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 Front Matter
 Title Page
 Introduction
 Table of Contents
 The good father
 The shipwreck
 The old sailor
 The heirs
 An apparition
 The sojourn in America
 The church-yard
 A visit
 The plans
 The choice of a wife
 The confusion of intrigue
 The marriage
 The strawberries
 The forget-me-not






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Table of Contents
    Front Matter
        Front Matter
    Title Page
        Page i
    Introduction
        Page iv
        Page v
        Page vi
    Table of Contents
        Page vii
        Page viii
    The good father
        Page 9
        Page 10
        Page 11
        Page 12
        Page 13
        Page 14
        Page 15
        Page 16
        Page 17
        Page 18
        Page 19
    The shipwreck
        Page 20
        Page 21
        Page 22
        Page 23
        Page 24
        Page 25
        Page 26
        Page 27
        Page 28
    The old sailor
        Page 29
        Page 30
        Page 31
        Page 32
        Page 33
        Page 34
        Page 35
    The heirs
        Page 36
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        Page 39
        Page 40
        Page 41
        Page 42
        Page 43
        Page 44
        Page 45
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    An apparition
        Page 47
        Page 48
        Page 49
        Page 50
        Page 51
        Page 52
        Page 53
        Page 54
        Page 55
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    The sojourn in America
        Page 57
        Page 58
        Page 59
        Page 60
        Page 61
        Page 62
        Page 63
        Page 64
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    The church-yard
        Page 68
        Page 69
        Page 70
        Page 71
        Page 72
        Page 73
        Page 74
        Page 75
        Page 76
        Page 77
        Page 78
        Page 79
    A visit
        Page 80
        Page 81
        Page 82
        Page 83
        Page 84
        Page 85
    The plans
        Page 86
        Page 87
        Page 88
        Page 89
        Page 90
        Page 91
        Page 92
        Page 93
    The choice of a wife
        Page 94
        Page 95
        Page 96
        Page 97
        Page 98
        Page 99
    The confusion of intrigue
        Page 100
        Page 101
        Page 102
        Page 103
        Page 104
        Page 105
        Page 106
        Page 107
        Page 108
    The marriage
        Page 109
        Page 110
        Page 111
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        Page 113
        Page 114
        Page 115
        Page 116
        Page 117
        Page 118
        Page 119
        Page 120
    The strawberries
        Page 121
        Page 122
        Page 123
        Page 124
        Page 125
        Page 126
        Page 129
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        Page 145
        Page 146
    The forget-me-not
        Page 147
        Page 148
        Page 149
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A TALE FOR YOUNG PERSONS.


BY THE
AUTHOR OF THE BASKET OF FLOWERS."


A NEW EDITION.

REVISED AND CORRECTED, WITH AN INTRODUCTION,
BY THE REV. T. M. READY, LL.B.
VICAR OF MOUNTNESSING, ESSEX.


LONDON:
THOMAS ALLMAN, 42, HOLBORN HILL.


1853.







INTRODUCTION.


These advantages are seen in the pro-
duction of that solidity of character, and
that constant exercise of practical piety,
which enable the individual equally to
adorn prosperity, or to sustain with meek
submission and magnanimity the shocks
of adversity ; changes, to which, in this un-
certain state, all are more or less exposed,
and under which the conduct of the mere
worldling generally -presents a perfect con-
trast to this.
The consoling truth of a particular
Providence is also exhibited in it,-a Provi-
lence in constant action, especially in be-
half of the true Christian; sometimes
bringing forth the most surprising results
even from the most trifling ine-'auts, and







INTRODUCTION V

thus shewing how God can and does, in the
common affairs of life, make any or every-
thing subserve His declared and kind
purpose, that all things SHALL work to-
gether for good to them that love Him.
In the perusal of this tale, then, let the
reader bear in mind the words of the
sweet singer of Israel:
Whoso is wise, and will observe these
things, even they shall understand the
loving-kindness of the Lord." Psalm cvii.,
43.










CONTENTS.




CHAPTER I.
THE GooD FATHER .

CHAPTER II.


THE SHIPWRnECK


THE OLD SAILOR


THE HEIRS


As APPARITION


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CHAPTER III.
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CHAPTER IV.
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CHAPTER V.
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CHAPTER VT.
THE SOJOURN IN AMERICA .

CHAPTER VII.


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THE COvacH-YARD










CONTENT S

CHAPTER VIII.


A VISIT .


TrnP PLANS


PAGE
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CHAPTER IX.
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CHAPTER X.
THE CHOICE OF A WIFE .

CHAPTER XI.
THE CONFUSION OF INTRIGUE

CHAPTER XII.
THE MARRIAGE


THE STRAWBERRIES


THE FORGET-ME-NOT


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C4l yter the first.

THE GOOD FATHER.
LIKMAR the merchant was a man no less
remarkable for his noble spirit, than for
his great integrity and the excellent dis-
positions of his heart. His affability had gained
the affection of all who knew him, and there were
but few of these who hesitated to consult him in
their difficulties with the utmost confidence, as
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recourse to him; and not only were his prudent
counsels at their service, but his purse was never
closed to them when pecuniary help was really
needed.
Such was his noble frankness and candour on
all occasions, that those who consulted him
opened their minds to him without reserve; and
when he could not carry out his benevolent
wishes, by helping them to the extent, or in the
way required, he at least poured into their
bosoms the balm of consolation, and thus alle-
viated their affliction.
He was already far advanced in years, but still
enjoyed excellent health, nor did his years appear
on his countenance from the freshness of his com-
plexion, which was such that any one might have
hardly thought him past the prime of life. This
vigour was the consequence of awell-spent youth;
for being a subject of divine grace, he had lived in
that dangerous period of temptation in the fear
and service of God, strengthened from on high,


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in answer to earnest prayer, to resist every sinful
pleasure, and especially the lusts which St. Paul
speaks of as warring against the soul," and by
which the growing frame is often so much ener-
vated, and the foundation laid of severe suffering
through life, and which not unfrequently lead to
a premature grave.
Every thing in his demeanour bespoke that
noble simplicity so indicative of innocency. He
avoided singularity in his dress, so often affected
by persons of weak mind. This was never be-
yond his situation in life-perhaps it was hardly
equal to it, the only thing he wore consistent
with his wealth, being a beautiful diamond ring,
perhaps some precious memorial, and which
constantly graced his finger. He lived in one of
the finest quarters of the city, and occupied a
mansion, in which none of that extravagance
was to be seen in the furniture, and the cost-
liness of decoration often met with in the resi-
dences of persons far less wealthy than Alkmar.


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THE ROSE-BUSH.


Some pictures of the first masters of the
Flemish school drew the attention of connois-
seurs, and adorned the parlour in which, on
certain days, he enjoyed the company of a few
chosen friends, whose principles and sentiments
accorded with his own.
In his arrangements the most admirable order
and economy were conspicuous, but he knew
how to assume an air of grandeur and liberality
when circumstances required it; but with the ex-
ception of such cases, which but seldom occurred,
he contented himself with that praiseworthy
simplicity and frugality which in him never de-
generated into meanness or sordid avarice.
It is true that some who had given themselves
up to the noisy pleasures of the world blamed
his retired life, and his absence from the pre-
vailing parties of fashion and gaiety, and- who
censured that as a mean parsimony, which was
really the effect only of a purely disinterested
economy, which he exercised, as feeling himself


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13


to be as a rich man,-in fact, a steward of the
divine bounty, and therefore accountable to the
Giver of all good, for a due use of the talents thus
entrusted to his care.
Hence, instead of spending his money, like
many others, only in self-gratification, in frivolous
amusements-in having his table always covered
with delicacies and choice wines, and attended
by a large retinue of servants-he secretly dis-
tributed large sums among the poor, and admi-
nistered relief and consolation to many families,
who, though honest and industrious, found it dif-
ficult 'to gain a livelihood. He instituted means
for the maintenance and education of friendless
orphans, taking care that they should be taught
some trade by which to obtain a living; but he
took a greater interest in attending to that class
of sufferers who so especially claim sympathy
those unfortunate persons, who, from some- un-
avoidable calamity, are reduced from a state of
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In a word, Alkmar delighted in imitating a
kind Providence, by watching over the unfortu-
nate, whose relief and joy, through his in-
strumentality, and expressions of thankfulness,
caused him to feel a gratification, infinitely higher
and purer than that arising from the adulation
of false friends ; and it was in his being able to
go about doing good, like his Divine Master, that
he found the real value of his possessions.
For the abundant alms he distributed among
the sons of 1indigence, his generous heart found
an ample recompence in the comfort and altered
circumstances for the better, in many a family
he had rescued from distress, and also a refuge
against the calumnies of his enemies; for such,
through jealousy, envy, or some unworthy cause
or other, even the best of men may have.
Like a true follower of the Gospel, which for-
bids us to publish the benefits which we heap
on our necessitous brethren, the good merchant
drew the veil of silence and humility over his


