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trembling heart commenced her walk. brothers, crept with them into an empty On her way, she met her brothers, and closet, where, with their arms round stopped to tell them that, as their father each other, they remained, almost breathwas then at home, they had better keep less with alarm, trembling at their faaway from the house till her return. ther's loud threats and their mother's She then called from door to door; but fearful screams. at every place her timid inquiry, “Do At length the discord was hushed, you want any cranberries here?” met and all was silent
except the low
groans the same chilling answer,
of the suffering wife, and the cries At length, wearied out, and fearful of the helpless babe. The children that she could not dispose of them at all, then crept from their hiding-place to she sat down by the road-side and wept seek for some food, - before they laid bitterly. But the sun had long past his themselves down upon their wretched meridian, and was gradually lowering bed to forget their fears for a while in in the western sky. She must go home, sleep. But in vain did they look for a and what would her father say if she crust of bread or a cold potato. Mary returned with the cranberries unsold ? could find nothing but the remainder of This she could not do; and she deter- the meal she had procured in the mornmined to try to exchange them at the ing, but it was too late to attempt baking shop for the spirit her father wanted. another cake. The fire was all out
After waiting some time at the coun- upon the hearth, and it was too dark to ter, till the wants of several wretched go in search of wood. So the hungry beings were supplied, she told her er- children, with their wants unsupplied, rand, and after much hesitation on the were obliged to lay themselves down to part of the shop-keeper, and much en- sleep. treaty on her own, the cranberries were In the village in which Mary's paexchanged for rum. Mary then rapidly rents lived, the wretched condition of retraced her steps homeward, and with a the family had often attracted attention ; beating heart entered the cottage. but the case of the parents seemed so
Her father was not there, but her hopeless, that little exertion was made mother was, and upon inquiring where to persuade them to abandon their ruinMary had been, insisted on having the ous habits, till Mr. Hall, an energetic spirit. Mary refused as long as she agent of the temperance cause, visited dared, for she knew how terrible the the place. The husband and wife were anger of her father would be, if he found then induced to attend the temperance the quantity of rum diminished. But meeting and listen to his address. the mother, regardless of everything but Whispers and significant looks passed the gratification of her appetite, seized the between the acquaintances when Thomjug and drank a large part of its con as and his wife entered the church, and tents.
scarcely one among the number thought It was scarcely swallowed before her they could be at all benefited by what husband entered; and, enraged at see- they might hear. But they did not see ing the spirit so much lessened, he Thomas' heart, or know what a wretchreproached Mary first, and then his ed being he felt himself to be. Through wife, in the most bitter terms. The pro- necessity, neither he nor his wife had voking replies of the latter excited his now tasted spirit for several days, as ragę almost beyond control; and Mary, their means of obtaining it had failed. fearing for the safety of herself and her The cranberries were all gathered from
the meadow, and persons of their char- ceedingly pleased at being invited again acter could not obtain employment. to call on Hannah Stevens. Thus situated, Thomas knew he must As William opened the door, Hannah take a different course, or himself and rose from her seat by the cradle, and family would be sent to the work-house. glanced first at her husband, and then It was on account of these circumstances at his companions, with a look of astonthat he this evening consented with his ishment and inquiry, which yielded, wife to attend the meeting.
