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“ Viver! ch'è un correr alla morto!"

"O sorrow, that the spirit

Its mansion must forsake; and warn the hastening pilgrim to fix his

The nightingale, love-drunken, thoughts upon the common and inevitable

Must quit the flowery brake! goal towards which his journey tends. But

O! friends and happy brothers,

At times remember me; if the old Egyptian stones oftener express a

A pilgrim far, I come not longing after the rest to come than a regret

My home again to see.” for the life that is past, these modern stones

The speaking stones are the speaking on the contrary lament in wistful language men themselves. Their words breathe the the vanished light of day.

spirit and feeling of individuals, as they do “The springtide comes, in sighs I fade away; of the race. And if, in closing, I may be Glows my poor heart, mine eye is drowned in weeping; permitted to refer with pride to my own Its head the floweret lifts each new-born day; My head alone in endless night is sleeping."

country, let me say that the Prussian hero,

Frederick the Great, reached an epigramNo complaint can be bitterer, no sorrow

matic perfection in the inscriptions of his more deeply felt or more vividly expressed day, which show the keenness of his mind. than in these few words on a Persian grave- Can there be a finer motto for a library than stone, but to complete their beauty they the brief words over the royal library at need the Egyptian refrain : “ Because the Berlin, “ Nutrimentum Spiritus,” and could spring comes again, I also shall come

any words, were they a yard long and blazagain."

ing with pomp, do higher honor to the disaOnce while I was seeking in an Oriental bled soldier than those inscribed over the burying-ground for the voices of the people entrance of the Invalidenhaus in the same lying beneath my feet, a tablet sighed out city, which cry out proudly to the wanderer to me in like manner (though in somewhat as he enters or passes : different form), the same lament over the

" Laeso et invicto militi!” life that was lost:

E. A. Washburne.


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O anxious heart, how Nature speaks! Her power

How leisurely she uses ! How intense
The infinite peace of her most fruitful hour !

How soft her influence!

Time hath she for her storms to sweep the main ;

To rock the tree-tops with her winds of wrath ;
To bring forth fragrance in the summer rain ;

And time for snow she hath!

So, dear, for all thy eager soul desires,

She keeps sweet times and seasons. In her mood
Is hid for thee all passion's subtle fires

To round thy womanhood.

Cease, then! and in this dewy twilight, move

As one who asks not whither, cares not why;
This gift for all holds still the Eternal Love-
God's endless by and by.



WHEN the widow Coe married Jason he had been converted between his two last Carter she brought him no money at all; voyages, and though profanity had become only a small, stony farm in Noppit, that a habit with him, he had conquered it at had been her father's, and two wild boys of last, after years of patient endeavor, and ten and twelve years' growth. Jack and now was so gentle, and pleasant, and pious, Dan were hard subjects for a step-father to that Phæbe Coe thought her last days would rule, and Jason Carter found his hands full. be her best days. Naturally he was a quiet, gentle, but per- He had come to know the widow Coe sistent man; in his youth he had run away from being an old shipmate of her brother, to sea, and for fifteen years had been a com- John Wires; who had also left sea-faring mon sailor, which had pretty well knocked because he had injured a knee, and become the quiet out of and the persistence into too lame to climb rigging ; so he set up a him. In this time he had learned to swear, small shop in Boston, where he sold tobacco, as a matter of course, though he had been twine, and other odds and ends; but he had strictly brought up, and went to church and been married and had one son, called Jeni. Sunday School always. His mother would son. This boy was about the age of widow have cried her eyes out to hear him talk in Coe's youngest son, for her brother had this fashion, but she never did ; his father married soon after she did, while he was would have used the rod, but he also was still a sailor; and when Jason Carter began spared the trouble, for both father and the peddling business, John Wires had told mother died before Jason came back; and him to stop when he went through Scranton when he found they were gone he never and see bis sister. The children were small, went back to Tolland, but after he got tired and their father living, when Jason first saw of sea-going took to peddling notions about them, and they learned to look for “ Uncle the country, and at last married the widow Jase” every spring and fall with delight, Coe and settled down in Noppit.

