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 The Affectionate Brothers
 The Sisters
 The Blind Farmer
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Group Title: Home tales : : including The affectionate brothers ; The sisters ; The blind farmer and his children
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Title: Home tales including The affectionate brothers ; The sisters ; The blind farmer and his children
Alternate Title: Mrs. Hofland's home tales
Hofland's home tales
Affectionate brothers
Blind farmer and his children
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Publication Date: 1851
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the only son of an
officer, who died in
the service of his coun-
try about the time when
his son was bidding
adieu to a public school,
where he had received
his education. The last efforts of
Captain Harewood had been at nd-
ed by singular success, and aBfis
military career distinguished by great person-
al bravery; while his private virtues, though
less conspicuous, were still more deeply en-
graven on the hearts of all who knew him.


Of these, some extended their friendship toe
wards him beyond the grave; they exerted
themselves to comfort his widow and assist
her son; to the former they ensured her
pension, and the arrears of what was due to
the deceased, and procured for the latter a
situation under government, which it well
became a grateful country to bestow on the
son of one of its gallant defenders.
These arrangements, however necessary
and advantageous, could not hastily wipe
away the tears which flowed for the memory
of an excellent husband, cut off in the prime
of his life, and the bereaved mourners wept
over their loss together.
Mrs. Harewood was an excellent mother,
a pious and enlightened woman, and she
took the opportunity this period presented,
of deeply impressing on the mind of her
son, those awful precepts and divine conso-
lations the impressive moment naturally
awakened; she taught him to look to re-
ligious comfort, to consider the eternal im-
portance of that state to which his father
was called; and so to form his own future


faith and conduct, that he might rejoice
in the well-grounded hope of meeting his
earthly father in the presence of his heav-
enly Father.
Charles did not forget her precepts; he
treasured them in his mind-they grew with
his growth; his piety he imbibed from his
mother-a high sense of honor and virtuous
integrity he had previously imbibed from
his father, and he grew up an honor to
both. Yet was there one thing wanting in
his character-he was deficient in prudence,
or at least that part of it which is combined
with foresight; for though his honesty pre-
vented him from a blamable extravagance,
still Charles was one who never provided
against a rainy day.
Mrs. Harewood only lived until her son
entered his twenty-second year. She had
for some time perceived in him a growing
attachment for a very amiable orphan, and
was aware that he had only been prevented
from soliciting her hand, from the fear of
disturbing his mother in her declining health.
She spoke to him on this interesting subject,


and entreated him to consider himself at
full liberty to follow the wishes of his heart,
adding, that it would be a consolation to her
to know, that when Providence removed
from him the parent who had so fondly
loved him, her place would be supplied by a
tender wife.
In consequence of this request, young
Harewood advanced his suit with the young
person to whom he was attached, and they
were married about two months before the
affectionate mother breathed her last; and
she had the satisfaction of perceiving that
the amiable daughter she thus gained was
of a disposition to make her husband happy,
and to manage his domestic concerns in the
way she desired. She endeavored to im-
press on the minds of both, the necessity
for observing economy in their expenditure,
as they were both very young, and might
have a large family: and she knew that her
son was inclined to be too liberal in his ex-
penses. To this advice they promised to
attend, and she departed in peace, her last
words blessing them.


Mr. Harewood fully intended to obey the
injunctions of his beloved mother, but he
thought it was time enough to retrench ex-
penses when the expected family should
arrive; and was the more confirmed in this
idea, because he had no children for several
years. At length he became the father of a
fine boy, for whom he felt willing to make
any sacrifice, so delighted was he with the
endearing acquisition; but yet, when in
little more than a year his lady presented
him with another, he considered them as yet
too young to call for any abridgment of his
expenditure, but determined to put every
necessary system of economy in practice by
and by.
The eldest of these boys was called after
the father, Charles; the second, after his
maternal grandfather, Thomas. The former
was, from his birth, a healthy, handsome,
robust, high-spirited, and lively boy-the
latter, on the contrary, was subject to delicate
health, and was of that cast of features and
complexion which is usually styled "too
pretty for a boy;" he was timid, but gentle


and engaging to those who knew him; and
though very apt to be overlooked by stran-
gers in the presence of his more showy and
attractive brother, never failed to make very
sincere friends amongst those with whom he
most frequently associated.
In consequence of the difference in the
health and the pursuits of these boys, one
became very naturally the associate of one
parent, and the other of the other. Charles
excelled in all athletic exercises, and he was
soon taught to ride on a pretty pony, and
to accompany his father to town; whilst
Thomas was, as the phrase is, tied to his
mother's apron-strings, either reading some
little book to her, or listening to her infor-
mation, as he watered her plants, or attended
to the wants of his favorite birds or rabbits.
Though his body was not strong, yet his
mind was active and penetrative, and from
very infancy he discovered that disposition
for study, and that perseverance in applica-
tion, which promised high attainments in
whatever branch of learning he should be
induced to follow.


Nothing could exceed the judicious care
and real tenderness with which Mr. and Mrs.
Harewood managed the different powers and
dispositions evinced by their children. Far
from each making a separate favorite of the
child who had, as it were, from the direction
of Nature herself, become their more im-
mediate companion, they endeavored to pay
more particular attention to the other party,
whenever they were together; and by this
impartiality led each to estimate whatever
was excellent in the other, and in a great
degree, through the force of pure fraternal
love, to rejoice most in the qualities of the
brother he loved.
Poor little Tom, mild and fearful in him-
self, was yet proud of the prowess of Charles,
and listened with delight to his praises, when
visitors and schoolfellows related his exploits;
and though he seldom spoke, yet his glisten-
ing eyes and glowing features showed to
every discerning eye how much was passing
in his heart; and, on the other hand, never
was any child spoken of as being clever and
forward at his book, but Charles would


eagerly advance with-" I'm sure he can't
be more of a scholar than my brother Tom-
I'll bet you what you like, I've a little fellow
will match him:" and if even the most tri-
fling exertion of bodily force was put in
effect against the stripling, on account of
his personal inability to punish the offender,
Charles, though the best-tempered fellow in
the world, (in cases where he was alone con-
cerned,) resented such insult with warmth,
and generally avenged it with only too much
promptitude, in poor Thomas's opinion.
When these boys had attained their seventh
and eighth years, their expenses of course in-
creased: and the sensible resolution formed
by their father of giving them every advan-
tage of education, seemed to call for some
decided retrenchment in his establishment,
at which his wife had repeatedly, though
delicately, hinted very often of late.
Mr. Harewood declared seriously that he
would do it, although, as they were not
likely to have any more children, there was
not much necessity. Whilst, however, this
point was debating, he was presented with


an increase of four hundred pounds per
annum in his office, and all fears for the
future from that moment were unfortunately
banished from his mind.
It immediately struck Mrs. Harewood,
that it would be a happy thing for all par-
ties, if this new income were regularly laid
apart, in order to furnish fortunes for their
surviving children; but fearful that if she
mentioned such a scheme, her husband
might accuse her of selfishly endeavoring
to secure herself from want, she blamably
remained silent; and poor Mr. Harewood
indulged a less prudent way of showing
his affection, by purchasing an elegant car-
riage for her, and in various ways so far
increased his expenditure, that the acquisi-
tion of property thus attained proved event-
ually a misfortune, since every indulgence
only increases the number of our wants,
and renders us less able to submit to future
The boys, even after they were sent to
school, and mingled with others in the same
general pursuits, still retained much of their


original character: each had separate excel-
lencies and separate deficiencies, but both
perfectly harmonized together; there was
mutual dependence in each on the other,
which ever strengthens affection; but there
was no point of rivalry, unless it was in the
affection they bore their parents.
Mr. Harewood, on examining them, found
at each vacation that Charles had those
properties which appeared to fit him for
active life; he wrote a beautiful hand-was
quick, if not profound, as an accountant-
had a pleasing address, fluent language, and,
considering his youth, a good deal of pene-
tration of character, and a steadiness of
judgment, and even principle, that seemed
to render him likely to sustain the character
of a liberal and enlightened merchant; but
along with this he found that he had not by
any means studied so deeply as he ought, to
enable him to be a sufficient linguist, and
he insisted on farther attention to this point,
which Charles readily promised, but was too
much inclined to forget, when any scheme
of pleasure presented itself, or any lighter


exercise could be substituted-he preferred
acting to thinking at all times.
On the other hand, Thomas was an excel-
lent Latin scholar, a very tolerable Grecian,
and understood French thoroughly; he had
no greater pleasure than solving a mathe-
matical problem, or a difficult question in
arithmetic; but the number of his external
accomplishments continued much the same;
he could neither ride, dance, nor fence-he
was bashful and reserved to his friends, and
impenetrable to strangers; and although his
knowledge and good sense qualified him for
writing a good letter, yet he had been so ac-
customed to scribble his numerous exercises,
that his handwriting was become very in-
different; and he paid too little attention to
every thing which required neatness and
Mr. Harewood, with true parental anxiety,
endeavored to remedy the deficiencies of
both his sons, and render each emulous of
the merits of the other, without expecting
from either of them that absolute similarity
which it was perhaps impossible for them to


attain; and as they had now passed that
period of infancy when rivalry might have
been dangerous, they both adopted the line
of improvement which the wisdom and af-
fection of their beloved father pointed out.
Charles was taught to consider himself de-
signed for a merchant, and he looked forward
to the period when he should be placed in
some great counting-house with pride and
pleasure-while Thomas, with equal though
silent joy, contemplated the period when he
might be permitted to pursue his studies at
college, and in due time aspire to the honor
he most coveted-of becoming a worthy
"When I am a man," the eldest would
say, "I will send ships, and take voyages
into every part of the world; and whatever
the people want in one place, I will supply
from another-thus all will become rich, and
civilized, and happy. I will have stores and
warehouses full of all kinds of property, and
a great number of clerks and porters em-
ployed to manage my business, and they too
shall all be improving and merry. Oh, I


love a great deal of bustle I and I don't mind
how hard I work; I will get a great deal of
money, and give a great deal away."
"Well, you are welcome to it all, dear
Charles. For my part, I only want just
enough to keep me in a little house, with
a good library, in a country place, where
the people around should know and love
me: I would pray with the sick, relieve the
poor, and try to persuade all to do their
duty, and that would satisfy me: indeed I
think it would be leading the life of heaven
on earth, especially if my dear mother were
with me," was the observation of Thomas.
This dear mother, to the great surprise
of the boys, presented them with a little
sister, just as Charles completed his four-
teenth year; and on this occasion they were
sent for from school, about a fortnight
before the regular commencement of the
Midsummer vacation. Their affectionate
hearts were delighted to receive this new
claimant on their love; and Tom especially
was never weary with examining its pretty
features and curious little hands; but


