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 An addition to the family
 The young artist
 The visit
 The forest on fire
 Gratitude
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Table of Contents
    Front Matter
        Front Matter 1
        Front Matter 2
    Frontispiece
        Frontispiece
    Title Page
        Title Page 1
        Title Page 2
    Table of Contents
        Table of Contents 1
        Table of Contents 2
    The charcoal burner's family
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    An addition to the family
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    The young artist
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    The visit
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    The forest on fire
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    Gratitude
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CHARCOAL BURNERS;


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MIM MATILDA WRENCH,
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CHAPTER V.
TheLUPu onMm . . U.
CHAPTER Vi.
Ged-1 .. . .1
CHAPTER VIL
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THE CHARCOAL BURNERS:

on,

gbst tateful ~rtist.


CHAPTER I.
TE CHAcOOAL UeNI l's PAMLT.. ;'
I a wild, romanti iad msqusmtemd u*i,
in the midt f a dmin of mewutiM t 9 the s
mits of which wwre ronewd ih i id been
ingoake and biru~ tU., l ydth little vii
of Birkeaode. The inhabMitm m in pm
gined a Kivigb th bwiog d hle, i
the traveller, in paig thr* the ditri t,
ehed in the diM the think doedi of e rUi
gi mohe rising adwly ftro the eslu wivA
.K- piled p in al prts of th wd.
Oas Of the mat eqort samau thaw-Ti'

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2 yEM CEA30AL DUlnS;


Willibmnd, an honet, kind-hearted fellow and
the riebeAt m in the place. Evr cheerfl
and contented, he went singing and reoieing
to his wek in the morning, and singing and
rejoicing he retmed from it at night. His
wife was a kind-hearted, gentle creature, who
while he was bsied in the woods, devoted her-
self to the esn of the houebold, and did her
beat to keep three unrly boys in order. She
could not, however, do much, and Willibrand's
three soa were known as. the wildest and
meot ni.ebievos lads in the village. Strong
and oivei, noe among their comrades could
outtrip them in the race; none could wim so
qptly in the trout sream, or o dexteraly
dmb the tal tre in quest of bird's m ;
adeertaily noe could show more rents in
their g ents, ma ore mstehes end bruises
their perms, than "the thrie yeg vg.
beam," they wer eommnly called; and
their poor motor nas oer in soem tUhble oe
other aboot them. Sti, in t of their an-
qlW bhe love Of dmisub, e ldb wgo b-.
pgral ivtmrits in the vilag; f ibLhS |
lathey wodd eroiam play fol"m tuio,4






oB, su esuw13n AMPW.


ao mad uw giv a smd drhiqS to mse
whimpring boob, who had rahhId hkim.
, et, yo te ot r hmad, l aU moUWpd
that there wer as ldan s goo Ipd sr
amd mdy to obig th. I am d oth
aig~bMrn henu d to Q to Wit I*MI de
"Wolf, I a oliged to at out o a jMrsy
toaigt; I wisk yo wea taha a df y
mik ail d my bIn, k whie I m Ma,"
Wolf wou g1 ad shit imo f Op m tdb
hbme ad sWmr elk an .y th wbk s .i
if be hd .em prmiad to kep wa ; d he
wa always ready to poiw ti,or ytiaU
de that could soe a mighbo, whim b
wars ked.
Or it a w.ood se to tf phirg ad
.aid, Kit, I he had the miifrtm to d
my ae, or wvhrwr it ight be i tho wea
ad I qa't go beek af it," ChuioebWr
would only top lomg oMgh to uk in wat
past d th fhset thd ma hea bm, mad the
ral at aem to the woed, d mrs retoam
Stotevilge ti L ehadfouad it. Aad Hem
Syargt ofthe three, wa just aso
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4 222 CRASCOAS SU51335;


