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roi, n -xo. 43.
" A-NO these are your drawings, Josephine ! dear
liiu,1iow very clever you are !"
I -Oh,' that portfolio these are mere trifles I
tainted in
oils all last term. There s my music,-
liter all ! 1 could not think where Minny'had put
"Did Minny do all your packing?
"Kverybit: she's the most amiable creature
: - t i r iii ,- tnA tr in (TO ''
vnu ever saw. . jiauano l,u-uh nauu v,......fev,.
'and give me Ellen Lyons for a room-mate but J,
fwasn't going to hear that. v She. was so idle she:
fcould scarcely take care 6f herself much more put
tlie room in order. I never touched a thing.
lYou've no idea how I've improved in music do
ay i
i" '
"Only a little-music that I like, thosft wa'tzes
Imother iised to play years ago, and some songs."
I " J3ut don't, you sing exercises, scales, and all
jthat I I was in hopes you did, for learned some
f charming duets with mademoiselle, and they'll be
fquite loot if you doii't.-v I depended on it,. Julia."
I "I'm very sorry," began Julia .deprwatingly, as
fslie saw a shade cross the young beauty's face; but
fjosephine had already forgotten it in hummiug a
f favoi;ite air, witli an astonishing display of " extras,"
fas she turned over her music.
I 44 Ti l. I I... r... lC..'' 1 I II
hi ah ah ah ah nh ah ah oh, how difficult
tliat accompaniment i's ' I meant to have you ac
company me it's so tiresome to have to keep up
instrumental. practice. I was so disappointed to see
that stupid old piano in the parlor still. I've set
riiy heart on a new one." ,
i But I wouldn't chanre for a nrreat deal : I love
that old piano it has given nie so many happy
Lours and I'm sure it's very sweet-toned yet."
' Yes ; but such thin legs ; and there ought to
Je another octave and a half -a great deal of ray
music is written so. j Who comeaJiere now ? Do
jxit up these niuslins, there Vi-pX girlj'aaid just
lia'tig ti p itje:f .dresses-.-;tlrip5-r'
. "I . : L
bonnet till to-morrow. I did atl my shopping in
jew Yotk, thank goodness ! Vho comes in, did
I you say f Mr: Mitchell, of course, stupid as ever;
Italics law cases to papa, and brings mother a box
lof prunes New Year's Day ; old Mr. Williams, and
that inquiMtive young Locke. How stupid every
Jbudv will seem after Albany '."
I " Mr. Lawrence is not stupid."
"-What Mr. Lawrence ?" inquired Miss Josebh-
line, sharply, .knocking down a pile of school-books
f lexicons and the like -in reaching for an apple.
r "Father's partner."
" O dear, .yes, I : forgot ! From Boston, isn't ho ?
AYhy didn't you write me all about him ?"
' You were coining horn? so soon but he'll be
Lore to tea, ami. you can see for yourself."
. "To "night! It's well you told me I wa3 going
jdown in this1 old wrapper, for I'm tired to death
.You needn't hang up that blue muslin here, these
bows gii o, just catch thein on, won't you ? How
shall I wear mv hair ? Is-he tall ?" 8
. . . - ' r
f As the .looker on could easily conclude, from the
I j.oitions and dialogue of the Misses Wood, one
I was a le tuty and a belle the other, plain, quiet.
and unobtrusive. They were engaged. at im pack
ing, in a lare, pleasant chamber ;' that is, Joseph
ine dragged dresses, books, collars, portfolios' and
.under-ciothes, from the various trunks and boxes,
strewing them round the carpet in almost hopeless
.confusion ; while -Julia in vain tried to fulfil her
constantly conflicting demands, and bring some
thing like order out of the chaos. It was well en
ough for Julia t6 sleep with the children, but now
that Josephine wis' coining home " for good," from
the Albany Female Seminary, one of the two best
bedrooms was prepared for her, which Julia was
allowed to share. Josephine was her mother's fa
vorite her father's, too, for that matter; while
only the children cluntr to Julia andthev were
often permitted to tyrannise, as .children will. But
the bright, cheerful Josephine had all the spirit and
brilliancy denied to her elder sister and here va3
the secret of h'er popularity. Like most belles, she
- was careless and" selfish though good-naturedlv
so and her sister was one of the readiest of the
whole household to submit to her whims and ca
prices. , . .
