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little orphan sat up in his cradle, and smilingly | her part, was far from suspecting that the female stretched out his little arms to his mother. “Re- so simply dressed, so quietly seated in the miserdouté,” she said, as she took the child and kissed able garret, was her still envied rival. it, “ did you not tell me that he was born the As the artist glanced from Maria-Louisa to the same day with the King of Rome ?"

beautiful face of Josephine-for it was still beau“ The same day and hour, madame," answered tiful, though bearing the impress of grief even the young mother

more than of years—he observed that an unwonted “ Was it mentioned to the emperor at the expression of haughty disdain now clouded that time?"

brow, usually so radiant with benevolent kindness, “ No, madame ; we were happy then, and my and he half dreaded the result of this unexpected poor Charles had too independent a spirit to ask encounter. And now Maria-Louisa, withoui one anything froin any one while he could work. caress to the child, or noticing it in any way, exHe was an engineer; and though employment plained in a few words the object of her visit. fluctuated, yet still we were never reduced to “ Your intention is most laudable, doubtless, want. At his leisure time he used to construct madame," said Josephine, still keeping her seat model-machines, from one of which, novel and " but you are rather late ; the young mother and ingenious in the invention, he expected both fame the child are under my protection." Mariaand pecuniary advantage ; but he has been sud- Louisa, with a haughty glance at her who thus denly taken from me, and I am left alone to presumed to address the empress, said coldly, “I struggle with misery and wretchedness. I am have some reason to believe that my patronage sinking lower and lower, and gradually every re- will be a little more advantageous." Here the source has been exhausted. Alas, I need noi tell chamberlain quickly interposed, “ It is quite ceryou !”—and she glanced sorrowfully around the tain that you, madame, have the power of elevalmiserable little apartment.

ing the boy to any position you may choose for “ To-morrow you shall quit this wretched, him, however high.” With a momentary bitterunwholesome abode," said the empress, as she ness of feeling, excited by the involuntary retrogave the child to his mother, after fondly caressing spect of what she once had been, Josephine's dis him, and putting her purse into his little hand. dainful eye seemed to measure the speaker from “I will send you my own physician; his skill, and head to foot, as she said, “ And pray, sir, what the comforts with which I hope to surround you, leads you to conclude that I am not able to raise will restore your health. I rely on you, my good whom I will still higher ?" friend,” added she, turning to the artist,

“ The lady doubtless intends," said Mariarange all this for me.”

Louisa in a tone of irony, " to place her protégé She was rising to quit the room, amid the tears on the steps of the throne." and blessings of the widow, whose heart she had Higher still, madame, if such were my pleas“ made to sing for joy," when the door opened, ure," warmly retorted Josephine, now rising to and a young lady entered, at sight of whom Re-withdraw ; " for aught you can tell, I may have douté stood motionless with astonishment. It was given kings to the world.” Maria-Louisa, accompanied by a newly-appointed Beware, m:dame," hastily whispered Rechamberlain. As Maria-Louisa was never known douté ; “ your majesty will betray yourself, and to visit the poor man in his abode of poverty, the emperor will be displeased.” Josephine was Redouté had some excuse for the uncharitable silent; and the artist, who was upon thorns, judgment he formed on the instant—that this un- hastily added, "I do not see why either of these usual proceeding on her part was intended either ladies need give up her share in the happiness of as an attempt to rival Josephine in the popularity doing good. I shall feel honored in accepting for gained by her active and unwearied benevolence, my happy protégés whatever kindness it may. or to please the emperor, as proving the lively please either to bestow upon them.” Josephine interest she took in a child born the same day and made no answer, but with head erect left the room ; hour with the King of Rome. But whatever and Redouté, respectfully bowing to Maria-Louisa, might have been her motive, certain it is that she was following, glad to have prevented an outbreak was now standing in the widow's humble abode which might have had serious consequences, when without deigning a salutation to any one in it. a hand laid upon his arm made him turn round:

Josephine was sweetness and gentleness itself; it was the chamberlain. but there was something in this want of common Sir," said he in a low whisper, “ do you courtesy that grated upon the pride of caste which, know that the lady whom I have had the honor of as a Creole of an illustrious race, the wife of the attending here is her majes!y, the Empress Mariagreatest captain of the age, and as one still feel- Louisa.": ing herself the express, she retained amid deser- Sir," answered Redouté in an equally low tion and the disgrace of her repudiation. It may voice, “the lady that I have had the honor of oe, too, that she recognized Maria-Louisa, though attending here is the Empress Josephine." she had only seen the portraits of her who now In less than two years after this meeting Josefilled her place; and she therefore resumed her phine had sunk under the never-healed wound that seat, as if fearful that her standing might have Napoleon's desertion had inflicted, and died at been construed into homage. Maria-Louisa, on Malmaison ; and Maria-Louisa had, it may be



joyfully, quitted a country which she had never knowledge which is power, and of that talent loved, and in which she never succeeded in making which is one of those possessions described by herself beloved. During these two years the Aristides in his celebrated maxim, “ Heap up no widow had lived upon the daily bounty of her treasures save those which, should shipwreck , royal patronesses, and was consequently now as come, will float with the owner.” destitute as when they first entered her abode of poverty. In vain had Redouté often placed before

From Chambera' Journal. Josephine his view of what patronage, to be really useful, ought to be—the helping others to help themselves. In vain had he urged her to estab. lish the widow in some way of earning her independence. “ Time enough for this when the boy What a dreary phrase! How suggestive of is grown up." But death came, and reverse of hungry cravings and empty cupboards—of restfortune, and no friend now remained to the widow less wanderings to and fro-of gloomy certainties and the orphan but the artist, and nought re- and gloomier anticipations! How it disturbs a mained to him from the vast wreck but his talent man's relations with society! You have lost a and his reputation. Circumstances might indeed vantage-ground. That which a week ago was render the productions of his pencil less a source possible is now impossible. You are become a of emolument, but these circumstances were but pariah without intending it; and you eye squalid temporary; the artist would again rise to fame people with a sort of shudder, half-persuaded that and fortune, while Napoleon and Maria-Louisa hadere Jong you will be of them. How grudging fallen irretrievably.

and envious the world seems to have grown! Redouté acted on the principle he would have You fancy that every one is as well aware of had the widow's royal patronesses to act; he pro- your feelings as you are yoursell, and whatever cured employment for the widow; and, thanks to discourse may be addressed to you sounds as if his influence, she was enabled to earn sufficient pointed with an embittered sting. to place her above want, while he took upon him- Nothing to do is bad enough ; but out of work! self the education of her child. But the mother's -hope-stitling words-takes us far beyond, even health was failing; and when Redouté, previous across the Rubicon of desperation. And yet it is to a short absence from Paris, went to take leave of something to know what the phrase really does her, she expressed her belief that he would not find mean. It is a test to which you look back with her alive at his return, and with tears she solemnly feelings similar to those which possess the surcommended her boy to his care. Though he had vivor of a shipwreck or other fearful calamity. not attached much weight to her presentiments, You would avoid the trial is possible ; but having yet it was with a somewhat uncasy feeling that, gone through it, are rather glad than otherwise at immediately on his return, he went to the house. having endured it. Such relrospections, it may The door was open ; and as he ran up stairs, a be said, are not congenial, yet it appears to me sound reached him which struck upon his heart : that human experience, if reviewed in a right spirit, they were fastening down the coffin of the widow, can hardly fail to convey a useful lesson to those and in a corner of the room was the little Charles who read its history. My remarks are prompted weeping bitterly. Some distant relations stood by what has happened to myself, and may on that by the coffin in cold and audible debate as to what account, if on no other, present some slight claims, was to be done with the child.

