North Carolina Newspapers

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WILLIAM B- COOKB.
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AS INDEPENDENT EAMIY NEWSPAPER.
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TWO 80UA1S JE1 AMEI
mttoottti to all tf)g Sn tote of Sfie gouty, Cttemture, mc atton, titulture, MtHtsjt ittarfots,
VOL 1Y NO. 21.
SELECT POETRY.
THE CANDIDATE.
. A worthy citizen, who e nauje wasBrown, . ,
Bethought hiia-e!f, one diy, "... I
Tb w knti mast have iUrturn, .y
.-" -And .every dg bis nay:". f .
- . So to h'unself, at oiwe be said i
44 jle hinks I'll try my fate,
1.1 A d Tor some office ar. J the spoils,
I'll be a candidate "
V Ha ! h ' ! " laughed, " Brown stock shall rise;
It wi I r i-e a elamor high,
; Wt.e t B RO-W-.V,
. My name shall be in every eye, -
V Ad ctv ry tmigue shall pe. k it,
And Cine herself shall burst her cheeks,
As throng i her trump she'll 'ieak it."
lie" told his. wife, and from her face
Q ikk vani-he I every frown,
Site smiled lo think that oon she'd be
The livable Mrs. Brown.
The bale Browns all ceased their play,
A nl s.tid that they expected
Sit lo.iger petticoats to wear,
But p.mls, when PA' elected."
So Mr. Brown, he went at once
Tc the sovereigns of the n.iliun,
' Ah I soon persuaded them that he
Sijunld have the nomination.
AWd quick his name on every wall,
: 'Oi fence, on post, through town,
: I:i! mlunuioih. capitals w is seen,
- Till all wa IJiowii! Brown'! Bicows'!!
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5 This male Drown lmppy, bu', "alas!
- "W)io c in cn'tj-ul his fate"
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dyei'to 'earn t!ie tii.d.-i of one
io U a crnhdate.
ports were soon abroad that ha
d aken what wasn't hi'n,
id that, ;.t one time t his life,
11 3d spent souie ye ;ra i.i prison.
- Oiip p .rty swo:e his roar: iae bid
II j.1 ne'er been Ve it by paron ;
A.jOlher one could easy jr..e
Itejd-once co:MmiUevtar7on ;
A io'i.rth knew him a murderer,
. WjnYli raised, at once a bobbery ;
..AS tii could swear that he besides
'. II '(i toiie a hihway robbery.
Tlije i!a ivea,said that he was bora
In Irejai d's Isle no grren ;
: Kile others slid In llindostan
T.j.- light he fir-t had seen
AJ'pLd vif", quite the rever e,
A ' Kriow-N-atliitiV" hi.;) did call;
Ard .i.ne man bet t hat- he could prove
IIj .wi.su I boin at all.
Bim bore it well, but 'twa no use;
lid fell, benca h these shocks;
;':; 11 coald'nt steer his bark at ajl,
, ; Atlumg so many rock. J
$ibe. ten, drove half mad with raj?,
' lid hung hiin-e!f at. sujown,
;L M s. li a widow, and
: -v"a-s ie.u!ady dote IB HOWS.
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lliECID STORIES.
MTHOSBAND'S PATIENTS.
Btj. -VR3. MADELINE LESLIE.
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In a little ingle or nr ok, formed by a cesat;on
of t-e b :d b,u;is, rising abruptly from theea,
mig'y ne-t!ed a small cottage, it such it may
ca led. here from morn till eve, and from
evfj ill m..rn. may be had the loicc of God
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s& nMo tiie crre . wat-r. 'Thus far. but no
1 1 tliis q
I't rstreat lived little J.tnies
TdlDo .a'd, with li s mother and sister; and
-f ,
tlt"Uh at a di-tan 'c from any other habitation,
y t they were not a'raid. When the stoim
.1 g d, and the ocean roa ed, th -y. only k.'j.t
c.j.er within fheir neat aud cliefol abode.
Tf.e. fe't S'a'e tinder tlie prot. c ing care of Ilim
- wh-i-giv.'ili 'to the se.n his decree that the wa-
: tors s!. odd not pass his cominai.d.' When ti e
' l ing day of summer cain3, then would' Jamie
ie..id ins li tb sister carefulljr down the low bliiff
ub n wiiich their home was built, an 1, g mi) :
..Idling her from st jne to stona, would soon rea h
tle sni oth, hard beacht which lay for a mile in
e ei.t before the.cottage door. Here their merry
cii.heii were never tired of playing, sometimes
c!l.eirng a quantity '-of clean bhcllsfatid carry
i if g them to a rock out of t!.e reach of the com
tids,and using them for plates, with which
iey could set out their noonday repast; some
.ttues I ui ding houses of the fiI:e, clean sand
; 'ib'yh covered the beach. ;
.1 Jamie aiid Lottie had never known another
: ljme ; and tlu-y loved the bright waves whish
' t'er kept rolling .'and breaking in i white surf
ijiiou the shore, Th. v could haivilv have ktiow n
Ifow iq sing and sLou, a tliey did from mornii g
ttil ti ght, wi.ho'ut the ace mpaniment of the
1 Vjieaking billows." They g ew to be &3 expert
iticed as uiaiiuers in calculating the ebb and
; oof the tide, as.d the length of time btfure
:'ae wave-, would rise to their laud-marks.