Charles, though equally warm-hearted, could
not bear confinement; and a pony, which
had been bought for him the preceding
Christmas, divided his attention with little
Emily: and he generally accompanied his
father to London, who was desirous of giv-
ing him some general notions of business,
as he only intended to keep him one year
longer at school, and was naturally proud
of showing such a boy among that circle
of friends where he intended eventually to
place him.
Meantime the heart of the mother was
full of care; her family was increased-the
period was again approaching when the
boys must be an additional expense; and
she was well aware that the many elegan-
cies of her present situation consumed the
whole of her husband's income. The anx-
iety she felt affected her health; and Mr.
Harewood, ever most affectionately solici-
tous, pressed her so closely on the subject,
that at length she confided to him all her
fears, and besought him to adopt some
plan to obviate the difficulties she foresaw;


observing, that even if he had interest to
provide for his boys, yet his girl would be
portionless, unless something were saved for
her future portion.
Mr. Harewood, smiling, kissed the babe,
and observed, that she was a very young
lady to want a portion; but, however, he
would do his best for her-he would that
very day secure her a dower, by paying an
annual sum, which he could do without
feeling the difference in his income-" Or,"
added he, "if I should, surely the sweet
lamb will make me abundance of amends
for such a trifling privation."
With much tenderness and sincere plea-
sure, Mrs. Harewood commended him for
the resolution, and continued to chat on
the inexhaustible subject of their children's
welfare, until the fond father, starting up,
declared that he should be too late; he was
accustomed to the utmost regularity, and to
atone for his delay he set out at full speed.
It was now July, and the weather was
excessively hot. It was Mr. Harewood's
custom to leave his horse at livery-stables


about a mile from the office; and on dis-
mounting at the stables, he found that a
messenger had been dispatched for him,
as his presence was particularly required.
Already heated, he now hastened forward
on foot, and just before he stepped into the
house, imprudently assuaged his thirst by
drinking a large glass of lemonade at a con-
fectioner's near. Had he continued to walk,
perhaps he would not have suffered much
inconvenience from this; but as he now
took his pen, and sat down to business in a
cool retired room, the effects soon became
apparent. He was seized with terrible
pains, which he endured with resolution, on
account of the peculiar press of business,
which he did not leave until the excess of
his sufferings completely subdued him, and
he was carried in extremity to the nearest
From the bed on which this suffering
father and husband was now laid, he never
arose. It was found that inflammation had
arisen to a degree it was impossible to allay,
and in two days he was a corpse.


At the first intimation of danger, Mrs.
Harewood had flown to his assistance; and
she left him not till torn from him insensible
and a widow. So overwhelmed was she by
the suddenness and severity of the stroke,
that those around her feared that her senses
were fled for ever; but when she beheld her
children, she showed that she was yet a
mother-that for them she could exert her-
self, and pray for her own return to a world
which had now been robbed of its most pre-
cious treasure.
The poor boys were, in the first instant,
stunned, in the next, agonized, by this terri-
ble stroke. Death had never visited their
home before; and that their father-that
dear, dear relative, whose goodness had been
the delight of their lives, whose will was
their law, whose smile was their reward,
should be thus unexpectedly snatched from
their eyes, in the full flower of manly strength
and activity, was an event so dreadful, so
overbearing, that they knew not how to com-
prehend or endure it; they flew into each
other's arms shrieking and sobbing in the


bitterest transport of grief, and utterly un-
able to attend to the condolences and re-
monstrances of those around them.
But when they were permitted to behold
their mother-when they saw the deadly
paleness of her cheek, the fearful hollowness
of her eye, each felt at once convinced that
she suffered more than all, and each strove
so to command his own feelings, that he
might console the dear-the only parent he
had now left; and while large silent tears
stole down their innocent faces, they yet
sought to speak words of comfort to her.
But, alas! to weep over the memory of
their beloved father was a satisfaction only
too soon denied to this bereaved family;
with him had perished the means of their
support, and all that Mrs. Harewood had
often feared now indeed came upon her, and
she was soon called upon to exert herself,
and consider how she must provide fbr the
wants of future life, and the destination of
those unfortunate boys, who had till now
basked in the brightest sunshine of pros-
perity, and were strangers to the very name


of want, except when called upon to relieve
/As the sight of her children never failed
to renew lier distress too acutely, and the
education they had and might receive was
become their sole dependence, the friends of
Mrs. Harewood urged her to let them return
to school for the following half-year, in which
time she might be enabled to dispose of her
house and property, and consider on some
eligible plan for their future living. Ac-
cordingly they bade her a short adieu, with
streaming eyes, and tender assurances that
they would in every thing obey her advice,
which had particularly tended to impress on
their minds the necessity of attending more
carefully than ever on their studies, as it was
but too probable this would be the last op-
portunity of improvement they ever would




MRS. HAREWOOD, ever regular and econo-
mic in her own department, and religiously
just in her worldly concerns, had soon drawn
her affairs into a narrow compass; her car-
riage, horses, and furniture, were disposed
of-her debts paid to the uttermost farthing
-and a few hundred pounds were all that
remained to her in the wide world.
She had no near relations; but in the
first shock of her misfortunes, many of her
numerous friends, struck by the sudden fate
of a companion they had loved and esteemed,
assembled round her, and by their friendly
counsel had assisted her in the sad scenes
which immediately succeeded her misfor-
tune; but as she was of too generous a
nature to tax the kind beyond their con-
venience, and too independent to solicit the
mercies of the overbearing, by degrees all


were dropped off and she was left to make
the best of her melancholy situation. She
desired, with all a mother's longings, to see
and enjoy the society of her beloved boys;
but she was too sincerely their friend to
abridge the advantages they enjoyed: and
in her letters she constantly assured them
of her returning health, and endeavored to
inspire them with cheerfulness, though far
from attaining herself the blessing she was
anxious to communicate.
But when the time approached, feeling
for the change they would experience, she
sought to break it to their minds, by inform-
ing them that she was now in a very humble
lodging in the city, and that the luxuries
and comforts they had once known at their
dear and pleasant home must be relinquish.
ed: but yet the poor boys had formed no
idea of the place to which they were really
conducted; and the sorrow with which they
beheld their mother, once so waited upon
by numerous servants and a tender husband,
now nursing her own babe in a narrow dark
room, ill furnished, is indescribable. Ohl


how did they each wish and pray for the
means of relieving her-how earnestly did
they resolve that they would apply every
thing they could hereafter earn, for her and
the dear infant who was thus bequeathed to
their care I
Naturally sanguine, and of that age
when hope is easily kindled in the heart,
Charles soon admitted consolation; from
the observation of his mother, that he was
prodigiously grown-" Oh," said he inter-
nally, "I shall soon be a man, and then I
can support them all."
Poor Tom could not take comfort in this
way; for though he too was grown, yet he
was still so slim and delicate, that the mas-
ter of the lodgings observed that he looked
three years younger than his brother.
In a short time the very sting of poverty
seemed to enter the heart of the unhappy
mother; the school-bills for her sons had
not, in the distress of the time, been dis-
charged; on their return to school, of
course, a whole year was due, and in pay-
ing it she parted with more than two-thirds


of all her property; and the sense 'of this,
together with the daily wants of two fine
growing boys, distressed her so much, that
she was shortly thrown upon a bed of
sickness, at that season of the year when
every species of assistance is most difficult
to procure, and disease most obstinate in its
The children had now but one pursuit,
one duty, one care, and most anxiously did
they fulfil it: poor Charles, so fond of
gayety and bustle, who lately rode about,
the smartest lad in his neighborhood, now
performed the part of a carrier himself
to his little sister, who, but for his exer-
tions, must have been utterly lost; whilst
Thomas, with the tenderest attention, and
most unwearied vigilance, sat by his mo-
ther's bed, watched her every look, and
by her directions prepared her food or
Blessed with such affectionate nurses,
the heart of the afflicted woman revived,
and her prayers ascended to the throne of
mercy; she besought strength from the


Most High to sustain her sorrows, and it
was given unto her.
But sickness is ever expensive, and the
little stock of money remaining now grew
deplorably small; yet from it two sons
were to be apprenticed, and a mother and
child subsisted, until the age of the latter
should in some measure relieve its parent
from the more immediate cares of a nurse,
and enable her to provide for it by personal
As soon as Mrs. Harewood was conva-
lescent, she determined, for her children's
sake, to conquer the repugnance she had
hitherto felt to calling on those who had
been the acquaintance of her happier
hours, and to request their advice and as-
sistance in placing her sons in some situa-
tion; and with thi. intention she set out
with Charles one morning, leaving the
infant with Thomas, who, for its sake,
could resign the books which were now his
sole consolation, and which appeared in a
great measure to atone for every other pri-
vation. The first person they called upon


was a Mr. Basset, a rich bachelor, who had
for several years been accustomed to spend
every Sunday at her house, and to profess
the sincerest regard for his dear friend
Harewood. On opening her mission, which
was simply to request his advice, he observed,
that really it was strange, very strange, that
Mr. Harewood had not provided better for
his family than he appeared to have done;
for his part, he knew nothing about the way
in which children were disposed of; thank
God he had no encumbrances of that kind,
and of course had never been led to consider
the subject.
"But have you not the power of recom-
mending my poor boys, Mr. Basset? Charles,
you see, is a great boy now, and would, I am
certain, be willing to exert himself for his
master to the uttermost, in order to make
up for the deficiency of an apprentice-fee."
"As to that, ma'am, it is a delicate point
to recommend children brought up as yours
have been-you'll excuse me, ma'am-a
youth being a good rider, a good dancer,
&c., is poor praise."


