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LEONHARD.CHAPTER I.HARD HEADS.T HE proverb, 'Two hard mill-stones seldom make goodflour,' you have doubtless oftenheard as well as used," said UncleJacob. "What it means is bestknown to the miller; but hardheads are like hard millstones, andthat is the idea of the proverb; fortwo such hard heads, self-opinion-ated, and fiery hot, do not make9
IO LEONHARD.good flour either, i. e. do not getalong well together. They differin one respect, however; for, where-as hard millstones will always behard, hard heads, through sad ex-perience, may become soft. Thisis proved by the following story,for the truth of which I can vouch."Before the gates of the greatand wealthy city of Hamburg liesthe town of Altona, which gets itsname from the Platt-deutsch, All-to-nah- altogether too near. Arich merchant, Walther by name,resided there, an upright, industri-ous man, who had accumulated ahandsome property by merchan-dizing. He was a hard stone for all
LEONHARD. I Ithat-a passionate, self-conceitedman, who maintained he was alwaysin the right from the first of Januaryto the thirty-first of December. Ofcourse, there was every now andthen a severe collision between himand his customers; but his strictintegrity made them overlook thispeculiarity of his. At home, everyone gave way to him, and if fathersaid, twice two are five, or waterruns up hill, his gentle wife wasstill; and so, to his credit be it said,he would come to the conclusionat last, by himself, that twice twoare four, and that water runs downhill; but then, he kept it to him-self and never, for the world, con-
12 LEONHARD.fessed that he -was in the wrong.If his wife had not been a softstone, the flour would have beenbad. She had learned the art ofholding her tongue, and doingquietly what she believed to beright Truly, if this much-neglectedart could only be learned betimes,our homes and society would bemuch the happier! This remindsme of the well-known verse:Break your hard head, sir, in season;Folks will listen then to reason;If at home you would have quiet,Please don't let your tongue run riot !But to go back to my merchant.He had a right nice family of chil-dren, one for each day of the week.
LEONHARD. 13In his house he ruled like theCzar of all the Russias. Hiswife, as gentle as an angel, triedto keep everything out of the waythat could possibly excite his anger,or put him in a bad humor, but inthis she could not always succeed;and then thunder, lightning, andstorm raged, so that they were allterribly frightened. Of the chil-dren, the oldest son, Leonhard, hadinherited his father's hard head.Good-naturedness he possessedcertainly. This he had from hismother, but he was a hot-head likehis father, and his self-conceit gavepromise in time to rival his sire's.It was easy to see that matters had2
14 LEONHARD.come to such- a pass that one orboth the hard stones must break.Leonhard had reached that agewhen he could understand andperceive that his father often wenttoo far, and was wrong when heclaimed to be right; but insteadof being quiet, as a son should, hecontradicted his father; and this, atlength, developed into open con-tempt and defiance. Of course, thefather became all the more vio-lent and enraged, and it ended inhis giving Leonhard a beating.This only made him more stub-born and disobedient. Oh, howthe poor mother suffered! She didall in her power to induce her son
LEONHARD. 15to be more dutiful in his be-havior; but matters had cometo such a pitch between the fa-ther and son, that it was next toimpossible to bring about a betterunderstanding, and so the mutualdislike and alienation increasedfrom day to day. Add to this,Leonhard joined a society of whichhis father did not approve. Thisbrought on a crisis. One day,when Walther heard that his sonhad been in the company of theseloose fellows, as he termed them,his anger was so roused, that heturned Leonhard out of doors, andforbade him, with terrible menaces,ever to cross his threshold again.L_
16 LEONHARD.Leonhard hurried off, because theneighbors looked at him in a man-ner which showed their disapproba-tion of his conduct. His motherfell fainting to the floor, the chil-dren cried, and the father stormedand raved about the house like amadman.Leonhard hardly knew whither hewent, but he took the road to Ham-burg, where nobody was acquaintedwith him. First of all, he lookedabout for a little spot where hemight reflect quietly upon his con-dition, and found one at length ona pier, where ship-timber was piledup. There he sat down, supposingthat no one could see him. The
LEONHARD. 17thought which was uppermost inhis mind was his father's injustice,and he gave vent to his passion inloud invectives. He had no ideathat he had committed any wronghimself. It is always easier to takethe mote out of a neighbor's eyethan the beam out of our own!He comprehended his positionvery well, but the stubborn prideof his head would not permit him,like the prodigal son, to go back tohis father and say, " Father, I havesinned before heaven and in thysight!" Before such a frame ofmind could be wrought in him,the hard stone must be made soft.As yet, it was out of the question!2* B
18 LEONHARD.True, his condition was not envi-able. Of clothes, he had nothingexcept what he had on-and as formoney, the little which he had inhis purse was all he could call hisown; and now he must go out intothe world and fight his way through.While he was sitting there andtalking aloud in his excitementabout this trouble, an old manstepped out from behind the pileof lumber. He was a ship-carpen-penter, who had been standing nearthe timber, looking at some for hisown use. The worthy old manhad no acquaintance with Leon-hard, but from the loud soliloquywhich he had overheard, he had