But h t leave Jamie and bis sister standing
Nvith bare fcet just out of re:;ch, as they think,
tin; next wave, running backward and shout-
a-J wvib great glee, tis it leaves tlw ir tiny shoes",
1 f u 4t tha cottigc, where Mrs. McDjualdf
'v uh her w.rk. , ':
or two before Jamie was born, Jane
i.h her young husband, left their
ii.itii A 1., A :.. . . . .
ui uie Aorth ot texjot aud. and came
t'J find .i hm j,, tll js free Colintrr Tm it ; as
! i.t th. y l a in an indistinct ide. in what that
t '"dour convsted; but womlrous reports had
r-Hchedthem fom kindred and friend, wh
wiae u fiud ilieir foi tuue la Aawrica; iJ
th-ir lies to their father land being one by rne
cut off, is father, mother, and s'ster were taken
to a h awn'y country, then it was that they
determined to seek a new home iu this western
world.' I',' . 1 W' I . " ;
Immediately pnn landing, tiny were crdi
anywietby ir IntA ,
neat comfortable abode, which in i s many c h 4
ven'ences, forniel such a ciitritst to their trans
atlantic home, that they looked shout them with
woiideiing and admiring eys. After they
j ! retired for t lie t.iht they held a loij,g conveise
) upon the probability or even posil.ility of thnir
ieerbin eqa ly well situated. W hen they
arose in tlie mo nin, lefrnslud an 1 invigiraled
for n w duties, liope quickentd each step and
ligiited each eye. -
For a tine everyth'ng went on smoothly.
Junes McDoiiad was active and strong, and
! .soon entered into an eng'igement with a farmer,
! who found in his new wurkmn a trustv and
faitlilul lnnd. Jam4, remained with her cousin,
an I proved hee f of great as-;5stance in the
i business bv wliieli the worthy Mrs. Dme in-
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jc ea ed the wages of herhusb md. Thei lotl1es
were nevr so tii r highly washd, nor so nea ly
j pifstd as.wlien J;ne ' was to the fore.' Thus
they continued until autumn, when James was
thrown out of emplo me-it for tlie winter; an 1"
j from tins time po.if Jane dated the b ginn ii of
hor troiibles. I cannot stop to relate all the tri
als made bv Jam- s to obtain permanent employ -niei.t,
that lie mig'it have a'Cttled l;ome, which
he cou'd call iiis own ; no. nor the reservu an I
sourness which gradually clianged lis ouce
bright and h ippy eountcnance.
My story i- mi-re f little. Jamie thin of his
parents. Hut 1 will just say, that though his
;oo.l wi 'e di'l "ot f .il to sympath zo deeply with
her hu-band in every fresh disapp in mcnt, y. t
s'ie always en l-.'v r d to 1 a I him to feel that
they were in t he '-Viands of Ons who knew sill
lhe:r WH-nts, and who wou d guda their 'little
bark at last into a s if.) port. Tho.ig!i James
McDon dd do ir y lovetl his wife, yet. on one oiut
ihey widely difter. d. Jatiti liad U-en b'essed
with a pious mother, who had early ta-:r''t h-r
not on'y to fear thi- Lord, but to tr.ist hini in all
her Wft5'. Ti e goo I old lady us. d so say, 4 ;t"s
niii'gii'; b. -.......- . nir mw niic
c!-ar, and then turn t aitlieriielp jrW n torms
betide; but trust him alway, an 1 hn'nd your
au'.l m ther's words, 'He'd ne'er forsake you. '
J-me ued to rfpeat tids to her husband, and ty
toiusp re hint with new ho; e ; but beg adua !y
"ave u; more -n 1 m .re. u:nil aimo-t their eiitiie
f support deend d up n her exeit ons. Th swas
so gradual, liowever. tha' Jane had removed to
t!.e btt!e cottage where we fouu I her. a d which
was given to her f r a merely u m n il rent,.and
her sweet J.nnie had eome, a ri h boon' to the
waira-heai td mo' her, before th father "ho'.ly
despaire 1 of In coin ng ri. h, and shipped as a
sailoron board a inerchant ves el going out from
a neighboring poit. ' The. young wtf.; felt vey
- ; -
ad when she found ber husband wa r.aMv in
to leave her- a'one in a strange lai d,
p ciaity as, somewnat cnvcia t-y the inongiii
of the separation, Jaine- had renew d his former
j kindn --s and atiec i 'ii towa d her, and she had
begun to look forward to blighter days.
j lie went, however, and until the opening of
hurftory I,aI returned but tw:ce. E.cli time
"e n?ll,rl,a ffM ' a "'g 'S
! tt" ueterii.niii to pursue, it no laitl.er. J ut
viwh time' iiUo' "f,eT remainii.g at liom- a few
I m nIl', 'grw- W'T tuonotony ot ins
,.r.tt...r Wfn U I, . 1 . . .1
'"V "c "S"" "ur,,lFlu.,'"'"1
..lev.. .ii tiuit ure i iu ui n suiur wa oeuer
than this, and took the first oppoitunity todeave;
In the meantime Jamie had tH'eti deiigb e l to
we'coiiiif a little sist -r to the'r sea-sid'3 home.
