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THE HOP BLQSSOMS.
A TALE FOR YOUNO PERSONS,
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BY TEE 1Ev. T. X LZZI ILD,
1 *O3MA AUlMAN, 6% HOLUOMN HIRL
(awSnuD AT I!AfloMuBa' NALL.]
Tas following Tales exhibit e
important truths, deeply affecting the
welfare and comfort, particularly of the
humbler elasses-hbewing, even from the
ordinary events of life, the fact to be
certain, that God, the geat aler of the
world, has respect in his providential
arrangements and guidance of human
affairs, to man's conduct, by ever, as a
general rule, frowning upon vice,, and
rewarding virtue. Hence a mighty differ-
ence is always observable, especially among
the poor, between thoee families where a
strict regard to religious duti, toonesty,
industry, cleanliness, and order uvails,
and those where there is an a0 oe of
thee acellences, which is sure exhibit
itelf in the often qualid wretohednes
That piou, upright, industrious onduct
simh as here portnraed, meets with its
rwrd even on earth, is certain; and that
Providence ovetrrles the ordinary con-
eem and soidents of life, as they ae
led, so a to ense this rwrd, is here
plingly shown, and thus that msl es
m not ecessary to bring (in answer
to pyer,) wondrou relief n ditrus,
aod unxpected delivered in danger.
Ta, a proper observane of paing events
(Palm vii. 4,) ofeartlyproes, that there
is, indeed, Tara in the declaration and
promises of Scripture. An aet of human-
ity, we hMe fad, leading through a dumb
bntiJdaeru i from extreme pril,
in ta of the man in Im an his.
tory who had extndb ed a thori, 6a01 th
foot of a lion sffering from it mav pai,
and who, afeamds being a t into the
den of this lion, in older to hi being slin
by it-was instead of this, fwned upon
from a recognition on the put of the
savage animal, of his ormer benefactor.
A like exercise o humane filing in the
account hera gen, is made not oy to
have led to sua a renme eba death
but to the oleing up of abuses often a d
ing to much discomfort and ummemhry
alarm, from the supestitious dread "too
common to man," in regard to opposed
supernatural appearances and sounds.
Sweetly in the following stories is alo
sen, that not vainly uttered m words
of Scripture: "Call on es in te aof
tb le. I will deliver thee.1" Rtin
the Lord and do good; so shalt thou
dwell in the land, and verily, thou shalt
be fed; delight thyself also in the Lord,
and he hall give thee the desires of thine
heart. Evil doers shall be cut off, but
those that wait upon the Lord they shall
inherit the earth." And also, in the case
of the martyrs, we see the power, the
elevating effects of Christianity, and the
happiness and grandeur of character be-
longing to those who through grace are
enabled cheerfully to sacrifice their all, yea,
life itself, for the sake of that blessed Lord
and Saviour whose love claims such a
sacrificein return, and who has secured a
glorious reward in eternal blessings, for
all who, for his sake, are willing to part
with %a earthly good.
I.-B KMAN AND HIS 1OUNG WllW..
11.-BAILY HISTORY Of THERESA .... 9
III.-TH SCBHOOLMASTEIR' 8APFTY OM 20
IV.-" MANT ABB TBE APPLICTIONS OF
THE RIOHTEOUS" .......... 27
V.--TRB ICK MOTBHEK........... 3
VI.-A ROMANTIC ADVENTURE ...... 42
VII.-TUE MISTAKE FOUND OUT...... A2
VIII.-CATRIIKINI AT TBIS POST TOWN 61
IX.-ACQUAINTAIIC OF DR. CAMOMILe 71
X.-UNIXPCTBD VISITORS AT STEIN-
BAC ........................ 80
THE OLD CASTLE.
A NKW STOr oM l DA EI I ... . 94
THE FAMILY OF MARTYRS..... 126
son*t~ to SW VAR:irl
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3833*3 AND 318 TbUNS WIN,.
TrZINBACH is a liWtlo uillae bja h a
U amtahom makrictof Gea Y. Isle
sainp wild, romatla pla, wih a gvq
ad rdrnk bming 8 Iny OM *% wd 1
ddmweahy*&-06 shat ha pew vmA
and never vase at all, but is always indica-
ting orth.north-east. Mot of the cottages
ar little better than cabins, and their roofs
are all overgrown with moss, which gives
them a very peculiar appearance. The Ant
glimpse of the village from the rugged
mountain pa., is anything but pleasant;
even when the sun is shining, and you hare
all the advantage of the hot glare of a sum-
mer's noon-but if viewed on a cold, dark,
dreary, rainy day, when the heavy shower
is falling in its dull monotony, the prospect
is especially dreary and chilling. It was
just uob a day as this that Frederick Her-
man first saw Steinbach, and in the crum-
bling school-house, to which there was no
acceu except by a rough stony road over
a wild swamp, saw his own future home.
*he louse had certainly a most uaM
hrtable look; a damp and rugged eeath
sbor, a ceiling of black musty weal, ak
window, dark fron age and dust, that
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dustiness defied the light, and would not let
it in, a garden all covered with weeds Md
stnted grass. All these were not calculated
to elevate the spirits of the new tenant; but
Frederick Herman was one of thee ha
mortals whom circumstances cannot east
down; who have got the happy kneek at
making the best of everything. True, every-
thing looked very wretched; but the was
plenty of room for amendment. e'deter-
mined to make the place look cheerful, ad
when the mind is once made up, impoidst
is a word not to be thought of. Herma
could not expect much spare tim, for he
was to be the schoolmaster of the dbtrie
and many vacant hours would not tall to his
hare, but still he determined to do what he
could, and that is saying a gres deal. Joy-
lly and sealously he devoted himself to his
buols. A pleasant thing it was to hea
t* H iH iA n ithe early morning -
Were.M bkegn, aging some bymat
prs or moral wng, ledby the rich All
vEiee of Herma. A delihtAi picture his
school presented, the children all inspid
by th example of their teacher, appling
themselves to their studies with incrsed
Hema ruled by love. And this i the
beet and suret rule. The children loved
him in return, and the pernts were highly
gratiad at Ase progress their young one
made. The youthMl school-master wa in
gh favour, and ventaud to parent a mo-
det petition tht the old school-houe should
be beautied. Oneortwo tronglyopposed
tue, they wanted to know what beauty had
bodo ith education; but theiropinion wa
mauled, and the old ashool-houe wasmade
to bok les lb a worn-out bar, than did
i doy. of yre. At hnbrk of yai fp
Stilled his garden; at brkeIakof
O evieselm du4 rs.t*d e*t
e1 ponag ^-1 *skp ^-tiS ^:
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and pruning, and sowing, and plantdg, ad
propping and digging with good wi. The
swamp before the door, wea reseded and
made beautiful with fowne, and In thf
years such a change had pst ovr the sbwre
houe of Steinbech that me weal wv
diffcalty have recognized the place.
When three years had pMeed, HeR
for a few day quitted the chooL He htd
gone whee sundry letters had go bee
him, to a certain prudent, iaeUll t, vr.i
tuous young woman named Thersa fikme.
To her he was married, and w1'ber he
returned to Steinbaeh. Oneo befeM she
had een the place; but her roecledlk at
it was by no means cheering. Heraun t
her that since that time great iaprsver
had been made; but her hope wee nwt
vry high when she et out for er now
hme. Great was her surprise to ed the
C hanged into a blooamng parte.,
planted with vmwaed-,
bending beneath a load of blushing apples
and golden pears; the school covered with
a new yellow thatch which pleasingly con-
traad with its grqy walls. And within a
well a without all was changed for the bet-
ter. The boarded floor was clean and new,
the window clear as crystal, the walls as
white as snow. There was a mahogany
writingdask with a little brass plate and
Herman' name upon the top of it, a good
piano made of nut-brown wood, finely var-
lshed; then there was a glazed book-case,
estalinag some very handsome, and what
was better than handsome, ome very useful
books. Over the fire-place there was a
ne large copper-plate engraving of Christ
' easing little children. A round table stood
in the middle of the room covered with a
edland green cloth, which, with half dosen
ane-bottomed chairs, made up the frnisur
of the apartment
The wa hi ghly grated, aWi
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her husband conducted her to the garden
her gratiication wa increased. From the
garden-door to the enclosing hedge, their
was a broad walk, strewn with gravel, ad
in excellent order. The.bed were al ea-
fully arranged, and the thrift borderlg
formed a pleasing contrast with the grvl.