One morning, when th eldt of thsee eboy
was about twelve yea of age, aid the others
respectively a year younger, as they were it
ting with lines in their hands, a gling for trout,
in the cool freshness of the e rly daw, just as
Wolf had drawn a noble h oat of the water,
and east it into the bket that tood ready at
his dMe, there was a ruling ia the bashes that
fringed the stream, and a sond of advancing
footeps, and a tall; powerful ma was aee
coming toward them. He was lad in a long
rsset frok of coae linen, fastened round the
waist by brad girdle; trosera of the same
homely material, and a pair of stout, clattering
wooden shoes completed his attire. His qmn-
tenaes if not strictly speaking hadsome-
for be had passed the prime of life-w esle-
lated to make a pleasing impression on those
who looked upon him; it told do pease within,
ad goodwill to all without.
As he drew near to the anglrs, h called to
them in a lod, clear voice, Heigh, boys, p
with you, and ome after m to work; you ha
played the idler long enough; it i timu 4
yen to earn your business, and do i





OIg W *MOAWML A-m. I
f ryoewailybmLd. Ptyow lim ad l
asid, ad fllow M e?.
"oh, htbh r,"aid wafr,hewki"aham
fully in tbh fe withot mosin, "wen't
om lo.day, indeed We hae wde ak a'
good begiaing with owur ing, that yes
we Maily semodd aov. dauw. To.mmou
if yoe my ,we will p to wk with ye il-
inly; bt youawil letam dm l t4y, I kmw
if you have my wish for a ai diek lor
Ipper. Only look at thaM. fell o we
hae already hooked."
Wilibrmnd poeep into th bket, =4
e nte fow goodly troeet, ek a t wlhi
sMde hi eth water. He igheda gCd-
natoredly. "WelU, boy," he aid, "e ye
e in for it to-day, o it uset be, I Neu*eJ
bt by to-onew's dawn, without yo m
redy to be otf the wood with m-- y, I
would not have yoe fourgt it, unle yeo wald
wik to b e. inded by thbeboometiok' sad
with thee word*, he tuned fonw tbhm,4pd
- Moona taing his way with napid tide
P tugh the fort.
Wad emotialM d to ck till aoo, ma
at






6 TnE cAfhbil muanui;


the lft off; for in the firrtpla they had by
that time caught enough of the pretty, sivery,
dainty Sem ; in the next place, they felt sun-
dry cravinge of hanger; and la"tly, they knew
that they wre expected home, to take their
their' dinner to him in the wood. 80 they
moaeoted and packed up their Sbhing-tackle,
and swinging the welWfed basket between
them, they ra off shooting and whlitling, and
as merry a blkbirds, to their hom.
"You .me eome just in time to save my
seeking you," exclaimed their mother, a
the lads entered the otage. "The dinner
is quite ready, and the loth lid; eat away,
and then rn of to your father with his
diaw.
The boy, however, frt opened their baket,
and showed their shining prie to their mo-
ther; she smiled, and joyfoy put them into
her pmtry; and then placing themselves round
the table, where, in a large arthen bowl a
savoury mew of potato-amp was smoking, wih
folded hands they asad a blesing on tbhir
simple mel, and sat down to enjoy it. T
were moon atiaad, and theh set out *i






on, 3 enusA-m AM-. 7
large jg-Al of the eep to their htder,. to
refeh him after hi hard work. Tey wel
knew that be would be fand whn te smoke
was rising the thieb t, besev there the pi
ofwood wereme pd P highest md s they
were not lng before they rested hm. He
was still working wy, oMtig moitened lay
upon the wood, clearing mor bilEt fr a
fresh bep, and laying about im o watily,
that the great drop wer bet trieling down
his foe. Nweerthele, he wa a harty sd
contted a ever, wd met a wedplieaed eek
at the great jug be aw his me s rppua.
ing; then gleaning t the oemirulding eup
eonviinig himeif tLht n was right thiL snd
no danger to be appreheded, he threw himif
on the mesy urpet tht invited him to nt
under a .preding oak ee, nd pCarld to
enjoy the noontide meal beneath the coo, re-
freshing ade.
e Ah, boys," he smid, you have not hurried
yourseles this morning; but no matter; the
estaer the hanger, th better the appetite.
me mse what good things you have got is
jitaker."*--1