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charities to the poor. He was satisfied that God
was witness to them, without the world's ap-
plause.
Such was the man of whom we speak in this
little work. It is not necessary, perhaps, to in-
form the reader that RELIGION was the soul of
Alkmar's conduct, and that it was to the faith of
the gospel, that faith which worketh by love,"
he owed all his virtues; for as there is no true
happiness without God, so there is no solid virtue,
no acceptable work in the sight of heaven,
but that which springs from this divine prin-
ciple.
At the age of twenty-five, the merchant had
contracted a very advantageous marriage, though
not so as regarded fortune; for the young person
whom he espoused possessed none of the riches on
which this world prides itself ; but, as a dowry,
she brought a heart virtuous as renewed by grace.
She was prudent, intelligent, perfectly acquainted
with the duties of housekeeping, and as far re-


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moved as Alkmar himself from the love of pomp
and useless expense. Such a union could not
fail, under the blessing of heaven, of rendering
happy this virtuous couple. But as the purest
virtue is sometimes overcast with clouds, that it
may shine forth with a more dazzling splendour
in the midst of adversity, so Alkmar had the
misfortune to lose his beloved wife after a union
of fifteen years.
She had not reached her fortieth year, when
death made her his prey. She descended to the
tomb embalmed in the love and esteem of all
who knew her. Her husband was inconsolable
at the sad separation; and although he was then
at an age in which new alliances might easily
have been formed, he was resolved never again
to marry. There remained to him several chil-
dren, on whom he bestowed all his love; but
,aew calamities overwhelmed him, and they were
all carried to the grave a few years after the
leath of their mother, with the exception of one,







THE ROSE-BUSH.


Louis, who in his tender age already imitated the
virtues of his father.
Alkmar did not lose confidence in God under
these heavy trials, which would have cast many
into utter despondency. He stood like an aged
trunk despoiled of its branches, but whose roots
extended widely in the fertile soil. At his side
was shooting forth a tender sprout, nourished by
his abundant sap, which entwined its branches
with his, the better to brave, in the season of
storms, the fury of the north wind. The worthy
merchant knew that the life of man cannot flow
in perfect calm, and that prosperity too long en-
joyed would perhaps prove a greater evil than the
trials which heaven sends us. Docile under the
afflicting hand of Providence, faithful to the
precepts of religion, he supported, for thc love of
God, the troubles which had been allotted to
him, and exclaimed with holy Job: What ?
shall we receive good at the hand of God, and
shall we not receive evil ?" Such was his


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motto, and his cheerfulness never deserted
him.
Alkmar gave his son a liberal but especially a
religious education, and neglected no means which
might insure his happiness. Louis corresponded,
to the best of his power, with the kindness of
his father; and being informed in due time of
the loss which he had experienced in the death
of his mother, and brothers and sisters, he made
it his duty to avoid everything which might
wound the heart of his dear father, endeavour-
ing thus to make some amends, by his filial affec-
tion and attachment, for the anxious cares of the
author of his life.
Ten years had rolled away since the death of
Louis's mother. This young man, who had just
attained his twenty-third year, was a model to
all the youth of the city. His open countenance
reflected the candour of his soul, and every one
was charmed with his modesty. His studies had
been attended with the most brilliant success,


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but he never prided himself on his acquirements.
His noble and graceful figure, his grave deport-
ment, his prudence, disinterestedness and love
for his father, endeared him to his relations and
friends. In order to gain a better knowledge of
commerce,and to put himself in a condition of one
day succeeding his father, and managing the affairs
of his family with more advantage, Louis was
sent to England, there to remain for several
months. His absence, however, was protracted
longer than he had expected. He counted every
hour till the time of his return, each seeming to
him an age; and he already, in the joy of his
anticipation, tasted the happiness of clasping in
his embraces his loving father, whom he was re-
solved never again to leave. Alkmar did not
less ardently sigh for the return of his son, and
every day prayed with great fervour for his
safety and happy return.


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THE SHIPWRECK.


NE evening the good Alkmar was seated
in his room by the fire-side, reading a
chapter in the New Testament. For some
days the weather had been very stormy. From
time to time a violent north wind shook the win-
dow-frames; the hailbeat heavily against the panes,
and everything seemed to forebode one of those
dreadful storms at sea, which, in the commence-
mnent of the winter season, throw so many friends
into anxiety, and reduce so many families to utter


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beggary. Alkmar, when he heard the north
wind roar, thought of his poor son, who after
his last letter had embarked on board a vessel
for Germany. The good father felt a sudden
alarm and anxiety of mind, which forced him to
lay aside his favourite book. Casting his eyes
towards heaven, he with a deep sigh commended
his son to the protection of Him who com-
mands the winds and the sea, and whom the
winds and the sea obey." A prey to the greatest
uneasiness, he suffered his spirit to float at the
mercy of dark, foreboding thoughts, until his old
and faithful Wolmuth, who for twenty years had
been his book-keeper, paid his accustomed visit.
This man possessed his entire confidence. See-
ing the countenance of the good merchant over-
cast with a gloomy sadness, Wolmuth was eager
to know what could so aflict the man who was
dearest to him in the world. Alkmar, happy to
find an opportunity of opening his mind to a
friend, disclosed to him the fear and anguish of his


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soul. Wolmuth pleaded all the arguments that
tended to reassure the anxious solicitude of this
best of fathers. Why," said he, do you ren-
der yourself thus miserable without a cause?
Who knows but your son has prolonged his stay
for a few weeks ? You have travelled a great
deal; and how many times have unforeseen ac-
cidents, or even your necessary business, obliged
you to delay your intended departure ? Why
then should you thus give way to sadness?
Cheer up, and place your hopes in Him who has
during your life given you so many pledges of
His love."
Wolmuth would have continued, but the post-
man brought a packet of letters. Alkmar broke
the seals of several, and hastily perused their
contents: at length he took one of them, which
he read with greater attention. Suddenly he
changed colour, his whole body began to tremble
as if stricken with the palsy, and the letter glided
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THE ROSE-BUSH.


ceived his agitation, attributed it to some bank-
ruptcies, in which Alkmar was interested. For
a long time he maintained a deep silence, till at
length, seeing the merchant's agitation increase,
he ventured to enquire the cause. "There,"
answered Alkmar, pointing to the letter, take
that and read it." Wolmuth read the postscript
to this letter, in which a Hamburgh merchant
informed Alkmar that the ship "Teutonia," in
its passage from London, had foundered. This
was the very vessel in which Louis had to em-
bark, of which the writer was doubtless ignorant.
Alkmar alone knew it. Who can conceive the
grief of this unfortunate father ? Wolmuth
seated himself near him, took his hands in his
own, and mingled his tears with those which
paternal love drew in torrents from the eyes of
Alkmar, and endeavoured to raise his drooping
spirits.
"Every hope of once more beholding your
son in life," said he, is not lost, since the letter


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says that several of the passengers were stved.
Who knows but Louis is one of that number ?"
I desire it," exclaimed the merchant, but
I dare not hope for so much happiness. And
yet," continued he, everything is possible with
God. It is He who holds in His hands our
lives, not a moment escaping without his notice.
May He deign to watch over my son, and lead
him back in safety to my arms. He it is who
preserved the youthful Joseph in the midst of a
thousand dangers, and restored him at length to
his aged parent.
Alkmar rang the bell. A servant entered.
" Run," said Alkmar, "to the post-office, and
request the postmaster to despatch a courier in
all haste to Hamburg, to obtain information of
the wreck of the Teutonia. As to you, my
friend," said he, addressing Wolmuth, do me
the favour to go and seek out some merchant or
other who may inform you of the true state of
the .ffair. Perhaps they have received in their