however, to one of kind welcome and When the speaker commenced, Thom- glad surprise, when her husband said, as, feeling himself uneasy, wished him. “I have brought you some friends, Han. self away. But by degrees he became nah.” Yes,” said Thomas," and may more and more interested, until his eye we henceforth merit the title.” Nancy fixed
upon the speaker, and the tear, hung down her head, as if ashamed of rolling down his bloated face, proved the the thoughts that were passing through depth of his feeling. He heard his own her mind. Hannah, noticing her appearcase so well described, the remedy so ance, feared she did not sympathize plainly pointed out, so affectionately much in her husband's feelings. “I must urged, that new light seemed to break encourage the poor woman,” thought upon his mind, and he inwardly ex. she, “or her husband will be undone. claimed, “ I can do it-I will do it, if I If Nancy does not encourage him by her die in the attempt ;" and at the close of example, all will be lost.” the service, going boldly up to a group The
then seated themselves of temperance men, he requested that round the cheerful fire, and while Thom. his name and the name of his wife as and William were engaged in conmight be added to the temperance list. versation, Hannah threw aside the quilt A murmur of approbation followed his to let Nancy see the baby. It was just request, and hand after hand was pre- the age of her own, but oh! how differsented for a shake of congratulation. ent. The rosy, healthy little creature Nancy pulled her husband's coat as she before her, in its clean nightgown, sleepheard her name mentioned, and said, ing so soundly, recalled to her mind her faintly, “ Not mine, not mine, Thomas." own pale, sickly, neglected child at But the words were unheard or disre- home, in its ragged, dirty dress, so selgarded, and he bent steadily over the dom changed, and tears started into her shoulder of the secretary, till he actually eyes at the recollection. Hannah saw saw the names of Thomas and Nancy the effect produced upon her feelings, Millman among the names of those who and wishing to increase it still more, pledged themselves to abstain from all asked her to walk into her bed-room to use of ardent spirits.
see her other children. Hannah was a As he turned to leave the church, kind, careful mother, and knowing the William Stevens, a sober, industrious strength of a mother's love, she wished man, a friend of Thomas in his better to make use of this strong principle to days, but who had long abandoned the so- recall the wretched wanderer before her ciety of a drunkard, took him by the hand, to a sense of duty. and after expressing his satisfaction at Nor was she disappointed at the sucthe course he had pursued, invited him cess of her experiment. Nancy was to call at his house on his way home. evidently affected at a view of the neat, After some hesitation, Thomas and comfortable appearance of her neighNancy consented; the latter being ex. bor's house, and Hannah seized this op
portunity to point out to her her dreadful the whole, it passed by easily and pleasneglect of duty. It was a kind, but a antly. Not so with poor Nancy. Havfaithful reproof, calculated to awaken in ing less to employ her mind than her husher bosom every feeling of a mother that band, she was sorely tempted, more than yet remained. "Nancy did not leave the once, to send Mary to the Yellow Shop room until she had promised, by her own to exchange what remained of her kind example, to encourage her husband to neighbor's gift for rum. But the thought return to the uniform practice of sobriety. of Hannah's kindness, and her own Thomas and his wife then took leave of promise, so solemnly made, restrained their kind neighbors.
her. We will leave this happy fireside, and At last, the day wore by, and it was accompany Thomas and Nancy to their time for Thomas to return.
As soon as desolate home. As they approached the the children saw him enter the lane, house, the faint cries of the neglected they ran, as was their custom, to their baby first struck the parents' ears. Poor hiding-place; for, knowing nothing of Mary was endeavoring, as usual, to quiet what had recently transpired, they exthe little sufferer. There was no fire pected to find him intoxicated, as usual. upon the hearth, and no light upon “Can that be father?” whispered the table, but the moonbeams through they to each other as they heard a steady the changing clouds were sufficient to step and a calm voice.
The youngest reveal the gloom and wretchedness of boy peeped out his head to see. the drunkards' home. Thomas and « Come here, my poor boy," said Nancy could not but perceive the con- Thomas, kindly; 'you needn't be trast between the home they had just afraid; I am not drunk.” " Oh, he left and their own. It was a contrast isn't drunk! he isn't drunk!” said Jemmost sad and humiliating.
my, clapping his hands in great joy; Early the next morning, the first per come out, children, father won't hurt son the family saw coming down the us.”. Half faithless, half believing, the lane was little William Stevens. He children left their hiding-place and came had in his hand a basket of potatoes, around their father. which his father had sent to Thomas « Mother hasn't sent you
any rum Millman, with a request that he would to-day, has she, Mary ? ý “No, father; call at his work-shop after he had eaten I hope I shall never go to that shop his breakfast. This unexpeeted present again.”.
“ You never shall, to buy rum, gave much joy to this destitute family, Mary, I promise you.
you believe and Mary, with her little brothers, will me?" Mary looked as if she did not not soon forget how acceptable were quite believe, but she said nothing. their roast potatoes that morning, though
* eaten without butter or salt.