LEONHARD. 19gathered enough to let him knowhow matters stood with the youngman at home. Advancing sud-denly, he repeated the proverb:"Act in haste, and repent at leis-ure."The sound of his voice came likea thunderbolt on Leonhard's head,and startled him so that he almostsank to the ground; but his excite-ment was still too great to allow"a good word to find and keep"a lodgment in his heart."Don't trouble yourself aboutme !" he said, angrily, to the oldman."Young man," said the other,composedly, "I have seen a good
20 LEONHARD.many stubborn people who weremade soft and considerate by trou-ble, until they were gentle aslambs; but the good Lord had totake them into the school of sor-row: think of that! I gather fromyour talk that you have been, whileat home, what we call a bad boy.Go home, ask your father's forgive-ness, and try to break your hardhead, before the wide world breaksit for you! Believe me, to go outinto the world with a father's curseis the worst of all passports."With this, he went away.Thus the Lord had sent anothermessage of peace to the youngman; but it was like the first rain in
LEONHARD. 21the fickle time of year when win-ter is breaking up. The ground isfrozen too hard, and the drops donot soak in to soften it, but freezeon the surface, and form what issometimes called " glass ice." Sothe counsel of the man, whosesudden appearance had startledhim, glanced off from his hardhead. What! go home again?Thank you for nothing! No, no !the little gentleman was too proudfor that. He was not willing togive his father such a triumph.Go back? No such thing! Prideand self-conceit whispered into hisear, "With your talents, the wholeworld is open to you. You can
22 LEONHARD.make your way! Roasted pigeonswill fly at once into your mouth;that is certain in the 'case of ayoung man like you! "Might we not suppose that thelittle fellow had lived in the pres-ent year ?I think so; for in our day, manyboys come into the world withvery great attainments; and whatis very remarkable, with muchbetter sense than their fathers, theold blockheads, ever had! Ex-perience, of course, goes for no-thing.Leonhard's mind was soon madeup, for he thought not of his gen-tle mother, and he went about the
LEONHARD. 23wharves, looking for a ship, onwhich he might find a passage toCopenhagen. He regarded thisas the best expedient. It might,perhaps, have been good for him,if he had learned to be hungry inDanish, for then he could havefound out the difference of beinghungry in Danish and in German,if there is any. He learned it inGerman to perfection, while hewas in Hamburg. Five wholedays he ran .about looking foremployment on shipboard, andfound none. He had no recom-mendations, no references. Whocould trust him? He had runaway from Altona without hat or
24 LEONHARD.cap. He was obliged to buysomething to cover his' head; butthat took the half of his money,for he had never yet learned econ-omy.Before the second day was over,he saw plainly that he would haveto sleep under a shed, if he wishedto have something left wherewithto buy bread. He did so; but thatwas terribly hard on the ribs andbones that had been used to asofter bed.On the morning of the fifth day,when the sun was shining on thepier, he awoke hungry and penni-less. Then he sat with his handon his forehead, and big drops fell
LEONHARD. 25from his eyes on the hard ground;but they were not yet the rightkind of tears: the sorrow was notyet what Paul calls godly, whichworks repentance not to be re-pented of; it was a worldly, carnalsorrow vexation over the failureof his plans. As for returning, apenitent, to his father's house, hehad no idea of it. Providencewas leading him another way.While he was sitting there,neither seeing nor hearing any-thing, the captain of a ship, whichwas just ready to sail, came along.He was bound for the island of St.Croix, in the West Indies, andwas in search of some extra spars
26 LEONHARD.which he needed. He had hadthe misfortune to lose his clerk bydeath; for, as he was not veryready at writing himself, he kepta clerk, to whom he dictated whathe wished to have written. As hewas passing along the great pilesof timber, he saw Leonhard sittingthere, and noticed the tricklingtears. He looked at the genteelyoung man, eighteen years of age,observed his handsome clothes,and thought to himself, "Whoknows, perhaps you may getanother clerk here ? "He went up to him and clappedhim on the shoulder, saying, "Whyso sorrowful, mylad ?"
LEONHARD. 27There was something gentleand good-natured in the tonesof the man's voice, that touchedLeonhard, although he was startledby the unexpected salutation; buthe soon recovered his self-posses-sion, and replied:"A hungry stomach, no pros-pect of earning anything, and nomoney in the purse, are sourcesof poor comfort, captain.""True enough," the captain an-swered, with a smile; "but thecase is not so desperate even then,if there is disposition to work, andtrust in God.""I have both," said he, boldly--but there he said what was not
28 LEONHARD.true, for he had not yet learned totrust in God -"but for the lastfive days I have been looking forwork, and can find none."The captain looked into theboy's eyes, and this glance at hiscountenance seemed to satisfyhim as to the boy's capacity anddisposition, and rather pleased him."Well," he said, "if you will tellme the truth about yourself, andhave good recommendations, itmight be possible you can findwork with me; that is to say, ifyou would like to go with me toSt. Croix."That was precisely what Leon-hard wished.