The lower half of the garden was shdd by
tall and beautiful trees, loaded with rih
fruit. The ground was clothed with loxu-
riant grass. The hill wih aflked o e of
the sides was planted with hope, shooting up
and twining their dark jen leavsr around
the props which upheld them. EverythUg
presented the most happy effeetof industry,
pereverance, and taste. In the corner a
the garden bee-hives were arranged on a
e schoeoroom was decorated tlahe
B Itwas ormentd with grte
i beatiful Lowers. Theeka--
w assembled, dreesed in their W
8 HONEITY THE BUIT POLICY.
day sult. When the young wife entered,
they mg a song of welcome, and a boy
leading a -mb by a bright blue ilk ribbon,
ad a girl carrying two white doves, re-
queted her to aeeept their presents. Every
child had brought ome little token ofegard,
and ad ad me rutice gift to present. One
gave her a hen, another a basket of eggs, a
third a quantity of honey, bright and clear,
a fourth a large plate of new-made butter,
alft fine Uax. There was highly de-
lighted. Truly," ad she, "I come from
one beautiful garden to another; there fair
ewers bloom like lovely children, here
lovely children bloom like opening lowers.
Heve grant that these precious plants may
be preserved from blast or decay, and be
transplanted at last to God's parade
-'9 CHAPTER II. 11
BARLY *15TORT 01 TMIN SA.
HE native place of Herman's young wlt
wasLindenberg. She wa the daughter
of a respectable steward. In early life me
had lost her mother; perhaps the mddelt
los a child can bh called upon to sstala.
Her widowed father entrusted all his doeea-
tic concerns to a worthy, eetimable mervrT-
woman, who had lived in hin house dalin h
marriage. Poor Theres found in this wo-
me a mother' care and addulty,and in
LapiM, the younger dauhter of the prom
prietor of the eastl, a constant and loving
play-mate. Leonora and There a shared
the same instruction, received lemons in all
feminine accomplishments fom the ame
penona, and the intimacy thus early formed
ripened into tender and lasting friendship.
A pleasant thing it is when two young hearts
are thus early united.
Now it happened one day that the prince
gave a splendid entertainment, and Leo-
nora's father, with a magnificent retinue,
departed for the feast. Leonora was then
slowly recovering from a dangerous illness,
and was obliged to remain at home. The
village was almost entirely deserted; every-
hody who could possibly do so, had departed
at the adjoining town to witness the princely
kttivtie. One of the maids was ordered
to wait upon Leonora during the absence of
the family. At the day wore on, the mad
asked permilis of her young mistM.
go for half an hbar to one of t he
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roads, in order to obtain a view of the pro-
cesipn. Leonora gave her leave. The
castle and village were deserted; but The-
rea remained at home to keep Leoora
company. Another inducement existed in
the fact that her old maid-servant was lick,
and she could not bear to leave her alee.
It was a beautiful summer's evening, ad
Leonora, in order to relieve the mmotosy
of her sick chamber, walked out into te
garden. She looked with pleasum up
the variegated parterres, and the semctr-
dened air seemed to revive her. In me
shaded corner of the garden she found tom
favourite plants drooping and withring on
hard clay. She at once procured her
watering-pot, and going to a well in the
centre of the ground, began to fll her little
vens, but when she endeavoured to lift it,
hersteagth was so nall that she dipped,
i.nmd, and fell in. As she sank de
al~pf wild ery, for the water wa very
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deep. The flight and the sudden old
deprived her of breath, and without being
able to help herself, she sank like a stone.
There, who was looking out of a window,
aw her fal, heard the hollow splash, and
screaming aloud for help, rushed to the
nearest gate. But the gate wa locked.
Still crying for help she ran back through
the court-yard, and entered the garden by
another gate. When she at last arrived
at the well, Leonora had disappeared. A
moment afterwards she reappeared, raising
her arm over the water. There seized
her hand and with some difficulty succeeded
in drawing her out of the welL But she
was senseless, her eyes closed, her long hair
lying about her shoulders, her face as pale
as a corpse. The poor girl tried every
remedy to revive her friend, and at length
Leonora opened her eyes, stared long and
wildly, presed the hand of Theresa, but
spake not a word.
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When she had somewhat reeoered, The-
res led her into the castle, and placed her
in bed.. "Oh! dee Theres," aid the
poor girl, "you have saved my life! never,
never can I suffiently thank you, never
while I have life shall I forget to repay
"Godhas uved you," Therem sad; "let
us both be truly thankibl to Him."
A circumstance of this kind was odale
lated to deepen and strengthen the lov
the two friends. They wore sareely evr
apart. They worked and studied and plab
together. So years passed em, and fa
other each might sy, in the wds of the
"My own friend, my old fried,
Time's a soldier bold, t lad
He am mook the conqueror,
IR oie msroqa hold, Medl i
eel the -rn philoeopher,
Wm tLhe msrs gold, M ed i
But though earthly nature
Has so fail a mould, friend,
What the tyrant cannot do-
s to make u cold, friend "
They were united in sisterly affection.
Their noble and generous dispositions, their
kindness and good nature, their mildness
and modesty, their devoted attachment to
each other, made their lives a secret fore-
tate of the bliss of heaven.
At lst came war and rumours of war.
All Europe was shaken. The French armies
were bearing down on Lindenberg. All was
terror and afright. Nothing was heard but
dial forebodings, nothing seen but run-a-
ways from the coming struggle. Leonora's
father resolved to take refuge in Vienna.
The tpo fiends shed bitter tears. Leonora
begged Theresa to fly with them, but the
poor girl could not conent. "Heavm
knows," said she, "how happy it woqu
make me to be with you, how wretehed'd
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forlorn I shall be without you I But how
can I abandon my old father Who will
take care of him Our old serant is dead.
No, however much I regret being torn away
from you, God's will be done; and surely
it is his will that I should nsucour my poor
"You are a noble-minded girl, Therese,"
said Leonora, but count the coet ere you
decide upon this step;" she then drew an
enchanting picture of the glories and charms
of the great imperial capital.
Indeed," Theresa said, "the place mut
be very beautiful, and I should very much
enjoy myself were I there but one thiag
would quite destroy my pleasure, eepe.
ration from my aged father. Not to
kaow how he was going on would kill me-
kill me "
S"Well, you must think of it when we
alpne; peasants and servant, and per.
hI megp soldiers will be your only
company. At Vienna you would be sure to
move in the very best society, and your
figure and engaging manners be sure to
ms re you a good place."
There still replied, that until she saw
her father provided for, she could not
entertain the idea. Lady Lindenberg also
pressed her daughter's request upon The.
rem. "My child," she said, "will certainly
require a beloved companion and a faithful
fiend. Do you come with us; you shall
be to me as a daughter, I will ll a mother's
place to you."
With tears, Theres still declined the kind
and generous other, and the day of separation
at length came. It was a sad parting.
Leonora and Theren wept bitterly: the
Countess could not restrain her ter, and
Count Von Lindenberg was obliged to tan
away to ide his emotion. Thereeat~
leg and bitterly, that her eye9 kA
and welle, and she was e
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down on her bed to rliev a torturing
head-ache. So time went o gaily enough
at Viena; dull meough, ne would ay, at
Lidenberg; but no, induJtry a ir hmm
against all dulne, and Therna, always
bay, wa always happy. Bat, ala, nae
cam that the good Count Van Liadbrg
wa dead; that a distant branch of the
family had succeeded to the property; aad
so it turned out. The war rndred the
artle a very doubtit plee of property, and
the new heir wa glad enough to ell it to a
rich merchant, and the rich mereant, i
order to lighten the expease of the estate,
discharged the faith of Theres, who,
compelled to leave the toward's houo,
hired a sall ootage in the vilage.
The annuity which belonged to Theresa'
father wae small, and Ah the troublous w.
tfak, was l a reilnlar interval, so ta
their e4t m h fu e upinehin port.