A year has passed by since the period Thomas called, as he was requested when our history commenced. It is a at William Stevens' work-shop, and fine morning in April, as it then was. found there a job which would employ The children of the village are pursu-, him for a day or two. It was joyfully ing their way to school as pleasantly as and speedily undertaken, and after an they then were. But where is the little industrious day's work, he received, at girl, with soiled face, tattered dress, and the close, a part of his wages to lay out bare feet, that then attracted our attention? in food for his family.
Thomas had Look for one of the happiest girls among little to struggle with this day, and on that gay, laughing group, and you will
find her. Her dirty, tattered garments to purchase comfortable clothing for his are exchanged for neat and comely ones; family, decent furniture for his house, her bare feet are covered with tidy shoes and has besides partly paid for two and stockings, and in her hand she car. yokes of oxen and four cows. ries, not a tin pail, but a basket con- Look at Thomas at work in his field, taining her school-books and work. and managing his little farm, thriving at The scenes through which this day will home and respected abroad, and say carry her will be very different from what would tempt him to come again those through which she passed a year under the influence of his former ruinago.
ous habits ? Look at Nancy, too, superA great and blessed change has in- intending her dairy and supplying the deed come
over this once wretched wants of her family-does she wish for family. They have left the miserable a return of those days when she was habitation which was once theirs, and the intemperate mother of hungry, nego are now living upon a small but excel. lected children? But are there not lent farm, whose owner is not afraid to hundreds of mothers who are at this rent it to so sober and industrious peo- time what she once was ? and can they ple as Thomas and Nancy have become. not, will they not, be induced to become Within the year, Thomas has been able what she now is ?
The Boastful Ass. I can hardly tell the reason, but the going to tell another fable, in which the fact seems to be, that the ass, an honest creature is represented as talking rather and somewhat stupid animal, seems to foolishly. have given rise to more fables than any A man was once going along the road other beast
, except the fox. I have als with an ass, whom he treated somewhat ready told some fables in which this roughly, upon which the beast first long-eared personage is made to utter a whisked his long tail, and then groaned, great many wise things. I am now and finally spoke outright. "It seems
. If you
to me, sir," said the honest creature,
Architecture of Birds. " that you use me very ill, particularly as I belong to a race of great antiquity, and one that has been honored above all
THERE is no topic in Natural History four-footed beasts !”
more curious than the architecture of Why, how's that?" said the man..
birds. In the building of nests many “How's that? indeed!” said the ass. species are exceedingly ingenious. The
had read the Bible as much as humming-bird constructs its nest of the you should, you would remember that it was one of my ancestors which conversed with a prophet, and stood in the presence of an angel on a certain occasion. This is an honor which belongs exclusively to the ass family, of which I am one, and therefore it seems meet that you should treat me with proper respect.
Well done!" said the countryman; “well done! poor brute. This is ever the way. It seems to be with asses as with men : when one has no merit of his own, he always boasts the dignity of his family, or the virtues of his ancestors. For my part, I know of nothing that sinks a beast or a man lower, than to see him attempt to cover up his own
Humming-Bird's Nest. vices, or weakness, or folly, by showing off the dignity of his pedigree, or the finest silky down, or of cotton, or of the respectability of his connections." Then, fibres of the flag-top that the boys call giving the ass a somewhat contemptuous cat-tail, or of some other similar matekick, the man passed on.
rial. Within, it is lined in the most delicate manner with downy substances. The outside is covered with moss, usu
ally of the color of the bough or twig to TRAVELLING BEEHIVES.-In Switzer- which the nest is attached, and giving land, the traveller often sees a man it simply the appearance of an excrestrudging up the mountains with a hive cence. The delicacy and ingenuity of of bees on his back. The people move workmanship in this case, as well as the bees, because they know how good the skill displayed in the whole managechange of place is for them. This, too, ment of the affair, could hardly be exis done almost everywhere in Scotland. celled by human art. In France, they put their hives into a There are several species of warblers boat, some hundreds together, which which are very skilful in the formation floats down the stream by night, and of their nests, but we do not recollect to stops by day. The bees go out in the have met with anything more remarkamorning, return in the evening, and ble in this way than the nest of a species when they are all at home, and quiet, of grosbeak found in one of the Asiatic the boat foats on.