Julia had been educated at home, with the indif
ferent aid of Factoryville schools, and was indebted
to quiet perseverance and an extended ranjre of
reading for the cultivation she possessed. The
children were troublesome on the days she should
have been sent from home ; but on the pet of the
family no pains or expense had been spared. She.
had: a good voice, and a taste for the more showy
accomplishments. She was allowed music and
drawing, and even dancing lessons, to her heart's
content. Mr. Wood had been troubled with con
scientious scruples about dancing before this. So
with every talent for popularity, Josephine won it
wherever she was. The servants flattered her
teachers praised her, school-mates looked up to her,
and copied and quoted her. - jso wonder she was
a little spoiled, and that she took precedence of ber
plain elder sister at home, as a matter of course.
"Julia was not so exceedingly plain, nor so old,;
after all in realityon!y nineteen, though so grave
and quiet and then her eyes, and teth, and hair
ere good. her hair did not curl, nor her teeth
dazzle when she smiled, nor her eyes sparkle ; but
they had a deep, tender, quiet light and expression
I1 their own, when Bhe looked at you IoDg enough
for you. to notice it. She was staid almost grave
in her ways with quite a motherly care over the
children ; and, every one agreed, "cut out for an
old maid." We wonder how it chances that neat
drnw-n, orderly cloafeta, careful habits, f nd a patient -much-enduring
disposition, should come to be con
sidered as certain sighs of a disposition towards
single blessedness when any otie knows they are
the qualities most needed in domestic life ; and by
the same rule of contraries, a gay, thoughtless, care
less creature, bent on self-indulgence and the win ru
of the moment, is considered a 'fair candidate for
matrimony. - 1
' As ber toilet had : commenced, Josephine could
not be ex-pected to attend to the affairs of unpack
ing any longer ; and while she brushed, and rolled,
and curled, and braided her dark, abundant hair,
Julia still on her knees by the trunks grew' weary
and flushed with stooping orl:fting,or contriving
f places for the numberless articles in this heterogene
ous collection ; the belle condescending now and
then to make a suggestion very much in the tone
of a command and which was sure to give a great
deal of trouble to no purpose.
Her sister rein-rnbered that the next day was
Saturday, with its own builhensome share of do
mestic duties, and she would not have a moment
to finish the tak ; besides, it was to her a matter
of physical impossibility to sleep in a room so lit
tered. So the tea.-bell rang while she was pinning
Josephine's collar, and searching at the same'tiine
among a pile of rumpled muslins for a certain pair
of undt-r-sleeves With her hair and dress in con
fusion, she was obliged to excuse herself; knowing
at the saine time, there would be no one to wait on
the younger children, and keep them quiet. But
Julia was! accustomed to these little disappoint
ments dignified by modern storv-writers as sacri-,-tices
and gave a most sincere glance ot admiration
at the light and graceful figure, as her sister left
the room so air)', yet so elegant, in the simple
blue lawn dress and lace edgings. ,
"How Mr. Lawrence will admire her!" she
thought, turning, with something like- a sigh of
weariness, to the pile of books she was transferring
to shelves at the other end of the room.
IttJlOitar fcrfr nyiMfgJ
to ber satisfaction, and then she was summoned to
see the children to bed : so that the evening was
half gone before, work-basket in hand, she entered
the parlor. She had heard Josephine at the piano,
and expected to find Mr. Lawrence beside her; but
no! only the family circle Mr. Wood, a? usual,
with his back .to the centre table, -examining ac
counts at the old fashioned "secretary "as he in
variably pronounced it ; Mrs. Wood sat by the globe
lamp, stitching away in industrious silence; and
Josephine, with a not very amiable expression of
countenance, made the poor old piano tremble with
the heavy chords md octayes of a variation. She
rose and came to the table as her sister entered, and
commenced, rather sharply :
" I thought you told me there would be company
to tea 2"
" There generally is on Friday night, Josephine !"
" Weil, you might have known, certainly, before
you gave me the trouble of dressing ! It's so pro
voking to take all the trouble for nothing !rt
Julia's linen collar and cambric under sleeves
would have been just the same under any circum
stances. She could not imagine the annoyance of
looking one's very best, with nobody to see it.
" I'm sure your father was very much pleased to
see how nice you looked !" Mrs. Wood said, em
phatically, as if father's admiration ought to be
quite a sufficient reward for any pains.