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despatches some details concerning the wreck of
the Teutonia. Return as soon as possible, and let
me know what information you have obtained."
Wolmuth andthe servant departed, and Alkmar
busied himself at his bureau. Wolmuth shortly
returned with the intelligence that the wreck of
the Teutonia was certain, but that eleven per-
sons, amongst the rest a young merchant, had
been saved. The name of this last was not
known.
This news illumined the soul of Alkmar with
one faint ray of hope. He regained courage,
addressed a fervent prayer to God, and retired to
rest without taking any nourishment, hoping to
find in sleep some solace to his bitter grief, But
sleep closed not his eyes, and he passed the
night in prayer) but in the most torturing anxiety
The next morning he was indisposed, and unable
to leave his room. Religion, however, supported
him in this time of trial. Bowing before the
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of his blessed Saviour in the garden of Gethsem-
ane,and under his deep apprehensions,was like his
Lord. enabled to say, Father, let this cup pass
from me, yet not my will, but thine be done.'
Grant me to utter under this bitter trial these
words from my very heart, If it please Thee to
strike, behold, here I am, ready to suffer as Thou
mayest please, but oh, in judgment, remember
mercy, and give to thy servant strength as his
day."
The whole city sympathised with this good
father, and his friends came in crowds to console
him. The fate of young Louis was soon the
subject of conversation amongst all classes ; for
the young man enjoyed, no less than his father,
the esteem of all.
Meanwhile Alkmar awaited in distressing anx-
iety an answer to the letter which he .had de-
spatched by courier to Hamburgh. It at length
arrived, but only to plunge the unfortunate
father into further tribulation. It brought the


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news that Louis had in fact embarked on board
the Teutonia, and that he was not amongst those
who had been saved from the wreck.
Alkmar had scarcely strength to continue the
letter to the end; it fell from his trembling
hands, and he cried out, like David lamenting
the death of a rebellious son: 0 my son, my
dearly beloved son, would to God I had pe-
rished in your stead Alas! there seemed such
a long life remaining to you; you were so happy!
Why was not your aged father, who has but a
few years to live, marked out by death instead
of you? It is then too true, my dear Louis, my
hope, you are no more, and I live only to bewail
your loss ... At the time when I flattered my-
self with the hopes of once more embracing you,
you perish in a stormy sea, whilst your aged
father is unable to close your eyes. Ah had
you but heaved your last sigh on my bosom, my
grief would be less bitter."
Alkmar was inconsolable for this loss, and


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could not forget his dear Louis. He confined
himself to his room, and would receive no visits
but those of his old friend Wolmuth. Night
and day the name of his son was on his lips:
and, as he called on him by name, he would
wait, as if he expected an answer to his call: but
Louis was entirely-as far as this life is con-
cerned lost to him.



















(dChlptr tikn '9jirt.


THE OLD SAILOR.


n OME days after this fatal news, ani old
mariner presented himself, and begged
to speak to Alkmar. Our worthy mer-
chant desired that he should be immediately
conducted to his apartment. The sailor was one
of the crew of the wrecked vessel, and could
give the details of this frightful catastrophe.
I am an old tar, your honour," said he to
Alkmar, "who have served these last forty years.
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THE ROSE-BUSH.


yet I never saw a storm like that which very
nearly cost me my life. For some days the
wind had been against (s, and the sea greatly
agitated ; but still we flattered ourselves with
the hopes of arriving at Hamburg before the
storm arose. We were soon undeceived; for
towards evening such a boisterous wind blew
from the south-west, that we were carried far
out into the sea, from those kind shores we had
hoped to gain. Dark clouds soon deprived us
of the little light which helped us to steer our
course. Soon we were enveloped in such a thick
darkness, tnat we no longer knew where we
were. The vessel was tossed fearfully to and
fro, and we expected every moment to be swal-
lowed up by the waves. Many hours passed
away without our being able to foresee what
would be our lot. We had exhausted all the
resources of art, and we had nothing before us
but instant death ; for the tempest increased, and
with it the horror of our situation. About mid-


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night we felt so violent a shock, that we were
all thrown off our feet. We heard a crash that
announced to us the vicinity of rocks : nor was
it long before we were made fully aware of the
certainty of this, for the water .flowed in upon
us like a torrent on all sides, and the vessel was
dashed to pieces by the violence of the terrible
element. The pilot, myself, and seven other
sailors, together with two passengers, who could
swim, gained the rocks against which the vessel
had been dashed. Your son, Sir, conducted
himself from the very commencement of the
storm like a true Christian. Withdrawing into
a corner of the ship, he fell on his knees, and
prayed for a long time with great fervour. If
he is dead, which I cannot certainly affirm, he
is with God in heaven; for he was very pious,
and edified us all very much by the regularity of
his conduct. Never did we hear from his lips a
word capable of offending the most scrupulous.
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one day the curiosity to look at the book, I
found it to be a religious one. It was bound in
red morocco with gilt edges."-" It was the one
doubtless," cried Alkmar, which I gave him."
In fine, sir," resumed the mariner, if your
son has found death in the midst of the waves,
his life. and the sentiments with which he was
animated in the time of danger, ought to console
us. For my own part, I could wish that God in
his bounty would grant me the like sentiments
in my last hour. Would that I had lived a life
like his, and then I might look for an equally
happy end. For as the proverb says,' As we live
so shall we die.' I took the liberty to pay you
a visit, that I might deliver into your hands the
portfolio of your son, which I found on the
sands. Do not distress yourself so much, good
sir," added the brave old sailor with a faltering
voice, seeing the tears of the good Alkmar flow-
ing in greater abundance. "Your son is perhaps
not yet totally lost to you; God may one day re-


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store him to you, to be the support of your old
age." Alkmar shook his head with the air of
one who did not look for so much happiness in
this life, took the portfolio from the hands of
the sailor, opened it, and found in it the greater
part of the letters which he had addressed to
his son.
"' 0 my poor child !" said he, "see he has
kept all my letters; and perhaps took pleasure
in reading them over and over again, to nourish
his heart with the advice which I continually
gave him. Ah 1 why must I be deprived of him,
when he is so necessary to me at the close of
my life! Oh, my God !" he exclaimed, raising
towards heaven his eyes bathed in tears, Oh, my
God! Thy holy will be done," and his sobs
choked his voice.
The good sailor kept silence, in deference to
grief which he could not console; then per-
ceiving Alkmar's emotion a little subsided, he
made a low reverence, and prepared to depart.
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Wait a moment," said the merchant, you
have not told me how you quitted the rocks that
you gained: nothing is tedious that concerns
my son's companions in misfortune."
We remained there for two days," replied
the old sailor. The rock was naked and sterile;
we saw nothing around us but a vast and bound-
less sea, which seemed to separate us for ever
from the rest of mankind. Some oysters which
we gathered from the rock somewhat appeased
the hunger which preyed upon us. In spite of
this relief we were exposed to certain death,
when we perceived a vessel. We increased our
signals, we redoubled our cries, and they soon
sent out the long boat. We descended into it
without trouble, and gained the vessel. It was
a Danish brig making sail for Hamburg, where
we arrived destitute of everything, and bringing
only the sad news of our disaster."
Alkmar during this little recital was searching
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check on his banker, and touched with the noble
honesty of the sailor, who might have appro-
priated it to himself, together with the other
contents of the portfolio, without any person's
knowledge, he gave it to him, saying, Take
this note and go to my banker, who will remit
you the value of it. I esteem myself happy in
being able to make you some little amends for
the losses you have sustained. As for myself,"
added he, with a deep sigh, nothing will be
able to indemnify me for the loss of my dear
son.',
Struck dumb by such generosity, the old
sailor would have refused, but Alkmar com-
pelled him to accept the gift, and in return the
sailor overwhelmed him with a thousand bless-
ings.


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THE HEIRS.