But surely, sir, you know that my chil-
dren have been taught every thing essential;
that their father was a man of strict atten-
tion to business, of irreproachable integrity,
Mother, mother 1" exclaimed poor Charles,
"let us go away! I will work or beg for
you and Emily, but I cannot-cannot stay
and hear you talked to in this way; and
dear father too I-oh, let us go!"
The agony of tears which deluged the
face of Charles, awoke those of his unhappy
mother, in despite of all her resolution; but
yet making a violent effort for the sake of
attaining, by any means, an object so truly
desirable, she once more bent looks of in-
quiry towards the man who had so often
spoken far different language, at the hospi-
table board where she had been wont to
meet him, and said-" Then you cannot
assist me in any way?"
Why, ma'am, if my friend Charles there,
is, as he says, willing to work, I know a very
honest bricklayer, who would take him for
a trifle; and as poor little Tom was always


a puny child, I could recommend him to
my tailor-I know nothing else he is fit
for; so if you wish--"
Every trace of tears instantly fled the
countenance of Mrs. Harewood; she turned
a clear and steady eye upon the speaker,
and dropping him a silent courtesy, walked
out of his drawing-room, with an air of
greater dignity than she had ever worn in
her own, followed by Charles, whose in-
dignation glanced from his eyes in looks
of sovereign contempt, as he exclaimed-
"Was this person my father's friend ?"
But, alas! the spirit thus awakened quick-
ly evaporated, and Mrs. Harewood found
herself so exhausted by the cruel disap-
pointment she had received, that she de-
termined to hasten home, and again hide
herself and her sorrows in oblivion: but
Charles, who, although more agitated at the
time, was sooner relieved, entreated her just
to call at Mr. Ludlow's, whose sons he was
well-acquainted with, saying-" Though they
came seldom to our house, yet they were
people you always liked, mother."


"True, my dear; Mr. and Mrs. Ludlow
rarely visited us; for having a large family
to provide for, they did not think it prudent
to mix in so gay and expensive a circle as
our society then presented; they will not,
however, oppress the fallen, unless I am as
much mistaken in them as I have been in
Mr. Basset; so I will call, although I am
aware they can do me no good in my pur-
Mr. and Mrs. Ludlow were both at home,
as they happened to dine early, and they
received Mrs. Harewood and her son with
so sincere a pleasure in their countenances,
that, contrasting their manners with those
of the person she had quitted, she could
not help throwing herself into the nearest
chair, and weeping freely, while Charles en.
deavored, as well as his feelings would per.
mit him, to relate the conversation that took
place at Mr. Basset's.
Dinner was announced, and the good
couple quietly placing the widow and her
son at table, sought rather to soothe her
feelings than to argue her out of them;


but when the cloth was withdrawn, and the
children were gone, Mr. Ludlow thus ad-
dressed her-"Do not suffer any hard-heart-
edness which Basset may have displayed to
distress you, Mrs. Harewood; he probably
meant no harm; but bachelors have no idea
of the feelings of a parent, and they wound
without thought. 'Tis true, he has abun-
dance in his power, but he considers not the
wants of women and children, because they
.ave never been objects of his care; had
your dear husband been himself in distress,
Basset would have felt it a duty, as well as
pleasure, to have relieved him. Unhappily,
we are all too much the creatures of habit,
even in our sympathies."
"Not when we are taught of God," said
Mrs. Ludlow; religion gives a principle of
action which never fails."
"True, my dear; it likewise inspires us
with a profound regard for integrity, as well
as benevolence, and I am therefore compelled
to say, that with three sons of my own to
place out, I cannot help my good friend as
I wish in this particular; but if she would


like, as she once hinted, to begin a day-
school, I will promise her our three little
girls, and do my best to procure her more."
This proposal was instantly accepted with
thankfulness; and in a short time the af-
flicted mother procured a decent room, and
entered on the wearisome task of instructing
young children in the rudiments of educa-
tion, preferring the most slavish employ-
ment to placing her children in situations
derogatory to the education they had re-
ceived, and subversive of the views they
had so long entertained.
The boys were duly sensible of her kind-
ness, and labored by every means in their
power to assist her; and it was a truly af-
fecting sight to behold them nursing their
little sister, cooking their scanty dinner, or
in any way contributing to relieve their
mother; while at every opportunity they
strove to retain and increase the benefits of
their education, still fondly hoping to prove
it the means of future independence.
But not even the utmost care, and the
most unremitting exertion, could preserve a


family of this number from experiencing the
pressure of poverty under such circumstan-
ces; the boys' clothes grew very shabby, and
to replenish them would encroach on the
little hoard reserved for still more important
services. This want was shown the most by
Charles, who felt as if he were ashamed to
walk out in his threadbare clothes and nap-
less hat; and one evening as he took a
solitary walk towards Hampstead, perceiving
a smart carriage coming down the hill, he
stood close up to the wall, as if to hide him-
self even from the passing look of strangers.
The carriage was a barouche, in which sat
a father and mother, with two little girls; a
youth, about twelve years old, was riding on
a pony close by the carriage, attended by a
servant; but at the moment of passing
Charles, the animal plunged, reared, and
refused, in the most decisive manner, to
obey his rider.
The lady screamed, the servant endeavored,
but in vain, to secure the boy from falling,
though he threatened a terrible revenge on
the pony, when, in the most terrible moment


of alarm, Charles stepping forward, cried, in
almost inarticulate accents-" Pray-pray
don't beat him l" and seizing the bridle, pat-
ted and stroked the grateful favorite, which
instantly stopped, and returned his caresses,
by rubbing its head against his shoulder, and
giving the most unequivocal proofs of affec-
tion and recognition.
"You appear acquainted with the pony,
my boy ?" said the gentleman, thankful for
his son's relief, and much struck with the
manner in which it was effected.
Charles turned to him an expressive
countenance, suffused with tears, and said
-" Yes, sir, he was my own about a year
"Are you the son of the late Mr. Hare-
Charles bowed; his eye glanced over his
shabby figure, and his trembling tongue was
unequal to pronouncing Yes."
The gentleman and his lady exchanged
looks of tender pity; their eyes glanced on
their own offspring, and, filled with tears,
they felt for the fatherless and the widow.


The gentleman, after a pause, observed-
"You are a tall boy, and undoubtedly have
received a good education; but I apprehend
you are not at present in any employment?"
"It is my misfortune, sir, to be a burden
on my mother at present; but I would do
any thing to---"
Do not stop; speak your wishes freely."
"I believe, sir, I was wrong in saying I
would do any thing; I meant to say, I
would do any thing proper.
"Come to me in the city to-morrow," said
the gentleman, giving him his card.
The carriage drove on; the servant led
the pony, which left its once-beloved master
with difficulty, and all was past as a dream,
save the card which remained in Charles's
hand, and in contemplating which he en-
deavored to forget his four-footed friend, and
all those sorrowful remembrances the bitter
disappointments of his youth too frequently
suggested; and returning home, he en-
deavored to cheer his dear mother with the
hope that this incident might lead to some-
thing eventually beneficial to them all.