"Father! whv, I don't believe he knows wheth
er I have on a calico or a flannel dress !" and the
red litis curled a little more than they should have
dope, as she glanced towards the stiff, square figure
of the inanuf tcturer, whose eyes were fastened
silver-rimmed spectacles and all on the ledger be
fore him.
Julia wa sorry for. her sister: she kiiew; from
long and lonely experience, that their evenings at
home were br no means gay and social. Her fath
er was always absorbed iu a review of the business
of the day, or reading the latest date newspaper ;
and as Mrs. Wood was one of those who " cannot
work and talk too," they generally had a quiet
sewing duet until half-past nine, when prayers came
as the close of the evening, and then to bed to
commence the next moruinsf with the same unvari
ed, monotonous routine. How many families there
are, in which' the cheerful evening hours are thus
made but a lengthening out of a-day of toil and
busy care. How much better for the health of
mind and body, to "work, while the day lasts," and
devote this time to relaxation, reading, conversation,
lighter employments that do not interfere with
these : so that not only home is made happy to its
inmates, who have something to look forward to at
the close of business Ijours, but becomes attractive
to a pleasant circle of friends from without, who
will add variety to. the chat or, the incident.
Josephine had no work: she borrowed her moth
er's scissors, and q&rnmenced snipping the darning
cotton with which Julia was repairing a very large,
family-looking basket, of stockings, and yawned,
and wished somebody would come ( in. A faint
tinkle of the door-bell, a stamp of somebody's feet
on the door step, heard distinctly through the open
window, seeme'd a response to the aspiration. Julia
neither looked up nor down, but commenced run
nmg a very large "thin place," as composedly as
before ; but her sister smoothed her curls, and shook
out her dress, with kindling eyes fixed on the par
lor door, which opened slowly to usher in Mr.
"Of ali peole!",. thought the mortified beauty.
"Theiame tiresome, prosy, stupid old bachelor!"
She was quite disgusted by Uhe alacrity of her
father's salutation, and prepared herself for the very
nuKi r.ui,u i3 ciucni,iy uiLeiiueu as a lOKe. it caiut
accordmtrlv. .
" Dear me, Miss Josephine, how you have grown !
Almost a young lady, I declare ! Well, are yon
finished yet?" j
She wondered how Julia could listen so patient
ly to his ponderous civilities, d ;livered in the same
measured manner, and half smothered, droning
voice; she could remember ever since her earliest
recollection for Mr. Mitchell had been her father's
friend and groomsman, and had made it a point to
visit the family once a week ever since. "Julia
might talk to him for all she cared !"; and with sud
den interest she became deeply absorbed in the
fashion article of a two-months' old "Lady's Book,"
not so entirely, however, that a second ring did not
call an eager flush of expectation to her face.
It was a much lighter step, and a much more
agreeable tone of voice, that sounded in the pas
age, Josephine was convinced, before the visitors
entered, that Mr. Lawrence had come at last ;
though now she did not condescend to notice his
entrance, until. her father said, with quite an unu
sual bustle of introduction for him : i
"My second daughter, Josephine, Mr. Law
rence." " Mv daughter Josephine" condescended to give
a very rapid but scrutinizing glance, as she ac
knowledged the acquaintance : the result of which
was, that Mr. Lawrence was neither tall nor short,
handsome'nor plain but rather stylish in compar
ison to the Factoryville beaux generally. He had
whiskers, and wore gloves. His hand was certain
ly in contrast to the. broad, uncovered knuckles Mr.
Mitchell was exhibiting on the work table. He
did not say much to Julia, beyond enquiring for
her health, and asking how she liked the last book
he loaned her. He seemed more particularly
interested in" the children, enquiring of Mrs Yood
if Johnny badecovered from his fall,! and how Sam
rot hoiue the woods the night before, and
31 the woods the night betore, ana
,ifU.tciiig&o have: her
Hewaj a great favorite with Mrs.
tooth out yet.
Wood, that was plain ; and as MrJ Mitchell con
tinued devoted to Julia and the darning cotton, the
belle gradually found herself putting forth all her
powers' of fascination for the benefit of the new
comer. Mr. Lawrence spoke of the last ' Art
Journal." "Did he draw ?"
"A little he Sketched from nature; and Miss
Her mother answered that question with a prompt
" Oh, of course '. Josephine, my dear, why don't
vou set vour drawings, and show them to Mr.