.Mis. McDonald was will known, and esteemed
by all the neighborhood and had b en ab'e, du
ring the watering season, when fasiiionable visi
tois resor e 1 to the pi ic, toubtain a good sup
p rt by taking n nice washing. Brides the
regular pay.for her work, so prompt and la'tbful
was .-he to Iter emploe:s, that many of th- in
b'camvs her fa-t ftietid-t,' an 1 for m my of the
comforts he c.ttage contained, she was indebt. d
to their kind b nelac i.ns. Her nea' cottage,- J
wit i its br'ght nowrrs before tlie door, beoame
i lerea-ingly a favor.te resoit for the 1 overs uf
the s a ; and gem rally, on a p!ea-ant sfiernopn,
s me invalid who ha I resorud to t'ie salt w iter
(or the benefit of li s health, might b se- n -it-ti.g
lene rh her hu ulU loof, looking out upon
th-mgbty expanse .f water, and couming the
white s'a lsiu the distance.
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In this jay summer and winter parsed.
Bu-ied iu her work, and c.mte.ited.in the soi. ty
and affections, of her cbi.dren. Mis. McDonald
had l jiig siue ceasd to mourn at the hb ence
of her l.u baid, though slid never retired to rest
nor eomtuem e I the duties of a new da witho it
kneeling b ide her li tie ues, implo ing Gou's
ble.-siug-upon -the watideier, a. d asking her
heavenly Fa her to preserve him from t'ie dau
g rsot the deep, an i above all, bom ihe temj
iations of - his unr. newe I he.vt. This da ly
prayer was so c nne:tcd ill tue m'nd of ittlo
Jamie wi,l his father, that he ofu ncalie I Lo ty,
and said, ' Coiue, sis y, now mama's going to '
ask Go 1 about p pi.'
Mr. McDonald had already been absent for
ni Te than!
two year; and during that period.
j bis w.fe had never heard foui hm. lie had
not previously been aosent so long at a time;
and Jane jused to awake during a s orra, ai d
hear thrt thundering of the b Ho s, and f.ncy
:hat, above the war of the sea, sIVj g add hear
her own James ca'Iing for help aijd then she
would draw Ucjcuildmi tJoStito her bieat,afli
RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA, SATURT iY,
pray that God Almighly wouM be the p-otector
f her absent husband, and bring him safely to
his home.
One day when Jamie and his sister, tired of
play, returned to tlie cottage, i hey were Surprised
to free
a man in tiio small .sittiniy-r.Kmi, h dnrtf their esteemed friend, came to p
rtheir mother, up-m knee. Jinie did pot re-J
. 'e .!. ''..' -r-. - '"' - rtH
inemoer ins utiier ; and L.ottie tiad not wen him
since she was a baby ; so the childn n stoid in
the door-way un perceived, yet wondering at the
R:ght of their m uher's joy, when she discovered
t'nem, and si d, 'Jamie, my y, don't vou re
member your own father?' Jamie hung down
his head, and walked ba h ully forward to take
the extended hand, whlchis moth, r, catching
up L tty exclaimed, ' See James, ha-n't the baby
grown to a fine si.e ?' The father express: d
great, pleasure at the growth and improvement
of the cbildien.
When supper was p-epare l, Jamie gave up
o his father the the seat at the head f the
able, which he had.OvCiipied evor since he could
lememher, and w i ted. for him to say grace. But
when ho saw his father In dp himself, and about
to comm nceeitng, hi' little f.ce turned very
red, and he looked at his mother in gieat dis
tress. 'Pap-i,' he snid in a wry s lemi tone, 4 won't
you a k God to b'ess this supper V
1 Mr. McDonald laughed, and said, 'what a
little Methodist you've made, ihe boy !'
Tapa,' said the boy earnestly, 'won't you
p'easn to pra V
'Why.' said Mr. McDonald, ' who prays when
I'm g .re T
'IHo.'
' W, 1!, then, pray now, only be very quick
about it; I'm desp rate hungry.'
In a very serious manner. Jamie foiled h:s
h inds, and a-ked God lo bl ss his food, and
make them al g'od, aud make pap i good. Af-t-rwards
they at their simple repast. Manv a
month ha I passed since James bad h 'ard the
the voiee of pray r, and he seemed impressed
by ihe s.jrioiis;ies and earnestness . f the chiid;
and as Jane made no re,inai k, t!:e supper was
rather a si;ent meal.