'M,'LKMAR was so much affected by the
NY loss of his son. that his health was
visibly undermined. For some weeks he
continued to drag himself from his room to the
counting-house, but soon his strength failed
him, and he was obliged to keep his bed. He
did not give way to those illusions which would
make us believe that death is far distant when
it is at our very door, but prepared himself for
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declining, had not yet presented any alarming
symptoms; and the physicians flattered them-
selves that time, by calming his grief, would
prolong his life for a few years, if it did not re-
store him to perfect health. Alkmar thought
otherwise.
One day having summoned his faithful Wol-
muth, he said to him, I feel, my dear friend,
that all my concerns with this life will soon
cease, but I am going to a better world, where
such sorrow, such separation will be unknown,
for my peace is made through Christ with God;
and I can say with the apostle. I know whom
I have believed, and am persuaded that He is
able to keep that which I have committed unto
Him against that day,' (1 Tim. i. 12.) Oh my
dear son, thou canst not come back to me,
but I shall go to thee.' Now it is time to
put my temporal concerns in order. Seat your-
self at this table, and take paper and ink. I
am going to dictate to you my last will. You


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know that I leave a noble fortune. I had thought
of transmitting it to my son, but as poor Louis
has gone before me to the grave, all my posses-
sions fall to my near relations. I foresee that
this fortune will be in their hands, as thought-
less irreligious persons, at least in this world, an
occasion of dissipation and ruin; and I cannot
consent that they should thus abuse the gifts
which God in His bounty has bestowed upon
me. The will which you are going to write will
be in favour of their children. I shall not for-
get the poor, the orphans, nor my parish ; neither
shall I forget you, noble Wolmuth, my long-tried
friend. You have assisted me, by your prudent
counsels and rare integrity, to amass the wealth
which I now possess; it is but just that I
should reward you. When we have finished
you shall call the notary and witnesses, that
everything may be done in accordance with the
laws."
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of the sick merchant; he had already committed
to paper several bequests of Alkmar, when the
latter suddenly stopped short. "Oh!" he ex-
claimed with a weak voice, I find myself very
ill, call all the house-I am dying! Lord Jesus,
receive my soul! I commend it into Thy
hands."
Wolmuth rushed out of the room and called
for assistance with loud cries. The domestics
hastened to the sick man's chamber, paid him
every attention, and tried every remedy that
zeal and friendship could devise, but all in vain.
An attack of apoplexy had put an end to the
sufferings and grief of Alkmar.
His faithful servants no sooner became fully
aware of the certainty of this calamity, than
they filled the house with cries of despair. Each
one was eager to relate some trait of generosity
of their dear departed master; they heaped
blessings on his name, and looking on his
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joy of the elect, they exclaimed with sobs, Oh
our dear master already enjoys his reward, he
is in heaven."
Yes," exclaimed in his turn the aged friend
of Alkmar, yes, as a faithful follower of the
blessed Saviour he is in heaven," and his tears
flowed copiously on the cold corpse which he
pressed in his arms.
The intelligence of Alkmar's death soon
spread through the neighbourhood, and many
were the markssof esteem shown for his me-
mory by those who appreciated his worth.
But while the death of this virtuous man drew
forth abundance of tears in one quarter, in
another it excited expressions of joy. The
nearest heirs of Alkmar could not conceal their
satisfaction at the sight of the immense wealth
that had accrued to them by his death, so long
the object of their desires. Scarcely was the
body of the deceased deposited in its quiet
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the division of the property. As no will had
been made, (for that which Alkmar had begun
to dictate was not finished) each of these
avaricious persons asserted his pretensions.
The fortune was upwards of a million, and yet
this was too little to gratify their insatiable
desires. They behaved in a most disgraceful
manner towards the old and faithful Wolmuth,
and dismissed him without regard to his grey
hairs : some even went so far as to load him
with injuries. A crowd of poor families, to
whom the good merchant had given weekly re-
lief, were sent from, the mansion without so
much as a farthing.
The heirs were at first unable to come to any
agreement in the division of the property, and
each was about to enter a long and scandalous
lawsuit, which would, perhaps, have consumed
a great part of the fortune, when, being better
advised, they came to a decision, and proceeded
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One began to build, another purchased a country
house, whilst a third, renouncing his- obscure
trade, purchased horses and a carriage. The
man from whom they had derived so affluent a
fortune was so far forgotten, that they did not
even so much as raise a modest monument over
his grave. The whole city murmured against
such baseness, and reproached these ungrateful
wretches with their forgetfulness of benefits;
when to deceive those who thus censured their
conduct, they caused many plans of a monu-
ment to be drawn, and even showed them to
their friends ; but as each was unwilling to re-
linquish his own plan, they agreed upon none.
Thus did they exult in their hearts at having
imposed on the world, and saved the expence of
a monument.
The greater part of Alkmar's fortune fell to
the share of one Pratt6, more nearly related
than the others. This man obtained the house
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according to the taste of the day. The arrange-
ments which he made bespoke a man who in-
tended to live like the great ones of this world.
A large apartment which had served for the
archives of Alkmar, was converted into a dining-
room, and adorned with a princely magnificence.
A beautiful chimney-piece of white marble,
chandeliers, tapestry, mirrors, and chairs covered
with crimson velvet, were there arranged in
great sumptuousness. Everything breathed an
air of luxury, and to a certain degree even of
prodigality in other parts of the mansion. No-
thing was to be seen in it that would not have
suited the palace of a prince.
"What would the noble Alkmar say, were
he to return from the grave, and see all the
alterations which this upstart has introduced,"
people exclaimed at the sight of these novelties.
" The merchant was a man of good sense; he
was contented with his old furniture, and spent
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Pratte wishes to make a figure in the world,
and to grind his poor fellow creatures to the
dust. He will not long go on at this rate.
Does he think that we have forgotten what he
was before he came to this noble fortune ?
Every body knows that he was but a petty shop-
keeper, and yet see how proud he has become !
Scarcely does he salute his old acquaintances in
the streets; let him go on, his pride will be
humbled."
Thus thought his fellow-citizens ; but although
Pratte constantly heard these reports, they made
no impression on his mind; he pretended to
despise them, attributing them to jealousy, and
continued to follow on in the same course of
life.
When the mansion was entirely restored ac-
cording to the taste of its new proprietor, Pratte
invited his numerous relations to a splendid
entertainment. One hundred wax lights illu-
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of the most delicious viands ; twelve waiters were
in constant attendance on the guests. Every one
was in raptures of astonishment, every one ap-
plauded the kind attention of the host, and heaped
upon him the basest- flatteries, congratulating
him on the princely manner in which he con-
ducted his household. The most exquisite wines
were served up with an astonishing prodigality;
in a word, nothing was wanting in this brilliant
feast, which, however, was not to end here.
After dinner there arrived a company of musi-
cians, and the ball commenced.
Pratt who assumed the name of Monsieur
de Pratte," was seen everywhere, animating
some, engaging others to join in sport, inspiring
all with joy and mirth. Never," said the
guests, have we passed a day more agreeably;
everything conspires to augment our happiness.
Our cousin is an astonishing man; what an
agreeable surprise he has given us! What a
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come to this property, which puts it in his
power to entertain his friends so well !" Pratte
drank in the poison of these flatteries, and
testified how sensible he was of them. The
decanter passed from hand to hand, and joy was
at its height.






















AN APPARITION.


S ~SUPERB time-piece had just announ-
ced in the hall the hour of midnight,
and the dance was kept up with renewed
vigour, when the party were suddenly seized with
a frightful consternation. The orchestra became
mute, the waltz was broken off, and a solemn
silence succeeded the loud clamour, for a side
door of the hall opened, and a young man
clothed in black, and casting a stern and threat-
ening glance at the clamorous assembly, placed
himself amongst a group of the dancers, and