Lawiencel lie would like very much to see
them." - i. '
Miss Wood was sure she could not think of
troubling him with such childish affairs, and the
end of it was that Mr. Lawrence devoted the whole
evening to the fair artist, over the portfolio and pi
anoforte for he was also very fond of music. , '
As for Josephine, her listlessness had all vanish
ed. She smiled, she chatted, she sung and played
rher very best, and talked herself to sleep after the
visit was over, admiring Mr. Lawrence, and pro
nouncing Julia very stupid not to do so.
Poor Jiilia! How did the sleeping beauty know
that ? She did admire Mr. Lawrence more than
any man she had ever met. She' n:ver knew how
much until this evening, when he ,had scarcely
spoken to her, and she had found time, between
Mr. Mi'chell's studied remarks, to listen to his clev
er repaite or watch his animated face, as he lis
tened to Josephine's songs. She hadj expected him
to admire her sister, and had thought what a re
lief it would be to the city bred young lady to find
so agreeable a person almost domesticated with
them. But he need not Lave been quite so much
engrossed, she thought, as to forget to' ask if she
would like the second part ot " Ilazlitt's Table
Talk" which she did want very much. How
ever, it was only natural, perhaps : she was so
plain and quiet, Josephine so full of life and ani
mation. She was so beautiful, too and gentle
men always cared for beauty above everything else ;
yes, she was very beautiful for Julia turned and
looked at that fair face nestling in the pillow near
her the lips so red and full, the cheek dimpling
with some pleasant dream, and the dark lashes
shading it' so softly. No wonder every one admir
ed' and loved her ; and with a feeling of almost
motherly fondness, Julia bent over and kissed her
fair young sister very , softly, blessing he in her
heart. j
Mr. Lawrence sat in the family pew at church,
and walked home by the young ladies, very natu
rally, after service. Josephine looked more charm
ing than ever in the simple but elegant white crape
hat, with a few blue harebells near the face. And
the floating, wavy flounces of her barege dress
were so becoming to her figure. Julia felt almost
clouded in the Dunstable straw, with its plain sat
in ribbons, and the whi te dress, now in its second
season. She saw. the many admiring glances Jos
ephine received, and gradually fell back, taking lit
tle Mary's hand, and leaving them to walk on alone.
They certainly did look very well together, and
Mrs. Wocd thought so, too : from that moment it
became "a match" in her mind.
Everything favoured the growing intimacy of the
young people. For once the course of true love
seemed to run as smooth as heart could wish. -They
practised together, and Mr. Lawrence looked
orer and cwrected Josephine's NJrawiu.: Mf
'1 ''"'
Wood always "made his young and influential part-,
ner welcome,, and he as steadily resisted all the ef
forts of his senior to entice him into talking busi
ness iterbusiness hours. Perhaps this was one
rAovn Qoa nsea jijiii so wen. mere
xui vanccsFfRriies given uurmg me lau auu win
terin.lioriofvfef Josephine's return ; and Mr. Law
rence was their escort, as a matter of course, Julia
seeming more in the light of a chaperone, than
needing one.
Of course all the Factoryville .belles grew very
jealous of the new comer.
" She put on so many airs, as if nobody had
ever been at boarding-school before !" s
" She dressed so much more than 'poor Julia !"
said another. "
" And is determined to monopolise Mr. Law
rence 1" added an amiable trio. But none tf these
things moved the young lady herself: she was tast
ing the intoxicating draught of general admiration,
and she had no time to. bestow on distanced com
petitors. Spring came on again, and the family gathered
more in the sitting room, leaving 'the parlor, by
tacit consent, to the lovers, as they were generally
supposed to be. Mr. Wood had talked it over
with his wife, and concluded it would be an excel
lent arrangement, as far as business was concerned.
"A son-iiHaw would feel so much more interest
than a stranger."
And Mrs. Wood thought she might as well give
Julia a hint about leaving the parlor occasionally,
or being engaged sometimes when a walk was pro
posed. Poor Julia ! she took it meekly, as she did all
her mother's instructions. 8he confined herself
more than ever to the family mending, while Jose
phine trilled with cambric ruffles and a gold thim
ble. It was'quite right in her eyes that when but
one of them -could have a new shawl, Josephine
should be that one; or when Mr. Lawrence invit
ed the young ladies to ride, mother should wish
her particularly to oversee the baking. ' She be
gan to think she would like to have the wedding
over soon, and that she would be an old maid, as
eVery yoe, predicted, alter
fMr.diKU , wkent to 1
proposed to bestow on
every yoae, predicted, after all. Ijdeed, she told
ier utter astonishment, .
he proposed to bestow on her the honor of his
hand and name. Mr. Mitchell received it very
calmly; said that perhaps it. was the most sensible
way of living, after all ; and he hoped she would
riot think of mentioning their little conversation.