When ihe lime came for ihcirWening praver,
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to k her liit'e ones into.-the ine- room, and
there kn It with them, and thanked God for pre
serviug h 'r hnsba id, and bri.iging bioi lo his
home in safety. Then she p.,ur d out h r whole
heart in prayer f r his soul,- thai be might be
come a child of Go 1 and an heir of immortal
g'orv. J .nre lo ked very wistfully a' bis moil ei
as she arose, and wied 'he tears fr un lw eyes
with his apron. But she ks ed him aud hi.-si-ter,
and ha ing heard their prayers and hymns,
laid them in their be I. ; '
No: many day- passed b fore the inmates of
the cot ag ! had en; i rely cmc l. Mrs, McDon
ald was not Lncr in. discovering that her dear
zj
husband, for wh se reiurn .she had so earnestly
prayed, had become a drunkard ; and when in
trritid hu was shockmclv profane. When
j sober, a kind of tespect for his wife's feel ngs
had hitherto prevented him from swaringin
her presence, liut p ;or Jane w pt bitter .tears
as she thought of .her hu band's wick da ss,
and also of the dreadful influence he would have
upon her b loved "children.
At fi st Jamie ajp-arcd compk-t ly stunned
by thi vo lev of oaths which h s father poured
out; but on recovering hi nself, he began to tell
h m it w as very wicked to ta!k s , and that Go I
wt.ul I'nt let birr, live if he did. James was be
side hims-lf with rage ; and catching up a eh .ir
hrew it at the h.ld, te.ling hiin h'd teach him
to stop his impudence.
But the frightened m-ther hal snatched him
sway ; aud, with ber ch ldr. n in the small bed
room, she wept as if her heart would break.
She lo ked b.ck one we lc, and thought of the
il mnv lleAC- f.il life; she ill u led, with her chil-
i iv r
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! Ar. i. be li.-r si. p. HMil her Jam e learn ng .so iai
io read that she was 1 king torard to the time
when he would be able lo read a chapter in thi
Bib' e, which had been her mo.her's, and whic i
had been s .carefully prese vei. But Jane wept
st 1. more biuerly as she thought uf that blessed
mother's adv ce to h r,n t to many a man who
did Hot fear, God; and'siie felt that her puni-J-
meut, though long do ayed. had now c hie ; for
.!. nk . K ..1 . t 1 1 o t-1 1 tii r AjitlV (!lU"!f-
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dietice to her mothers commands, yet she knew
thai she had done so contta y to her of.en ex
presd adue and warning. The vety wretch
edness her mother feared, had. now fallen to her
lot. Toor Jane kue't and prayed anew for wi
ilnm hiwI strrio-'L!i to bear the affl ctioa which
o
her ow n wilfulness had bioughiupon her. Truly
she had need f strength ; f r now that his fam
ily had wi nes ed lis degtad ition. James seK
dotn came home sober; and, when intoxicated,
hi, wife and cl ild en soou learuel that thei
only .-afety was in Flight. Somet tnes, however
they cou d not escape him, and the children
wou.d sen am with' flight as their father cruelly
beat their dear m. ther, or threw htr heavily to
tie side of the loom.
Orce Jamie starttd from h's hiding place un
der the table, and stood directly befoie his au
gry father, aud said, 4 Pap i, you musn'i. beat my
mama so ; I cu let you ; it's very wicked.'
It was a strat gi sight t-- see the angry man
with a chair or .-to 1 rai-cd over his h ad to
strike ; but he was ane-ted by the voice of his
child p e -d ng for his mother. So neti-nes the
p ea w.nl'.l 'mi ced ; and he w uld mutter an
grily to him elf and slink w..y to UI. But at
other tim s he wou'd kCze the lKy by Lis arm
Ur leg, aad tirow lim to the otkjr aide of the
.Jered
an for
t tight,
rsonii
HiUe
Lef to
cornniain loathe public autliont,.e:srf,','Ati have
li-m taken up. " "?
But it so happened that the day on which the ;
kind neighbor isi:ed her, James had returned ;
from the village sober. He had obtained a j b
of work, and had brought tcrthe cottage some
fool for his fam'Iv. Jane now thought herf
prayers were an.-wered ; and her heart was
buoyed up with hope of brighter days. 4 Oh !'
said she, 4 It's not now that I would have the
heart to comp'ain of him, and he so kii:d the
Jay.' She related to her sympathizing neigh
bors the unusuil kindness of her husband. For
a day or two, until the job wa fiui.-hed, James
con inued qaiie sober; but then iuteuding to
make up for lost tim, he came home so furious,
that Mrs. McDonald catching her children iu
her aims, tied down thechtf toward the sea, and
there h.ding with them behind a sheltering rook,
she gave way io the most passionate grief.
All her blight hopes were now da-bed to the
ground. U. c.'ii cious of the lateness of the
hour, she still sat un il she found herse'f in a
great ch ll. Sh j ins'antly arose, and stealing
like a criminal l enea b her own roof, she found
her husband, as she had expected, lying uncon
scious on the bed. She took iu the children,
ai.d giving them their supper, she heard them
say their pra;; er., and put them into bed and lay
down beside them. Jamie seemed unusually
w..kcful, and tried to comfor4. his mother.
'Mama,' he a ked, 'Don't 1 grow some every
day ?'
' Yes dear.