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seemed to question by his looks the company
whom pleasure had united in this place. This
young man was no other than Louis Alkmar-
himself, the same whom they had imagined
buried in the depths of the sea.
Who can conceive the surprise that this sud-
den apparition produced on the assembled com-
pany ? Pratte was seated in a corner of the
saloon, conversing with his friends, when the
solemn silence apprised him that something
extraordinary was passing amongst his guests.
He advanced, and recognized young Louis; in
vain did he attempt to put on a look of plea-
sure and satisfaction at the sight of his cousin :
the thought of being obliged to restore the
noble fortune which he thought he had inherited
froze his tongue; he stammered out a few
broken words which betrayed the embarrass-
ment in which he was involved. His wife
swooned away at the first sight, and he had to
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as death, withdrew privately to her chamber
without uttering a word. Louis, who had not
expected such a reception in the house of his
father, was possessed of sufficient delicacy of
feeling not to add by his presence to the general
consternation, and therefore withdrew. When
he had gone, each one asked his neighbour, Is
it indeed he ? or may it not be some adventurer
who greatly resembles him ?" Oh !" answered
Prattd, heaving a deep sigh, it is but too true,
it is indeed Louis !" And at the same time he
took leave of the company. In less than two
minutes the hall was cleared, each one retired
in grief and silence; and more than one tear
was shed on that memorable night, which began
under such happy auspices, and terminated in
so unexpected a manner.
The supposed heirs of Alkmar could not re-
cover from their astonishment, on suddenly be-
holding amongst them young Louis, whom the
whole city looked upon as dead, and whose
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death had been proclaimed by the tribunal of
justice itself. And his appearance must neces-
sarily have been an extraordinary surprise.
In the wreck Louis had found means to at-
tach himself to a beam of the vessel broken by
the fury of the storm. The billows soon bore
him far from the scene of the disaster. When
the waves were calmed he composed himself a
little, and seating himself on the plank, recom-
mended himself to God, who had protected
him in so visible a manner. At the close of the
day he found himself launched into the midst
of the boundless ocean, but while wavering be-
tween hope and fear, he did not lose courage,
but fervently prayed God not to desert him in
his distress. "0 my God !" he exclaimed,
thou hast spared my life during the storm;
was it then to let me perish in the midst of this
frightful abyss? Thou knowest the lively con-
fidence which I place in thee; and many times
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then refuse me thy bounteous protection in this
hour of extreme peril ? O heavenly Father, for
Jesus' sake, hear my prayer, let not my sins and
my ingratitude deprive me of thy gracious assist-
ance! Watch over thy poor servant, deliver
him from the danger to which he is exposed."
Meanwhile twilight was approaching, and no
hope of help appeared. Tormented by hunger and
thirst, Louis became a prey to all the miseries
which an unfortunate being can experience in
such a situation. He beheld himself exposed to
the danger of passing a second night on the
bosom of the waves, and feared lest that strength
should fail him which enabled him to support
himself on the frail plank of safety which a
kind providence had sent him. The sun now
cast but a pale stream of light on the vast mir..
ror of the tranquil waters, ivhen the white sails
of a vessel appeared in the distance. A ray of
hope began to dawn on the dejected soul of the
young sufferer. Oh that that vessel may b%
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directed to this spot !" said he, "then shall I
be saved." He then besought God with re-
newed earnestness to grant him this favour ; and
in a quarter of an hour he had the happiness of
being received on board the vessel.
Louis related to the captain the misfortunes
he had suffered, and met with a most cordial
reception. He took some refreshment, and beg-
ged his liberator to land him on the nearest
coasts which they might meet with in their voy-
age; but the captain answered him :
I would willingly comply with your wishes,
but it is impossible. The vessel which I com-
mand is an English man-of-war, and I have re-
ceived the strictest orders to avoid all commu-
nication with the shore. If we should not meet
with a vessel on our passage which is willing to
receive you on board, and bear you back to
your native country, you will be obliged to
accompany us to America. I am sorry for
this disappointment but my orders are posi-


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tive, and cannot be evaded without danger to
myself."
Louis had no choice but to submit. The
voyage was very prosperous, and after a few
,veeks the vessel reached the coast of America.
Louis was much grieved at not meeting with a
European vessel, which might carry him back
to his native country, and expressed his concern
to the captain, who being a man of great kind-
ness and integrty, answered him:
Why do you thus afflict yourself ? Make a
virtue of necessity. Every state of life in which
Providence has placed us may become very ad-
vantageous to us if we submit to it with Chris-
tian fortitude. Who knows but you may one
day bless God for having conducted you hither ?
Do not give way to your grief at this misfortune,
but place greater confidence than ever in Provi-
dence."
How happy is man when he has imbibed
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solution which he finds in the thought that God
watches over him, in whatever situation he may
be placed, he contemplates with a tranquil eye
the events which succeed one another on the
theatre of this world, and, with confidence in
the future, he entirely trusts himself to the
guidance of Him who directs everything, who
knows how from evil to elicit good, and accord-
ing to the decrees of whose justice and bounty
everything in nature is disposed.
The captain paid every attention to Louis, and
gave him as comfortable a cabin as he could de-
sire. He allowed him to dine at his own table,
and treated him as if he had been his own son.
Louis profited by his leisure to explore the
country. On all sides he met with sugar plan-
tations cultivated by multitudes of negroes;
sometimes also he perceived beautiful country-
houses inhabited by Europeans. Everything in
this region delighted him, and the novelty of
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to the desire which he entertained of further
instruction, rendered this sojourn as agreeable
as a country can be to a stranger, who is obliged
to live at a distance from his relations and
fiends. A smiling plain ext ended along the sea-
shore from east to west ; it was watered by nn-
merous limpid streams, which bore their golden
ripplings over a bluish bed. This produced a
grand effect, more especially when the sun
darted its rays into the bosom of the crystal
waters. Many birds which Louis had never
seen in Europe peopled the forests, which rose
like vast amphitheatres over the noble range of
hills encircling the plain on the north and west.
But the warbling of these winged songsters
pleased not our young exile so much as the soft
melody of the European nightingale. A multi-
tude of various animals also attracted the atten-
tion of Louis, and gave him exquisite pleasure,
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would indeed have been happy, had not the re-
membrance of his aged father, at times op-
pressed him with grief; for he could not forget
him whose love for himself had been so great.
He little thought that the heart of his good
father had ceased to beat, and that, called to a
better life, Alkmar had already entered into his
reward.




















SjanptEr tip Rixtr.
THE SOJOURTTN IN AMERICA.


S OUIS could now no longer continue
his excursions, as the rainy season had
arrived; being thus obliged to keep his
room, he was oppressed with weariness, and
begged the captain to lend him some German
work or other to wear away the time; but he
learnt that there was not a book in that lan-
guage to be found, but as he understood English,
he procured books which engaged his leisure
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58 THE ROSE-BUSH.

Bible, saying: This book is dearest to me of
anything in this world. Not only does it nourish
my mind with salutary thoughts, inspire me
with the love of virtue, and instruct me in my
duties to God and man, but it also recalls to
my mind associations which very much affect
my heart. It was given me by one of my
-pious relations, who has been dead many years.
In giving me this Bible he said, this book, my
friend is a treasure indeed, given as a guide to
salvation, in the case of every sincere enquirer
after truth. You must read it in a spirit of
childlike simplicity, as sitting at the feet of Jesus
to learn of him; and remember, that without
the light and assistance of the Holy Spirit you will
read in vain, for no other teaching than his, no,
aot the teaching of the most learned priest in
the world, can avail to bring home its sacred
truths with saving power to the heart and con-
science; but this aid of the Holy Spirit is fully
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it, sincerely ask for it. Do this then, and by happy
experience you will find, in thus obeying the po-
sitive command Cf the Saviour to every individual,
'Search the Scriptures, for they are they which
testify of me,' that they were written under
divine inspiration, are indeed 'profitable for doc-
trine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction
in righteousness, that the man of God may be
perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good
works.' (2 Tim. iii. 16, 17.) This advice I
have faithfully followed down to the present
day. This blessed book has accompanied me in
all my travels for twenty years, and I have
often found abundant consolation in perusing
its chapters. Take it, study it like myself, and
the lessons which it inculcates will not fail
abundantly to reward your diligence."
Louis also followed this advice, and every day
read two chapters, one in the Old and another
in the New Testament. Hfis heart each time
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membrance of what God had done for man;
feeling himself to be a living proof of His
bounty; and the warm tears often flowed from
his eyes when he reflected on the manner in
which His providence had disposed events for
his preservation.
On the return of the fine season Louis re-
sumed his excursions, and occupied himself with
the study of botany. The captain lent him a
book which treated of that branch of natural
science. He gathered a large number of curious
plants unknown in Europe, and pasted them on
paper to preserve them. His Bible and his book
of natural science taught him daily more and
more the infinite bounty of God. Here, on
these coasts," he would sometimes say to him-
self, I have gained more noble and solid wis-
dom than all the most celebrated masters of our
universities have ever taught me. Here I have
learnt to love God yet more and more, and this
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and serve Him, since it has one day to decide
our eternal destiny. All our commercial trans-
actions, which only regard the body, ought to
be subordinate to this. I now feel the truth of
the captain's words, when he said that I might
one day bless God -for having conducted me
hither. And it is true; I have learnt more in
this distant region than in the works of the
greatest orators. Truly, then, do I bless God a
thousand times for having turned to my advan-
tage that which at first I regarded as so great a
misfortune. Adversity is the best of schools;
it not only works its effects on the mind, but it
instructs the heart; it reforms our wicked pro-
pensities, it recalls us to our duties, it makes us
place our hopes on God alone, their only steady
foundation."
At length, after many days' anxious expecta-
tation, a vessel arrived in port which was only
to remain fifteen days, and then to return to
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Louis to take advantage of this opportunity of
getting away, saying, this passage will be but
a little out of your way, and at Boston you will
soon find a ship sailing for London, and from
which place you may have a chance almost
every day of going to Hamburg."
Louis relished this advice, but he found him-
self in a vexatious position for undertaking
this voyage, not having a farthing in his pos-
session. The captain perceived his sadness,
and inquired the cause of it. Louis opened
to him his heart. Oh is that all ?" ex-
claimed the captain; "set your mind at ease,
I have provided for everything. Follow me."
He conducted him into his cabin, opened
his chest, and drew forth a package of pieces
of gold, which he placed in the hands of
Louis, who stood stupified at such confidence.
" Here," said he, pressing him to his heart, is
a sum which amounts to more than double
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destined for you. From Hamburg you will
remit the amount to my mother, who lives hi
London. I do not ask any acknowledgment in
your hand-writing."
How !" exclaimed Louis, astonished beyond
measure, are you willing to entrust so large a
sum to a poor shipwrecked traveller, whom you
know only from what he himself has related to
you of his situation ?"
I know your sentiments," answered the
captain, "I have observed you, and have ap-
preciated your worth; the remark which you
have just made strengthens my firm conviction
that you are no impostor. I would entrust you
even with a greater sum if I thought that you
would need it. A man like yourself is not
capable of deceit. Nothing has escaped my
notice since I received you on board my vessel.
I will also send a letter by you, which I beg you
to forward to my mother in your passage through
London."