8 TI QOBABOAuL BDmUMI;


The ldr reached the jgy to their fthrand
he looked eagerly in.
"Potowo, I delaee: thee nothing
better. Bring me the platter and the spooo:
they' jut witn the hat. Quiek, quiek;
for I can't drink the sop out d the pitcher "
The three boy trted f at one like three
apite,ea"i maxions to win the joyd bringing
what he wanted to thefther he mo dearly
loved; but Wolf's leg were tbhlongmt, and
a he wae n dawdler, but et therm ito the
qeiseet motion, he od coee rem ed the hot
it, d seimued the plate ad pomo. With a
shet dtriamph he tered bask, mdeat them
spM mgin the air in toke a hise vitary; ad
* Wilihrnd, tha gh he euld not help laughing
at the on rmew l htee d the you r children,
tried goud-nmtedly to comfort them.
"Neer mind never mmid," Mid he;
"Wolf hu the advantage ot you both; he's
the eldet sad the bigat knave among ye.
Now it down beside me,ad while I a at-
ing, teme what you mother is about, ad
how maay trout you have aght to-dq."
The boys obeyed, and had s toUld tr

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o0,16 2* 3ULAt A-t r.


tale while their fiber poued the snp ito tb
dish, mad te it with right god appeite.
It' a fine thing," he aid, when s ma
been bd at work all day, to it down in the
shade and enjoy his l aot o. YToadr,
boys, over the mintai, up in the wedd, lie
people with untold heaps d gold, s that
hom year's end to year' end they need eer
work a troke; and have notihi to do, but
toset other peopletoworkor them. When
they get up io the mornis there i their
breakfast ready for them; either coffee, with
eream and sugar, or te, or ch late, with the
finet whaten bred. After this, they dea
tbemseveh leiarely ad hadodsoely, and per.
.hapm, go out for a walk, or ride out oa fne
horses, or in stately equipages. 1The they
come back to take some lubheod a they edl
it, where every deuiacsy ito be fend; old
meats, game, oyters, and other dalaty bit;
and to wah them all down, a gla of the bet
wine. When this lunebmeal is ovwr, they
ipin st to kid g tim with trifigm ad idle.
sn til tthe muds.lomgpd.or dimashem
aMies. And if the lamb ws good, I






10 tU Oca aoW&. aMums j

warmat ye the dinner a great deal better;
bat I eould not tll you half the operations
that ae made fr it. There ar otm mx,
eight, ad even many more dirueot kinds
must ad diAliestly hmdred, ad either bes
mor batter mpred, you my be um. After
dinner, triig again till paper, and after sap-
per till bed agin. They seem, indld, to be
meommaoly bOay, a"d lok upon all their
pleues, their bahe, their iiting, and w-
mblims, so munk mal binss; but it i
ont so. They don't evn kow what labour
is, th live i luazry, and have no ae for
the ftau. And now whi do you think b
the bet ofit the great pee of the word
beyond their, who are living on dintie, or I
with my potato-op ? Heigh, ld, who eajoy
mrst, they or I, sa ye?"
"Oh, father," edWolf, "what a qees-
tion! I oast a n od poetie maut tae a
goad deal better than our oatmel porridge and
rie grA Thit'a plain enough "
"Yes a e wrong, my boy, you're wmso
and if I ee ansd ed to oe~ ge plaems W
thoee people, I wld mot. New, just l

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03, TUM RawML ABW.


to m. In the Amnpt pl m t the m ed
to themdiaftie thr thr yoath p, ad hmw
Miind of the deieW onu r of a good thiV k
m of wdLdewed potatO-op; ma in the
meood, thy alway t bdor tbhy bw time
to b buhgry; nd hngr, lad, hmeg i
thw beit ok, ad l bour the bt -im i.
And k r hdi e peope er be im wy wbd
nothing? lWy femd oa datie,M it i bre,
but rithort nmy apptIhe; whi I kl m thi
6mib gMomod, an d anum Gos on hr
isky, I kew wel whtt is to at with aRp.
tito. Why, Al my 6lifvlg, when da dim
oome, I hv had aregjar Mom's wmifg I
tel yom-thah to hrd wrL. And s i any
d you AouM li to go uMng thesm reffr
pbe in th grpt ities whm thy dell, de't
think oa wyigM d mPe thsN, whm
you al their fuming WI r VmligsB yo
he" no m"o to mvy MM, but they hM
henry rmoan to eayj. Aad Mew theiti w
is mptymdyou my my7 it bMkag s a lmd
thne mid you dao't bk it by the wy."
SGood-bye, ther," med the bos, they
Mes o.