THE following morning Charles did not
fail to make himself as neat as it was possi-
ble, and prepare to wait on the gentleman,
whom his mother knew, by name, as one of
the first merchants in the city.
Thomas was surprised at the courage he
manifested, in daring to go alone into the
counting-house; but such was his anxiety
and affection, that he could not forbear ac-
companying him to the outside of the house.
With great astonishment, within a quarter
of an hour he beheld him fly out of the
house, and run home with so much rapidity,
that it was impossible to arrest his progress
by calling: so poor Tom took likewise to
his heels, and being pretty nimble, arrived
there soon enough after him to hear his first
address to his mother, who was engaged


with a lady, who had brought her a new
pupil, at the moment of his entrance.
"Oh, mamma, I believe I have good news
at last; but it must all be jit as you please
-I would not promise a word until I knew
you would like it."
"But what is it, Charles?"
"Mr. Coulston will take me into his
counting-house, (he has seen me write and
cast up,) and he will give me thirty guineas
a year now, and more every year, if I de-
serve it. I doubt that is but little, mamma;
but I will work so hard, he will, I trust,
give me twice as much next year."
"Thank God !" cried the widow, clasping
her hands, and looking fervently grateful to
heaven; then turning to her sons, she said-
"It is a great deal, my dear children, to
give to such a boy as Charles, because it is
the custom to receive a large sum for in-
structing young people; therefore remem-
ber we are called upon for gratitude to our
Almighty Father for this blessing, and
bound to give every proof of it in our
power to Mr. Coulston; I say all of us, for


surely my dear boys know that our interest
is inseparable."
The proof of this feeling was indeed giv-
en, when Charles was dressed in a new suit,
proper for his improved situation, and Tom
walked around him, with tears of delight
swimming in his eyes, at beholding him
look like himself again, unmindful of his
own appearance, and envying his beloved
brother nothing but the power of being use-
ful to his mother.
Charles was now indeed happily situated;
his employment was pleasant; his exertions,
however great, always brought the sweet
sense of their utility along with them, and
inspired the hopes of independence, so nat-
ural to the sanguine heart of youth.
For some time poor Tom appeared to re-
joice in his joy, but by degrees he became
despondent and unhappy; he felt himself a
dead weight upon the parent he loved, and
whom he could have died to bless; no kind
hand was held out to help him, no voice
promised him assistance; on the contrary,
he frequently heard his personal delicacy


alluded to, in terms of pity that bordered
on contempt; and he was aware that years
must pass ere any one would try whether
he were good for any thing, whilst those
peculiar studies he had been devoted to,
that line of pious tranquillity and modest
independence to which his imagination had
attached every idea of happiness, appeared
cut off from his hopes for ever.
Often would he take out his little sister,
under pretext of giving her air, and when
he got into the fields, throw himself on the
grass, unseen by any human eye, save that
of his innocent charge, and with flowing
eyes and aching heart, pour out his sorrows
to that throne of mercy, where alone he
could look for help and consolation; and
then return to his anxious parent with an
air of forced cheerfulness, and endeavor to
beguile the evening hour, by relating the
notices little Emily had made during her
ramble, and imitate the half-formed accents
so interesting to a mother's ear.
But as Emily's power of language in-
creased, the unhappy mother learned but


too soon the real state of her son's mind;
the prattling cherub told, that-"when
the sun shined ever so much, the rain
came down Tommy's face; and when he
kiss her, rain comes on Emmy's cheek
There were no means untried to obviate
this evil; but, alas! all seemed in vain, and
the afflicted boy inwardly pined away, the
victim of despondence, until one day Charles
came home with uncommon solicitude in his
countenance, having been desired to write a
French letter by his master, who declared,
that if it were well managed, he would in-
crease his salary, and remove him into the
department of a foreign clerk.
Now Charles felt and lamented his defi-
ciency, and saw that he had neglected the
close study necessary for acquiring real
knowledge; but Thomas's countenance in-
stantly brightened up, and taking the pen,
he not only accomplished Charles's task
with facility, but encouraged him by saying
that they would study together an hour or
two every evening, and he had no doubt


but he would soon find himself equal to all
that was required of him.
Thus consoled, Charles copied his letter
with neatness, and presented it to his mas-
ter the day following, with a glowing face,
in which fear, hope, and a little shame, were
each striving for the mastery.
"You have managed this matter beyond
my hopes, I confess," said Mr. Coulston;
"if I had not known your hand so well, I
should not have given you credit for the
knowledge of the language it evinces."
Charles blushed excessively, as if in shame,
yet his eyes sparkled with pleasure.
"You wrote it all yourself, I presume ?"
"Oh, no, sir; I am sorry-I am ashamed
to say that it was done by my brother; he
is the best, the cleverest little fellow in the
world; he deserves your kindness more than
I do, sir, and if you were to take him in-
stead of me, I am sure I ought to-to-
"To submit to it."
"Yes, sir, though I believe it would
break my heart too; but indeed. Tom is so


clever, sir; and he will teach me to be so
I recommend you to try him; and when
he is a little bigger, I will see what I can do
for him. Does he write a good hand ?"
"He does every thing else well, sir."
Umph I that is certainly a very brotherly
way of saying no, Charles. Well, well,
while he improves you in French, remember
to give him a lesson with the pen, and thus
you will mutually assist each other; mean-
time, I shall order him a new jacket, as an
encouragement to his industry."
From this time every hour became doubly
precious to the brothers; and in the excite-
ment thus given to Tom's mind, he overcame
the dreadful melancholy that had oppressed
him, for there is nothing so animating as the
sense of being useful; and in recovering his
powers in one respect, he regained them on
every other occasion.
It was customary with Mrs. Harewood to
provide needles, pins, and thread, for the use
of her little pupils, and she was accustomed
to send her youngest son to purchase them.


Partly from a sense of his shabby appen
ance, and partly from his natural timidity
and habitual despondency, he had generally
run into the first little shop which presented
itself, although conscious that he might have
purchased them to more advantage at a
better. He now gained more spirit, for he
was decently dressed, and become of advan-
tage to his elder brother; and he therefore
plucked up his spirits, and ventured into the
smart shop of a haberdasher on Ludgate
One day, having purchased a variety of
little matters, which came altogether to five-
and-threepence, he laid down six shillings,
and received from the shopman threepence
in change, he having made a mistake in the
Thomas waited patiently until some ladies
were served, when he begged the young
gentleman to reckon over again, as he would
find he was wrong in the amount.
"No such thing," said the man hastily;
"take your money, my boy, and get about
your business."


Although Tom was the most gentle and
forbearing of human beings, he was not weak,
especially when a point of duty was con-
cerned, and it was undoubtedly his duty not
to waste or lose his mother's money; he
therefore began patiently to cast up the
things to the person himself, but with an air
of firmness which indicated a determination
of being attended to. Whilst he did this,
the master of the shop, having made his
parting bow to some customers at the door,
stepped back, and stood unseen behind him.
"I am sorry for you," said a shopman to
him who had served Thomas; "you have
got a hard chap to deal with; that little fel-
low found fault with my reckoning last
Monday, I remember."
"Yes, sir," said Tom, calmly; "you had
cheated yourself, and I brought you back a
The master now interfered, and not only
justified the little purchaser, but made the
two young men completely ashamed of
themselves, especially the last speaker, whom
he discharged from his service, saying-


" That though an act of error might be par-
doned, the ingratitude indicated by his con-
duct to the boy could not;" and taking two
sixpences from the drawer, he adRed one to
the change, and giving Tom the other, said
-"Here, my little fellow, take this, and
buy yourself something you like with it as
you go home; and be sure you come to me
to-morrow morning at eight o'clock."
Encouraged by this kindness, the tender-
hearted youth wished to have spoken a word
for the crest-fallen shopman; but he was cut
short by the answer-" You are a good-
natured little fellow, I am certain; but you
must allow my head is older than yours."
Tom went away. His steps were mechan-
ically directed to a book-stall, where he had
several days seen an old Latin Horace, on
the back of which was inscribed, Price 8d."
Twopence had long lurked in the corner of
his pocket, which was saving towards this
price; no wonder, therefore, that he hastened
with celerity to secure it.
But at the very moment he laid his hand
upon the book, a boy passed him, bawling


- Fresh Prawns 1" and Tom withdrew his
grasp. "My mother likes prawns," said he
internally, "and she never buys herself any
thing she likes; if I took her some home,
she would perhaps eat them heartily."
He stopped the prawn-boy, but even then
could not prevail upon himself to lay down
the book. Standing thus with the fish-boy
and his basket, he unwittingly obstructed
the path to a gentleman, who being in no
particular haste, allowed himself to scan the
pale, intelligent face, and the singular action
of the boy before him. With a deep sigh
Tom laid down the book, and placed the
sixpence in the hand of the prawn-seller.
"So you prefer the prawns to learning, do
you, my lad ?" said the gentleman, en passant;
"don't you remember the proverb, "that
'tis better than house or land?"
"Not better though than my mother,"
said Tom, with another sigh, and in a tone
so low, that the last word alone caught the
gentleman's ear.
Then you do not purchase these things
for your own eating? though, if you did,


I could not blame you, now I look at
"I never could eat them, sir,, unless-I
mean, unless I was forced to it"
"You are a very odd boy-here, take
your book, I will pay for it-why, 'tis
Horace, I see I this is the strangest thing I
ever met with."
As the gentleman spoke, he offered the
book to Thomas, but at the same moment
turned into the shop, intending to buy him
a better; but Tom, with a few words of
sincere but rapid thanks, had clasped his
prize to his bosom, and hurried away, hap-
piest of the happy; little dreaming that he
had excited a warm interest in one who had
the power and inclination to render that
happiness permanent.
After feasting on his mental treat, Tom
recollected his engagement with the haber-
dasher, which his mother was extremely
anxious he should keep; and as her school
was not opened at the early hour of appoint-
ment, she accompanied him to Mr. Preston's,
the person in question.