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But Theresa carefully managed her little
household, and plied her needle with such
dexterous skill, that she was able to supply
her aged father with all that could cheer
and comfort his declining years. Gradually,
however, his health gave way. His loving
daughter watched beside his bed throughout
the live-long days and through the dreary
"Theresa," her father would say, as tears
of gratitude stole down his cheeks, "mark
my words; God will assuredly reward your
Ilial love." The very night he died, he
solemnly repeated these words. That very
night came a letter from Leonora, saying
that her mother had just expired, and that
she was in extreme destitution residing with
an old aunt, who was avaricious and cruel,
and who treated her as one of the servants.
Toor Theresa was very downeat at tio
news. Soon after she quitted hIMI
and went to reside with her father'b h
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who received her very kindly, and at whose
house she received many desirable offers of
marriage. Among the rest, one from a
young schoolmaster, named Herman, who,
though he was poor in this world's goods,
was rich in goods of a higher order; he was
religious and well instructed, with a noble
and generous heart, and an irreproachable
character. By the advice of her uncle, and
following the inclination of her own affec-
tions, Theresa accepted his ofer, and Her-
man was bleed in obtaining so good and
excellent a wife.
TB ICROOLMASTBUZ I'I HAPT HOM.
APPINESS is the world's fgidve,
and the life of man a search after
it. A strange, wild ch very often; a
very outing of shadow and capturing o
mooabem; a dull, dreary bu
I b dead monotony seems to
Uepe, and write vanity of
eryhing under the ; Maz
skh and poor, thUi mrsh hr
te main bnqes of life,
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unery and ending in the obreb-yal.
Some the are, who a always looking for
it in current coi, who seem to think
that happiness is only another name fe
silver, gold, and copper; and that if sh
dwellson earth at al, it mus be in a esahbe
oratil. 8o all tlivTe4londay they lAr
gain, that getting gain they may egt kp
nees; but, allas,alegwith m meaa eemMUs
brother misery, a yellow as a glae, md a
hardasgoldl Some the are who ee
in what they sadly misamm pleaMour, e
her they say,in yonderlighted roam, wh
music teaches the eet to daneo; and hen
when the stage is all replendet with
dramatic glory; and hee, wheb the wi.
S eirostllng eely, and nobody seemt
vglif serpent in the cup, which in the ae
Sads8 ting ; and here, among them
1reiii. ang sbrightMt I tt
omb.me happine is to he
&Um e are, who my, that bly
in deep study is she really to be met with,
that only the student who has measured the
deep, counted the stars, numbered the
lowers, read of all things, old and new, can
know what happiness is, yet long ago Solo-
mon the wise, tried all these things, and
wroteof them in that instructive book, Eccle-
sstes, and finally came to the conclusion,
that true piety was the best happiness; the
most certain, and the most secure.
Our schoolmaster, Herman, was a happy
man He had not gold, he had not much
society, he was no profound student, but he
loved God and man ardently; the first above
all things, the second as himself. In the
eonutry school-honse, surrounded by the
Ioeming garden Herman and Therme
lived contented and happy. And it would
be well to notice the various things whike
contributed to their happiness. Tbre was
Oanna. "A place for every thing ale
thing in its place," is a good ride A
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people and all situation of life. A home
in disorder is a very uncomfortable place.
"Order," says the poet, "is Heaven's fint
law." Every thing was arranged so care-
fully, that it seemed as if the household
duties went by clock-work. Every thing
was put just where it ought to be, and came
to hand at once. There was no bustle and
confusion and long delay before any thing
could be found, and thus one prolifo souree
of grumbling and discomfort was destroyed.
Then there was INDusor. Herman ms
always at his post in the school, and madp
it his happiness and his pride. There
managed the domestic affairsin ucha way as
to make her household a model of nesatu
and regularity; and when the regular school
was ov, she devoted an hour to the in-
struetion of the little girls in sewing or em-
broidri, amusing them at the ame time
with a-p moral or entertaining stories,
Mad s ms~e joining with them in a by .
Her vaant bours wn employed either with
her needle, or in the care of her garden.
When tree were to be pruned, or grafted,
or planted, Herman always took eome of
the grown boy with him to instruct them:
his wife also taught the young girls how to
manage the kitchen garden; and when and
how vegetables of all kinds should be sown.
Then they were always trying to make
other happy. Man never feels so peaceful
or so joyous when he has contributed to
the welfare of others. They attempted not
eoly to All the heads, but to instruet the
hearts of the children committed to their
are. They tried to make them love their
lemons; to breathe into the dull rotine of
sbeool exereien, a new and healthful piit;
they endeavoued to cultivate the afibetion
of the little ones, and were not contet till
they had earned the name of friends.
Andal thi sprang from the ith ty
Mld. Their religion wa not a dead IlotU
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but a living spirit. They brought their
chratianity practically to bear on every
atir of common life, and when at early
morning time they uag together,
Direct, control, uggest this day,
All we deaim, or do, or my;
Let all our power with all their might,
In thy sole glory, Lord, unite,"
they really meant what they ang.
The children with whom heaven had
blessed this happy pair, were a sour of
great delight. Catherine, the ldest, ad
blue eyes and rih auburn hair; so bad
Sophia, the Aseod, with roeyapple eheea s
and the meiest laugh you ever heard.
Freddy, a gay sprightly boy, was like hbi
father, and all the children were e Mleo .
ing au m s. A pleasant sight it was Om a
&e day in spring, to see the mother itti
mder the apple tre; her younger chridr
playing with the flower at her feet; ber
eMe arng bher a thousand queMati.
36 HONEST THE BEST POLICY.
Then her heart leapt with joy and glad-
ness. She would sometimes sing to her
dear children, sweet, simple, pleasing strains
of all that was beautiull, and good, and
true. They too would join in her song.
O beautiful picture the fair prospect; the
rays of the newly-rsen sun gilded hill and
dale with golden beams; no cloud in the
deep blue vault of heaven ; leaves, blossoms,
grams, and flowers, all glittering with dew;
the mother surrounded by her happy chil-
dren, singing a simple, artless song! What
was queen's happineutdhers! Whatallthe
stately palaces that ever yet were built, to her
cottage What allthe treauresofthe earth;
all the diamonds of the richest mines; all the
pearl of the ocean to her; when compared
with the real happiness she enjoyed a
happiness of God's own making, and center-
ing in the service, bish, as believer in
Christ, they delighted to render to their
"MANY ARE THE AFFLICTION* OF THE
IF we were to suppose that good peo-
pie are free from ills, we should be very
greatly mistaken. The trials of this lif are
common to all, and though they come with a
different aspect, and though they produce a
different result on the good and on the bad;
on the wicked and on the righteous; yet is
it tru that all things come alike to all, and
tht the sunshine of prosperity, and the rin
of adversity, are sent upon those who love
God, as well as on those that love Him not.
The schoolmaster wa a happy man, but still
thee was sometimes borrow in his heart;
a happy woman was Thresa, but still the big
tears would sometimes roll down her cheek,
and th heavy sigh heave fom her breast;
their children were happy, but young as they
wer, they had already found out that per-
fet happiness is not to be found on this side
of the grave, and that God does not wipe
away all tear from of all face, till wereach
the bright city in the sky. The glorious sun
does not always shine; nor are the heavens
always blue; but dark, rainy days come to
mae the crops grow, and give a rich har-
vest; thus ifwe want to rap a good reward
in heaven, a reward not of debt, but of
grace, we must bear the clouds and storms
of this life, which are sent totry and improve
Sin virtue. The happiness of the school
aster's family was not without ie alley
THR BSUT POLICY. 9
bitterness, but all this were received with
resignation to the will of God.
There came a year of sarcity. Corn was
bad and dear. The harvest failed; bans
and tore-houses were empty; the price of
bread became high. Herman had searely
money enough to buy the commomest food
for his family. Theress worked hard, but
her time was so occupied with her umearM
children, that she had but little time to sew
or embroider for hire, and thus one very
remunerative source of employment and
support was almost entirely taken away.
The poor family were thrown into pges
"Alas," said Theresa to her hubae,
" whatshall we do the meal hbert is al
empty. Where can we get more How
shall we givebread toourlittle ones We
bme, besides, other expenses to meet. The
eMren's shoes are worn out, and the lot
. pair ar. still owing for. That ld
grey coat of yours is so old that we can
count the threads. Surely we are sorely
"Trust in God," said Herman, "things
might be worse. There is st:ll a door of
hope. Cannot He who fed Elijah, who sent
relief to the widow, who multiplied the
meal and oil, and made them yield an end-
les feast, cannot He sustain us now "
"Alas," Theresa said, my heart is cast
down within me; I know not what to do."