Is Via CRh5MAL DOBrArS


The lhreul-barer reeumed his labour,
and oatinued to work hard till eenifn; but
whme the an retied behind the mountoiaa,
egatered his tood together, lag them oer
his back, rad hastened with leg tlrie to 6i
dear bore, at paoe with himself, and with al
the world; be ad been doing his duty, and
Gohd blessed tL work of his hmde As
he psed long, under the lefy abhde, his
heart rnj*semd a though h were walking in
the T plo d GqD; all ws so ats, as soeh-
ug, nd nemaous.m y he went on pnirng
and bling Him, Whse works wren thu
omdiom and fair.
Befm e had get to the village, his three
boey came rnuinag to meet hi; they cmm
posting awoud hin, and pahed and showed
eah other with their might, in order to ma.
sme the rouh h of their father, and walk
y his ide to tlgre. The vitor walled
p*omdly *almn, nrqak of. the s& an4d
thb mps bowed am him with rigt good wil
by his eatio brthes. He w th ~.ew,
and e grsped the prit.
V





O0, lU uRAWUnm ABIf.


CHAPTER I.

AN ADDITION TO TNB FAMILY.

On the oaken table, which ws covered with a
coarse but clean doth, stood the evag lamp,
and the dish of dainty troet, with a bowl d
smoking potato beside it. The feily agai
stood round the table with lasped hands; sad
Willibrand nodded to Wlf, whoms tam it wls
to my the gpae. H leW his hands o the
ede of the tbl, and aid-
Cao. Lo, a. u. Set Iw t a,
Te do oid go r Ih y m bk.'"
Thb e.k drew n his stool, sad mardy
to pri his puat aong tr trest ad potam
Thy wer inwterr d, howwr, by a rg*
tp iN s the door, sad upon itvr Wii-
hMid* load "Cos in the IA s lwst
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14 "M GRAIOAL 3B355;


up, and a pry, fair boy, of about ten years
old, stepped into the room. His head wa
covered with Ahort, light cur; a pair of the
softest blue eyes lighted up a countenance of
great sensibility and intelligence, and the
ruddy he of health shone in his cheek; he
was slightly made, and his delicate figure of
fared a striking contrast to the sturdy forms
of Wdibrand's athletic boy The child drew
near to the father with faltering tep and
timidly asked, "Are you Willibrad, the char-
coal-bro ? the folk of the viage directed
me here."
Ay, my boy, I am b, and you've bit the
right nail on the hbd. Say, what is thin
errad, and what dost th want of me?"
The child made no mawr, bat took out a
letter, and gave it to Wiliband. It was care-
fully wrapped in a piee of dean paper.
SIs it for me?" said the good man.
"Ys, for you" pliedthe boy. Thesity
people g it to me, and mat me awa with
it. Y r nmen t be o the ontide."
"Aad so it my be; I won't pimsy it,
jCd Wil'brand, laughing good-khter -





03, Earm ,m m um.
aly. "Oly ti t pimty t mAtm I irh
I was a yamsiwr, thm wms aet a usbl.
memer in thd viag% md my Ather tsk
m arly ito th woods, md taught an to
help im; ad thm thbe wM mMlir tim
ar opprtuity tolbe m ythin elm kt my
wiL will nm =s what's in t le er by md
by. Now wiell hm our er. AMth a-
gry, little one
"Ay I indeed m I", ntmmui dt hay,
"for I have esten nothing yet to-dy, but a p
of bo that a good-wife gm m by th
way."
"No, ld tk e make a mrmoy, bs i
don with us. Draw yoad beie fob ed,
aud mw let fE to."
The child mtemd himself by the id f tfh
good mother, who applied hi s plt phati
fully with the Mvomry h. And it ws my
to m in hi b how good hefead it. He
was a gromu by th ear of hLmW tha
he siId lst to a but th pleumrM f ati
fying it, and to be thinking a oting but th
tatmid p*tat a his plte. In th men-
whil the theiwe i amm g we bAm