The business was, as she had already
hoped, a desire to engage her son as an ap-
prentice, on account of the evident honesty
of his principles, and the quickness with
which he could cast up accounts in his mind;
and he offered to take him for the next seven
years without an apprentice-fee, which was
an offer that, in the present circumstances of
the family, might be considered extremely
valuable, and as such was most gratefully
received by Mrs. Harewood.
Thomas said, he was indeed much obliged,
but his heart sunk at the prospect of being,
for seven long years, shut out of all hopes
of attending to his learning; and as he re-
turned with his mother, he said-" Mr.
Preston says I must get up at six o'clock
and keep in the shop till after nine, and
give my whole mind to my business-shall I
be able to do this for seven whole years,
mother ?"
Undoubtedly, my dear boy; if you can
do this for one year, you can do it for seven;
and that exertion which is at first somewhat
painful, as being simply an exertion of duty


rather than inclination, will become, long
before the expiration of that period, a great
pleasure to you."
Tom did not answer; he resolved in his
own mind, to be a good servant, in every
sense of the word to his future master, and
to be, through his conduct, a blessing to his
mother; but at night when he retired with
his brother, he could not help lamenting
the entire annihilation of all his hopes, and
weeping bitterly over the books which he
saw for the last time, as friends with whom
he must now part for ever.
"But, my dear fellow," cried Charles, "I
am sure you need not fret in this way;
every Sunday you will come home, and
then you may read all the hours except
church-time. I am sure I think you will
have a very pleasant, bustling sort of a life,
in a gay shop, seeing so many people, and
doing so many things; and you will be
always clean and smart, and never do any
thing dirty, or unlike a gentleman's son, you
"True; but to stand for seven years


behind a counter, folding ribbons and count-
ing cotton buttons, is strange employment
for a young man whose mind is equal
Making Latin verses, or writing foreign
letters; very true, dear Tom; you shall not
be bound, no, that you shan't: long within
that time I shall be able to help you, and
when I am, dear Tom, you shall see what I
will do."
The kind brother drew the mourning boy
to his breast, and, encouraged by his assur-
ances, he slept in comfort on the bosom he
now felt to be that of a parent, though there
had been recently many hours in which he
had acted as an instructor to the brother
who now supported him. This is the dis-
position which ought always to operate
among members of the same family, who
ought to' give and receive, with equal affec-
tion and humility, assistance from each
Although Charles was not only a lively,
but really a modest boy, he was not op-
pressed by that timidity which obscured the


manners, and frequently wounded the feel-
ings of Thomas; and on the following morn-
ing he laid the case of his brother before the
good merchant, his own master, who heard
him with attention; and being well aware,
from his own knowledge, that the little boy
did really possess talents not called for in
the line to which he was destined, he very
kindly called upon Mr. Preston, and advised
him to take the child for a year or two
without binding; and the latter, willing to
oblige a gentleman of his connections, and
to supply the vacancy in his house by the
late dismissal, consented immediately; on
which Thomas removed with great satisfac-
tion, although tears would spring into his
eyes when he bade adieu to his mother, and
kissed little Emily for a week's absence.
From the time this excellent boy entered
on this new service, he determined, with re-
ligious resolution, to devote himself to his
duty, and not suffer even desires otherwise
laudable to divert him from it; and finding
that when there was no immediate claim on
their time, some young men were fond of


hiding a newspaper or a book in a corner,
which led their minds from their pursuits,
and prevented them from paying due atten-
tion to the customers who happened to
interrupt them, and instead of receiving
them with pleasant countenances, looked as
if they wished them a hundred miles off, he
denied himself every gratification of that
kind, and never saw a book except on a
Sunday evening.
This sacred day was indeed very precious
to this little family; for although Thomas
did not join his mother until after the morn-
ing-service, it being the laudable custom of
Mr. Preston to take all his family together
to church, yet after that time they were in-
deed a united family-together they wor-
shipped God, and together considered the
situation of each party, as if the feelings,
comforts, and sorrows, peculiar to every
individual, belonged alike to all-they of-
fered and enjoyed together.
It is true, poor Thomas had some troubles
he could not sufficiently conquer himself to
reveal, even to those whom he loved so


dearly. These arose from the ill-humor, or
other bad qualities, of his fellow-shopmen,
who used to call him a bookworm, a learned
gentleman, and, with increased opprobrium
of look and gesture, a quiz. For some time
he bore these things in patience, hoping that
his quiet and inoffensive manners could not
fail to disarm malevolence, and reprove with-
out offending the parties who tormented
him; and it appeared that this would have
been the case, if his good conduct, and calm,
unobtrusive civility, had not rendered him
such a favorite with the more regular custo-
mers, that ladies would frequently step past
the dashing beaux who were bowing for their
commands, and address the quiet little fellow,
who, with equal simplicity and civility, at-
tended to their wishes, and gave his opinion,
when asked, with gentlemanly propriety of
speech, and the most undeviating integrity
Thomas was aware that if Charles had
known of these insults, he would either have
ridiculed them as too trifling to merit notice,
or have resented them in some very decided


manner, being as willing to fight a battle in
behalf of his brother now, as when they
were schoolboys; and he disliked either of
these methods of getting rid of a present
trouble, since they were equally sure of in-
creasing it-" Should Charles," he would
say, internally, "laugh at me, I should be
hurt and resent it; and God forbid that any
breach should happen between us, happy as
we are in each other! and if he should come
to our house, and quarrel with any of them
on my account, that will disturb Mr. Pres-
ton, and set the young men a great deal
more against me; or perhaps, as I am not
bound, I shall be sent home again, and then
what will become of my poor mother? no,
no, I will bear it a little while longer at
least; they must see their error some time,
and use me better."
The young man whose error had been
detected by poor Tom was the most invete-
rate of his tormentors, and to the utmost of
his power tried to render his situation un-
comfortable, even by laying upon him more
than his share of work, whenever the mas-


ter's back was turned. Yet there was scarce-
ly a day passed in which he did not claim
the assistance of his talents, in reckoning
up the various petty sums usually called for
in articles so varying and minute as those in
a shop of this description, and all his de-
mands of this kind were ever attended to
with avidity; but when they were no longer
engaged in business, Tom had the steadiness
"-ither to submit to his orders, nor cringe
to his insolence. This person, during the
winter, was very subject to the toothache;
and as he slept in the same room with
Thomas and a young apprentice, they fre-
quently heard him moaning. One night,
being worse than common, the good-tem-
pered boy, who forgot every act of enmity
in compassion, said-" I have been told, Al-
sop, that a pill made of pepper and butter,
put into the tooth, will give ease; and if you
will try it, I will strike a light, and go down
and make you one."
"I will try any thing," said the other.
Thomas immediately fulfilled his promise,
and was so happy as to give immediate re-


lief, which procured him the first good-na-
tured word he had ever uttered to him since
his arrival.
After this his services were but too often
called for in the night, but he had the satis-
faction of reaping much benefit from his
kindness; for Alsop was not only ashamed
of his past ill-behavior, but by his example
influenced the rest; so that his situation be-
came much more tolerable, and his spirits
rose to cheerfulness, while his activity and
exertion in business became much more con-
spicuous; and it was remarked by every
one how amazingly he was improved in his
person and carriage. In fact, the first year
he was in business, he grew more than he
had done the three preceding ones; for
being continually upon his feet, and obliged
to stretch his limbs by reaching down par-
cels, and running errands, these exercises
produced the happiest effect upon him, and
he found himself now quite equal to any
boy of his age; and though extremely slen-
der, he was yet perfectly free from disease,
and his complexion, though fair, was cured


of that peculiar delicacy which had pre-
viously obtained him the nickname of
"Miss Nancy;" and Alsop was now eager
to insist upon that term being dismissed
for ever.
But with all these improvements in his
situation, poor Tom still sighed in vain for
that learned leisure which, in his opinion,
far excelled all other benefits; and he often
wished for a crust of bread in a garret with
books, and the advantage of instruction and
study. Charles, on the contrary, found every
day delightful, for every day initiated hin
still farther in the business he loved; and
the attention he paid to every part of the
affairs intrusted to his care, bespoke him
likely to succeed in time to an honorable
and lucrative employment. In the mean
time his salary was nearly doubled; and he
had the delightful satisfaction of knowing
that his earnings supplied all his wants, and
saved his dear mother from all cares and
exertions on his account.



WHEN Tom had remained at Mr. Preston's
about fifteen months, he was one day called
to assist Alsop, who was waiting upon some
ladies that did not choose to quit their car-
riage; and as he was only employed to hold
parcels, he very naturally cast his eye upon
the arms and the motto, and with a half-
sigh, read the words-spero meliora, (I hope
better times.)
Unconsciously he pronounced the words,
and in a tone which fully spoke that he not
only understood their meaning, but felt the
sentiment they expressed. At that moment
the lady who owned the carriage was step-
ping out, finding there was some things she
could look at to more advantage in the shop;
she cast her eyes on Tom with a look of
surprise, but his confusion was spared, for
he was still intent upon the arms.


