certain part of the foundation of his mill, there was concealed a wondrous pan of gold and diamonds, and that it was covered with a large flat stone! What were his ecstacies when he awoke ! Up he started; but he was determined to conceal his “good luck” from every person, because “ THE DREAMER'S INFALLIBLE ORACLE!" which he had previously consulted, affirmed, “such secrecy to be absolutely necessary in all money dreams, , in order to have the vision repeated the two succeeding nights, by which the dreamer should be made CERTAIN of its VERACITY."
All that day he hid himself in a wood at a short distance from the village, fearing the prying eyes of his wife, or some one else, would discover the cause of his transports; for, in spite of all his efforts to restrain them, at one time they burst forth in wild snatches of
song -at another in immoderate fits of laughter:—now they compelled him to perform the oddest anticsand now, as if by magic, his limbs seemed all at once deprived of the faculty of motion, and his eyes were fixed in the broad stedfast stare of an infatuating brown study! How welcome to him were the first shades of night! Through lonely by-paths he slunk home to bed, and his feverish fancy revelled again amidst the dazzling splendour of uncounted
uncounted treasures ! Thrice--0, wonderful to be told ! -he dreamed of the same pan of money!-and in the very same place too !!
Now then it was past a doubt. Early on the third morning he took mattock and spade—went to the mill—and began to undermine that part of the wall which he had seen in his dream. The first omen of success that he found was a broken mug! Digging still deeper, up came a tile!!-next, a brick !!!
quite whole too! At last, after much digging, he came to the broad flat stone-just as he had seen it in his dreams!!!! “Herehere!” —cried he in raptures to himself,“ here it is under this stone there is room for a wondrous pan of gold and diamonds indeed! -I must e'en go to my wife, and tell her all about it, and get her to help me to remove it.” Away he went, and acquainted his wife with every circumstance of their “good fortune!” Off went her cap for very joy-and she laughed—and danced--and sung like a crazy woman. Eager to know the exact
amount of their riches, they hurried to the spot where Simons had been digging, and found- -not indeed the expected treasure, but the Mill, their ONLY SUPPORT, fallen and exhibiting a heap of ruins!
To love Riches on their own account, and to pursue them otherwise than as the means of diffusing joy and comfort around us, is both absurd and criminal. We are told in Scripture, that “He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him.”