to notice. “I see nothing for him but the Orphan Asy- Out of work!-how the grim reality haunts lam,” said one.

you, and how vain the efforts to shake it off! "Oh, no, no! pray do not send me there,” Then you understand fully why Keats speaks of cried the child. My own dear mamma worked sleep as “ comfortable,” and join heartily with for her bread, and so can I. You do not know Sancho Panza in “ blessings on the man who how much I can do if you will but try me." At invented sleep.” The approach of bedtime was this instant he caught a glimpse of Redouté, | as welcome to me then as to a travel-worn pedesand throwing himself into his arms, he exclaimed, trian, and I shall never forget the soothing charm “You are come back, dear, good friend, and you as the unconsciousness of sleep gradually stole will not send me to the asylum !" The artist over me. Its influence would remain for a few dressed the poor boy to his bosom.

brief moments on first awaking the next morning ; “ Have you no hearts ?" he said, indignantly but presently a vague apprehension of some imturning to the relations. " This boy shall be my pending ill would creep over me, and then, when care.” And what the most powerful among the fully awake, my heart swelled with one huge powerful had not done, he did -he, the compara- choking throb, and the leaden gloum settled down tively obscure and humble artist. He secured to on my mind for the rest of the day. his protégé present comfort and future respecta- How the moral reacts on the physical ! I used bility, by teaching him, as soon as possible, to to walk briskly; now I went about with a hesihelp himself. Charles Blanger became not only tating step, and with a bearing that threatened to his best pupil, but a celebrated painter, making degenerate into a slouch. I once believed my the same use as his noble-minded master of that principles firm, and my faith in essential points

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sound—that my mind was made up as to social | again employed, there were times that I shrunk rights and moral duties—but the anchor-hold had from the thought of work as an owl shuns the suddenly given way, and I was adrift on a sea of sunlight. uncertainties. I began to fancy myself ill-used, How often the few remaining dollars were and that he was the wisest who, in the general counted !—this was in New York. I despised scramble, grasped most. What had I done to be myself for calculating on how little my family thus summarily deprived of ways and means, while could be made to exist for a given time. My men whom I thought not half so deserving were heart grew hard, and I often shuddered lest it in full work? It was a hard question to answer should never sofien again. How slowly time under the circumstances, and harder still to ac- passed! the days had grown longer on purpose to knowledge that I had no right to complain. torment me, and the thousand bewildering thoughts Again, how many there were who could live in that preyed upon me had ample leisure for their ease and comfort without laborious loil, while I, work. at the best of times, had nothing but my manual Facilis descensus averni; the phrase is as true skill and a week's wages between my little house- now as when originally penned two thousand hold and destitution. Turn it which way I would years ago. When first cast loose, I had felt sure the idea was a harassing one. The new spirit of readily obtaining employment in my regular that possessed me seemed endowed with a resist trade; the idea of condescending to inferior occuless power of gravitation.

pation was not to be for a moment entertained ; it Society, in my view, had become inordinately would damage my respectability, and disturb my selfish : how cleverly it had entrenched itself self-esteem. But as the weary time wore on, within laws and statutes, so that if I-bodingly the imperative necessity of providing food for a anxious without the pale-ventured to help my- certain number of mouths every day left no alterself to the superabundance of others, it would be native, no possibility of over-scrupulousness in under peril of liberty! What right had society to conventionalities. Respectability soon ceased 10 make a law which seemed expressly intended to be a bug-bear; if cabinet-making was not to be aggravate my necessitous condition ? Was I not had, I would take carpentry or jobbing-work. the victim of a wanton injustice? Such thoughts These failing, I next called on the shipwrights, as these make the work of temptation very easy but with no better success; and then I bethoughie for the tempter. Whatever might be society's myself of trying other resources.