The lady's companion was a lively French-
woman, who could speak very little English;
she however hated to hold her tongue, and
therefore, without thinking of this deficiency,
put out her head, and asked the name of the
street, and how far it was from Grosvenor-
square? then recollecting herself, began to
consider how to translate her own question,
so as to procure an answer; but to her
infinite joy and relief, she was immedi-
ately answered, with great propriety, in her
own language, by the youth she address-
A multitude of questions followed: and
although they were too rapid for Tom's com-
prehension, yet enough was said to satisfy
the lady that she was understood, and of
course she was delighted; and when her
friend returned, she found her in raptures
with her late companion. All the way home
she could speak of nothing but le pauvre
gargon, le cher garqon, le beau gargon, (the
poor boy, the dear boy, the handsome boy,)
till at length her companion began sing-


"Oh this boy, this boy,
Of this boy rm weary I"
and was repeating the words, when on their
alighting in the hall of her house in Grosve-
nor-square, she was met by her husband,
who informed her that his brother, Doctor
Ecclestone, had arrived during her absence.
On this joyful intelligence the lady forgot
alike Madame and the boy in question, for
her brother-in-law was justly very dear to
her. He was a clergyman of small prefer-
ment, but handsome private fortune, and
remarkable for his profound erudition, un-
affected piety, and affable manners; to which
might be added his extensive charities and
universal benevolence; but these qualities
were exercised in so retired a manner, that
they rarely met the public eye.
After the first salutations were passed, and
mutual inquiries after the respective families
of each party had taken place, Madame was
introduced to the doctor as the friend of his
sister; and the moment she began to speak,
she recurred to what she considered an ex-
traordinary circumstance, that un petit gar-


mon had spoken to her in the purest French
she had heard since her arrival, and endeav-
ored to quote the great English poet on the
occasion-" Dat it was strange, dat it was
"In truth, my dear Madame, it is neither
one nor other," said Mr. Ecclestone; "al-
most every child learns French now-a-days;
in a respectable shop, like the one you men-
tion, I should expect every youth employed
there to possess some knowledge of the lan-
guage; yet it is a fact, that in that particular
we are far inferior to the Dutch, the Danes,
and other continental neighbors. If you
go a-wonder-hunting in London for a week,
I persuade myself you will meet many better
than votre joli gargon."
Madame was too true a Frenchwoman to
give up her point; she was willing to grant
many young people had a smattering of her
language, but few understood it like her
proteg': and Mrs. Ecclestone added her as-
surance that the youth in question understood
Latin also; and that she was sure he was a
boy of feeling and education, and not quite


in the situation he wished to be, or ought to
be, in her opinion.
Her spouse good-naturedly laughed at this
idea, and said he had little doubt but the
youth in question was one of those would-
be-wits, who too frequently forsake the sober
duties of the citizen, to recite bad verses,
murder good ones, make speeches for deba-
ting societies, and seek to strut their hour
upon the stage," in some itinerant company
of comedians.
The ladies protested against this; he was
silent and modest, they declared to a fault;
and withdrew, protesting against such a false
conclusion. With the ladies the subject
But the following morning, as the good
Doctor went into the city, this conversation
crossed his mind, and the recollection of an
incident which occurred to him the last visit
he paid to the metropolis, added to this,
made him determine on seeing the youth
thus spoken of; he recollected the shop, and
entering asked for some gloves. The mas-
ter was near, and called to Harewood to


reach them, who immediately obeyed; but
on approaching the gentleman, he was ob-
served to color highly, and his eyes sparkled
with intelligence and pleasure.
"I think, young man, we have seen each
other before ?" said Doctor Ecclestone.
Oh yes, sir, I remember your kind pres-
ent perfectly; I have it by me yet."
"Indeedl 'twas a very shabby one; but
you have ceased to study now, I presume."
Tears struck into poor Tom's eyes, as he
answered hesitatingly-" Mr. Preston has
been kind enough to take me, sir; and my
duty-yes, I believe I am right in saying my
duty, forbids me to pursue studies of that
You are certainly right in saying your
duty, for it would ill-become you to forget
a positive duty by neglecting his business;
but if your love of learning could be ren-
dered consistent with your duty, have you
resolution enough to pursue even its difficul-
ties with the ardor and perseverance neces-
aary for a great end?"
"Oh yes, sir, indeed I have."


"But have you considered that spare
meals, a scanty purse, the contempt of the
worldly-minded, poor reward, and even that
long procrastinated, are too frequently the
lot of him who devotes himself to study,
and to the service of the church, and that
wisdom and piety are to seek rewards from
within and not from without ?"
"I have considered it all, sir; and so far
as I am myself concerned, I know that I
could be happy with the barest means of
existence, were I so devoted; but I have a
mother, who has a right to direct me: I
could not expect the blessing of God on any
line of life she did not sanction."
The Doctor took Mrs. Harewood's ad-
dress, and left poor Thomas to ruminate on
this singular conversation, which filled his
mind with many wandering thoughts, and
rendered him almost unable to attend to
any thing; and for the first time he heard
the voice of his master directed to him with
reproof on his lips. Every one by this time
had learned his real worth, and the foreman
observed, that it was something the clergy-


man had said in the morning which had be-
wildered him, he believed, for he had never
been himself since.
"He is the first I ever saw in my shop;
and though I honor the profession, I hope
he will be the last, if he has spoiled Hare-
wood," said Mr. Preston, somewhat tartly.
Thus recalled to himself, Tom endeav-
ored, by double diligence, to erase the un-
favorable impression his wandering thoughts
and abstracted air had occasioned; but
though he rolled and unrolled many pieces
of gay ribbons, and folded various trim-
mings and tapes, still his mind wandered
afar into the regions of learned research, and
rested rather on the tombs of the ancients
than the shelves which contained haber-
The following day he became somewhat
better able to pursue his stated avocations;
but the chord which the stranger, with ap-
parent kindness, but real mischief, had thus
touched, would not suddenly cease to vi-
brate; and another and another day passed
on, and saw the youth despondent and anx-


ious, hoping for he knew not what of pro.
mised good, that still eluded his grasp, and
took from him the power of enjoying the
actual comforts he possessed, and the power
of improving himself in that line of life
which it appeared to be his duty to pur-
The evening of this day, however, called
him to a new source of anxiety, and he soon
ceased to recollect even the subject most
dear to his contemplations.
On the morning of this day, the good
master of Charles had informed him that
he had resolved on sending a large cargo
of goods to Buenos Ayres and Monte Video,
which he should intrust to the conduct of
Mr. Hinckley, his confidential clerk, who
had been many years in his service, and to
one of the junior assistants; "and," added
he, "as it is an office of importance and
trust, so it shall be made one of profit;
and, with your mother's consent, I appoint
you to it."
Charles, naturally sanguine and ardent,
most thankfully embraced the proposal, and


flew to acquaint his mother, who, seeing
at once the advantages it would procure to
her son, and the high praise it conveyed
to his past conduct, suppressed the pain
she naturally felt at parting with him, and
declared her grateful concurrence with the
pleasure of the generous merchant.
Poor Tom was next acquainted with the
chasm likely to take immediate place in
their little circle, and forgot, in this mo-
mentous change, every other source of re-
gret and solicitude. Attached to his en-
dearing home, naturally averse to changes,
and constitutionally unfitted to encounter
evident danger, though he possessed much
patient resolution and calm courage, he was
unable to endure hazardous enterprise, or
seek distant good by perilous adventure;
he therefore considered his brother as a
species of martyr to the necessities of his
family, and embracing him with tearful
eyes, applauded at once and deplored his
determination, until he perceived that it
was of a truth perfectly agreeable to him,
when he became anxious, to the utmost of


his power, to prepare him for the voyage;
and this he justly considered would be best
effected, by again brushing up his knowl-
edge of the languages he had been taught,
and engrafting upon his memory those radi-
cal roots of words which might fit him for
assisting himself, during the voyage, in ac-
quiring the Spanish tongue.
For this good purpose, Mr. Preston had
the goodness to spare him, whenever the
press of business allowed him an unoccupied
hour. It was an affecting and delightful
sight to see these amiable brothers thus
employed in forming, as it were, mutual
strength out of mutual treasures, for a great
occasion, and to perceive than an elder
brother, whose bodily strength and personal
appearance (aided by a powerful though not
equally-cultivated mind) seemed to mark
him the superior, could yet patiently listen
to the instructions of the younger, and even
good-humoredly submit to the mild reproofs
which he felt were given only in love, and
necessary for his improvement.
One evening, when they were thus em-


played, with more than common vigilance,
from the knowledgfthat it would be nearly
the last, they were interrupted by the en-
trance of a visitant, respecting whom Thomas
had never yet ventured to make inquiry-
this was Doctor Ecclestone.
The situation of the boys spoke for itself,
and the tears rose to the good man's eyes, as
he looked round the humble dwelling, and
beheld a mother diligently sewing for her
son, at the very time when her fond heart
was beating with a thousand tender fears,
and that son thus preparing his mind for the
noblest purpose, that of fulfilling his duties
ably and gratefully; but his chief attention,.
as well as admiration, was placed on him for
whose sake he paid this visit.
After a slight apology for his intrusionihe
sat down, still looking in Tom's face, who
feeling all that tide of indistinct hopes and
undefined desires which a few days before
had swelled his heart and glowed in his face,
return now with increased force, became un-
able to bear even the looks he loved,. and he
therefore hastily closed the exercise book he


was correcting, and slid out of the room in
breathless agitation.
"I remember," said Doctor Ecclestone,
addressing Mrs. Harewood, that the author
of Sir Isaac Newton's life informs us that his
mother was a widow, and as there were sev-
eral younger children, she designed, with
great propriety, to bring him up to his
father's business, which she prudently con-
tinued to hold in her own hands, looking to
the time when Isaac would be able to assist
'her and the rest of the family. I have fre-
Squently thought how greatly the poor woman
must have been disappointed, when the youth
was found averse to wool-stapling and attach-
ed to books; what do you think, Madam?"
"I think she was not only a good but
wise mother, to struggle forward without his
assistance, because she saw in him the princi-
ples which would reward her cares: and al-
though it was impossible for her to prophesy
his future greatness, yet she had a right to
expect a considerable portion of the good
conduct she afterwards found in her excel-
lent son."