LEONHARD. 29"Sit down a few minutes withme, or tell me where I can go withyou, and I will do whatever youwish," said Leonhard.With the words, "I am comfort-able enough here," the captain satdown by his side, and Leonhardconfessed everything to him, howthe whole affair had happened, ad-hering to the truth in every par-ticular.The captain listened attentively,and said, when Leonhard had con-cluded, "Go back to your father,my son, without delay, and ask hisforgiveness."He accompanied these wordswith admonitions respecting the3*
30 LEONHARD.duty which a child owes his father,whatever his failings may be." I will starve first "' Leonhardexclaimed, resolutely.The captain spoke both sharplyand kindly to him; but when hefound that he could not changehis determination, he said, "Well,then, you shall go with me onboard my ship. If your conductshould be such as to please me,you shall not regret your venture.I will see to it that you are pro-vided for in St. Croix."Leonhard promised faithfullythat he would be obedient and dohis duty, and the captain took himalong; and after the spars which
LEONHARD. 31he had procured were put onboard, they weighed anchor witha fair wind, and sailed out uponthe wide ocean.
CHAPTER II.AT SEA.L EONHARD had not yetbeen brought to the acknowl-edgment of his fault. He stillregarded himself as the injuredparty, and believed that he wasright in refusing to go back to hishome. He was devoted to thecaptain. He worked indefatigably,and endeavored to carry out hisemployer's wishes. As the lad'sattainments were various, the cap-tain found his services very val-32
LEONHARD. 33uable. He became very fond ofhim, and showed his partiality onall occasions. This excited theenvy and ill-will of the sub-officersof the ship, who did not dare showit so long as the captain protectedhim. He often spoke to him aboutthe provision he intended to makefor him in St. Croix; but "manproposes, God disposes." Whilethey were still at sea, the captainwas taken sick. Leonhard nursedhim with heartfelt love and grati-tude, but he became worse andworse, until death ended his suffer-ings. Leonhard was overwhelmedwith grief. He saw the main stayof his prosperity taken from him,c
34 LEONHARD.and he began to be in troubleabout his future.Very soon the effects of thehatred of the officers of the shipbecame apparent. The first matenow took the command. He wasa surly, uncouth man, who dislikedLeonhard. Up to this time, Leon-hard had lived with the captainand eaten at his table, but now hewas obliged to sleep in the worstpart of the ship, and to take hismeals with the common sailors,and do all the drudgery of a cabin-boy, besides enduring all sorts ofabuse, which made his life on theship, heretofore so pleasant, a per-fect torment. It was of no use to
LEONHARD. 35complain. Resistance would havesubjected him to the severest pun-ishment; so there was no alterna-tive but to endure in silence, towork, and to practise forbearance.He often crept to his berth in theevening so worn out and utterlyexhausted, that he wished he coulddie before morning. Add to this,the roughest language was ad-dressed to him. Nothing that hedid was right. Every one shovedhim from one side to another; forwhen the sailors saw how theofficers abused him, they followedtheir example, and as they werenot reproved or punished for it,but noticed that their superiors
36 LEONHARD.were rather pleased with such con-duct, their roughness and crueltyoverstepped all bounds, and Leon-hard was, without doubt, the mostpersecuted of mortals, having nota minute's rest, and being obligedto perform the most menial ser-vices even for the sailors, and get-ting curses and blows as his reward.The hard stone at last becamesoft. His father never had im-posed the ten thousandth part ofthis injustice, and against him hehad raised his voice in loud re-bellion. Here he was obliged tosuffer abuse in silence, and dowork to which he had never beenaccustomed, and eat victuals which
LEONHARD. 37nobody else would touch. A singleword, any attempt at reply, or amurmur, might have had the worstconsequences for the unfortunateyouth.When he was lying in his ham-mock at night, and the remorse-less waves beat heavily against thesides of the ship, bitter tears be-dewed his cheeks when he thoughtof his father's house, of his mo-ther, and his brothers and sisters.He reflected on his conduct towardhis father, and remorse began totorture his soul." If I had only been still, as hereI am obliged to be, under fargreater injuries, I might now be4
38 LEONHARD.living happy and contented in thebosom of my family!" This hesaid to himself over and over again,and tears accompanied such wordsand thoughts tears of the deepestpenitence.The school in which Providencehad placed him began to bringforth its fruits.Contrary winds and violentstorms had hindered the vessel inits course and retarded its arrival.Provisions began to be scarce.Leonhard was the first who re-ceived smaller rations. He wasthe scapegoat of the ship. Hiswork was the same as ever; butwith the diminished allowance, he