for he always brought them marbles, tops, He had stopped swearing long ago; for candy, string, and made them bows and under dear old Father Taylor's preaching kites, sure passports to a boy's heart. So when their poor drunken father died and head whenever he had a chance. Jack and the widow found herself left without a Dan had brought him up from lambhood, penny, she moved over to Noppit to live but he was no longer a lamb, and of his with her father; and when he died too, leav- painstaking education only one trait stayed ing her all he had, the farm from which he by him, a distinct and angry recollection of had scratched a scanty living, and she found the rod that had not been spared on his herself alone and helpless, she listened favor. early and somewhat stupid youth. To the ably to Jason Carter's proposal, for he was day of Billy's death a little stick, shaken beas tired of his wandering life as she of her fore anything, would send him, “head on," loneliness, and married him. The boys at that luckless object; and the boys often were glad, for they loved him, and they amused themselves by climbing the pine never had loved their own father ; and rail fence and dangling a small switch full Jason was as good to them as if they were in Billy's sight against a big post: the rehis own, though a certain thrill of emotion sult was sudden and severe to Billy, and shook him when his baby daughter came, he might have seriously injured himself if that never had troubled that worn old heart Daddy, as the boys called Jason, had not in any emergency of Jack or Dan. But found them at this sport one day and then Celia was a girl; of course that made strictly forbidden it. Cruelty to animals it different! Jason, when compared with was one of the few things that roused his his predecessor, was as mild and pleasant choler and made him imperative. about the house as a spring day after One summer Mrs. Carter received a letter stormy winter.

He became a useful and from her brother asking her to take his boy prominent member in the Noppit church, for a few months; his wife was so feeble that and never was heard to utter a profane or she was going home to her father's with the impatient word. Jack and Dan loved him baby and a young child, and Jenison could as much as healthy boys ever love anything not go with her for want of room. Mr. but mischief and meals, and Phæbe was Wires did not want him in the city with entirely happy.

him, at a boarding-house, but was willing True, they were poor; Jason had a few to pay his board in Noppit; so he came. hundred dollars laid by, but the Noppit farm Jenison Wires was a sharp city-bred boy, was too sterile to produce crops enough to with very little faith in anybody's goodness. support the family, so he laid out his little His father was a pushing, money-making, capital, or part of it, in a good breed of profane man, and his mother a meek cipher; sheep, which found abundant living among he himself, at the mature age of fourteen, mullens, hard-hack and huckleberry bushes, could smoke, and swear, and talk sailor and proved in due time a profitable invest- slang glibly, for he had run about the ment. For in those days dogs, the curse of wharves ever since he could run anywhere. New England, were by no means common Mrs. Carter was troubled and disgusted to in the country; there was no reason for find such a boy on her hands; Jason conkeeping them, and farmers had money and sidered that Providence had sent the lad mutton instead of hydrophobia and horrors. there for his good, and resolved to pray for The wool sold well always and kept the him as for his own boys, to set him as family in stockings, for Jason's wife could good an example as he tried to set Jack and spin and knit with wonderful rapidity; the Dan, and to “deal with him," as he exlambs he had not room to raise were sent to pressed it, “ with a view to his eternal salvaHartford and sold to the butchers, and now tion.” The boys thought Jenison was wonand then a fat old wether went to the meat- derful; he knew so much; he had seen so man's cart in the shape of juicy quarters. many things ; he had such a pocket-knife, But the glory of the flock was a big black- such marbles, such a swagger! But when faced ram, who terrified marauding boys his first round oath came out, Jack and and intruding vagabonds, and asked no Dan were startled. better fun than to send somebody heels over

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let Daddy hear no such talk as that; he'll them half an hour after chores were done, tune ye, ef he does, and no mistake.” in the condition that results to cows from

“Whe-e-ew!” responded Jenison; “I ain't eating green clover, and Uncle Jason worked a baby; I guess I'll swear if I want to, for over the poor creatures all day, without a all him; he ain't so pious himself, I bet, word of impatience, though he said more but what he rips out sometimes !"

than once : “I wish I knew who let down “ He don't! he don't never!” the boys them bars; I'd kinder like to say a word in exclaimed in unison.

season to him.” “ H'm! I guess you don't hear him; the The pins were taken out of the ox-yoke, old fellow keeps shady before folks, but he and never found; egg-shells strewed the used to swear like a Botany Bay pirate. mow while the family never could have any I've heerd pa say so !”

eggs for their own use, the nests being The boys were shocked into momentary always emptied; the great gray cat's tail silence; but recovered themselves soon. was singed to bareness, and her ears snip

“I don't believe it !” said positive Dan. ped, but Uncle Jase never swore or lost his

“ And if he ever did, he don't now," temper; his scythe-snath disappeared, but added reasonable Jack ; "he's awful good; he borrowed another; the grindstone was he's a professor; he prays in meetin' and to soaped, the hay-cutter broken, hoes and home too, and he don't never scold, nor rakes disappeared when wanted, and reswear, nor nothin'. Scurce ever he licks a appeared when useless; his razor was misfeller; he did give Dan and me one whalin,' laid and hopelessly dulled when he found it, but he'd oughter hev, that's a fact. Dan and a thousand petty annoyances heaped on he told a thunderin' lie and I backed him him in vain ; he only said to his wife: “ It up. I tell ye! we was sore for one spell, does beat all, Phæbe, what's got inter things arter he found it out.”