"Then if I were to take your younger
son, place him at the University, and sup-
port him until he were able to support him-
self, you would, I trust, make no objec-
tion ?"
"Objection, sir! God forbid I should
regard you as a benefactor sent from Heav-
en to help me."
As Doctor Ecclestone made this proposal,
Tom had re-entered the room; he heard all
that passed, and for a moment gazed in as-
tonishment on all around him, then rushed
to his mother, flung himself in her arms, and
burst into a flood of tears, which mingled
with hers.
Not less happy, but more eloquent, Charles,
turning to their unknown but revered visi-
tant, thanked him fervently for his promised
patronage, declaring, with all the sincerity
of affection and truth, that one of the great-
est blessings, the sweetest recompense he had
expected from his present undertaking, had
arisen from the hope it held out, of rendering
him able thus to provide for his beloved


"My good boy," replied the Doctor, "so
fully am I persuaded that the bread we earn
is the sweetest we ever taste, and that the
pleasure of giving is infinitely increased
when the gift has cost us the denial of some
luxury, that I would not, for the world,
either prevent your brother from doing his
utmost to help himself, or prevent you from
the pleasure of assisting him, whenever it is
in your power. My assistance must be
necessarily very circumscribed, and of course
each of you must by turns experience this
satisfaction; but the great point to be ac-
complished at present is the relief of your
mother, by providing for her sons entirely."
The good man rose to depart, and then
first the grateful and overwhelmed boy,
whom he had rendered so happy, and in-
tended to serve so essentially, made an ef-
fort to thank him; but the words he meant
to have uttered died on his lips: he could
only touch the kind hand held out to him;
and casting his eyes to heaven, prayed si-
lently for that blessing his full heart sought
for his benefactor.


When the Doctor was really withdrawn,
the sweet voice-of the infant was the only
one in the little circle capable of comment-
ing on his appearance, for the generous and
important mission on which he had visited
them fully absorbed the thoughts of every
other person; though in itself most desira-
ble, and welcomed with the most devout
gratitude, yet the destination of Thomas de-
prived the widowed mother of the society
of that son which had been her more pecu-
liar solace, at the very time when she looked
to it as of double value, and it was not pos-
sible for even the joy she experienced in
his welfare to render her insensible of the
privation; tears and smiles would combat
in her countenance, and her affectionate
children deeply sympathized in her emo-
Charles, fixing his eyes for a moment on
the playful child, seemed to look from her to
his mother, as if silently offering her a com-
Sweet lamb," said Tom, observing him,
"what a pity it is you are so little l"


But she is very engaging, and she will
have more sense every day," added Charles.
Tom could not reply; his lip quivered,
the tears strayed down his cheeks; the
mother read their hearts, and made an effort
to recover her spirits-" Be assured, my
dear boys," said she, "that this dear child
will supply your places to me in a great
measure, since she is indeed every day more
interesting, and more capable of lessening
the weight of my burden; do not let the
thoughts of me oppress your hearts and in-
jure your spirits; love me with fervor, but
do not hang upon me with regret, since that
would eventually injure us all, by rendering
you incapable of performing your duty in
the way you are called upon to exert your-
selves; ever remember, that sensibility is
only excellent as it is the handmaid of Reli-
gion and Virtue-that to feel properly, not
inordinately, is alone desirable. I am not
afraid of your forgetting me, nor your dear
little sister, whom Providence has thrown
upon you, for the cares and love she would
have received from her father; let us there-


fore restrain our feelings, and show them by
our future actions, rather than our present
The brothers had for a moment thrown
themselves, weeping, round the neck of their
mother; they now gently withdrew, and
silently resolved to emulate alike her reso-
lution and her tenderness, and began to
speak, with the satisfaction their altered
circumstances inspired, of their different
destinations, and arrange their future cor-
There were some things, nevertheless,
which this affectionate little family, small
as its number was, could talk of better
apart then together. In the absence of her
sons, Mrs. Harewood could best consider
what was necessary for the personal com-
fort and respectable appearance of her sons,
in the situation they were happily called to
move in, and she then drew from her scanty
store the means of fitting them out agreeable
to these views.
At the same time, the sons themselves
laid their heads together, and comforted


each other with the hopes that when they
were gone, their poor mamma would be able
to live better, and treat herself and the child
with many little comforts they had, with
aching hearts, beheld her deprived of for a
long melancholy period: every concluding
period with Charles was filled up by-
"When I come back, she shall have a house
of her own-when I come back, I will buy
her so and so," as if, poor fellow! his voy-
age must necessarily procure every blessing;
and so much did his sanguine hopes of suc-
cess alleviate the pains of parting, that Tom
thought it would be cruel to remind him that
it was possible that his voyage could be un-
prosperous, or his expectations disappointed;
but he did at length venture to say-" My
dear Charles, you are going out on an ex-
pedition of great hazard, and subject to
many difficulties, but remember, that you
must take out, keep with you, and bring
back, one thing, which is very different
from all other merchandise-it can neither
be bartered nor sold without infinite loss;
if you gain the whole world without it, you


will be still a poor wretch; and if you lose
all, yet preserve it, you will be happy and
I dare say you mean a good con-
science ?"
"Indeed I do; the conscience of a true
Well, my dear Tom, I hope I shall al-
ways preserve my principles-God grant I
may! but you did not need to have made a
long speech about it; only, to be sure, it is
your line to preach."
"At least I hope it will be," said Tom,
with a smile; "and if the world is so wick-
ed as people say it is, who knows but it
may be a good thing for you that you
have a brother who is placed in a sacred
profession? You may perhaps have occa-
sion to say to yourself sometimes-' No,
I won't do this, for it will be a disgrace
to my brother, the clergyman;' or 'I will
avoid this, for it would break poor Tom's
Never, never," cried Charles, sobbing, as
he clasped his brother in his arms, will I


break that dear good heart by any evil ac-
tion; for I will think on you Tom; I will
consider, on every occasion, how you would
look, what you would say, and how I ima-
gined. you were likely to feel; so shall my
little brother be still the guardian of my
actions, as much as I hope to be the builder
of his future comforts."
Soon after this conversation, the youths
parted from each other, and from their
mother, Charles going on board only one
day before Thomas accompanied his noble
friend to the University of Oxford, being
first previously introduced to his patron's
brother, at whose house he was joyfully rec-
ognized as e bon gargon of the good-humored
Frenchwoman, who prophesied that he would
honor her judgment, by proving himself un
home savant et sage.
From Mr. Preston he parted on the best
terms, though the family were all loth to
part with him; and he was followed, by all
who knew him, with good wishes, which his
heart deeply acknowledged; but his sensa-
tions were tinged with that tender melan-


choly natural to the feelings of a son and
a brother, parted, for the first time, from
objects so long and justly endeared to



THE life now led by Thomas was as con-
sonant to his wishes, and as conducive to
his improvement, as that enjoyed by his
more fortunate brother had hitherto been to
him; not that it was without trials, for in
every state of existence, people of the best
disposition and most prudent conduct are
liable to them; and in every place where
many are assembled, some will be found
inimical to the wiser views and more exalted
propriety of the rest; and there were not
wanting many who ridiculed the quiet
manners and severe studies of our young
friend, and some who, cruelly mean, insult-
ed his poverty, jested on his dependence,
and presumed on his good temper.
The strong understanding, not less than
the excellent disposition of this youth,
taught him.in a short time to appreciate the


various attacks of the profuse, weak, and
vicious, in a proper manner, and to repel
every insinuation, and damp every sneer, by
that calm dignity, which shows the weak
where true strength is to be found; and al-
though there were times when he really
suffered, he had sufficient self-possession to
hide his pangs; by which means his tor-
mentors were led to doubt their own power,
and therefore ceased to tease him.
A more serious cause of anxiety, how-
ever, soon interfered with his studies, and
rendered him indeed the melancholy being
his enemies loved to depict him; this was
the bad weather poor Charles encountered
on his voyage, which was dreadfully tedious,
and at times highly dangerous: they heard
of him twice in the course of it, and became
extremely impatient to learn from himself
his state of health and prospects; but, alas
when at length the long-looked-for letter ar-
rived, they were but too well convinced
that they had underrated his past sufferings
considerably, and that the trials of the voy-
age had far outrun their fears, although dis-


guised by his considerate kindness as much
as possible in relating the facts.
The wearisome and dangerous voyage of
poor Charles was not compensated for, on
his arrival, by those golden harvests he had
often in imagination reaped for his beloved
master, and after him for his own dear fam-
ily, whose fortunes he was ever solicitous to
increase. On the arrival of the ship in
which he sailed at Monte Video, it was found
that the state of political affairs was consider-
ably changed; that an action had taken
place which had filled every place that
offered an asylum with wounded and dying
soldiers, and that instead of store-houses
where British Merchants could offer goods
for sale, British soldiers were expiring, in
want of every assistance required by their
unhappy state.
The generous heart of Charles, ever alive
to the dictates of humanity, was deeply
wounded by the situation of his countrymen,
and every hour when Mr. Hinckley, the
senior clerk, could spare him from the neces-
sary arrangements of their goods, he flew to


the distressed sufferers, and to the utmost of
his power contributed to their comfort, by
attending to their wants, procuring food or
medicine as it was needed, and not unfre-
quently bathing and binding their wounds,
under the direction of the few medical men
that remained to help them.
Several Spaniards, inhabitants of the
place, were amongst the wounded, and being
too ill for removal, partook necessarily the
fate of these soldiers. One of these, a most
respectable merchant, shared, in a peculiar
manner, the attention of Charles, because he
was enabled to converse with him freely in
the French language, and because he was,
like himself, a stranger to those around him,
as his residence was at a considerable dis-
tance in the interior of the country; he spoke
of himself as a husband, and the father of
two children, then waiting in anxiety for his
return; and on this account he became still
more an object of interest with Charles, who
beheld with pleasure the progress of his re-
covery, which might in a great measure be
imputed to his own care.