LEONHARD. 39found it by no means easy to ac-complish it, and he staggered, attimes, from sheer weakness. Itwas a great mercy that theyreached St. Croix at last; for hadthe detention been protractedmuch longer, he could not havesurvived.When they were about to land,the first mate sent for him." Boy," said he, and in a harsh,unfriendly tone, " it was only be-cause I pitied you, that I have keptsuch a landlubber as you on boardup to this time, instead of pitchingyou into the sea, as you deserved;but now I will not allow you to stayhere another hour. Some people
40 LEONHARD.have just come to the ship in aboat, with provisions: get into theboat, and out of my sight! Off toshore with you! "Leonhard received this order,standing in an humble attitude;and when the mate had ended hisspeech, he made a low bow andleft. The people took him, out ofcompassion, in their boat to shore.Oh, how miserable he looked!The good captain had given himother clothes when his fine suitwas worn out, and some shirtsalso, but the sailors kept all thatwere good for anything; and nowhe stood, in rags, a stranger on theshore of a strange land, without a
LEONHARD. 41penny in his pocket, or an ac-quaintance in the whole island.He was tormented with hunger;and his emaciated figure, thedeathly pallor of his face, hissunken eyes, showed plainly howhe had been treated on board theship.The only circumstance whichcould be regarded as at all favor-able was, that he was master ofthe French language, so that hecould converse with the inhabitantsof the island.The boatman with whom hehad come to shore was himself apoor man, but he had pity onLeonhard. He took him into his4*
42 LEONHARD.hovel, gave him something to eat,furnished him with a needle andthread, that he might sew up therents in his clothing, and let himsleep over night in his hut; but,the next morning, he said to him,"Now, my friend, go and earnyour bread. I have nothing butthis hut and my boat, and what Iearn with hard labor."Leonhard thanked him withtears for his kindness, and wentaway to look for employment.He hoped this would not be diffi-cult to obtain, for he was willingto work; but, alas! he was terriblydisappointed. He wandered upand down the city, but no one felt
LEONHARD. 43disposed to take such a beggarly-looking fellow into his house.The day wore away. He appeasedhis hunger with bread, which hehad begged, but he could find noother shelter than the porch of achurch. The second, third, andfourth day passed in the samemanner, and now starvation wasadded to his other misfortunes, forno one, even for the love of God,would give him anything more.So he lay on the hard pavementof the church porch, a poor, home-less, starving wretch. The starsshone in their glory in the heavens,but they seemed to look coldlydown upon him. The cup of his
44 LEONHARD.misery was full to overflowing;and now remorse seized him withterrific power, and brought him toa sense of his guilt. He confessedhis sin, bemoaned his stubborn-ness, accused himself as the authorof his own wretchedness, and ofthe sorrow of his excellent mother,and for the first time he smoteupon his breast and prayed, " Godbe merciful to me a sinner!"He arose, threw himself on hisknees, and confessed his sin toGod. He prayed aloud, involun-tarily, so great was his agitation.He prayed fervently, as he hadnever prayed before. He admittedhis own unworthiness, and im-
LEONHARD. 45plored the mediation of the blessedSaviour.The Lord, who accepts the con-trite, hears such supplications, andHis help is ever near.That same evening, a rich mer-chant of the city had been at thehouse of a friend to supper, andagreeable company had detainedhim later than usual. He wasvery wealthy, but mammon hadnot yet so enchained his soul, orhardened his heart to such a de-gree, that he was unable to takepity on an unhappy fellow-crea-ture.He was passing by the churchat the moment when Leonhard
46 LEONHARD.was pleading so earnestly with hisFather in heaven. The merchantstood still. He heard and under-stood every word, for he was aGerman from Bremen, who hadresided on the island for manyyears. The longer he listened tothe earnest prayers of the suppli-cant, the deeper was the impres-sion they made upon his heart; andwhen, after some time, Leonhard'sprayer changed to weeping aloud,and he covered his face with hishands, the merchant, whose namewas Stifter, went up to him, drewhis hands gently from his face, andsaid, with winning kindness, "Becomforted, young man: if that whichI
LEONHARD. 47you have confessed, and promisedto the Lord is real earnest, I willreceive you into my house!"When you hear your mother-tongue in a strange land, the per-son who addresses you, strangerthough he be, seems almost like adear, personal friend; but when, ina time of distress like that in whichLeonhard was, a kind word isspoken in your own language--right to your heart- then, indeed,the speaker is a messenger directfrom heaven.Leonhard stared at him asthough he was in a dream. Thetorch which Mr. Stifter's servantcarried shone upon the kind friend,
48 LEONHARD.and Leonhard looked up into amild and friendly face."Oh!" he sobbed out, "if you,whom God has sent to me, willtake pity upon a poor outcast, whois ready to die with hunger, mygratitude shall be unceasing. Iwill devote all my strength toyour service as long as God givesit to me."Tears came into Mr. Stifter'seyes."Come," said he, "as quickly asyou can, and you shall not sufferfor want of food."Leonhard, hungry and wretchedas he was, did not wait for a secondinvitation. He went home with