"God," replied he, "is our refuge and
strength; a very present help in time of
trouble. He that feedeth the young ravens
will care for us; let us roll our burden of
re upon him."
t.Theresa was deeply affected a Herman,
in his rich, full tones, sang to her a psalm
if confidence in God: Why art thou cast
down, 0 my soul, and why art thou dis-
quieted within me I Hope thou in God, for I
shall yet praise him, who is the healt
THE BEST POLICY. 81
my countenance and my God!" As he sang,
her voice joined in with his, and then the
children one by one united in the strain.
While they yet sang, the door was opened,
and a farmer came in. He listened till the
psalm was finished, and was evidently deeply
affected by their confidence in God.
"Dear Herman," he said at last, "you
have taught me a good lesson. Yes, surely
we should look to God in all our distresses.
I can give you two or three bushels of corn
at the usual price; I am not rich, but I am
richer than you; you must take the corn,
and when times are better, pay me at yod
The whole family were highly delighbt
at the good farmer's kindness, again and
again they thanked him for his timely aid
The corn replenished their meal chet, and
gave the a sufficient supply till the next
harvest .brought down the markets. Tis
t them always to trust in God, and
when they read the text which we have put
at the head of the chapter, Many are the
afflictions of the righteous," they never
forgot to add the accompanying words,
" the Lord delivereth them out of them all."
Great s was the scarcity, none of the
children went supperles to bed, and as
Herman afterwards was wont to ay, "Our
anxieties are often greater than our wants."
But poverty was not the only form of afflict
tion which came upon the family of the
poor schoolmaster. Sicknem arrived, and all
his children were atteaked by the scarlatina.
The poor mother did all that she could, and
a .weary, weary time it was to her-she
went from bed to bed, and watched several
nights without ever long her eyes. And
added to the sikness came poverty. Oh,
sd it wastopoor Theres to know that her
children needed what she could not supply.
*I know not what will happen," she ad
"my heart seems fairly broken." I ..
TU SuAr rLOUOT. b5
spoke in long term of him who blnds up
the broken heart, and cheered her spirit
with his own couldence in God. "Shall
we," he sid, mistrut him who has loved
us so much, who has been so good ad kind,
who has followed us with goodam sad
mercy all the day of our live, and who has
promised that we hall dwell in his house
Yor ever Thus the mother was encouraged
to hope; and soon had the happineu of
beholding her children once more blooming
and mailing around her.
And like every thing that comes fom
God, thi misfortune had its good reets.
The hearts of the dear children wee led to
love more ardently the tender oompundel
of their parents, and became more doele
and affectionate than ever. They remem-
bered how her soothing words had cheered
them in the dpary night-how her sleeple
eye had watched beside them with untiring
eatebw her gentle hand had smaothe
84 HONIITY THiE Bt8 POLICY.
their pillows, and anticipated every want.
Catherine, the eldest, expressed the senti-
ments of all when she said, "Never, dear
mother, can I forget the love you have
shown to me during my illness. It shall be
my constant care never to give a moment's
pain or uneasiness to so kind a parent, but
on all occasions to make you happy by my
obedience, industry, and piety."
And these were no idle reolutions. The
whole of the family seemed now more
firmly knit together; they loved each other
more; they regarded one another's feelings;
and more and more sensible of the great
blessing of health than they had been, the
children, with renewed seal, devoted that
health to God.
y CHAPTER V. *W
TUE SICK MOTREB.
DWO or three happy years puqpd on
without any thing occurring to mar thA
tranquillity of the family. Beneath that
yellow thatch there was happiness pure
and truer than is commonly found bendlH
a palace roof, for there were peace ofmind,
cheerfulness, and no grudging or ill feeling
to be found. But, ala I another great ealam-
ity was close at hand. At the birth of her
ninth child-and nine children form a large
family, and a burdensome expense where
there is but a small Income to meet it-the
mother was unable to leave her bed. Her
sad state of health put gloomy fears into the
breasts of her children and husband; but
while he quieted his own, he dissipated his
children's, by pointing till to God above,
who care for, and loves His srvant, with
a great, mighty, and everlasting love.
Sometimes the mother would sit up for a
few hours and appear to improve, but her
rength was severely tried by these efforts,
and a relapse always ensued. It was the
evening before Catherine's birthday, and the
food mother was up the whole day. She
was unable to move about the house, but
taking a traw bonnet, a present from Leo-
naea, she began to prepare it as a birthday
gift for her daughter. It was not valuable,
and adly faded, but it was the kindness
of the action more than the worth of the
present, that showed the mothers liv.
By eareUly removing the stains, and k
THI BEST POLICE. 8I
ing it smaller, the mother so Improved the
appearance of the bonnet that it would have
passed for a new one. Catherine was de-
lighted with the trouble which her mother
had taken. She kissed her affectionately as
the bonnet was tried on and found to St to
admiration. The bonnet would havelooked
all the better and smarter for a red or blue
ribbon, but Catherine knew it would be a
needless expense and never even hinted at
it; she felt it would be very wrong to incqit
That very night the mother became dan-
gerouy ill. It was the hour for retiring to
rest, when she began to complain of violet
pain, and fell into such a state that the hue-
band and children thought she would surely
die. They watched her convulsed feame
with anxious solicitude. The children sm-
rounded her, crying bitterly. The baby
wa startled from its slumbers ad began to
ry, the youngest child but me sobbinly
b-eemsd hi meter, in his hbildish lMe
cence, notto die. The sight of her weeping
children was enough to make her very much
worse, and the father gently led them from
Pray, my dear children, pray," he said,
"that your dear mother be restored to
health." All went on their knees and
raised up their little hands. It wa a touch-
ing sight. Tears streamed from their eyes
as they joined Catherine, who lifted her
vqlee in prayer, 0, dear Father, ibo art in
heaven, do not take away our mother, res-
tore her once more to health, and to our
Herman sat by the bedside of his wife, for
he had laid her on their couch. He trem-
bled with anxiety. He could not leave her
to call in medical aid. Slowly she began to
recover strength, and in a low voice, while
her eyes were a yet closed--he whbpered
to Herman, Be not alarmed, I am better
now, I feel that i am better, God will sem
THB BBST POLICY. 89
to our aid. See the children to bed."
Catherine alone remained up with her
father to watch by the bedside. The sick
woman fell into a gentle seep as the morn.
bg broke, and its Arnt hues gleamed in at
he window. Herman then sent Catherine
to call the former' wife, a good, kind,
tive woman, always ready to do what she
could for the help ofher neighbours. When
she arrived, he took his hat and stick, ad
was about to set out for the doctor, but hiM
wife called him back.
My dear husband," she said, "I ned
no doctor; I shall oon be better. Doctors
are too dearforus. Wehavealready speak
too much in that way. Mot part of yor
net quarter's slary is already drawn. Yu
remember you were told you could noth a
any more in advance. Do not, I beasse
yem, phge u into needless epeM,
Wa, at all eentI, until we see what eF
the day's rt will have upon me."
Herman was very unwilling to asset to
his wife's proposition. He still urged that
the symptoms of the case were so alarming,
that he could not rest satised without
having procured medical advice, but ten
forester's wife joined Theresa.
"I think," said she, "that she is quit
right. Overexertion yesterday, brought or
an attack, which a little rest and careful
tending will overcome. I do not think the.
ttack was near so dangerous a it appeared.
& danger is now over. Last year I ex-
perienced a similar attack. The doctor
ordered me to take some herbs, which grow
in our neighbourhood, they cured me, and
I have little doubt but that they would cure
Herman feared the delay, feared the
symptoms were not the same, feared that
the reedy might have a different efet ea
a JiMent constitution. "The medei ,"
said he, fom whih one man derivespert
THI BsIT POLICY. 41
benefit, may have an entirely contrary
effect upon another. Health is too previous
to be trailed with. It is the diversity of
forms of disease whih renders a doctor's
judgment so essentially necessary."