It had always notions on the matter, mine were, that retaliatory been one of my purposes and pleasures to see as measures would be perfectly justifiable.

much of other trades as possible, to visit and inI walked about—it seemed to me that I sneaked spect all sorts of workshops, by which me -seeking for work. The masters surely had their most obvious details had become familiar to leagued against ine ; how, otherwise, could be me. I knew enough of shoemaking, bookbinding, explained their malicious negative to my in- printing, and some other trades, to be able to earn quiries? There was the roar and bustle of life small wages at any one of them. Should these and traffic in the thoroughfares, which made me also fail, it was all but certain that some sort of loathe my forced idleness. I had no business rude Jabor could be hunted up, which would there ; I was one too many in the world. How furnish at least a pittance till more prosperous the aspect of affairs had altered! When in full days came round again. My heart often failed work, I had not unfrequently considered it a hard- me while following out this new quest, yet I did ship to work so many hours every week for so at last get through my task of seeking any kind comparatively small a remuneration. Now, in of work. In some respects it was a repulsive retrospect, the wage appeared an enviable fortune. task, for in the lower grade of shops and places Unconsciously to myself I was learning a significant of work I found a lower class of workmen ; men lesson, fraught with profound instruction. Could on whom vice had set its mark, in whom depravily I have appreciated it then as I do now, what a of mind and heart had become habitual, whose load of heartache it would have spared me! talk was as coarse as their looks. • Misery,"

Staying at home became irksome to me: home says Shakspeare, “ acquaints a man with strange appears somewhat strange to a workman on a bedfellows,'' and the dread of being compelled to working-day, and although my perambulations iningle with debased associates increased my apmight be fruitless, it seemed that I was less idle prehensions. Necessity, however, has no law; a when so occupied than when loitering within needy man must work, if not where he would, doors. Some mornings a faint revival of hope then where he can. It is a critical time; for would make me feel certain of getting work in there is more or less danger that contact and custhe course of the day, and I started forth animated tom may lead a man to "put up" with his altered by all my former confidence. Unsubstantial trust! position, and gradually assimilate himself to it. The first disappointment brought back all my Many a man in such circumstances is apt to say, irresolutions, all my bitter forebodings. I had “ What's the use of trying to keep a fair front made up my mind to brave it out, but the effort to the world? Who cares whether I sink or was too much for me. By a strange contradic- swim? Let things take their course.” However, Lion, too, notwithstanding my eager desire to be on the occasion here more particularly referred



to, my asking for work proved fruitless ; whether pied by my bench ; I got it into working trim, it was that I looked too dejected or too unprac- sharpened my tools, and sawed a pair of ends for tised, no one would employ me.

a chiffonier out of a mahogany slab which I had Who shall describe the prostration of heart and by me. These were planed up and properly squared soul with which a man who has been wandering before I went to bed that night; and wondrous was the whole day in a vain seeking for occupation the effect which manual labor produced. “Fling returns at night-fall to his home? The dispiriting but a stone, the giant dies," says the poet, and is occasionally so extreme, that for a time the most truly; for, as my limbs fell into their accussolaces which there await him fail of their effect. tomed movements, and the shavings whistled from It is in such circumstances that a man learns to my plane, the anxious cares forsook me—and hope appreciate rightly the value of a good wife ; one resumed her sway, strong in the vigor of self-help. to whom he can say with truth

It is true the prospect of profit was but slender.

That, however, was not the prime advantage, which
When pain and anguish wring the brow,
A ininistering angel lhou.

lay in the restoration of my mind to its healthy

tone : still, in a large city purchasers are always If she be kind and considerate, she will know that to be found for fabricated wares, and a small gain now is the time to display that affection which is better than complete inaction. Besides which, includes no thought of self in its warm desire for a man who keeps himself employed is more ready another's happiness. True it is that she has her to improve such opportunities as fall in his way, own share of the general trouble to bear; but she than one whose working habits are weakened by has not been worn out by a desponding walk ; disuse. the rebuffs which solicitation seldom fails to evoke Idleness is by all means to be eschewed, and I have not fallen on her personally ; besides which, would urge this point strongly on the attention of women are less irritated by adverse fortune than working-men-my late companions. The resource