LEONHARD. 49Mr. Stifter, and that memorablenight lay down to refreshing sleepupon a good bed, with heartfeltthanks to God for His manifoldmercies.Mr. Stifter was a man who knewthe world, and had often been im-posed upon and deceived. Hedid not, therefore, take everythingblindly on trust, but first tried theyoung man whom he had takenunder his protection, by variouscommissions and tasks; and wassoon convinced that he had foundan honest and capable young man;and in St. Croix there was not asurplus of such people. At theend of three months, he introduced5 D
50 LEONHARD.Leonhard into his business, withentire confidence. He found thathis protge was well educated, thathe had a thorough mercantile train-ing, could speak French and Eng-lish, and therefore, with his hon-esty, could be very useful. Hepaid him a handsome salary forhis services, and increased it fromyear to year. Leonhard travelledfor his employer over the Frenchislands, and afterward in the UnitedStates, and transacted the businessso well, that on his return fromthe latter country, Mr. Stifter gladlyand gratefully took him into part-nership.Leonhard had by this time saved
LEONHARD. 51a handsome sum, which he now in-vested.Mr. Stifter, in addition to hissalary, had provided him withall the clothing he required, sothat it was easy to lay aside hisentire salary; and this economyand prudence, without meanness,commended him to his employer,no less than his love of order, hisdiligence, reliability, honesty, andclear insight into business matters.Leonhard accepted this prosperitywith humility, as a gracious gift ofGod. He rejoiced in it, but onlywith the purpose to return home,in order to obtain his father's for-giveness and blessing, without
52 LEONHARD.which he could not live happily, ordie in peace.In the school of adversity, theLord had opened his eyes to hisown state, and the obligation heowed to his father; his stubbornwill was broken, his pride washumbled, the hard stone had be-come soft, so that he could now,had it been necessary, have livedin peace even with one who wasnot of the most amiable disposition.He saw more and more plainly,that his father had often been inthe right when he had reprovedhim with great severity; and so farfrom justifying his own stubborn-ness, he blamed himself, and re-
LEONHARD. 53gretted that he had provoked hisfather's anger. And then, hisdear, good mother! how mustshe have suffered in consequenceof his leaving home.Thoughts like these presentedthemselves with ever- increasingfrequency and force. He hadwritten many letters to his father,and also to his mother, all filledwith expressions of contrition, butnot a syllable had he ever receivedin reply. This troubled him withincreasing force every day.Thus he became so home -sickthat at last he had no rest. Mr.Stifter knew his whole story frombeginning to end, and pitied him5*
54 LEONHARD.when he saw how sad he was. Atlast, one day, the good merchantbroke the ice, by saying, "DearWalther, I see you must go home,or we shall have to bury youhere."That was true, for many a onehas died of home- sickness whenfar away, because he could not gethome for want of money. Thiswas not Leonhard Walther's case.When he settled his accounts withMr. Stifter, it appeared that he hadearned a large amount, so that hewas a rich man. When he hadeverything in his pocket, partly incash and the rest in good bills of
LEONHARD. 55exchange, he bade farewell to hispreserver and friend, Mr. Stifter,and took passage in a ship boundfor Hamburg.
CHAPTER III.THE RUNAWAY'S RETURN."B UT now we must go back toAltona, and see how mattershave been in the home of Leon-hard's parents, since his departure.The violence of passion had soonabated, and Leonhard's father con-fessed, at first only to himself, howsorry he was that he had been sosevere with his son, and had pro-voked him so seriously; but whenhe saw that his excellent wife suf-fered anguish too great for words,56
LEONHARD. 57his feelings overwhelmed him, andhe acknowledged aloud that re-gret and sorrow were gnawinglike a worm at his heart, withoutceasing.The unhappy mother was incon-solable, and her sorrow was thesource of increased distress to herhusband. She had sent faithfuland reliable people, immediatelyafter her son had left, to look forhim and persuade him to have aninterview with his loving mother;but as he had gone directly toHamburg, they lost so much timein looking for him in the houses offriends, that all the news theycould bring back concerning him
58 LEONHARD.was, that he had sailed in a shipbound to St. Croix.Then his mother would not becomforted. Nothing but her loveto her other children kept her fromsinking; and in the redoubled faith-ful discharge of her duties as themother of a family, and in fer-vent prayer for her absent son, shesought some alleviation of hergrief.With his sorrow for his severitytoward his son, the hard stone inWalther's soul had begun to soft-en, and the sadness and tears ofhis good wife made it still softerevery day. All inquiries continuedfruitless. The sea-captain who