,' Wed, so n I shall be a man, and Til take
you away wh iv pap i can't come, and then we'll
Ire happy ag t n ju-t as we were before he came,
only mama, I wish we could live here. I.'s so
pleasant lo In ar the l ud. sea. What makes
papa so w'eked and beat us so?'
4Ii's rum Jamie; it rum, does it all. Before
he drank rum he was very kin to as.'
. Jandi crept closer to h FBot-j : " ...
vou! nvhat cduld sisTynd ,JdV .tUoufl
l'o ir Jane comforted her boy wijh the promise
hat si e never w-uld iaste f it ;aid then she
I old him as she had often doae before of that
blight world where there is no d.ui.kenn -ss, no
s mow or ciying, but where all t ars w ill be wip
ed from ev-ry ye. Jamie asked G l Ui piease
to take them ah to heaveu. O.i ! ho.v of.en did
the heait broke ri rtiother think of that earnest
prayer.
Af'er some lima the poor weary wi'e 1 st the
reine librance of her sorrow in sleep. But not
long. She was suddenly awaken, d by a shrill
coug't ; and she started at once to her feet. She
well knew the sound, and sprang to relieve her
sick chi d. She administeied to him such rem
edies as she had at liand, but to no effect.
She then tried to arouse her seu-eles hus
band. 'Janre is dying! Jamie is dying ' she
cried in his ears! But she was obliged repeat
edly to g i to her suffering boy, when he would
instantly fal. b:uk into unconsciousness.
One iem-dy after another she tried, and
wrung her hands to see how ineffec:ualy for
his relief. At length, rendered desperate by
d spair, she succeeded in aw akening James. She
implored h m to lose no time in bringing the
Docior. Jam-s was rea'ly frightened at the
distress of the child, and willingly started off on
his errand.
When the Doctor arrived, the poor little fel
low was somewhat relieved; but was sti.l dan
gerously ill. The physieian remained with him
until morning, when he left his patient asleep.
But to '.he croup succeed, d an attack of lung
fever; and the Doctor wa-r before many dys.
ob'iged to ack'.owledg; to the heart-broken mo-
the, thai h- r Jamie, her firt born, must soon
leave her. Tue sweet boy hinvelf was aware
of th:s, and calling his mother to the bed-side,
lie held out h's. burning hand and said, Mama,
I'm going to die; aiid I'm not sorry "except for
you. But who will take care of you when I am
gon ?- p p i comes home a gry w ho,will tell
him h's wicked?' i
' Poor Jane could only answer in teat's; James
soon came in and the little finger beckoned him
.to a seat at the bed-ide.
' Pap i,' s iid he in a feasl-le voice, 4 You krow
I'm going to(Go I ; I can't stay here any longer,
be g .od when I'm g ne, so that mama will have
somebody to take t ue of her.'
James cou'd not tedst the pleading of his
dying boy ; he b jan to weep, drawing his
coarse .sleeve acio.-s his eyes. , ,
S.c'ng his father weep the dear child eontinT
ed, 4 Dear pap i, won't you be good and n t beat
marui any more? Every body's father dou'i
beat every bady's mother.'
James cried a'oud. !
Don't papa,' said Jamie, please d -n't cry s
because L have a great de d to say to you.' But
thu p or child legan to cough so violently ihat.
I e co-ild sty no m re at that time. Mrs. Mc-!
Donald t ook him iii her arms, and rocked hini
g-iiitty after having administered his medicine.
VI soon fell asleep, while James went out be
fore the door, and sitting upon the step, wept
loag anl bitterly b-jcausu he was about to h-e
h's toy. Though s of other days came c'0d
ing into his mii-d, an 1 he struck his head with
hi.s hard hand, wishing he had never left l is
talker UuL Hera he sat alter uateiy woepiug
room. At such seasons Mrs. McD.n:
far more n account of her chihlrc
herse f. S e began to consider ''vfhat
to do fr the security of their lives n
Si tae of the neighbors, hewftoff
APRIL 21, 1855.
and thinking, until his wife called him. to
per.
sup-
After tea, he took a seat near the bed, and
sat looking with great tenderness upon his suf
fering boy. lid was not wholly hardened by
yeariB of profaneness and crime.
d M1? R,rtIy pen d his eyes to see his father
ga7Yearfu 7"i "
4 Dear Papa,' said the litt'e fellow, l would,
not ave slept, if I had known'you were here.
Wi 1 you ph ase to take me up, I want to talk,
and jit don't hurt me i-o much when I am up.'
Jmes with unwonted tendeine-sput the com
forter around the sick Ivuy, as he had seen his
mother do, and sat down with the child in his
arms. Poor Jamie missed the tender arms of
his gentle mother, but he said nothing. His
little heart was bent on doing his father good,
and bringing happiness back to the home he
was soon to leave.
'Papa, said he, laying his head back on his
father's arm so that he could look him in the
face, 4Mam isays you were kind to her. and
ioed her very much, and when you came home
slie used to tun out to meet you, instead ol'hidmg
away. She says it's only rum, naughty, wicked
rum, that makes you beat us all, and say such
awful words. Now papa, I'm going aay from
here, and you won't have any little Jamie; and
mama won't have anyb. dy to take care of her.