If, on such occasions, the wife will strive which I adopted is such an obviously natural one, in sincerity to become a ministering angel,” as to have since caused me much surprise that it how soon will her gentle words soothe the chafed did not occur to me with distinctness before the spirit of her husband ! With what blessedness second week of my wanderings. And mine is no her sympathy reänimates his hope and subdues exceptional case ; what I did may be done by others. his impatience! How his bitter thoughts take to There are few trades at which a man cannot work fight as she suggests some comforting anticipation, at his home—that is, if he has the will to do so. and a brightening faith takes the place of despair ! If he will only exercise a proper thrist while in Ere long, the sustaining influences overmaster him, work, he will not Jack the means of purchasing his children again claim his notice, and share his materials on which to employ himself when necessmile, and the dejected man finds in the light of sity compels. Let those who may feel disposed home a solace for all his disquietude ; so true is to undervalue such apparently insignificant means it that there is no condition of life without its bright remember that it is easier to obey a fixed habit. side, no adverse circumstance without its compen- than to recover it if broken or lost; and no pursating quality. Herein the married man is more pose, however slight, is to be despised which may favorably situated than the unmarried—the one serve to keep a man out of the way of evil associates has a sustaining resource which the other knows or temptation. It would be well, also, if every nothing of. But, on the other hand, no fate can artificer would learn something of other trades as be more deplorable than that of a man out of work well as his own, as he would thereby not only mul. with a comfortless home, a careless wife, and con- tiply his resources, but be better able to judge of tumacious children.

fitting occupations for his children. It must be confessed that the general aspect of There is no reason either, as I afterwards had such a season of trial as above indicated is suffi- occasion to prove, why the days spent in looking ciently discouraging ; the downward tendency ap- for work should be altogether wasted. For, withpears to be inevitable. But there is a remedy; out losing sight of the main chance, I took occaand this remedy is to be found in the spirit of sion to visit the noteworthy parts of the city, publio self-reliance--in firm moral principle. And it buildings, wharves, docks, and, when practicable, will be a lasting satisfaction to me that I was en- factories and workshops. Nor did I confine myself abled to apply this remedy, as a fragment of my to the town, but walked a few miles in various experience may serve to exemplify. The mental directions into the country, where, if nothing else and physical condition which I have endeavored to was to be seen, there was always natural scenery, portray in the foregoing paragraphs was not per- whose influence on the mind is ever quieting and manenl—it was but the stunning effect which the elevating. natural reaction would presently dissipate.

Lastly, in integrity of character consists the One evening, after a long spell of involuntary most potential remedy ; it is the spring of all the idleness, I was seated thinking over my prospects, rest. It is that which gives and maintains the when all at once the thought struck me, “If no energizing impulse. A wise writer has observed one will employ you, set yourself to work.” No that " a straight line is the shortest in morals as sooner was the thought formed, than I started up well as in geometry." And so it is, even in a to act upon it; une side of our kitchen was occu-calculative point of view. The steady, honest

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workman is less exposed to loss of work or dis- tion of mind and heart is possible to every man. missal than he who has no settled conviction as I would endeavor to impress it on all who shall to what is right or wrong ; he is better able to read what I have here written, as an unfailing keep money in his pocket, and to provide for his resource throughout the changeful circumstances children. Here is so much clear gain; but when of life. Possessed of that spirit of eternal justice we come to higher views, how immeasurably su- which does as it would be done unto, a man will perior does moral rectitude appear-that which find that “out of work" is divested of half its bitsprings from the soul, and aims at something beyond terness, while a double blessing attends the sweeta mere pecuniary advantage! And such a condi- 1 of prosperity.