LEONHARD. 59had been friendly to Leonhard wasdead, and neither the officers northe sailors of the vessel, who hadtreated Leonhard so shamefully,were disposed to give any infor-mation which would expose themto the danger, in case of Leonhard'sreturn, of having their abominableconduct made public.To their shame, they reportedfalsely, that Leonhard had not re-mained in St. Croix, but had setoff immediately to the neighbor-ing French islands; and so everytrace was lost. Not one of theletters which Leonhard wrote, evercame into the hands of his parents.All this depressed his father
60 LEONHARD.still more. What had become ofthe poor boy ? This question tor-tured him incessantly. Perhaps,he had thrust him into the depthsof wretchedness; or he had pos-sibly been the cause of his death!This humiliation, which was mani-fest in an entire change of dispo-sition, and in a demeanor bothgentle and loving toward his wifeand children, was enhanced byanother circumstance. He hadentered into a business operationwith another merchant, and hadgot into a violent dispute with hispartner. Owing to this, the favor-able opportunity was lost, and theenterprise failed in such a manner
LEONHARD. 61as to occasion a heavy loss ofcapital. Scarcely had this misfor-tune occurred, when a firm in Al-tona, that was largely indebted tohim, became bankrupt. One losssucceeded another. Walther wasobliged to curtail his business, andin the course of a few years he hadbecome a poor man." This is the judgment of God! "he said, to himself. "This is theretribution for having, withoutmercy, thrust my poor child outinto the wide world! "Then the worm that dies notgnawed, and gave him no peace.Every sorrowful look of his wifewas a thorn in his heart.6
62 LEONHARD.Here too, the school of DivineProvidence was teaching its lesson,by which hard heads, proud hearts,and stubborn wills are subdued,and here its teachings were not invain.When he gathered up the frag-ments of his property, there wasbarely enough left to enable him,with great economy and hardwork, to earn a scanty subsistence.He rented a small house in thecountry, with a little garden, notfar from the city, and moved intoit. He sought and obtained somehumble mercantile employment;his wife and daughter earnedmoney at home, by sewing, knit-
LEONHARD. 63ting and embroidery, and yet itwas not sufficient for the main-tenance of his large family.Although their distress was great,Walther's wife was thankful forit; for her husband had becomeanother man. He was no longera petty tyrant, whose violence andpassion terrified all his family, buta gentle, loving husband andfather. She bore her grief in si-lence, and thanked God for thishappy change.Here again it was proved thatGod's ways lead through the dark-ness of night to the light of day.If the good mother could onlyhave had some tidings of her son,
64 LEONHARD.she would have thanked God stillmore devoutly for this change inher condition. He was the sub-ject of her daily, hourly prayer.Sometimes a ray of hope wouldglimmer in her heart, but then itwas soon obscured by dark clouds."Man's extremity is God's op-portunity I" This excellent prov-erb was to be verified in the ex-perience of Walther's family.One fine evening, Walther wassitting by the side of his wife, indeep distress. It was a season ofscarcity, and the times were hard.Their six children were to be fed,clothed, and educated. The ex-pense was greater than they could
LEONHARD. 65meet, with all their industry andeconomy. They were two quarters'rent in arrears, and they had nomoney to pay it. The hard-hearted owner of the propertythreatened to put them out, if theydid not raise the money; and thatwas out of their power.The father sat with his handsfolded, looking with tear dimmedeyes prayerfully to heaven, whencealone help and deliverance cancome. The mother leaned herhead sorrowfully on her husband'sshoulder, and her tears fell si-lently upon the grass. The oldestdaughter stood by the trunk ofthe tall tree under which they were6* E
66 LEONHARD.sitting, and covered her eyes withher handkerchief, while the young-er children, who could not as yetshare their parents' grief, wereplaying around them in harmlessthough thoughtless glee. At thismoment, one of the boys camerunning to them, and said a car-riage had just driven up, and agentleman had got out who in-quired for his father.The mother exclaimed, with joy-ful surprise, "Who knows? Per-haps our gracious God, in his greatmercy, is sending deliverance tous I"The stranger approached. WhenLeonhard (for it was he) saw
LEONHARD. 67his parents in such poverty, hisstrength failed him. He staggeredagainst a tree, and wept aloud.Until now, no one recognizedhim; but the eye of a mother'slove is keener than all others.Suddenly she cried out, " My son! "and sank fainting to the ground.The daughter ran to her help.In her own distress, she had paidno attention at first to her mother'sexclamation; while her father rantoward his son, threw his armsaround him, and sobbed aloud:" Leonhard, my Leonhard, are yourestored to me? Thank God-thank God!""Father," said the young man,
68 LEONHARD.with deep emotion, "can you for-give me?""My child!" exclaimed his fa-ther, "do not ask me such a ques-tion it is I who must ask you toforgive my unnatural severity."There, locked in each other'sarms, the bond of holy filial andpaternal love was sealed once andforever. The hard stones had be-come soft, and the Lord in heavenrejoiced, and knew that henceforththe fruits of charity would abound.Then they noticed, for the firsttime, that the mother was lying onthe ground, as though dead; andthey heard the children screaming,"Mother is dead "