He need not have uttered the last piece of advice;
but by the time she reached home alone, she had
begun to wonder whether she had not dreamecf
the whole interview, so improbable did it appear.
Her mother stopped her on the stairs, to say
she was very late the dressmaker must have kept
her a great while; they wore through tea, and Mr.
Lawrence had asked "father " if he could see him
alone a few moments that evening. "So you see
if it isn't just as I said!" Mrs. Wood added tri
umphantly; " and I only wish Josy was at home :
she's at your aunt's, and won't be here before
night." ' - ,
Julia was glad to luar it all of it; she did not
wish for any tea, and she wanted to be alone iu
her room. She was glad she knew Mr. Lawrence
was going to propose she could think it all over.
Toor Julia, once again.. She did not seem very
happy, after all, 'as she untied her bonnet, and sat
dowli on a low Jewing chrir by the open window
She was not jealous of her sister's happiness, but
she, envied her the power of winning love and sym
pathy. Her own lot seemed so lonely and unva
ried. The round of household duties the con
stant and almost imperceptible tax upon her time,
and strength, and energies, as the elder sistsr of a
large household-the want of cheerful companion
ship, especially when Josephine should be in a
home of her own, it was this that had made the
visits of Mr. Lawrence so pleasant at first; he had
given her an interest out of herself, described what
she herself had felt in speaking of their favorite
authors, which neither, her father nor mother even
knewby name. Before Josephine came he had al
most seemed to like her. Only a month ago, he
jcanir&Trdrtood by her one evening, and asked her
how it was lie saw so little of her now ; and he of
fered her his hand so kindly. Sometimes she was
sure she had seen him look' towards her from the
piano, as if he was sorry she was so dull and lone
ly but then he was so kind to every one. How
happy Josephine would be with such constant love
and watchful. care. How could she speak so light
ly of it ? No longer ago than yesterday she said
in that very room, with a toss of the head: "Mr.
Lawrence need not think himself so very sure of
her, after all he was not the only man in the
werld !"
She heard him in the hall below inquiring for
her father, and started as she thought how soon
she would be called' upon to welcome him as a
brother. She was very nervous," she said to her
self her walk had been too long. She must have
been for when she tried to think only how very
beautiful the trees looked in the garden below, sil
vered by the moonlight, which seemed to call out
the faint breath of the just opening lilacs, a mist
of unbidden tears hid it fiom her view, and laying
her head on the window seat, she Bobbed like a
tired child. r : : '
Her father's voice, calling " Julia Julia T from
the sitting room door, recalled her to herself, after
a miserable hour. She had been so absorbed that
she had not evcn heard Mr. Lawrenco go out; but
of course he would bring Josephine home from her
aunt'4- nd she must prepare to meet and congrat
ulate tliemv vU iFa5YeTy foolish in her to fed so
she ought to be very thankful she was going to
have Mr. Lawrence for a brother. She descend
ed the stairs slowly, nevertheless, that her eyes
might have all the time she cculd gain, to recover
their usual hue so slowly that her father came to
the dcor again, as if to send up another impatient
summons. 1 - .
Mrr-Wood made, few prefaces. Perhaps it was
just as well.
"I suppose you knew Mr. Lawrence came to see
me to-night?" he began, abruptly, i
"Yes, sir."
"And not on business, either that is, not con
cerning the factory. I must confess I was surprised."
"I wa3 not, sir," said Julia, looking up, and try- 1
ing to speak cheerfully.
" Not surprised ? He assured me he had never
mentioned the matter to you!"
"He never has, sirbut it was very easy to see
" Bless my heart !' broke in Mr. Wood, abruptly,
" -our mother and I always thought his attentions
were directed to Josephine !"
" Yes, sir, to Josephine."
"And wanting yq'u all the while '. Well, I must
say I never counted your aunt Jane, when I wanted
to marry your mother !"