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Louis was affected even to tears, and pro-
mised to repay in London not only the sum
which he was now receiving, but also the
amount of the expenses which the captain
had incurred since the day on which this
brave sailor had received him on board his
vessel.
A few days, atter the vessel weighed anchor,
and set sail for Boston. Louis was unable to
tear himself from the embraces of his generous
benefactor, and embarked, loaded with the bene-
dictions of all who had known him. He car-
ried with him his little Herbal, as a precious
relic of his sojourn on the American shore.
The voyage was very prosperous, and after some
delays he at length arrived in the capital of
England. Immediately on his arrival he sought
out the residence of the merchant with whom
he had formerly stayed. The merchant was struck
dumb with astonishment, and could scarcely
believe his eyes as Louis entered. He ques-


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tioned the young man over and over again, and
it was some time before he could persuade him-
self that he heard and saw the son of the vir-
tuous Alkmar. When Louis had at length
convinced him of his existence, and had related
to him the manner in which God had preserved
him from death, he demanded information con-
cerning his beloved father. A mournful silence
was the only reply of the merchant :-" Then,"
cried Louis in a tone of despair, my father, is
dead 1" and he sunk on his knees before a table
placed near him, on which he rested his fore-
head, leaving only his deep sobs to attest that
he was himself alive.
The cares of the honest friend of Alkmar
soon recalled the son to his senses. After a
few weeks of repose he thought of returning to
his native country, and begged the merchant
to advance him the money necessary to pay the
sum he owed to the captain, together with his
expenses to Germany. After this, he went to
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find the mother of the captain, and gave her
double the amount he owed her son, together
with a handsome present, at the same time pre-
senting her with the letter with which he was
charged.
After all his affairs in London were settled,
he embarked for Hamburg. Here he rested
but for a few hours, and then traveled post to
his native city, where he arrived late in the
evening.
With a heavy heart Louis paced the streets
so well remembered by him. At length stop-
ping in front of an hotel,'he for some time con-
sidered whether he should not wait till morning
before he presented himself at the house. He
could not, however, refuse to satisfy the desire
he felt of at least gazing for a time upon that
paternal dwelling where he had spent the hap-
piest days of his life. He descends the street
leading to it; he is already near it; his heart
beats with the violence of his emotion. He


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approaches-surely his eyes deceive him. In-
stead of the silence and affliction which he ex-
pected would reign through the mansion, he
perceived it illuminated in every chamber ; and
in that spot which he had hoped to have seen
watered by the tears of the mourners, he heard
nothing but gay music and the boisterous mirth
of revelry. Everything announced a *banquet.
Indignant, and almost heart-broken, he sud-
denly entered the ball-room, alarming by his
presence and excited countenance the impious
creatures who were thus insulting the memory
of his father;


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OUIS seeing himself a stranger in the
halls of his own house, returned to his
hotel, there to pass the night. His whole
fortune he feared had been spent, and his estate
ruined in the manner he had just seen. The
base conduct of his relations, who had given
themselves up to pleasure, and spent in dissipa-
tion, as he thought, all his wealth, appeared to
him so odious that he could scarcely -bear the
reflection. He passed a sleepless night, the


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it, sincerely ask for it. Do this then, and by happy
experience you will find, in thus obeying the po-
sitive command Cf the Saviour to every individual,
'Search the Scriptures, for they are they which
testify of me,' that they were written under
divine inspiration, are indeed 'profitable for doc-
trine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction
in righteousness, that the man of God may be
perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good
works.' (2 Tim. iii. 16, 17.) This advice I
have faithfully followed down to the present
day. This blessed book has accompanied me in
all my travels for twenty years, and I have
often found abundant consolation in perusing
its chapters. Take it, study it like myself, and
the lessons which it inculcates will not fail
abundantly to reward your diligence."
Louis also followed this advice, and every day
read two chapters, one in the Old and another
in the New Testament. Hfis heart each time
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The infamous inheritors of this good man have
not as yet erected to his sacred memory even
a tomb-stone. They prefer to amuse them-
selves, and forget the virtuous merchant who
has left them their noble fortune. I firmly be-
lieve they have agreed among themselves never
to go to the expense of erecting the smallest
memorial. Alas! with a heavy heart do I say
it. Alkmar, indeed, well deserved that his
memory should have been perpetuated by some
modest monument: but now, after having done
so much good to the poor, he is no sooner dead
than he is forgotten."
Louis with heart-felt emotion shed a torrent
of tears as he listened to the words of the
sexton, who, followed by the stranger, at length
stopped before a grave, saying, Here is what
you seek." Over it the green grass already
waved; in the centre of the grave grew a ROSE-
BUSH of magnificent beauty, far surpassing any
which Louis had even seen before. Many of


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its buds and blossoms were already spreading
their brilliant tints in the sun: the dew of
morning had shed on the leaves its crystal
tears, and one might have said that kind nature
had prepared this surprise for Louis, to soothe
his aching heart. The Rose-bush was in perfect
order; not a withered leaf could be seen, not a
branch was decayed.
At the sight of the lowly mound which
covered the remains of his beloved father,
Louis felt his heart ready to break, through
grief ; his warm tears fell fast upon the grave,
and mingled with the dew yet glittering on the
rose leaves. A thousand emotions agitated his
bosom; and remembering the words of the
Psalmist, Unto Thee, 0 God, will I cry.
When my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the
rock that is higher than I"-he looked up to
heaven for support, in silent devotion.
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THE ROSE-BUSH.


was so moved by the grief which the young
man showed, that he too poured forth his sighs
for some time. Louis at length was about to
retire, but the sight of the Rose-bush made him
curious to know who had planted it on the grave
of his father.
Was it you," said he to the sexton, who
planted this Rose-bush on this tomb ?"
No, Sir," replied the other, it was not I,
but Louisa, the daughter of Mr. Wolmuth, the
book-keeper of the good old merchant. The
poor child frequently comes to weep at this
grave, in deep affliction at seeing that the heirs
of this estimable man have paid so little regard
to his memory as not even to erect an humble
monument over his hallowed remains. Ah,
were my father rich,' said she one day to me,
'he would not fail to supply the sad omission of
these cold-hearted, covetous and ungrateful
people. But,' added she, I will do what I can.
I am going to plant a Rose-bush on the grave of


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my father's best friend; though it be a memo-
rial vying not with the marble tomb, yet the
intention will be no less grateful. Perchance,
too, this humble shrub may move the heart of
some kind being, especially when he shall know
whose tomb it adorns. For like the blooming
blossoms of this humble Rose-bush were the
modest and pure virtues of Alkmar.' Some
time after, she brought this Rose-bush, which
she had purchased with the fruit of her savings.
She took the spade, and raised with her own
hands the soil to plant in it this shrub. I can
affirm that she watered it with her tears, for
during her little work she wept bitterly. The
morrow's sun saw her and her sister planting
this green turf. Soon,' said she, would the
grave be hidden, and no marks of it left, if I
did not mark it out by this token.' See you,
Sir, the distance from the church-yard to the
river which flows below there ? Well, this poor
child came frequently last summer to water the