LEONHARD. 69"Be comforted," said the happyfather. "A mother's joy neverbreaks a mother, heart! God willrestore her to us!"They carried her into the house,but it was only with great diffi-culty, and after long application ofrestoratives, that they succeeded inreviving her. In peaceful joy theson leaned upon his mother'sbreast, and was welcomed by hisbrothers and sisters, who hadgrown so much that he wouldnever have recognized them.Joy had entered the house ofsorrow. Truly, "God's ways arewonderful."Gradually, they all became com-
70 LEONHARD.paratively composed, and Leon-hard, who had picked up the letter,which his father had been reading,and had dropped at the mother'sbedside, knew at a glance, from itsgeneral appearance, that it was alandlord's warrant, and understoodat once the cause of the deep dis-tress in which he had found themon his arrival."Thank God!" he said, "that Ihave come in time to save youfrom still greater calamity! Now,your trouble is over! God has"blessed me with wealth, which Ihave not deserved, but all that Ihave is yours, for to you I owemore than I can ever repay, and
LEONHARD. 71days of sadness shall give way toyears of happiness.The first tide of joy passed away,and when they had become morecalm, Leonhard related his story,which filled them with renewedthankfulness to God, who oftenleads his own children in myste-rious, hidden paths, but alwaysorders all things for their good.Leonhard paid the arrears of rentwithout delay; but, not contentwith this, he would not rest untilhe had redeemed the dear oldhomestead in the city. Fatherand son at once resumed business,which God prospered with hisblessing, for now there was no
72 LEONHARD.grinding between hard millstones,but peace, gentleness, kindness, andlove had their perfect work. In-dustry and unimpeachable integri-ty ruled at home and in business.The mother seemed to have a newlife given to her, and the fatherlooked as though he was renewinghis youth. The children grew upin the fear of God, and in bloominghealth. In short, prosperity andhappiness accompanied the familyin all their ways. They regainedtheir former position, and theirpeace was never more disturbedby the violence of uncontrolledpassion.Leonhard subsequently, on one
LEONHARD. 73occasion, met the mate of theship, who had so shamefully abusedhim: he was sick, and in wretchedcircumstances. Instead of reveng-ing his wrongs, Leonhard relievedhis wants, and so heaped coals of fireupon his wicked, thankless head.What I would like to add issimply this:Although the proverb is true,that two hard millstones seldomgrind good flour, and this storyproves that adversity is needed tomake the hard heart soft, it seemsto me, nevertheless, it would bebetter, looking to God, in the nameof his dear Son, for help, to en-deavor to overcome this, or any7
74 LEONHARD.besetting sin, by curbing the fierytemper, and learning betimes tobe mild and gentle. He will suc-ceed who follows the Saviour'scounsel:" atth an prag, that gte nte not intotemPtation."
1855. 1870.LUTHERAN PUBLICATION SOCIETY,No. 42 NORTH NINTH STREET, PHILADELPHIA.J. K. Shryock, Superintendent.E take pleasure in announcing to theChurch and to the Trade in general, thatwe have commenced the publication ofthe4atherland *eries,as follows:"THE COTTAGE BY THE LAKE."Translated from the German of MARTIN CLAUDIUS, byMiss R. H. SCHIVELY. "When the need is sorest God'shelp is nearest."16mo, Cloth, a Beautiful Frontispiece, 160 pages, $0.75," This volume will supply a want in our Sunday-schoolLibraries, to which the Religious Press has called attention-books of a more devotional and evangelical character.The Wilmer Family is characterized by all that makes theI
2* Schoenberg Cotta Family' so univeisally attractive. *We can confidently recommend this book, translated withall elegance of diction, and with all the warmth and pathosof the German heart. All classes will be instructedand elevated by this kind of literature. It has charms forthe youthful and the mature, and will profit every one."- 1MRs. E. B. S."IN THE MIDST OFTHE NORTH SEA."From the German of MARIE ROSKOWSKA, byJ. F. SMITH, Esq.16mo, Cloth, Two Engravings, $0.75.A story of life upon one of the lonely little islands (orHalligen) lying in the North Sea off the German coast.The loneliness and the dangers accompanying a residenceupon these barren, marshy spots, are dramatically described,and the characteristics of the two families are painted mostnaturally. The incidents of "Lost in the Fog," "TheShipwreck," and "The Inundation," are full of interest;and the earnest piety that pervades the narrative will recom-mend it to any Christian family or Sabbath School. Thetale is full of excitement, and yet is anything but sensational."ANTON, THE FISHERMAN."By FRANZ HOFFMANN. Translated by Mrs. M. A.MANDERSON.16mo, Cloth. Three Fine Original Engravings, $0.85."A very interesting story of humble life, illustrating do-mestic happiness, and the prevalence of industry, manliness,and integrity-together with the providential deliverancesthat sometimes occur in the midst of the trials that besetthe believing poor." The Lutheran and Missionary,Thiladelphia.