They say my youngest is a pet,

And has too much her way; It can't be so, I think, and yet

. I would not dare say nay.
For if my memory serve me right,

And truth must be confessed,
Each youngest that has blest my sight

Has seemed to be loved best.
Thus one by one has shared the love

Of a fond father's heart;
The youngest tenderer thoughts could move

Than those who had the start.
The oldest was to me most dear,

So was the next-so all;
The youngest came my age to cheer-

On her my love did fall.
"Tis not that she is loved the most,

But she is loved the last ;
The youngest may my fondness boast,

But so could all the past.
My youngest, then, is not a pet,

More than cach child before ;
I think so, certainly—and yet

They say I love her more.

Southey'S INTENTION OF COMING TO AMERICA. - In the first number of “The Life and Correspondence of Robert Southcy,” published by the Harper occurs the following passage, disclosing the fact that the poet, early in life, contemplated taking up his residence in the United States. Writing to a Mr. Bedford, under date of July 30, 1794, he says:

“ 'Tis my intention soon to join Mr. in Wales, then proceed to Edmund Seward, seriously to arrange with him the best mode of settling in America ; my brother Thomas will gladly go with us, and perhaps two or three more of my most intimate friends. In this country I must either sacrifice happiness or integrity.

I shall inscribe Joan of Arc to you ; it will be my legacy to this country, and may, perhaps, preserve my memory in it. Many of my friends may blame me for so bold a step, but as many encourage me ; and I want to raise money enough to settle me across the Atlantic. If I have leisure to write there, my stock of imagery will be much increased."

To the literary man the speculation is a curious one, what Southey might have produced if he had carried out his intention of making this the country of his residence. Our immense rivers and lakes, our mountains and cataracts, so infinitely beyond those of Europe in number and grandeur, would doubtless have made a profound impression upon him, and possibly have given to the world a poem commensurate with their beauty and sublimity.Buffalo Courier.


Jewisu Scripture MSS.-In transcribing the A swallow in the spring,

Sacred Writings, it has been a constant rule with

the Jews, that whatever is considered as corrupi Came to our granary, and 'neath the cavos

shall never be used, but shall be burnt, or otherwise Posayed to make a nest, and there did bring Wet earth, and straw,

destroyed. A book of the law, wanting but one lerand leaves.

ter, with one letter too much, or with an error in one Day after day she toiled

single letter, written with anything but ink, or With patient heart ;, but ere her work was crowned, written on parchment made of the hide of an unclean Some sad mishap the tiny fabric spoiled,

animal, or on parchment not purposely prepared for And dashed it to the ground.

that use, or prepared by any but Israelites, or on

skins of parchment lied together by unclean string, She found the ruin wrought,

shall be holden to be corrupt; that no word shall be But not cast down, forth from the place she fiew,

written without a line first drawn on the parchmeni, And, with her mate, fresh earth and grasses brought, no word written by heart, or without having been And built her nest anew.

pronounced orally by the writer; that before he But scarcely had she placed

writes the name of God, he shall wash his pen ; that The last soft feather on its ample floor,

no letter shall be joined to another; and that if the When wicked hand, or chance, again laid waste,

blank parchment cannot be seen all around the letAnd wrought the ruin o'er.

ter, the roll shall be corrupt. There are certain

rules for the length and breadth of each sheet, and But still her heart she kept,

for the spaoe to be left between each letter, each And loiled again, and last night, hearing calls, word, and each section. These Maimonides menI looked, and lo! three little swallows slept tions as some of the principal rules to be observed Within the earth-made walls.

in copying the sacred rolls. Even to this day it is

an obligation on the persons who copy the sacred What truth is here, O man!

writings for the use of the synagogue to observo Hath hope been slutten in its early dawn? them. Those who have not seen the rolls used in Have clouds o'ercast thy purpose, trust or plan? the synagogues, can have no conception of the Have faith and struggle on.

exquisite beauty, correctness, and equality of the Nat. Intel.

writing. Carpenter's Popular Lectures.

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