16o n CEAagAL aUBUris;
head to Sout, a te the ths boys wa rmpaking
their heads to amount for the sudden appear
sae odthir little atm rguest. lTh eyeo
their mother cited with pleasure on his deli.
eato fir, and she could nat help looking st
him coutiully. It seemed a though his
features were familiar to her, and yet mhecoud
not reealleet ever to have seen him before.
hther Wilibrand was the only oue who
semed to be thinking little or nothing about
him.
At st great and smll were alike atIiefd,
and the mel came to an end. When the
table w cleared the good-ma took out the
letter sad headed it to his wife, "Now, mo.
there, read that, and let us hear where the
little knave is come from."
The mother drew the lamp towards her,
opened the letter, and read it through to her.
self. Heaven be praised," she claimed,
ringing from her seat. Now may haen
e praised, for thbo art my nephew, Writs,
my own dear sister' son."
And so saying, she mbraced the chil, mad
pressed him gain ad gain to her h so.





o, -u win. IT
-mie Mb in h bemrl hd ebibs ea ts
-song boys-dmd a A ummed their lil eiak
md quessur e s ~imd in ti. u teto
Mher nid quietly, "Now, ekim, th is
aMtty whrt I UaptI wham I e haed
upon the uuhin. There's s ik of his na
thr about the eyw. ome bae, my mo, and
embrme m toe. tou' ribt I lmdmi to
my f."
The little pril ad-mee with aedd.e.
mnd Nemsivd the embr h of te gedaem,
whbah wa right Lhrail bItowed, md tiL
returd to his rut.
And mw, my hinme, lt in or whoe
in the better "
But his wi wept. "Tht mt be med
toyealoa u"me Uh"d i. "Ittreetaef l 4
terei mdy dam ihamd em they eirm -
to the heart "
"W4e, be sy wat they y, t hey mt e
G.O ordering, d Mt bo bans .wi&
times r without mnwuhng; bt eme
with me into the heaber and there theo
mest peor ou thine heart to me."
And then Willibrnd ame, and lighibg
ca

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18 A eO OSmAL BU, vESI;
tor, e;ppr ted his bew ed wif to the Aham-
ber, after hvimg fir desind the boy to
make fiends with their young rative.
"Now, de wife" said be, a the deer
loeed after them, "Now we ae alone, te me
what hba behlhn."
"Alt I alas I my poor sister is dead, and
he let nothing are ypnder -boy. On her
death-bed bhe wrote this letter, behmehi(g
me, in words that well nigh break my heart,
to persuade thee to receive the abild and to
bring him up with our own. Her husband,
thou knowest, died long ago, and there i
noe oftheir kindred remaining but us. Say,
what all we do?
She suad, and -tear pored down her
b' eedk; but Willibrand spoke words ofomfort.
Compme thyself, wife; thy dear sister
has been taken away by Go, and she is at
rat in the mansions of Paradise; ad a to
her boy, why. we mat and will, to be mre,
take are of him with our own. Where there
has hitherto been enough for five, we .hall
now find enough for six; the little uraia
shal he er son now."


.--- -- JI---.- I)I'-l-IWY-- -~





e%, SAIMS& ham..


"0, "m dear. Lpo am, hee. lwa rtpsy
I* t, wif e 1 opr kb Mc ., Nk
hM wht tohe giet Io the orphm thy
wod h roled h Ivy birdM hm my
heart, hr it wMd WM mm bhd with me. i
them bahd iMnisted m tming dt pow eMi
upon the world agai."
"Why, horw eamn m a thoLght tIh
into thy helad" rid Ither Wilmed di&,
may. "Didr taUe m fr a pas W k,
beigh Are w not Chrii fMl d did
not the DBleed LAD bid a 'be meilel,
veM our FA Br in beon is m ri rt
And yet tho didet thik I eold thruMt g
the Wid tL th thy ter in er deA gy
did .eamid to our eas Nay, my iM
wie, not so; the ood GOD would snr leek
upmns with a lovi eye afer MsL a dad M
tht. N, the lad hB be dar ad prmsie
to me a my ow boys u, sad suh l bh N
a am regret hbis mti hour. Con, dry
thy tearmy good wife, aud let gop together,
md iAd oat hw be trailed thee t My mils
. th nmeto th rs ."d
- Itas they netuned to the roou, and fewod





s0 "M =woomm c mumm

thv fr tywonage l kind mi alb dommas,
adnduk4b adt take I"to mos euiu.J-
seu Vi sMused ugelr to the wias"s d
big -.m *-abt nomabb in the-woods m
missig the umon; about Wl tomns .md
6irds nests; and about bevomteoms and
.;li said Vri4oa the other bi told
thm wW psm*hdidui tin g" mtsdd. He
IAMMltbeOfg IsM ai"i be ad parsed
th an cm hi.jouf., I IPauibed tbhe 8066
nil.., mad .iohm of somay td of whAis
it ,U ameir lires the be,.a led mm hued