3"ANTON, THE FISHERMAN."-" We call the special at-tention of the public to this beautiful book, just issuedby the Lutheran Board of Publication. It is from thefamous HOFFMANN of Dresden, who has won a world-widefame as the writer of popular stories for the young. Thetranslation is so natural and graceful, that no one wouldsuspect its German origin. The book is in the best styleof book-making, and has elicited universal admiration.Let the Church encourage our publications, with a prompt,cheerful, and generous patronage."-Lutheran Observer."RENE, THE LITTLE SAVOYARD."By FRANZ HOFFMANN. Translated by J. F. SMITH, Esq.16mo, Cloth, Two Excellent Original Engravings, $0.85." I have just read with great pleasure, Rend,' in yourvery attractive FATHERLAND SERIES. It is a brilliant littlestory, and is well translated. The children (and theirparents) will be delighted with these pure and beautifulbooks, which I hope may have the wide circulation theydeserve." Yours, C. P. KRAUTH."FRITZ; OR, FILIAL LOVE."By FRANZ HOFFMANN. Translated by M. A. MANDERSON.16mo, Cloth, One First Class Original Engraving, $0.65."A charming story, founded upon the life of one ofFrederick the Great's generals. The healthy pious tonethat pervades the book, as well as the literary merit, shouldrecommend it to every family and Sunday-school Library.We venture to say that no boy will read this pleasant nar-rative without wishing to know more of Prussia's greatking.
4"GEYER WALTY;OR, FIDELITY REWARDED."By FRANZ HOFFMANN. Translated by M. A. MANDERSON.16mo, Cloth, Seven Superior Original Engravings,drawn by D. R. Knight, Esq., and engraved by Van Ingen & Snyder, intheir very best manner, and printed on the best quality of plate paper.We have no fear, in offering this beautiful book to ourpatrons, that they will not be pleased with it, either in aliterary or artistic point of view. Geyer Wilty is a sturdy,healthy story, worth reading by young or by old, and willbear comparison with the best tales of its class. No painshave been spared upon this volume, the translation and en-gravings being all original, and of the most expensivecharacter.The present book is the last of the first set of the FA-THERLAND SERIES. The 6 volumes will be put up in anextra neat case, and will be sold at $5.oo, including the box.OTHER VOLUMES are in preparation, and will be pub-lished as rapidly as possible. We trust that in future THELUTHERAN CHURCH will feel that the interests of ourSUNDAY SCHOOLS will not be neglected. -We call upon the entire Church to aid us in our efforts.The Board of Publication have entered upon this under-taking by no means unadvisedly. Co-operating with numer-ous German scholars well read in this class of literature,we have selected a series of works to be published asrapidly as circumstances will permit-works that willsurely commend themselves to all interested in the SundaySchool and the family.The genuine religious sentiment, the touching pathos, theheartsomeness, as well as the dramatic interest of thesestories of HOFFMANN, of HORN, and of kindred writers, arewell known to the German reader; and we trust by ow
translations to make German thought better known to theyouthful English reader, whom we hope to familiarize withscenes and incidents of the Fatherland.We ask the kind consideration and countenance of theBook Trade generally, but particularly of those engagedin the publishing and sale of Sunday-school books.We add a few of the many flattering notices we havereceived from our friends.THE FATHERLAND SERIES. From the German. Phila-delphia: Lutheran Board of Publication.-"Under thistitle the Lutheran Board of Publication have begun whatpromises to be an interesting and useful series of Sunday-school books. They comprise translations 'from some ofthe best German writers for the young, carefully selectedfrom an evangelical stand-point, with a view to make Ger-man thought better known to English youthful readers, andto familiarize them with the scenes and incidents of Germanlife. The two volumes just issued are entitled, 'In theMidst of the North Sea,' and 'Anton, the Fisherman.'Both are interesting, capital books, having a good deal ofdramatic power, and pervaded by a beautiful Christianfaith and simplicity. The first named shows the sad evilsof an envious, jealous spirit; and the last is a testimonyto the sure word of Scripture, Trust in the Lord and dogood, so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shaltbe fed.'"-The Sunday-school Times.Lawrence, Kansas, March I, 1870."Your books lately published, 'In the Midst of theNorth Sea,' and 'Anton, the Fisherman,' are first rate, andwith such books your reputation will soon be established.I am well pleased with your commendable efforts andmuccess in gd ting out good books." Yours, H. B. BELMER."
8York, Pa., April 4, 187o."Please send me 'Cottage by the Lake.' The othe'volumes of the Fatherland Series I have. I am muchpleased with the books. If you publish a thousand volumes,send them all to me, and draw on me for the amount theycost J. H. MENGES."Lockport, April 9, 1870."Since I have three of the Series you are publishing atpresent, I would desire to have the first number-'TheCottage by the Lake.' This number you have not sent me.Those you sent me I read with great interest, and am muchpleased with them, and trust they may be largely circulated."Yours, truly, M. ,)RT."Canton, 0., April 4, 1870."Enclosed find the amount of your bill for the Father-land Series.' The books are very interesting, and mychildren are delighted with them."Yours, L. M. KUHNS."Harrisburg, April 7, 1870."Your book entitled 'Fritz,' is all right. Go ahead;the more of that kind you publish the better."Yours, fraternally, G. F. STELLING."Selinsgrove, April 6, 1870."I am glad to see you bringing out such nice, neat books.You can send us one copy of all new publications untilotherwise ordered. Consider us standing subscribers."Yours, J. G. L. SHINDEL."Frostburg, Md., April 6, 1870."'The Fatherland Series' I am pleased with. Theycompare favorably with any of the publications of the day-are a credit to the Society."Yours, H. BISHOP."
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