But the attentions paid to this temporary
hospital were shortly to be turned to another
channel; various arrivals from England,
with choice collections of her best manufac-
tures, rendered it matter of difficulty to dis-
pose of the goods they had brought over to
the advantage they wished; and the pains
taken by Mr. Hinckley, who was somewhat
advanced in years, together with the heat of
the climate, sensibly affected his health.
Charles endeavored, by every means in his
power, to relieve him, and to this purpose,
studied the language of the country with
double diligence, and soon became enabled
to understand it sufficiently for all purposes
of commerce, and even society; so that Mr.
Hinckley, rejoicing in his powers, and reas-
sured in his own hopes, proposed removing
farther up the country, where the market
would be less stocked, and of course the
prices be more adequate to the trouble and
risk of the venture; and this was accom-
plished as speedily as the nature of the
country, and its present state of warfare,


Knowing that all their rivals were bent
pn going to Buenos Ayres, they preferred
visiting the towns on the northern side of
La Plata; and embarking on that river with
the best part of their merchandise, they in
a short time fell in with the Uraguay, by
which they were taken to Cordelaria, where
they landed safely, and endeavored to bestow
their goods; but the inhabitants appeared
suspicious, and inimical to their wishes,
treating them rather as enemies, who would
bring destruction, than merchants who of-
fered them useful commodities in the way of
open trade and honest barter. Under these
.circumstances they were wretchedly accom-
;modated, and the intolerable heat and toil
arising from the stowage of goods, amongst
people who added ill-humor to idleness, and
would not be tempted to work for those they
fancied it a duty to oppose, rendered Mr.
Hinckley seriously ill, with one of those fe-
vers to which the country peculiarly subjects
strangers. Happily Charles had learned, in
his attendance at the hospital, how to treat
tis complaint, and he seriously set himself


to officiate both as nurse and doctor to
his sick friend, whom he never left for a
single moment, until he was completely out
of danger, attending him with all the love
of a relation, the obedience of a servant, and
the skill of a physician; for solicitude and
humanity teach many important lessons to
those who are willing to learn them.
From this conduct Charles did not only
reap the immediate advantage of saving that
friend's life, who in this far-distant country
was at once a father, master, and tutor to
him, but he found that his conduct excited
the attention and elicited the good-will of
the inhabitants, who in his private virtue be-
held the way to benefit both themselves and
the visitors they approved; they therefore
readily visited the stores, and bought with
avidity the articles agreeable to their choice,
and suited to their situation.
Still tenderly careful of the delicate health
of his friend, Charles would not suffer him
to use any exertion he could save him from,
and he became himself the only medium
through which business was transacted; and


as he now spoke the language fluently, was
handsome in his person and manners, he was
soon as much courted by the native residents
as he had been despised; and every house
in Cordelaria was soon open to his recep-
tion, with an hospitality he had never wit-
nessed in Europe, and which therefore was
more flattering and engaging to him.
After staying as long as appeared likely
to answer their purpose, they removed to
Assumpcion; but the journey again produ-
cing bad symptoms in Mr. Hinckley's health,
it was agreed that he should become station-
ary at this place, where their chief magazine
should remain, whilst Charles should make
such excursions as appeared consistent with
the object of their journey.
In this town they had the mortification
and sorrow to hear of the defeat of the British
army, and to learn that all hopes of establish-
ing trade on a permanent footing were gener-
ally abandoned by those adventurers who,
like themselves, had sought to establish it.
They found, to their great mortification, that
many had parted with goods for less than

they bought them in England; and others
had, in seeking personal safety, abandoned
them altogether; and that though a con-
siderable party in favor of the English
actually existed in the country, they were
at present afraid to show their heads; all
was dark and gloomy; if they attempted to
return, they would undoubtedly be taken
prisoners, and their goods confiscated; if
they presumed to proceed, they only placed
themselves in a situation of equal peril, as,
if apprehended, they would have less chance
of escape.
In this dilemma, the most advisable plan
appeared that of consolidating the property
they had taken as much as possible, and
making the best remittances to England they
were able; and as they had no doubt but
numerous vessels were then sailing for En-
gland, Charles determined to disguise him-
self as a Spaniard, and return as speedily as
possible to Monte Video.
Here he found all the confusion and dis-
tress incident to a retreating and suffering
army; and in witnessing the disgrace of his


beloved countrymen, he partook their feel-
ings so much as to excite suspicion, and
many eyes were turned upon him with
threatening import. Happily for both him-
self and all whom he served, he was ever
prompt in the dispatch of whatever he took
in hand; and although he experienced a
great deal of that lassitude consequent on a
warm climate, and was frequently tempted
to partake the indulgence of an afternoon
nap, or to yawn away a valuable morning,
yet he never yielded to his wishes, until he
could say to himself-" My work is finished;
I may repose without injury to my busi-
Under this salutary spirit of industry, he
lost no time in effecting his purpose, and
very soon placed his bills and other property
in the hands of a British officer on whom he
could rely. He was unable, from the pres-
sure of business, to write even a line to his
dear family; but he engaged the gentleman
whom he intrusted to see his mother in
London, and assure her of his safety: alas
while he spoke the words that safety was


lost-he was seized in the presence of his
kind messenger as a spy, and ignominiously
dragged away, and lodged in a close and
gloomy prison.
Such had been the hurry and trepidation
of his late transactions, that for some time
poor Charles could hardly believe the reality
of what was passing around him, but was
ready to fancy that an uneasy dream op-
pressed him. Too soon he awoke to a full
conviction of the wretchedness of his situa-
tion, the failure of his hopes, and the fearful
nature of the captivity in which he found
himself. He was well aware that he was in
a land ill-provided with laws, and still worse
provided with administrators, in the best of
times, and rendered infinitely worse at pres-
ent, from the terrible confusion which ever
attends the seat of recent warfare; and al-
though he could not regret a disguise which
had enabled him to remit that money so
dearly obtained to his master, he yet abhor-
red every thing which rendered him a likely
object of suspicion to the people amongst
whom he had lately resided as a friend.


Day after day passed on, and he could
neither obtain from his surly and silent
jailer, either information as to the duration
of his imprisonment, or its probable con-
sequence; he merely learned, and his heart
sickened at the idea, that the English had
evacuated the place, and that the remainder
of the goods which he had deposited on his
arrival had been carried away. For some
time he flattered himself that Mr. Hinckley,
alarmed by his stay, would come and search
for him, and either by interest or money,
procure his release; but by degrees this
hope forsook him also, and he began to fear
that the good old man had again fallen into
bad health, or perhaps deprived of his care,
and in a state of mind conducive to disease,
become its victim.
His own health now began seriously to
suffer from his close confinement and ex-
treme anxiety, to which might be added, the
scantiness and badness of the food, which,
at unequal and frequently far-distant periods,
was allotted to him. Often did he now
acknowledge, that the narrow means and


poor fare to which his misfortunes since his
father's death had subjected him, were real
blessings, since they had paved the way for
the severer privations he now suffered, and
which he could never have endured, had he
been a stranger to this painful initiation.
Often would the thoughts of his dear
home, and all the beloved faces which mem-
ory had faithfully pictured on his mind,
now rise and fill his heart with anguish al-
most too great to be endured. He would
behold his mother, with pale and breathless
expectation, look over every page of the
newspaper, inquire by every means of his
safety, and shrink, with looks of anguish,
from the barren informer, which could tell
her no news of her first-born. He heard, in
idea, the infantine inquiries of his little sister,
and her fond lamentations for dear Broder
Charley," whose presence was ever to her
the signal of mirth and the harbinger of
joy; but on the sorrows of his brother he
dwelt, if possible, with intense sorrow, and
in feeling for him he forgot even his own
misfortunes, as if the woes of sympathy ex-



ceeded those of reality, and that in his sor-
rows Tom was the principal sufferer.
But although these soul-sinking moment
at times triumphed over him, yet his mind
was too firm and manly to yield to despond-
ency; and the more he found that grief un-
nerved his spirits, the more he resolved to
oppose it with vigor; and to this end he
began seriously to meditate the possibility
of escape from the place of his cruel con-
finement, where it appeared now that he had
been placed rather from the caprice and in-
dignation of the moment, than from any
regular charge, since none was since then
exhibited against him.



THE room, or fort, in which Charles was
now confined, consisted of four high walls,
with a strong covered roof, from which it
mwas lighted by a single square hole, which
:appeared so indifferently grated, that he was
assured that if he could once reach it, he
,could easily break his way out of the top;
.and as his guard was far from vigilant, he
entertained hopes, from time to time, of thus
escaping his prison, which was rendered only
the more terrible, as he was the less watched,
since his guard never came near, except to
bring him food; and there were many times
when, in addition to all other horrors, he
had that of fearing lest he should perish for
want of it.
But, alas! all his means of attaining this
wished-for end consisted of one low stool,
and a deal board with two sticks, which was


his substitute for a table. Many a time in
the day, and still oftener in the night, did
he, by the rays of the moon, or some benig-
nant star, place these in every possible
direction, so to stand upon them as to be
near the little opening; but he was still at
too great a distance for the least probability
of escape. One night, however, stung by
disappointment of food, in addition to every
other suffering, he again mounted on his
crazy pedestal, and giving a high leap, ac-
tually caught hold of the bars, which in-
stantly gave way, and he fell back into his
prison with the iron lattice-work in his hand,
falling on his little scaffolding, which broke
all to pieces under him, and added to his
troubles that of bruising him terribly.
Hope was now apparently exchanged for
despair, since the situation in which the
keeper found him sufficiently explained the
design he had nurtured, and showed the
opening he had made to the exterior of the
building. The lazy Spaniard did not, how-
ever, give himself the trouble of repairing
the breach; he contented himself with ob-

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