Whom Wiraud relumed wM the molher
ao th sportssat, he mat hme iYA the
put "uhheaubiond m*Aor, and milig
the boys to him, addresd thu. i thav
weeds: I Now lak uAI huetoAmy toyu is
dhat t wil aever haen this ufj ho "ty
amg as, and I bid yes ropMd bias a
t brother, sad lo"hbin awlb. And if
am yout rso, Wol, i). and aBolh k ,sh
he"ea &say to give him.a threshdnin,& as
d the boys d the vilge, I shell *Wot,,





04 srn .auw. ASnUr.


ta of ye, I proWn yLe. TY r w klhi
s neithr so big rm so trst as y, Md
therere it the mse babom yos to k id
ad gente to him. I knew wall 6 seg th
you weu nesv do M hi y hrm in od
aret, ,fomr you ar wim esh to fad
that thit wold be a im; but yors m
neollt that yIou a n t to eat am i pm
him am in Sport, a yes do a ethr.
Now what may ya, wil yow proi .
this ?"
"Ys, father, that we wil," uhstd the
thee at aoe; "and I," addb Wolt, "will
engap, moreover, to keep the ethes bfo
doing him any ilv-trn. He who sh ll
Fruit" aM e0d4 my expect to rein two sm
me. so bmew ."
Elh laughed at thi meIesm a"d giape
the haud of the new brother. "We vwil
always love thee, Frits, tad do all we sm to
plan thee."
And so the bood was fbrd, d the father
t perfectly confide that the brotherly auoo
l| never be brlken. This being doss,
:b4roed to Frits, ad abd how he had





U s cnEAoAL BnmasM;


ooaorid to mke Lh way to tm, md
the chid toUd hi story a foBow
"Whom my dmr, d-mr motawhr dad,
ad peb l hd msom d maedd r sway to
the chwerbyd to ay hr th r, I mnt nirt
smd day, md eo dU aot be ewomhted. he
mi~bourn hd tak m bhom, mad bd tri
to elrt me, mad bhd tdd ml I LboU not
grine w fr tat th gpst Ga o wM we fhr
M&. But or two fhll we I eoeald ot li
to thmU, my grid wm o great and mo bitter.
At the d of tit ime, I bos to fedl eo
ewrrowfl, ad more m tmated, md to think
that thdo Mmld Gon mMt hua know best
why Be wa plosd to th my dur othr
to Rimalf. The nisiglhbmm ma y pod
to me. They had Do chid1, Mad te good
wolmn oAd told mshe wmald hkp mm a
her so if they had not ben o vary, vry
poor. One day her hbuhd wm st fr by
the justice of the plaee, ad ono oming bhk
ie toked vrly mrowa, w-ad tld hi wib
that ty oth had not ak maym mn y
a that the Me of her good hald M
6&Wsi to pay thdo apm.eohf bwEum





oat -m sawm Ane. U

*AtbI met us u btl mumag toPIfimog
in the word- rm juslinod Simrni ha
Ister that my dir nethe r hA uiarmtl*
hubae er doto, md msis it wa adibmind to
yoahotlier Wibmmdj had duuind m to
bemtotouarry it to yr. .
"I wept wba I hbord ebb, hr I w asmaid
to wm r oamal im the wide add, ndthr
I id nsownr m yo%, hu, md Ii rnisd to
the meigh86 ru. m tried to 0=6t4
nw4 sd told m In mits nyofmsa, for b
woold tm am, tbs I t M. be mt byuii
od anmymoe. AONdW60, a day ar k
oft., he omme im, lIoslmag p pleased, md
aid he bad femad a emmne who had prumimd
t tako m ia frtas d w gyoomcity n o
Wide o the ounim abodt A" mles hum
hones ,So Itookleae"ofthekind muighhee,
'th -idtbmn iaelalu I wsable fhr A
tdgsode to so; the mnior govenea
amt e w hi ewgm, sd weod ofa. Dwimg
* rst day I fn wept, hut the MaW r
wrrykiHd, ad* wbwemr he dpped tohit his
Lmes always tookrka to aitm tony Waits
'iWemWhieoups, d me I bham to #Ae tmu m