this week ; seems as if I never was so pes“Well, I know he used to swear aboard tered. It ain't in human natur for things ship, I've heard pa tell more stories about to happen so; somebody's a doin' on't, I him! They called him “Still Jase,' to be feel to believe; but I declare for't I can't sure, but when he got riled, the fur flew ! see into 't a mite." I'll bet my jack-knife I can make him swear Jack and Dan began to triumph; only inside of next week !"

one day more of the week was available, “I'll bet my head you can't !” retorted and Jenison was put on his mettle, and laid Dan.

plans accordingly. They had prayers al“I don't know as I want your head for ways before breakfast, and the weather was anything, but I'll bet my knife against that so warm and the kitchen so hot that Jenicake o' maple sugar you've got in the closet, son set the outer door open wide this mornthat I'll set Uncle Jase a sweariu' before ing, and stepping out, just as his uncle laid next week's over."

down the Bible, under pretext of scaring an The boys were so sure that nothing could old hen away, the boy opened a little side make Daddy swear, and so pleased with gate into the lot where he had previously their first bet of any importance, that they driven the old ram, and laying a train of accepted the terms at once, and Jenison salt to a big lump on the doorstep, retreated began to cudgel his brains for means of speedily to the kitchen and knelt down tripping up Jason Carter's tongue.

next Mr Carter, where he had left his chair. One day he slyly let down the bars into a Billy had seen the tin pan in Jenison's field of clover, getting up before light to do hand, and knew it meant salt; he followed it; the two cows, turned out of the barn- the trail surely to the door, and having beyard to nip at the road-side until Dan or gun to nibble the lump heard an earnest Jack could drive them to pasture, accepted and accustomed voice near by and looked the bait, entered the clover, and rioted in its up into the kitchen door. Jason was prayfragant crimson spheres, half killing them- ing earnestly, and the rest had their eyes selves with greedy feeding. Jack found closed and heads bent; all but Jenison, who was watching Billy from under his arm. of the boy's life: he got up from his knees As he saw the ram look in, he picked up a and confessed the whole thing to his uncle, short switch from under his chair, and held and asked his forgiveness; and the other it threateningly over his uncle's back. Billy boys cried heartily. gave one

leap across the floor, charged Jason Carter never forgot that day; it Uncle Jase in the rear, and sent him sprawl- was remembered with humility and thanking.

fulness both ; for years after Jenison told “ Damn that ram!” he roared, in a voice him, with deep feeling, that he had learned of thunder.

then and there to respect religion, and that Jack and Dan sprung up at once, drove is the first step toward desiring and obtain. Billy out, and shut the door, but before ing it. they could speak their father was on his Jenison never claimed his bet, but when knees, at prayer again, pouring out such he went home gave Dan his knife for a reearnest, humble confession of the sin he membrance; and years after Deacon Jason had been betrayed into, such tearful peti- Carter was dead and gone, his step-sons retion for pardon, such heartfelt contrition called with affection, reverence and amusefor a lapse that seemed to him dreadful, ment mingled, the only oath they ever heard after long years of prayer and struggle, that him speak, and how it was brought about hard and bad as Jenison Wires was, he by Jenison's bet. could not bear it; it was the turning point

Rose Terry Cooke.

A FLORENCE APPARTEMENT. When we arrived in Florence four years of solving the problem of cheap and comago, our first thought was to fit ourselves pact living for the masses. Unfortunately with a home for the three months which we there is great unlikeness still between the were intending to spend there. Hotel life two systems. The American “ Flat” is exfor that length of time was not to be thought pensive, hard to get, unfurnished as a genof. Still less attractive seemned the crowded eral thing, and to be had only on the terms Pensions, where “ globe-trotters” of all of a year's lease. The European flat stands nations congregate, settle, buzz and fly away ready furnished, and is at the service of all again, like many-hued insects wafted about comers, at a day's notice, and for a long or on traveling breezes. We wanted a home. short term as suits the convenience of the In that favored land home is not the cum- lessee. The infinite comfortableness to a brous thing and hard to come by which it is traveler of these homes, kept thus “on with us. People go forth to order one as tap as it were, and obtainable all the easily and confidently as to purvey them- year round, in season and out, can easily be selves a new coat. There is a revision of imagined samples, a balancing of this against that, a Before getting our home, we had to little chaffering perhaps ;-then a choice is search for it, a process which involved some made, a few directions given and executed, trouble, but more fun. We began with the and the article desired-comes home, I was disadvantage of arriving two months late. about to say, but that is hardly the proper October is the lodging-letting season in phrase-you go to it.

Florence, and early birds from all parts of Nowadays in America we hear much talk Europe flock in at that time and pick up about “ Apartment Houses,” and people

So when in December who do not know, associate them vaguely we strolled along, and stated our modest with the foreign appartement, and feel wishes for the best of everything at the a hopeful conviction that we are in process most moderate rates, bankers and friends

the choice rooms.

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