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tie plant. She Lerself went for water, and
carried it in a pitcher which she had brought on
purpose from the city, and which she hides each
time in the grass. Every Sunday, and sometimes
two or three times a week, she comes here ac-
companied by her father, or one of her little
brothers, but never alone, to visit this grave.
Heaven only knows how often I have mingled
my tears with hers. How many people we see
who visit their friends in prosperity alone; but
let the cloud of adversity hover round them,
and the friend is forsaken The good old mer-
chant is dead, and no longer able to benefit Mr.
Wolmuth and his family; and yet these are ever
here, pouring out true tears of love for their
former benefactor."
As Louis yet listened with deep attention
to the account of the sexton, the latter went
on.
Would that Mr. Alkmar had lived longer,
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THE ROSE-BUSH. 75
reduced to such misery! But Death, with his
unsparing hand, has cut short the days of this
noble man, and of his son, who would have been
as charitable as his father. They would never
have driven from the house their faithful ser-
vant, his wife and family: how true it is, mis-
fortune never comes alone.' Wolmuth had
vested all his little savings in the capital of
Alkmar. The supposed heirs brought him be-
fore a court, and under pretence of his having
employed some of the merchant's property to
his own use, charged him before a justice.
Mr. Pratte has even gone so far as to seize
the small capital of poor Mr. Wolmuth, and
indeed the latter has not only lost the interest
which might have accrued to him from it,
but even runs great risk of losing every far-
thing. At this moment his only resource in life
is the labour of his eldest daughter Louisa, who
is very industrious. The good old book-keeper's
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THUE ROSE-BUSH.


tremble. his pen no longer described the same
bold and beautiful strokes, and at last he even
lost his eyesight. His wife is always sick, and
his other children are yet of too -tender an age
to gain anything by the work of their hands.
Nevertheless they get on very well, thanks to
the economy they have introduced into the
family. The industry of Louisa is blessed of
Heaven for the support of this family, worthy
of a better lot. She embroiders in an excellent
manner. 1 myself saw some of her work only
a few days ago, when she came to pay a visit to
this grave, accompanied by her younger sister.
rWhilst she went down to the river to fetch
some water for the rose-bush, her little sister
remained here, holding in her arms a small
basket, which was closed. I was desirous of
knowing what the basket contained, but could
not induce the little innocent to show it me.
Shortly after, her sister returned, when the
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desire. Louisa, smiling, showed me a piece of
embroidery which she was finishing for a lady
whose name I now forget. I can assure you,
Sir, I never saw finer in my life; the work em-
broidered with the needle represented the name
of the lady; each letter was ornamented with
a flower, and this charming cluster was, as it
were, encircled with a garland of roses, whose
freshness and beauty of colour stood out in
beautiful relief on a ground of white satin. I
know not whether these flowers here, though
formed by the hand of Nature herself, excel
the work of Louisa. Often have I had an op-
portunity of seeing this young person, and each
time have I admired her amiable qualities. This
angel of goodness and sweetness shows an ,un-
bounded attachment to her poor parents; I have
been told that she spends a great part of the
night in working, to meet the expenses of the
household. What a treasure to a family such a
daughter must be !"


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Louis was exceedingly moved during the re-
cital of the blunt old sexton. Often would
tears start to his eyes whilst he listened to the
eulogium which was passed on the virtues of
young Louisa. He plucked a rose, and said, as
he departed from the grave, My dear and
tender father! once did I hope to have, at my
return from my long- and perilous voyage, the
happiness of pressing you to my heart; but,
alas my hopes have been frustrated, and instead
of a fond father to welcome me to my home, I
have found a father's grave Adoring the de-
crees of Providence, which have called you
hence, I here make a solemn promise, that with
the aid of God I will never deviate from the path
of religion and virtue. Hear my vow, 0 my
Saviour, and ratify it in heaven, that I may one
day sing thy praises in heaven along with my
father, who is already there."
Louis placed the rose in his breast, gave a
piece of money to the sexton, and inquired of


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him the name of the street in which the dwell-
ing of old Mr. Wolmuth was situated. Having
learnt it, he immediately proceeded in search of
the excellent old man.



















kvnqtfr tte di4gtr.


A VISIT.

-^S the report of Louis's return had already
i spread with astonishing speed through
the whole city, it, as is generally the case,
became the subject of every conversation.
Those who had before been envious of the good
fortune of the merchant's apparent heirs, were
now quite delighted at this unlooked-for event:
nor did they at all conceal their joy. Some few
complained of being obliged to restore the little
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THE ROSE-BUSH.


and each one impatiently awaited the end of a
drama, at once comic and tragic.
So, Mr. Pratte, my pbo. fellow," said a
barber who was thoroughly versed in all the
news of the town, you will now perhaps be-
come a little more humble, you will no longer
despise those, who wish you well, you will come
as before to my house to be shaved, proud of
your reception there, and of those dear compli-
ments with which I shall load you."
Each one had something to say, and plea-
santries made on poor Mr. Pratte flew from
every tongue.
Old Mr. Wolmuth had also been informed of
the good news by the milk-woman. He im-
mediately took his hat and cane, and for some
hours went about the city gathering all the
information he could. On his return home he
was so overjoyed at the event, that almost
before he had opened the room door he cried
out :-


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O my friends Rejoice, for Heaven has sent
you a deliverer. Louis Alkmar is alive, he ar-
rived in town last night. An end is now put to
our misery."
This information set the whole family in
motion: Louisa laid aside her embroidery frame,
one of the little sons, who was writing, put his
pen behind his little ear, as he had seen his
father do ; the other children forgot to take
bread and milk-excitement was at its highest
pitch.
Mr. Wolmuth told his family all that he
had learnt concerning Louis, and was yet
speaking, when suddenly the door opened and
young Alkmar entered the room. Himself,"
cried Wolmuth, it is Louis !" and he rushed
forward to embrace him. For a long time they
remained locked in each other's arms without
either of them speaking a word. The mother
and Louisa respectfully kissed the hand of Louis,
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coat, each speaking to him, and expressing the
happiness felt at seeing him again. Wolmuth
at length made a sign for them to be silent, and
presented a chair to his young friend. Why,"
said he, drying a tear, should anything be
wanting to complete the happiness we all feel
this day ? But let us not accuse Heaven; your
father is happier above than if he were here.
As for myself, I can say now, I die content,
since my feeble eyes have seen him who shall
be the guardian of my children.' Yes, worthy
son of the most virtuous of fathers, you will do
us justice, and protect us against the iron hand
of our oppressors; that alone do we demand
of you."
The children then approaching him took his
hand, and enquired how he had been so for-
tunate as to save himself from the waves of the
sea.
Little Frederic, who had just read that in
former times Arion had been preserved by a dol-


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phin, fancied that Louis owed his life to some
fish of this kind; but Francis, who was older
and more instructed, laughed at this fable, and
said that it was a great happiness for Louis not
to have been devoured by a shark when he fell
into the sea. The little girls, on the other
hand, asked if he had not brought them any
pearls and coral from the bottom of the sea, to
make necklaces of. Louis smiled at their inno-
cent queries, and caressed them all most ten-
derly.
Mr. Wolmuth then related to Louis all that
he knew about the last moments of his dear
father. Abundant tears accompanied the sad
recital. Louis could not restrain his own emo-
tion. Wolmuth laid before him the conduct
of the heirs in the division of the property, and
pictured to him their base avarice, their in-
trigues, and above all the foolish ambition of
Pratte. Several hours were spent in this
discourse. Louis raised their drooping spirits,


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and gave them to understand, by several guarded
expressions, that he would henceforth make
his own lot theirs. Soon after this he left
them, and returned to the city to settle his
affairs.




















Crnpter tjr 3Xin4r.


THE PLANS.


IO OUNG Alkmar's unexpected arrival had
thrown the family of the Prattes into
a fright from which they could not re-
cover. After the departure of. Louis, Prattd,
his wife, his young daughter Lucy, and an old
aunt, who passed for being one of much spirit,
met in council in an apartment adjoining the
ball-room, there to open their hearts, and to
communicate to each other their fears on this
event.








THE ROSE-BUSH.