But the woman protested that the herbs
could do no harm, and that they should cer-
tainly be tried. If they did not work well,
then the doctor could be called in. Cath-
erine, who had gathered the herbs for the
forester' wife begged to be allowed to bris
some for her mother. So Herman at lat
Catherine then took her little basket on
her arm, and having put on the bonnet with
which her mother had presented her, started
on her expedition. The forester's wif
volunteered to sit beside Thres, and
attend to the household affairs, and Ha.r
man entered the old schoolroom, and pasle
the morning in the bunlaes of instruetie.
'T CHAPTERVI. W"
A ROMANTIC ADVENTURE.
W was a bright sunny morning. The
U weather itself seemed happiness, and
the country to enjoy it. There seemed a
blessing in the very air. The gra was
green and crisp, and gentle bleaters luxuri-
ated in the pastures, wild powers were
upapringing everywhere in a thousand
varied hues. The trees were in holiday
garb, and here and there east a grateful
shadow on the ground. As Catherin
passed through the garden, dbe ll|
HONLxST THE BUST PUOIa. 43
from the hedge some wreaths of hop, which
by its dark green leaves intermingle d th.
the lighter green of the hop blossom, made
a pretty trimming for her bonnet, she
wound it round her mother's gift, and made
her way toward the mountain castle.
And where and what was the mountain
castle? It was a strange old ruin, overgrown
with ivy. It had long been deserted, and
its ruined balls were gram-grown. Birds
built their nests on the old battlements, and
the owl from the ivy-covered tower, gave
forth his strange monotonous note, when
evening shadows fell around it. The
stained-glass windows were thickly eeaed
with dust; the banners in the chapel wao
torn and worm-eaten. The whole plac~i ,
rented a melancholy aspect. It was seldo
that any one went near the ruin, except
some curious traveller, or an artist in search
of theietaresque, for if the truth be spoken,
it ma e owned that the legends of the
castle were fMll of terror, sad it needed a
stout heart to pass them at night fall.
But the schoolmaster had always taught
his children to fear no supernatural evil;
he had pointed out to them the folly of ghost
stories, and they knew no fear. With a
light heart Catherine pursued her way, for
the herbs she sought were in the close
neighbourhood of the castle. Her road led
now through sunny spots, now through dark
and shady thickets. When she found her-
elf surrounded on all sides by basel and
other trees, wild and matted together, she
threw herself upon her knees, and raing
up her hands to heaven, prayed fervently for
her mother. As sheissued from the thicket
into an open space, not far from the castle,
and began to collect the herbs she wanted,
all around was very still.
o still, so calm, so quiet, the little girl
could hear her own breathing; aomellme a
gra-hopper began to chirp, somed ma a
THI BL8T POLICE. 45
bird twittered on a bough-no other sound
was heard. Catherine had nearly filled her
basket, when suddenly she heard a step.
She listened. The step came nearer and
nearer. Some one was certainly approaeh-
ing. She raised her eyes, and before her
stood a tall, slender, beautiful girl; she was
dressed in white, and a she issued from the
dark grove sarcely appeared to touch the
ground. It seemed like a dream. Who
could the beautiful young lady bet It
appeared to Catherine that she wore th
head-dress common two hundred year
before, for a white kerchief was fatined
round her head, such as was represeea
in the pictures in the old village ch kh.
No wonder that the poor child felt a msdde
thrill. The stranger held in her right hand
a green ilk purse with a silver clasp. She
smiled sweetly upon Catherine and spokein
a gentle voice:-
"Good girl, would you wish to get a sum
Her gentle voice, and gentle look di-
pelled the poor child' fears, but how
strange a question; Would she like to get
a sum of money I
"Money Catherine answered, "ah,
that I should. I and my parents want it
very sadly. But how could you poribly
know this Why is it that you come and
offer me what I so much need. How am I
to understand all this "'
"My good girl," said the stranger, who
did not appear much older than Catherine,
"r few moments ago, I lost my bonnet.
Before me I have a long journey. You
have a nice, smart, pretty bonnet, will you
let me have it t I will pay you what you
please. You shall have a good price."
0 My bonnetf' said Catherine, thinking
to itself whether she should be doing
TRE BsBT POLICY. 4
wrong to sell it, do you really want my
I do indeed, do you consent to sell it"
"Certainly," said Catherine, "mot wil-
lingly, the bonnet was given me by my dear
mother yesterday, once it wa worn by
herself. I am very sorry to part with it,
but my mother is ill, and needs money. I
would do anything for her; yes, for her sake,
I will sell the bonnet."
"It is very pretty," mid the stranger,
Sand it is quite right of you to love yer
mother; you are a good girl, now what am
I to give you for the bonnett say-how .
much, it is very pretty, very neatly mades .
"Really," said Catherine, "I do not
know its value. I know it is not new. It
will not last long, but perhaps-perhap, it
may be I am asking an unreasonable rsm,
but perhaps, a small thaler would not be
"Too little, child," the strangeranswered,
" I will give you a great thaler. The bon-
net is well worth that sum. It is in excel-
lent condition: it is the very fashion of the
day, and more and better than that, it is just
the very thing I want."
You ae kind, you are generous; may
heaven reward you."
"Say now," the stranger went on, how
much am I to give you for the hop-
Catherine smiled, surely the stranger was
jesting; pay for a hop-wreath, the thing
was not to be credited. But the stranger
believed that the hop-wreath was made of
articial flowers, and considered it a master-
piece of art.
SReally.the flowers are charming beau-
tif beyond description. My mother
brought lowers from Italy, and paid a very
large sum for them, but they were certainly
not o beautiful a these. Beautil, beau-
tiful-light green blooms, dark green
TRE BUST POLICY. 49
leavm, especially beautiful when oeatrued
with the yellow bonnet around which they
re o gracefully entwined. Come now,
what shall I give you for the bloess t"
"You are welcome t them," Mid Cahe-
rine, I will give the to you for nothing."
Oh, no, that I cannot allow. It would
be too great a present I must pay you for
them." She took the bonnet of Catherne
and tried it on. "It its me beau~llly,"
said she, "and I think become me, too.
How say you Catherine Meu med
did. "Now," said. the tranger, "I will
give you one thaler for the boanet, and
three for the hop-wreath. They ar we
worth that, they are nature t the life."
"That they certainly are," apid Uath-
rine, still fanying that the strange y g
lady was in jest," but I am at a loe to
know how that makes them more vluale.
I am sure nobody el would give three
thales for a Sw hop-bloeoms." a
The stranger laughed. You re inno.
cent," she said, "and do not know the
value of ornaments." So saying, she took
a gold coin out of her purse, and presented
it to Catherine.
This is twice too much," said Catherine,
"indeed I cannot take it."
It it be not too little for you," said the
stranger, "it is not too much for me."
While Catherine was still protesting that
the money was too much, a bugle horn was
heard, and the stranger exclaimed-"That
is our coach, it is on the top of the hill
My mother is waving her white handkerchief
for me. Farewell." She threw the gold
coin into the herb-basket, and darted away.
A few moments, and she was in the carriage,
th coachman cracked his whip, and the
vehicle rolled rapidly down the hill.
Catherine was greatly surprised at te
adventure. She would have fancied th it
was nothing mose than a dream,-but thme,
Tna s3T pOuOy. 51
in the bket of herb lay the shining gold
metal, true gold, genuine old, no fairy
goinage, but real undoubled mey. Who
could the young lady bef hw was it that
she had lost he boneMt why 4 did e aek
so eraf sy to lhe th"at a peassit gilt
why set so sktn e a valu on the beopL
somat Suh inquiries as these iled h
mind as she looked at the shining metal,
and aw in it, new hope, new comfort, and
new happiness. To her it was somethlf
more than money, it was but the reprs-
tatie of what money would buy. It wa
sho for Freddy, a better cost for he
father, a dotor for her mother, anda oapr
oh,such marel oa ap, for baby. "What
a wele e surprise will this be to my tiher
and mother," aid she. "Surely God has
sent it. It is a present fom heave I
must take it to my parents without dfr.
I hve collected herb enough. The sm
is bet t this basket ill priest my head"
THB MINTAr FOUND OUT.
ILUOST brathile, Cathrine arrived
at the aohool-houe. Der parent "
aid abe, I have had a strange adventure,
and God hu nt us a gold piece."