' Dear papa,' continued the chiid, putting up his
hand to brus'i away the tears that were p tiring
down his faiher's cheeks, ' won't you please -o
be good to her as you ued to be, and never
drink any more rum ? Then when you die y..u
can go to Heaven and see me there, and I"ll
show you wi ere Jesus U, because I sha'.l be theie
a great while perhaps before you go. 4 Wilt you,
dear pupa r The last word could hardly be
distinguished. The pale sufferer lay with closed
eyes and throbbing brej.st. e.itiie'y exhausted.
4 lie looked o much like d-'aih that. James in
aff. i-ht Called out, 4 Jane, come quick; Jamie's
going s
ILs mother was instantly at lis side. Indeed
she h:.d not been f.tr away. She had lal'en into
a seat b ick ot the rocking chair ; and there she
iMift.,&:r1y ening to every wo&y her sweiln.g
her d tiling clri'ld'winre 'Me& for every wish ol
md in her apron.
Without removing him from his father's arms,
Jane In Id camphor to the nostrils of her dy.ng
boy; a:sd when he sdowly opened his eyes, wt
his parched lips with drink which the Doctor
had left him.
Iu his eat nest desires for his f.ther, the boy
bad exausted his rem lining s:rngth, anl lay
paining for breath. Just at this lime the phy
sician entered ; and t.kiiig his sw.et 1. Uie pa
tient from his father, whose s.rong fame was so
a'itaied and shaken with the violence of hi-
f -el'ngs, as to prevent a proper care of the d ar
boy, laid him geiitly iu bed, propping him up
with piilows.
Mr. McDona'd ro e to ler.ve the room; but
Jamie cruel t'e,-bly, 4 Papa,1 and putting out his
hand motioned for his father to sit by his side
Though not ab'e to sj cak he looked at him with
the utmost ten lenn ss as the bowed bead of his
father was buried in ihe p Hows, while h s bro -d
bieast heaved and fell with the violence of his
emotw rs.
After aking some medicine from the Doctor
tie was rel eve I ; and again turning to his fa
ther, s-rtid, ' Did you sa you would, papa ?'
The Doctor looked itifquiiing'y. lie saw tha'
a scene of uncommon interest had taken place,
aad lie determined to awa't the result.
Toor James! The fountain of his feelings was
broken up. The haid shell which druukennefs,
aud jwofanity and other crimes had formed
around hiss'-ul wa- fractured, and an air -w from
the Divine quiver had pene rated it, though di
ree ed by the feeble hand of his infant ch ld
As the words, 4 D.d you say you would papa,'
fell oa his ear a new purpose was formed wijhin
him.
lie arose from his eat ; with a great effort he
stifled his sobs, an I fal ing on lis knees, said,
4 Jamie, my own dear boy, I will promise. Majf
God help me to keep the vow I now make to
my dying child, that I never, never, more will
ta-te of rum !' ,
A fervent 'amen burst involuntary from -the
Doctor, while-J.-.ne f l upon h r knees to thank
God for the unexpec e l answer to her prayeis.
A heavenly smile played on the sweet coun
tenance of the sufferer while he ca'mly fold.d
his little hands on his breast as if in praytT
His work was done. He was now ready to be
offered. A gasp, a sigh, drew them all quickly
around the bed. The dy ing eyes pa-sed loving
ly fiom father to mother wi.o sto. d boding his
beloved sister in her arms, and then re.-ting for
a inoipeut upon his kind physician, they w. if
slort ly c!o-td, newr to be opened uut.l the inoru
ing of the resutrecdon.
James McDonaM arose from the bed side of
his Jamie a new man, w th hoj es and "resolutions
fiiliig his soul, to which he had hitherto leeni
stra: ger, and w hen in after years the h me which
Jamie h id loved -obec ame i leirow n, and another
little Jamie had b n given to t hem, these pa
rents never foigo', when at u:ght or morning they
bowed before the family al ar, to bless God for
their dear first little Jamie who was now an aDgel
in heaven.
In a quiet liit'e knoll, but a hundred yards
above h'g'1 er mark, lie- t'ie body f the lit
tie subject of this sin plo sketch, where the ro 1
ing waves which he so much loved are ever
swelling a reuieai to tte memory pf tie. U
Ipoited.
A FAMILY DINNER, .
f MY FRIEX.i'S SiORY.
"But, really, Mrs. R .biusonjs a very excel
lent lady. Ym certainly must ke given her
some 5use of offence."
My friend laughed. "You are right," ho
said ; "she is, as you say, a very excellent lady,
andm ascej3dyTrry having pffen led
her a&tnaneani '
goodiiany years ago, and inecoverably sank in
her estimation. Mrs.- K'obii son has never for
gotten ihe offence, and I verily believe never
wi l forgive it. On my wo;d, 1 am sorry, but it
cannot lm helped."
"And the dlence?"
" Was a very innocent one on my part, I as
sure you ; though I can scarcely think of it
now without a blush at my snpetlative simpli
city. It taught me a lesson though."