" Oil, indeed you are mistaken it is Josephine !
he never sneaks to me."
" He- says he can never get a chance, and thatfs
why he came to ask me if we had any objection to
his addressing you;" ,
"Oh no, sir indeed it was Josephine ! I always
left -"
" Indeed it was not, little sceptic !" and before .
the poor child could think of au escape, or what; it
all could mean, she was for the first time in her
life alone with Mr. Lawrence Ir. Wood consid
erately leaving the argument iu his hands. He
seemed, to have brought forth'most convincing proof
that he knew his own mind for in an incredibly
short space of lime JuHahad changed her opinion,
and came to the conclusion that she would not like
to have him for " a brother " at all.
"But you always walked with Josephine!"
-."liwAuse you always left us." , ;
" And you sang with her ?" U -
" You never would touch the piano after he
came. You know I always liked your ballads bet
ter than! opera songs, that were never written for
the parlor."
" But she is so pretty !"
" And you are so good, and so unselfish, and so
dear!" he said, clasping the hand that he held more
closely. " What shall I do or say to convince you
that it is, you, and not Josephine, I want for my
wife V
It is due to the discomfited beauty to, state that
she bore the turn affairs had taken with wondrous
! equanimity, and exerted all tier taste and skill in
the arrangement of the trousseau. JSay, she even
flirted violently at the wedding (which was the
I grandest affair, thanks to her, Factory ville had ever
i seen.) with a cousin of Mr. Lawrence, who had
come down to be groomsman ; though her rivals
insisted " that was all put on to conceal'her morti
fication, anybody could tell."' Mr. Mitchell did not
venture his usual stereotyped wedding joke about
the happy pair, but retired into a corner with Mr.
Wood, who was glad to refresh himself in so un
usual an atmospherej by a little sensible talk on the
After all, Josephine became Mrs. Lawrence, by"
marrying the Boston cousin who, being passion
ately fond of gay society and the polka, was much
more to her fancy than Julia's husband. It was
hard to say which was happier each in her own
way Julia devoted to her husband an I her house
hold, where Mr. Mitchell, after a time became a
regular weekly visitant or Josephine in her round
of city engagements ; but certainly neither one of
them ever repented the choice their father's partner
had made.
We otice knew an old Friend, who had but one
piece of advice to young beginners : it was, " If
the'll onlj begin right, all will go well." We have
often thought that there was more in the recom
mendation, than even the good Quaker saw, for
there is scarcely any thing to be done in life to
which the adage, " begin right," will not apply.
Success is but a synbnyme for beginning right.
Who, for example, is the healthiest, the early
riser or the sluggard ? It is the man who begins
the day right, by leaving his bed with the sun, and
inhaling the fresh air of morning, not the one who
remains till 6ight or nine o'clock, in a close cham
ber, sleeping a dull, stnpifying sleep. Who get'
through ins day's work the easiest ! The early
riser. The man of business, who is at his store
soonest, is always best prepared for the customers
of the day, and often, indeed, has sold many a bill
before his laggard neighbors are about. Sir. Walter
Scott used to have half his day's writing finished
before breakfast. A shrewd observer has said that
a late riser consumes the day in trying to recover
the hours he. lost in the morning. Mind and body
are both freshest early in the day. The lawyer
should think, the minister study, the author write,
the valetudinarian walk or ride, and the mechanic
or fanner be at work as early as possible.
Nor is this alL Th great bulk of enterprises
that fail bwe their ruin to not having been begun
right A business is undertaken without sufficient
capital, connexion, or katfwfadg. It end tw&vor-
ably. Why I Because it was not begun right,
A young professional man, whose probationary
period of study has been spent in pleasure rather
than iu hard reading, complains that he canuot
succeed. Why, again ? Because he ha -abJbsgun
right either ! A stock company -fctows ! Still
why ? Ten -to- one, the means' employed were not
adequate to the end, or else it was started with in
efficient officers, and jn either casett was not begun
right. Two young house-keepers break up their
ay establishment, the lady going home, perhaps,
to her father's, taking her husband with her.
Why ? They did not begin right, for they com
menced on too large a scale, forgetting that the
expenses of a family increase every year, and that,
in no event, is it safe for a man .to live up to h
mcome. Jui inventor starts a manufactory, in
which his improvement in machinery is brought
into play; but aftor a while he finds himself in
solvent; his factory is sold; another reaps where
he has sown. Why 3 Also ! like too many others,
he has undertaken mjre than, he has means to
carry through ; "he did not begin right aud his
ruin was the consequence.