Sihe placed in her father' hand the glit-
terln coin. Herma looked joyfll at the
msey; "it i worth four thaler" he said;
" wheredid you find it thi i help indeed
For thaler, four thaler, a large mm for
por people I"
Ctheriae at by the bredde, and &tot
aONwTrr Tns BsT rPOlOr. M
range adventure he had had. The mother
sat up in bed, and taking the gold from her
husband's hands, smiled and wept for joy.
S0 let me look at the money," said little
Fred, "I never saw gold, rel gold; what is
it like, is it very beautifulT" The mother
showed him the coin. "Indeed," said he,
"I can see nothing very fine in it; I won-
dered what you were all making euch a great
bustle for. Surely, we have lots of gold
finer than that in the valley. What a strange
thin little yellow thing to make such a Afi
about The sun is brighter gold than this,
and the mountains, and the mill srem6 s
and the cottage windows, have a much
brighter and redder gold; in autumn time
the forest leaves are more beautiful than
Poor child he did not know what a won
derful thing gold is!
Catherne told how she had come by the
soe, and gave a history of the barga ashe
ha undo with the trae ady for her bon-
net. The mother's face became sad. Surely
there was ome great mistake. The child
reteed her mother' change of counte-
"My der mother," said sh, "did I do
wrong to ell the bonnet Donotbe agry
with me for having sold what gave you so
maoh trouble to prepare, and which you so
kindly gave me for a birth-day present. I
loved that gift ery dearly, mother, but I
love you mre than the gift. I old it only
for the money which I thought you required
in your illness."
"Thanks, a thomand thanks my child; be
not uneasy, your love for me affects me very
much. You are a good, kind, thoughtful
child, God bless you, but we may not keep
this money, we cannot do so with an easy
conscience, there must be some great mis-
take. The young lady could not have
understood her bargain."
THI BUT POLICY. 5
"No doubt," aid Herman "no pemo in
Senses would give four tha for an
oil bonnet with a wreath of hop-blomsom."
"For the bop bloom ," said Catheria,
" fe young lady allowed three thalae.bo
only gave one thaler for the bonnet. She
sid so exprely."
"I think I underntad the ase," remoir
the mother, "no doubt the storage lad
thought t tht thee hop-bloooms were artl-
ficial flowers, and for this reason gave
high a pries for them. She knew be. that
they were bt the simple blesome growing
in our garden."
"In that case," mid the father, "we
must without doubt send back the money."
"You are right, my dear parent," id
Catherine, and now I real the coaves-
tion I had with the young lady it deepest
the impresion on my mind that it must be
s yu ay. I reollect she remarked that
th hep-4esoams were nature itself, and I,
illy child that I wa, mistook her meaning,
taking her words in the literal sense, ad
esuring her that they were. Now I pa
elve that she only meant to say that die
owers were exactly like the real hop-boe-
soms. Truly it was an odd blunder. It
would be robbery to keep the three thalers,
but how we are to send them back I cannot
tell; I do not even know the young lady's
Her name and residence can easly be
be found out," said Herman, "at the hotel
from which she took port horses. Her nme
and that of her mother would be taken down
at the office. Sit down then, dear child
without delay; write a letter and have it
ready for the address. We can ind out
that from the landlady, and letter and maswy
sea go by post. But are we to sd beek
the price of the bonnet?"
"I think not," said Theres, "Uthl
anted the bonnet, it will lst her f*r
TIn nit PouoYI 57
time, and she could well ard a thler for
it. We may justly retain that sum."
To this Heman assented, and Cathrine
sat down to write the note. She had been
properly taught how to write a letter, and
when it was completed, it needed but few
corrections. It said:-
HowroUoD AND OGACIOUs LADY.-Itgave
me very great pleasure in being able to sup-
ply you with a bonnet for your journey.
For that bonnet you very liberally paid me
the full value. No doubt you have already
discovered that there wa a great mistake
regarding the hop-blossom: only a few
moments ago my parents cleared up the
mistake for me. I ought to have told you
the hop-blosom were real hop-blossom
plucked rom our garden, and not ar&tiela
fowen as you doubtless imagined them to
be. I m very sorry the mistake occurred.
I tmre, mnd you beak. enelsed the
three thalrs which you allowed for them,
and I retain the one thaler which you so
kindly gave me for the bonnet That sun
is much larger than the real worth of the
bonnet, but I am encouraged to hope that
you deigned it as much for charity as
actual remunenrtion. I do assure you I
shall ever remain sensible of your great
tavours, and praying for your future hap-
pines and welfare, I am with great re-
Your obedient humble ervant,
CATInrnsu HBs AN.
Then taking the gold coin in order that
she might get it changed, she was about to
set forth with it to the landlady, who would
encloee three thalers, and seal the letter.
"The fourth thaler, my dear," her sther
said, "is your own: you may do whb you
please with it." Catherine .p l .r
hands with joy. "May I, dear e-Mef
THI asIT POLICY. 59
0, how delighted I am. I have already
made up my mind what I will do with it
My father has ome doubts whether these
herbs will cure you, o I will st of
at once to the doctor, and beg of him to e
The mother's heart was touched; she
wept for joy; the father could not conceal
his emotion. Good children are a parent'
best consolation in alition.
"Surely, dear mother," aid Catherine,
"the doctor will come and see you for
a thaler, but then then is his former
bill, I can sell my green shawl to pay
"And I," said Sophia. "will ell my
pearl necklace;" alas, poor child they wer
but gIBs. "And I will sell my hobby
horse," Mld Charle. "And I my doll,"
said Louis. All the children were willing
to cerlAoe something that their mother
might be made more comfortable.
)0 ONxm r TBI aBsn PoucT.
So Catheruialrepred for her journey.
The poet.od e was a league from the village.
She oat a few good caulilowers in the gar
den, and put them into her basket for
'9 CHAPTER VII. W
CATBBRINZ AT Tru PONT TOWN.
CRUBEL was the poet town neres to
Steinbaeh, a wel-built, pleasly
situated thriving town, with a quiet eNreb
and a thriving market. "The Grapes" w
the name of a large inn, which ~ red alo
u the Pot Office, and which had for it
owner and poet-lmtres, a buaoc widow
cwlld Corbeeh. When Catherine arrived
at tie town, she went direct to the Port
(0M. There he foundthe landlady, who
record her very kindly, and asked how
they ll did at me. Having replied to
her empiiee, e little girl began to ask
about the traveller who had passed through
the village, or topped at the inn the pre-
Ay, that they did, child; it wu Lady
Grnthal and her daughter, Henrietta.
They were coming from their country ei-
deoe, a trange old rain of a place, to join
Baron runthalt the court of our gracious
Prince. There I suppose they will stop,
eating and junett till they grow weary
of the gay life; but what have you to do,
child, with people of sch high degree"
Catherine produced her letter and the
gold coin aig,ay, "In some dealings I had
with the young lady, she over-paid me three
thale, and I want to return than to her."
"RIturn three thales, child maid the
landlady, "why, it must have been smem
exteuve dealings you had with her, fr my
young Mis to ovepay that lap rs
THE USnt MtUOT. 68
How was it, obildt" Cau e was abet
to tell her the story of th hop-huome,
when the pootillion, who ad rien the
mother and daughter to the aat pee town,
came back with the haers. He was he
and weary, and sat do with alap gebgf
of ale before hm, bat no somner did e b r
Catherine'J voiee, than be ared up, ed
burt into a roar of lagher, "What!" hL
said, "are you the naeesn k bop deate
who charged Mis Orunthlu three dtha
for a bunch of hop-blsoeeos YTeae a
'cute one; truth you at a bargain and the
man burt out into a feah it of laughter.
"Three thaler for aspri of hopr' -
peated the landlady in amaeement, wh
ever heard the like; three thali neerw
did suh a thing happen sines te wOd
And may it never happen again,"
te poei lon; "if youi Mis was laty o
th hop market, a poor fellow ike e might
go with his throat dry a dut basket,
less he quenched his thirt with a rill
from the town pump."
"Three thalers for a sprig of hop!" said
le landlady again. "I must sift thi
matter to the bottom. Come, dear child,
you ae tired and hungry;" so she at down
and partook of what the landlady placed
before her. "Now," said the worthy host-
ess, "you must give me a hll, true, and
particular account of this business; how did
it all come about Three thaler for a sprig
of hop; only think!"