"Which was"
" Never to accept a gentleman's invitation to
a family dinner. I'll iell y..u all aloi:t it," said
my Iriend; and forthwith he told ihe Ll.o.wing
tale :
I
It was several years ago, as I told you, and I
had been some days in London a p'ace by
the way, ibat I hate I ke poison. I had busi
ness to transact with Robinson, and called at
his office about noon.
4 I dine at two precisely," said he, wheu our
busitie-s was concluded, 44 and if you'll look in
and take dinner widi us quite in a f.mii'y
way"
iNow Rol inson. you know, is an old fiiend of
our family ; and that, one might have said was
ulKcitnt wairant lor his ini ation. Moreover,
I had been paying him money, and that, per
haps might have been considered, a second war
rant. And at the back of tT?pe, Mr. and Mrs.
Robinson had spent a week, only the summer
before, at my fuller's hou-e in the country,
where thev had been entertained witli h's ac
customed hospba ity. So, ta'iing all things in
to consideration, I was weak eno ;g'i to clindis
the invitatieu with au acceptance, before I kuew
what I was about.
Iwasrathei ex.d d'rectly afterwards, though
that I lu.d not itfu ed; for ihe'tiu h is, I was
btf?e" Ttrni t , .'i a . L-. . I I....... l .
rooms in the city.
Now, if there is one redeeming feature in Lon
don, it consists in its facilities for ea ing and
drinking. The very beau ideal of d ning is to
be attained on'y in a London din'ng ro in.. I
dou't care what you may think of my taste ;
but tor good me .tand well cooked, comfmt, and
freid .in fiom all ridiculous ccromoi.y, a Ljtidou
dining hou-e against all the world.
It happened that on that day I had planned
mv dmner to a f.ac ion -w here to d ne, what
box to occupy, what jo;nt to fix upon, what
v. getabl-s, what pudding, what chee-e. I had
deferred read the morning paper that I might
look at il there at my leisure. I had foreor
da.n. d my afurnoan engagements also. Aud
all this 1 was weak enough, as!I said before, to
set aside, to oblige friend Kobiuson, by taking a
fam ly dinner wih hiin.
Wed, as I lef. h s offi e the church clock op
p site struck one, aud I had an hour up n my
hands. I had a ca 1 to make two or three miles
away ; but to go theic and return punctually
t Uobinson's at two o'cloik precsely, was out
of the ouesti n ; so I had no resource but to
saun er away the tedious hour that intcivened.
I pa-sed my dining rooms with a sigh of re
signation, itared in aliheshop windows, w. Iked
down to Cheap-ide, ent ml St. Paul's Church
yard, looked up at the clock, aud found that a
quarter of an hour had barely been consumed.
To while away the succeeding la'f hour, I
pas-ed up the steps, and entered the north door
ot the cathedral, deposited the demanded two
pence in the otit-sti etched hai.d of the j-.nitor,
and sauntered among the monuments liming
my p oceedings so w ll that on retracing my
steps and reaching the door of Robinson's prir
vate residence, the clock was on the point of
striking two. '
, Stf tar,;well l thought; "I shall not be
accu- ed" of .keeping the family dinner wit:ng at
all events; though I date say my friend Robn
s n is got in by this time. He said two pie-ci.-ely,
I remember." And I boldly rang the
bell.
"Mr. Robinson is in, I snppose ?" I asked of
the servant, who answered the summons. v
'No, sir, he is not at home," .
' Oh, he soon will be in, I dare say ;'he said
he should be at home by two. Is Mrs. Robin
son within ?"
44 Yes, wr. What name, sir
And after the e formali ies were duly gone
through with, I was usherd into a small par
lor, and informed that Mrs. Robinson would "be
down" directly. .
Wei', I sat and sat, ivnd could not avoid hear
ing a hurryii g and kmring along the passa
ge, up s airs, and down stairs, and, for any:
thiiig I know, in my lady's ehamber. At leng h,
af er a quarter of "Kn hour's delay, duiii g which
time I had been nerv. usly fidgeting about and
lon nn" every moment to hear friend Robinson'
ring of the bell, and foot in the pa-sage the
door slowly open-eT, and m walked Mis. Robin
sen. She had evidently j-or rather as I g-us3-ed,
though rightly been caught in dlshablie,
an 1 has been occupied ever sinco my arrival in
etting herself, to rights, or whatever else the
ladle may call it Of course, this did not tend
to make me welcome, though, t do the lady
just'ee. she was too well bietl u sLow say par
licular &igu of cLUpIeosure.
. 176
On the cemtrary, intleed, sh received ta4
with to!erb'e cordialitj was . jlail to see to-1
and s forthinquired how lowU had been ia
Lvudon, Kowfriei.ds 'were in th Country, how
-ng a stay I iutended making, and all that sort
f thing. I
Tiris is all very well," thought t, fcbutit says
nothing Hbut dinner, aud I am Ralf famished.