What a terrible stroke this is 1" cried
Pratte, at length breaking silence. I would
have preferred that the house had fallen down
and buried us beneath the ruins. The return
of this despicable Louis is worse than death
itself would have been. For we shall now-be
plunged into greater misery than we were in
before this inheritance fell to us. When restitu-
tion has been made we shall have absolutely
nothing left. Well had it been for us had we
never been raised from our former state of
comparative indigence."
What !" cried his wife casting a troubled
look upon him, shall we be obliged to lay
aside our carriage-and-four ? Must I now go
to the theatre on foot, like the lowest menial
of the city ? I shall not survive this dis-
grace 1"
"Enough has been said about the theatre,"
said Pratte drily; we shall soon be happy in
having sufficient employment to enable us


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to earn as much in a week as we have spent
there for a few hours' enjoyment. The price
of one of these evening entertainments will
then be a rich treasure for us."
Oh gracious heavens !" said young Lucy,
looking at a beautiful diamond ring which she
wore on her finger, "if I have to give up this
jewel, which I love so much, I shall die. But
no, my cousin will not be so ill-natured as to
deprive me of it."
Fool that you are !" cried Pratte, stamping
his foot in anger, of course you must return
it to him. Gold, silver, house, garden, and
everything. Happy shall we be if we are not
dragged to prison for having impaired his goods.
Alas for the shame and misfortune which has
befallen us !"
What is the use of all these discussions ?"
at length said the prodigy of prudence, in a
tone which sufficiently showed that she had,
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reveal to the family. I know of a remedy
for all these evils; a marriage will set all to
rights. Lucy shall marry her cousin, and in
this manner everything will end in accordance
with your most sanguine expectations. For
where can we find throughout the whole city
a daughter more accomplished than Lucy ?
Every one acknowledges her beauty, her de-
votion, her amiable disposition, and what more
could a husband require ?"
Mr. Pratte hung down his head in silence.
His wife with a heavy sigh answered --
I fear that Louis will never be willing to
become the husband of one who has no for-
tune."
Leave that to me," said Lucy in a trium-
phant tone of voice, and regarding herself in
the mirror, in a month hence you will have
reason to speak differently. True it is that
Louis is a wise young man, and a traveller,
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not so lofty as you imagine. He considers
everything seriously, he neither knows nor
loves the world; yet all this frightens me not,
I will fascinate him, and make him sue for
my hand in a very short time; leave it all
to me."
It was at last agreed that Lucy should en-
deavour to gain the affections of Louis, and
each of them had assigned to them the part
they were to play. Mr. Pratte announced that
he intended to prepare a splendid entertain-
ment for his dear cousin, in honour of his happy
return.
They now impatiently awaited the arrival of
Louis, who soon after presented himself at the
house of his father. He was received with
great outward demonstrations of joy, each of
them offering a thousand excuses for their late
cold behaviour, which they attributed to his
sudden appearance. They were now quite full
of compliments, and could scarcely find expres-


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sions to tell him how happy they were at his
arrival, but they spoke not a single word of re-
storing his fortune.
At length the aunt, with seeming good will, ini-
tiated him in the plan which had been formed,
to give him a splendid entertainment, which
Pratte confirmed by pretended reproaches for
having divulged the secret, which he wished
to conceal, the better to surprise their dear
cousin.
Louis did not refuse to be present at the pro-
posed entertainment, but it was on condition
that he himself should pay all the expenses
and invite whatever guests he pleased- He
added, that the party could not meet before the
expiration of fifteen days, as he should be pre-
viously engaged, and was thinking of celebrating
about the same time another feast, which to him
would be one of great importance, as it was
to decide his future lot. He then asked for an
apartment, being willing to show this condescen-


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sion, although then at his own home. They
made it a pleasure to offer him the best in the
house. He contented himself with that which
he had occupied during the life of his fa-
ther.
Lucy placed more reliance than ever on the
success of her wishes, and believed that the
words of Louis regarded herself personally.
She paid every attention to her cousin, testified
so much eagerness to serve him, and lavished
upon him so many flatteries, that she made her-
self contemptible. Louis, however, did not
let her discover his aversion to her, but thanked
her very politely for the kindness which she
showed him, which gave her so much satisfaction
that, in her blindness, she everywhere boasted
that in a little while she should attain the sum-
mit of her wishes. She was already forming
her plans ; she was dreaming of nothing but of
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93


to ride comfortably in her carriage to the
theatre; everything greeted her with smiles,
and her wandering imagination cradled itself
day after day in a thousand chimeras.




















4acptrr tjr 4WrntF.

THE CHOICE OF A WIFE.


FT length arrived the day so much de-
sired. Alkmar had given orders that
an excellent entertainment should be
served up. The guests were to be numerous ;
fbr all who had been invited had accepted the
invitation. Six o'clock was fixed for the hour of
dinner, but of a ball and music there was not a
word said. At four o'clock young Alkmar pre-
sented himself at the house of Wolmuth, and
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THE ROSE-BUSH. 95

as with his wife and Louisa. The latter wished
to employ herself a little at the toilette, fearing
that she might not appear sufficiently genteel to
accompany the young merchant; but Louis pre-
vented her, under a pretence that her simple
cotton dress gave him more pleasure than all the
ornaments of finery which she could add to it.
The little party set out.
Louis directed his steps towards the church-
yard, and when he had reached the gate he pro-
posed to his friends to enter, and pay a visit to
the tomb of his father. Louisa felt rather un-
easy : she was not aware that young Alkmar
had already seen the Rose-bush which she had
planted on the grave of the deceased-she feared
that Louis would lavish his praises upon her for
this attention, and her modesty already shrunk
from all the flattering words which she might
hear. Louis placed himself by her side near
the tomb, took off his hat, and recollected him-
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96 THE ROSE-BUSH.

reigned around; the evening breeze then
breathed softly through the Rose-bush, and scat-
tered some of its leaves on the green grass
below. At length Louis broke silence.
Young lady," said he to Louisa, with a fal-
tering voice, "it is here that I tasted my first
consolations after I received intelligence of the
death of my father; the Rose-bush, which your
hand has planted on this grave, has excited in
my breast feelings which it is now time to dis-
close. I witnessed the sports of your childhood,
I have always esteemed your noble and virtuous
heart, but here I have learnt to appreciate it
better than before. I know that you esteem me
also, and the delight which you testified on my
arrival has confirmed me in my opinion, that
your heart has undergone no change. We have
now been fifteen days together, and my senti-
ments in regard to you must no longer be con-
cealed from you. Had my father been still
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THE ROSE-BUSI.


presence, and would have said to him: Father,
this is she whom I have chosen as the companion
of my life, give us your blessing ;' but now that
he is dead, I conduct you to his tomb, which
is as dear to you as to myself, and I ask your
hand of your worthy father and your excellent
mother."
Wolmuth, who had never dared to aspire to
such an honour, was so astounded at this decla-
ration that he could not utter a word; his wife
raised her hands to heaven and melted into
tears: Louisa herself was thunderstruck : she
thought it was all a dream.
"But consider, Mr. Alkmar," said old Wol-
muth at length, "that you possess a fortune of
almost a million, whilst my daughter has nothing,
less than nothing."
I am happy then," replied Louis, if that
be your only objection. You yourself allow
that I need not seek my fortune, and, in fact,
had I but the hundredth part of what I .now
QG


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possess I could live comfortably. My father
taught me to esteem virtue more than gold; but
it is in my shipwreck particularly that I have
learnt that there are in the world possessions
more valuable than money: the heart of Louisa
is worth more than a million." He plucked a
rose and gave it to the young lady. This
flower," said he, "which has sprung upon my
father's grave, shall be the pledge of our happi-
ness." Then addressing Wolmuth, Bless your
children, O virtuous father, that they may be
happy." The good old man, raising his trem-
bling hands to heaven, gathered sufficient strength
to say : May the Almighty pour down upon
you His most ample benedictions, may He pro-
tect you unceasingly, and may He direct all
your steps in the paths of religion and virtue.
Oh I how good is our heavenly Father, who
sends us so many consolations in the winter of
our days 1 We will never cease to thank Him
for His benefits !"


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"Louisa," said Alkmar, here let us for the
first time give the hand to each other as a
solemn pledge of that desired union, which shall
soon be ratified by the sacred rites of our holy
religion."




















iE 4 itnr tfr (Fr intjI.

THE CONFUSION OF INTRIGUE.


rLKM AR offered his arm to his betrothed,
Sand conducted her to the house of his
father: Wolmuth and his wife accom-
panied them. They all walked on in deep silence,
impressed with the sensations which they had
just felt. When they reached the door, Louis
said : '* Enter, enter all of you with me ; I am
grieved that 1 must spend this evening in such
company as we shall find here, but it cannot
now be helped. We must wait for a few clear








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and open explanations, which will soon put an
end to a great many vexations."
Louis entered the apartment where the guests
were assembled, and constantly gave his arm to
Louisa. He was welcomed with acclamation;
but the appearance of the young lady caused so
much surprise, especially to the Pratte family;
that they were utterly disconcerted on beholding
her arm-in-arm with Alkmar.
Hey day," said Pratte, in a voice loud
enough to be heard, what is the meaning of
this? What are these people doing here ?
Very likely they have been telling him the
history of our lawsuit, and so he has brought
them with him. I did wrong in not paying
Wolmuth the trifle which is due to him, I should
then have got rid of him for ever."
Mrs. Pratte was enraged at the sight of Louisa.
What !" said she to one of her neighbours,
" Alkmar must have lost his senses! To bring
us this little dress-maker clad in beggar's livery!


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