The way it began," Catherine answered,
"was this-the young lady had lost her
"And her head, too," said the landlady.
"And she came to me near the old castle,
with a white handkerchief tied over h head,
and told me he wd m ntd my bonnet."
"Let her bonet?" repeated the lad.
lady, "why how could the little wild gese
THR rJMT POLICY. 65
manage that When he left here he had
a straw bonnet, and a fine one it wa, with
cherry*coloured ribbons, and a little feather
at the left hand side."
"As to the los of the bonnet," said the
postillion, I can give you come account
of that. The young lady is so rretled and
sprightly, that she will not remain still for
twominutestogether. Now she irsiingg
wild song, now thrusting her head out of the
carriage window, now desiring me to play
on the born, now to drive slow, that she may
view the country, now to pull up altogether,
that she may enjoy some charming land-
oape, now to drive madly as if a thousand
wild huntsmen were on our track; I never
saw one so retless and unquiet in my whole
life. A hard matter it was for Lady Grun.
thal to check her at all. She complained
of the heat and untied her bonnet. When
we were oroing the stone bridge over the
rapid, she ordered me to stop that she
might observe the fall of the waters. She
pressed her admiration of the eight in no
measured terms. "Oh, beautiful! oh, won-
derfill" said she. "How it roars and
foams; it's like a river of milk; see how
the spray rises and the silver spangles ly
about; look at the reeds growing long and
darkly on its margin; look at the green
leaves, and the bushes, and the gras, and
the water-llies, all dripping as if with rain I"
faddenly, when she was in one of her buoy-
ant moods, a strong gust of wind whipped
the bonnetfrom her head, and whirled it into
the middle of the stream. I endeavoured
Sto draw it up, but could not succeed in doing
so, and over and over it went, its cherry-
coloured ribbon marking its descent as it
fell into the tide below."
And I suppose my lady mother was in
a fine way said the hostess.
"She was," mid the postillion; "notso
much about the bonnet as the foolish lety o
THl BAST POLICY. 6f
hr daughter. She scolded away at a rate,
and pretty Mis cried bitterly as proiaed
amendment. When we came to-the asent
on the coach road, near the old ruined ea-
tie, she asked leave to alight, and walk up
in order to obtain a better view of the
country. Her mother consented, and re-
mained in the coach. Not long was my.
young lady absent; when I sounded my
horn she came bounding up the hill with a
pretty bonnet on her head which beeate
"That was my bonnet," said Catherie,
"for which she gave me a thaler."
"Round it was twined a wreath of hop-
blossoms," continued the postillion.
"And how did Mamma take that?" in
quired the landlady.
"Badly enough," the poetillion answered.
"She was very much displeased. The
'bonnet,' aid she, 'was not too dear for a
thaler, but the hop sprig wae not worth
three frthing.' It seems the young lady
had bought them for artficidl lowers, and
when she was convinced of her. mistake,
blushed as red a my scarlet waistcoat."
"Blush, indeed," aid the landlady;
What did Mamma do then f'
SShe gave her daughter some excellent
advice; pointed out to her how easily she
might be deceived, and purchase things
which she fancied would last for years, and
whch would really shrivel. and die before
to-morrow morning. She told her that
many people were often making such
foolish bargains; that many an innocent
child bartered honour, and happiness, aad
peace of mind, for vain, hollow, fleeting
prmisee, through utter thoughtlessness and
levity, and took occasion to warn her of the
utter folly of the conduct she wa pursuing."
"And what aid my young lady to this
excellent lessen t"
"Nothing; Ui g as I told you,
TUa BUT roaCO. It
hung her head and wept bttedy; e fe
quite cret-fallen. No more aen for hen;
no more playing on the horn, no more
delight in the beautiful landscape, she bid
her face in her hands, sad obbed m if her
heart would break. Poor child, I pitiMe
"Folly always brings its own reward,"
said the landlady.
SWhen we arrived at the next post tow
I heard her beg pardon of her mother, and
propie faithfully to attend to the advie
she had given her."
"So ought we all," said the landlady;
" old and young, little and big, aliale to
be deceived by appearaoes, mad so led ao
She then changed the gold coin fr
Catherine, and having read the letter,
praised its contents. You are an excellent
scholar," she said; "but more than that
you we a good girl, and it is always beet
b) HONESTY THE BUST POLICY.
to have a good heart. Did you write this
letter all yourself"
"I did," said Catherine.
"Well," aid the landlady, "let ar see
how you can direct it." So having enclosed
the three thalers, she sealed the packet, and
placed a pen in the child's hand. Catherine,
by her direction, wrote the address, and
astonished the good lady still more.
" Capital," said she, a good clear upstroke,
a nice firm down stroke, every S crosed,
every i dotted."
ACQUAINTANCE 01 DR. CAMOMILLE
HEN the landlady had laid up the
letter among the other parcels, and
said that she would be quite sure it went
off by the next poet, Catherine asked whe-
ther she would be kind enough to tell her
the way to Dr. Camomile's
Dr. Camomile I" repeated the landlady,
"why what business can you have with
him, child; another romantic story I another
adventure with hop-blossom r'
Catherine told her of her mother's illnes,
and her father's grief, and stated that she
wa going to give the thaler which she
got for the bonnet, to pay a doctor for her
"Indeed," aid the landlady, "you mr
a good girl, a wry good girl-God will
sorely reward you. Come with me to the
doctor; but stay, what are these you have in
"They are a few cauliflowers," aid
Catherine, "which I hoped to sell in the
Hoity-toity, child, they mre jut the very
thing I wanted; here is the money for
them, leave them with me." Catherine
expressed her thanks, and the hotels
having put on her black silk madte,-earted
with the child for Dr. Camomile's 4~
The doctor was a fine stout gentlemanly
man, about sixty or thereabouts, with great
silver buckles in his shoes, and gld spe-
tales pushed high up on his shining ftn
TH n BIT POLICY. 73
head. He listened to the story which the
hostess would tell from beginning to end.
"Put your money in your pocket, good
girl," said the doctor, "I will sot take a
farthing from you; in the morning I shall
be paying through the village, and will all
and see your mother." Catherine could
hardly express her thanks. "I," aid the
widow, will pay the owing bill, and ee
what else I can do; it is a great blessing to
do good to honest folk.'
When the child returned with her to the
inn, and was about to take her basket aad
start for home, the landlady stopped her.
"I have one or two things to put in that
basket, child," said she,"see, here is a
bottle of good wine, Dr. Camomile says
your mother must take a gla or two every
day, and bq are two ine wheaten loaes.
Fasrmen dM*&hild, God be with youI"
IJ m-dl t pirits, Catherine returned
. 0H the length of the distance
in the happy thoughts of what good news
she was the bearer. What bappines she
brought with her how delighted were her
parents, bow the children cheered for joy.
God had rewarded their honesty, and
honesty had been their best policy. Thus
it is that integrity and honour make us
favourites of God and man.
Next morning, Dr. Camomile mounted
his tll bay horse and rode up to the school-
house. He behaved with the greatest
kindness and attention. The illness, he said,
was by no means dangerous. The herbs
were good, but were not altogether adapted
to the case. There might have been great
danger if they had not called the doctor in
at the proper time. Three days afterwards
he returned and pronounced his patient to
be rapidly recovering; all that is now
needed," he said, "is rst and good
nourishment." So saying he miled, for
poor Hernia looked downeest, kne1h
THU BUST POLICY. 75
how poorly his table was finished, and how
little means he had of providing the good
nourishing food of which the doctor spoke.
Smiling still, Doctor Camomile put his
hand into the broad pocket of his wide-
tailed coat, and pulling out a sealed packet
he presented it to Catherine. He bid her
open it and read aloud. The letter ran
thus: To Miu Catherine Herman, Stein-
*MY DeAR CATrHRINs,
"I am at a los to express the admirats
I feel for the noble conduct in retunrnglvaf
me the three thalers. My adventure with
you was a most happy one for me; the mis-
take concerning the hop-Sowers, although
I confess it made me feel very wretched at
fint, was fortunate for me, it taught me this
truth,trut, ruth I might otherwise never have
learned, that in villages the most obscure,
and under the roof of thatch, honest and
homeurable persons are to be found. I
enclose the three thalers which I gave you
by mistake, and three others a poor
reward for your honesty. Six others are
enclosed by my mother. We have heard
that your mother is ill; may the money we
are able to send be the means of purchasing
for her those things she needs. May she
soon be restored to health. May God
I remain your well wisher,
HaIInRTTA Vox GaUNTRHA."