: v . . ' In lout meao b'knoi!rk'e ning ' t
appo'utraeut 1" - -;'"' T- J
v F.ve minutes, perhaps -and perhaps ten "
passed in this sort e f t lk ; and th( lady, I could
percei e, l-egan to grow mighty fi.jgety. 44 Ten
to one," thought I, ' Mrs. Robiuson was on the
point ofserviug up ihe family dinner as I came
in, and she is afraid of the roast being overdone,
or some other catastrophe of like niature. How
shall I manage it to set her feet and hands at !
1 berty, aed her heart at rest ? "' j
" I hope 1 am not detaining you; madam ?M I
stammered at last for want of something better
to say. -If you wtli allow me, I will take up
a book and amuse myself tii I " I
My lady cotdd scarcely repress U start of as
tonishment, wl.i.h plainly said, wj.at on ear h
do.s the man mean ? She did not; say this ver
ba ly, however, but supplied its place w iih Did
you wi?h to see Mr. Robinson particularly ?"
" Why, my dear "madam," I replied, with a
faint attempt at a smile. "I certainly did ex
pect to sie Mr. Robinson ; he told jme that two
o'clock precisely was h s dinner hour." '
'lhis .ime there was no disguising her real
feelings Mrs. Robinson's brow dkrkemd like
midnight. It was plain enough; now what
I bad only surmised before that Mr. Robin.on "
had not thought it neces ary to give his lady "
due notice of bis expected guest. ; Perhaps be '
had forgotten the invitation he himklf had giv
en two hours before. Most l.kely 4. I thought,
for the hands of a dial on the mantel wjjie point
ing to half past two, and no Mr. lilbinson.
44 1 am hfraid, ray dear madam," I said 44 1 hat
tbeie has been some slight mistake. Mr. Rob
inson certainly asked me to dine-with him at
two o'clock ; but peihaps it is not convenient.
And as he probably Jias been detained? and I'
aio e and put ray band on my bat. 1 bad . tet
ter left this unsaid; it put the capjng stone cn
faith ully at all times.
"'Pray, don't thi k of such a thing as leay-
ing, Airs. lioD.nson exclaimed witu a gum
ouiile. Mt happy to" 6ee you -ht our poe r
table. I dare say Mr. Robinson will be in soen ;
uibst likely, as you say, he has been detained
in his office ; he often is. Peihapslyou will he
o kind as to excuse me for a few iiiinuus. Mr.
Robinson won't be long, I am sure." And
without waiting for a reply, the lady dwtppear-
id more hastily than she had entered the par-
or. '
Thinks I to myfel' "Heie's a pretty riiessl
If I cou'd but make my o tit unseen, I would.'
Aud I blusheJ to my fingers', ends, till they
fairly tingled. '" Hang all family diuners, and
the men who invite their friends to them!" I .
unconscioudy ejaculated, as 'I lescated uiyteif
in a mool of desperate res'gnation,!
Friend Robinson's house was noli a very large
one, and it was not long before I heard distinct
ly enough, the opening and shutting of door",
not over and above gently. The; street door
was op ned too and shut, at. d opened aud shut
again ; but no Mr. Robinson. Soon afterwards,
from . the r giou below, I fancied 1 heard the
sounds of fizzing and frying, or someth ng akin .
to it. Then in the dining-room adjoining the par
lor in which I sat not a conch of joses, by any
means I heard the creaking of an uplifted ta
ble flap, the rattling of plates, the I clattering of
knives, forks aud spoons, and the jingling of
glasses. ' J
44 Come," thought I ; 44 it will be all right at
last. But that Robinson where can the man
have got to?" , ' --- j . -
Thanks be pra'sedl the door bell' rings at
last a louJ, sharp ring, which none but the ,
master of the house is privileged to give and
enter Mr. Robinson. 1 - f
44 Ha, youjiave been here before me, I ee,"
said he, try ing, as it struck me, to look uncon- i :
terned ; 44 1 have been detained, but, better lata
than never; " and he applied his hand io the ....
beii. -. ; j .... j -; :;, , , ,
44 Tell jour mistress that I ani come in, Sa
rah," said he, when the girl entered, firy led
in tlie face. 44 Diuner is ready, I suppose I "
44 Misiros says I am to ted you that it will be
WHOLE NO
ready in a quarter of an hour, sir, -said the -,
damsel.
Bless me! Does yoirVmislrrss know what -'
time it is?" exclaimed Mr. 'Robiilson,' looking
at his watch, which, as well as the dial, pointed
to a quarter of three. j
Mi-tress wauls lo fee you, sir; for a mintel 1
if you j lease," continued the girlj evading her .
in. ster's queston, as altogether beside the taark,
Mr. Robinson was obedient to the scmaiocs, , . .
and disappeared. " 1 '
It U no use if people will talk lond, itVra ab
surd iu them "to expect other people w.lf put
their fingers to their ears. I told you. just now
that friend Robinson's house was' not a large
one. And it was a very sonorous one. Now,
tilese circumstances put togetherj. will exona'
rate me from' the charge of listening which I
did not The fact is, I could not help hearing
First, a gentle murmuring in a female voice,
from some place below stairs sounding very
much like a remonstrance, bnt the import of i
which I cou'd not, and I did not particularly 1
wish to make out; though. I might peesiUy '
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