But, above a'l things, life should be begun right.
Young men rarely know how much their conduct,
during their first few years, aff.'cts their subsequent
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business, form their opinions of them at this time,
but that every beginner acquires, , during these
years, habits for good or ill which color his whole
future career. We have seen some, of the ablest
young men, with every advantage of fortune and
friends, sow the seeds of ruin and early death, by"
indulging too freely in the first years of manhood.
We have. seen others, with far less capacity, and
without any backing but industry aud energy, rise
gradually to fortunend iniluence. Franklin is a
familiar illustration of what a man can do who be
gins right. If he had been too proud to eat rolls in
the street when he was a poor bay, he would never
have been Minister Plenipotentiary to the Court of
France. .
Always begin right! Survey the whole ground
before you commence any undertaking, aiJ you
will then be prepared to go forward successfully.
Neglect this, however, and you "are "almost sure to
fail. In o'tuwwWaT'S'MTi..' good com
meacement is half the' battle.' friV Irst step is
almost certain .defeat. Begin right ! Public
God's Tenderness. How soothing in the -hour
of sorrow, or bereavement, or death, to have the
countenance and sympathy of a tender earthly
friend ! My soul ! there is one nearer, dearer,
tenderer still-the friend that never fails, a tender
God. By how many endearing epistles does Jesus
exhibit the tenderness of His affection to His people!
Does a shepherd watch tenderly over his flock ?
" The Lord is my shepherd !" Does a father ex
ercise fondest s licittide towards his children ? "I
will be a father unto you !" Does a mother's love
exceed all earthly types of affectionate tenderness ?
" As one whom his mother comfortetb, so will I
comfort you !" Is the apple of the ey& the most
susceptible part of the most delicate bodily organ ?
" He keeps them as the appl,e .of the eye !"
He will not break .the bruised reed !" M When
the shepherd and bishop of souU" finds a sinner
like a'lost sheep stumbling on the dark mountains,'
how tenderly he deals with him ! There is no
look of wrath no word of upbraiding ; in silent
love " He lays him on his shoulders rejoicing !"
When Peter falls, he does not unnecessarily
wound him. "He might have repeated often and
again the piercing look which brought the flood of
penitential sorrow. But he gave that look only
once ; and if He reminds him again of his three
fold denial, it is by thrice repeating the gentlest of
questions, " Lovest thou me ?" The gentlest ear-
thly parent may speak a harsh word betimes ; it ;
may be needlessly harsh, but not so God. " He
may seem, like Joseph to his brethren, to speak
roughly ; but all the while there is love in his'
heart !" The furnace will not burn more fiercely
than is absolutely required. . A tender God is seat-i-ed
by it, tempering the fury of its flames.
Coffee. A, correspondent of the New York
Courier and Enquirer, datiug near Rio Janeiro, on
the 11th of July, gives some interesting facts re-.
lative to the cultivation of coffee. He says :
The plant has been known in Brazil tor many
years; it is about forty years, however, since the
first regular plantation was made by Mr. Moke, a
Belgian, who brought the cultivation of coffee to
great perfection.
The skin contains a vast amount of saccharine
matter, and successful attempts have been make to
extract from it sugar and spirit ; but either through
poor machinery, or other mismanagement, it was
found to, be unprofitable, and the experiment was
abandoned. The skin is exceedingly sweet, almost
as much so to the taste as the sugar can. ;
The coffee plant can be propagated from the
seed, but the most prevalent method is by young
plants, which may be had by the thousand on old.,
plantations. The young tree is taken off in Aug
ust generally when it is about two years old and
planted" in good soil. The fourth year it bears
coffee, and the fifth year, it commences to bear re
gular crops, the yield being from a pound and a
half te three pounds per tree. Trees hare been
known to last for many' years on good ricb. toil,
and some on Mr. Moke's plantation are still bear
ing which were planted thirty years ago, on hill
aides, however, where the soil is light, the plant de
cays in the course of eight or ten years, f b pick
ing season has already commenced, and in the low
land it generally concludes by the end of August ;
among the hills, however where there are frequent
showers, and where there it roucb shade, the sea
son does net cfcw until scctfe tiara, ia t getvtrbvT

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