We can readily imagine the delight
which this letter occasioned. The money
was enloeed. They were surprised how
Miss Orunthal should have known of the
mother's illness, but the kind Dr. Cam-
momile had written to Lady Grunthal, and
had enlisted her sympathy for the poor
family. Lady Grunthal was a kind and
charitable woman, and she had already
determined to reward in some way the
honesty of Catherine.
TiH1 BuT POLICE. 77
But, though the doctor had done this,
the doctor did not tell it. He wa not
always parading his good deeds before the
world, but tried to carry out the gospel pre-
cept, and not to let his right hand know
what his left hand did. He knew that God
gave, and gave that men might give. Said
he, The letter and money came about an
hour ago. The morning was fine, I had no
business on hand, and resolved to come
over myself, in or4pr that I might bring
good news and se my patient at the smen
time." So he seated himself by the window
and uked for a cup of milk.
He could not help observing the air of
order and cleanliness which prevailed over
the whole place. The trim garden, the
nest flower beds, the well-arranged room.
In Herman he found a shrewd, intelligent,
and pious man.
"The school," said be; "is it well at-
It is very well killed," Herman said,
"and the children are all anxious to learn."
"I suppose,' the doctor said, "your
examination is near at hand'
"To-morrow eight days," Herman an-
swered, "is the time appointed."
." In eight days," said the doctor, I shall
pay another visit to our patient, and then,
with your permission, I will asist at the
Herman expressed the great pleasure his
doing so would afford him. Just then the.
doctor observed the piano; "Eh, what,"
aid he in his sharp brisk way, "are you
musical, Mr. Herman The schoolmaster
replied, that the piano afforded him some
recreation. He asked him to play, which
Herman did with such taste and feeling that
the worthy doctor was amazed, and he was
still more delighted when the schoolmater
sang, accompanied by Catherine, a p)0%
simple German song, but so touehk*
TRE B18T POLICY. 79
beautiful, that he could not conceal his
"Beautial, beautiful," said he, "you
sing well, Mr. Herman, and Catherine has
the voice of a nightigale." Then, encou-
raging and consoling the siek mother, he
withdrew, wishing them a cordial arewel.
UIEx ICTSD VJlITORI AT TRIINBACH.
STNTION and cam soon brought
HbMk bhlth to the shoolmater's
wife. A w other pssed away and spring
came, aidl imarneet el tm sptang up
on bakb el heigi and the cuckoo sang
her weldome 'tke comig summer, o all
doubts and dark miagiings, dlasmal eled
of dark foreboding, chilling winds of kee
adverity vanished, and hope and joy and
peace and comfort, once more bloomed la
the sehoolmater's house.
onov8TY TUH BRST POLICY. 81
On e e day in spring, a the fa"uy sat
at dinner, Herman, his wife and nine
children, a rap was heard at the door, and
immediately afterwards a young lady
entered. All rose. "01 Mis Henrietta,"
cried Catherine, "how glad I am to see you
again, how I have longed to thank you for
your kind present The parti also
tendered their gratitude and ezxpura4hir
obligations for the favour.
"I pray you," said Henrietta, "Msto a1
another word about it, or I man n aqMT
this intent. But with your penmisse, I
must sit with you, and share your mal;
I like potatoes, they a a favourite food of
So she st down to the simple fare; the
S was all gone, and a large dish of
lft potatoes alone remained, but she
ae her dinner with a relish, and talked so
kit and so freely that everybody was
She took the baby from the
mothp end bkgwrt play and danue about
th place, and Avoured them with a tune a
Qe piano with much skill and tsuts; she
then requested Heman to play an old
German bymn, and joined the children in
the words, beginning:-
All good gifs come down from God,
Del bem the bright blue skis.."
were yet singing, another
knoer heard at the door, and a lady
m hd e erod threshold; she
SA d her at ely at the happy
of children, and Henrietta whispered
to Cathere :-
That's my mother." Catherine respect.
ly advanced to salute her, but the lady
ted back. It cannot be," cried she,
*I must be dreaming what do I see
Surely this is my very dear friend Thre;
no, it cannot be; tell me child, does yer
mother till live tf Ere the qustle weld
be answered, the schoolmter's wil h, e
THE BUT POLICY. a9
was then abset, returned, and the a gte
lady threw herself into har mn.
"0 Theresa, this indeed is an uneapeto
happiness. God be praisedI"
There did not recognize her fried, bet
her friend it was, her own find, her old
friend, whoe friendship time bha Ma
"Do you not remember, de
the happy golden days we spent
Lindenberg; do you not ree.Ue| y
saved my life ?"
yes," said she," I remember it t
what happiness is this to meet aer so le
a parting. I have thought of you a tboouaa
thousand times, but I could never get an
trace of you." The two friends wept for
joy. "But, what led you here, dee
friend," said Theresa, "I know not what
happy ccuomstance can have br ht abut
"Henriett," said the lady, "is my
daughter; I am Lady Gruntha"
"0, doubly welcome, how mysterious ar
the ways of God I"
"The cirumstance of the hop-wreath,
and the letter which I received from
Catherine, interested me in the welfare of
ye htfy, I determined to visit you on
6t 0 opportunity; but, little did I anti-
dplob joy which would fill my heart on
my alde little did I think that I should
rnew Mendship with my oldest aad
Irent fiend. Come, Therems we have
many things to speak o, let us walk together
in the garden." Then, turning to Herman,
he maid, "Pardon me, dear sir, for this
abrupt departure. I have many things to
may to my dear old friend. We shall meet
again. Do you, Henrietta, bring out all
the cakes and sweetmeats from the carriage
and dharmhei with the children."
THIE EST POLICY. 85
So walking arm in am with her old
friend, Lady runthal went down the
gravel walk and at down m ie benah
under the'apple tree. She then related
what hd occurred after the death of W
mother. Her unhappinem with her at,
the misery to which she was reduced, -
that she could not command ink mad paper
to write to Theres, and had not the mmy
to buy them, how she at laut Wime
acquainted with, and married her kind hue
band, the Baron Von Grunthal, and hew
for many years she resided with him at
Prague, during the war, how when peae
was made she instituted inquiries to dit
cover what had become of her friend, but
all to no purpose.
There then related all that had hap
penned to herself from the departure do
Leonors for Vienna to her own la
What astesiks me more tdhm ny
thing else," aid Leonora, is how you have
contrived, on your husband's small income,
to support so large a family."
Theresa told her that they had always
found that God in whom they put their con-
fidence never failed them; and that they had
always acted with the utmost frugality, indue-
try and economy. That they had turned
every thing to the beat account, and had
always endeavoured to lay by a small umm
annually, which small sums had often saved
them from misery afterwards.
SI have always heard," Mid Leonora,
"that the great secret of housekeeping lay
in two thing--to increase your income and
Diminish your expenditure; how could you
manage to do the first"
"We always tried," said Theresa, "to
make our land produce as much as possile.
The pasture here was parched and hbnt up
in dry and warm summers; the plot bken
our door was a usele and unwhalesme
S THI BST POLICY. 57
swamp. My husband found on the side of
that hill, a well which flowed down to the
village, and by our door, but as it had not a
clear passage, it changed the land into bog.
He turned the course of the spring in seh
a way as to water this part of the garden,
which has rendered it peculiarly prolifo.
He adapted the vegetables to the nature of
the soil; introduced cauliflower, which
were of so superior a quality that our neigh-
hours eagerly purchased them at high prices.
The fruit trees have become very valuable.
The bhes produce honey and wax beyond
our wants. The hill which was covered
with briars and brushwood, my husband has
planted with hops. Besides his school, he.
has also obtained other employment. He
walks a league twice a week to teach the
Idlord's children singing; and has bee
eqged by the muaic master to coy
mnAl, which he does with so cear and irm
a -aLd that it looks like print."