34 1TU CEJUCOAL SUMBia;


reemiled to my ituation, and to take more
notice of the rod and o the towns we pased
through, iad of the beautiful country. We
travelled very slowly, and tea days had elapsed
before we reached the ity on the other de of
the mountains.where I wa to leave my kind
protector. He gve me something for my
break, book me heartily by the hbad, and
their wiohing me Goo's blessing by the way,
drove o round the oontains, while I streak
into the path that lads arors them. The
*~te- q o the saeent tired me dry, for I
am ,bt a weak lad, ad I have never bee
used to moh walking: so before log, I threw
masff on the groed under aa oak, ate my
hbrebt, sad weary and dejeted, fell ost
e-op. I did ot wake till the n waa de-
duing, and thn, 0 how frightend I fe I
for I thought I shoid have to peas the night
alane in the forest. Pear quickly overemme my
weariis; I spreu up, and ra forward,
nhing through the thick uaderwood without
binding, or looking for the path. Someti-
I mrmed a youag fawn, or a buek, or
lartlsd hare; and my limbs trembled bemaI


.&.A





OM, TUB OSAW 9amM.


me when I heard the ruatdi they ade
among th buhmbe. As th dak inesamMd,
my fears grew with it, and both together m
it more ad more diflelt for me to Sfd the
road. A hundred time I was ready to sink
with terror, when, by tih fiat glimmer
the riing momn, I m w strange u me before
me, and hightfl hes glaring at me. The
firt appritio ws like a eroked old wos,
bent nearly double, and bearing a beaset at
her biek; nt ame a tall giiat, with a loag
beard, and then an eamoau bird, with out-
strthed wings, or a bear growling a if he
would at me up. In my edeavorm to m
aqpe fro these speetrl horror, I fell into
real danger, by tumbling over the roots of
tree, knocking myself against the brnebs,
and ailing into deep holes, which I could ot
ee. Never, while I live, hall I forget the
horrors of that dradful night, no, never."
And pray whme eame all thmae bhoron
cried father Willibrand, interrptig him.
"Why, from you own idle, illy, fa If
y had just eined pp your uy, my dear
Kild, you would soo havee. en that all the





96 nr COAACOAL SUBnMsW ;
crooked old women, tae giut, birds, and
bears, were only foret tree; yo would, to a
earcriJty, lmre Meaw all thus terms amd
would have mee plily that the wood i a
little to be dread by night a by day. But
fer is a grievoua eri It perplexe the mind,
mase pele blid ad def, eost a paley on
the mensae, and where a dtt hat would ddi.
ver a me et of ral dger, bern him to the
road by fasi perak. So, boys,holdOpar.
by with har, and et her at msout at oem; and
wh dheo se thet yo wfl not limtn to her
tamptatiomo, de nMt trobe b elf further
abot yo, but will ave you at liberty to fol
w the saggeetics of Corage ad Deeioo."
"Ah, fther," cried Hane, timidly, that a
all vry good; but what am all the mouage
ad deeiio in te world do against petrs
ad appritiom, sech a Htdlbergh, the wild
huntmoan, and his ghotly peek of pounds,
that roam by night thoh the rest, and
bkter in tbe air What device an you
adopt agast odiless prits, that en neither
be rshed by sword nor budet? Tell a,
father, what r





06, W RASnrA L AMR-. mW
"Wit, boy l, id Wihind, i hi,.
how I dot ray them bedime in *ks
aud appariion I om r thh e indasd.
Who hae told yo of the wild hn mn aad
his pek ?"
"Why, a tber, juirnd 4n, ohgi.
earuilly round, "eveybody pemb of him,
a d ,may dele the y L~ atly ats him .
Ther is Stephen, or neighbor, sqs he h
often omt the White Lady, with imwing gp
mento, hovering or the pool t thse hd d
the broek. Her onniets.me hbe a was
id bloodiss, and it oM sld to look npom,
she slowly Seated in the oonbe.."
"Yes, indeed, father," aimed in Chrite.
pher, bhave hed that too; nd ad OMr-
man delares positively that be hb m the
Wild Heateuma."
Hoos-poesu," cried the father, lughig,
" I see, youngster, you are doing your best to
frighten as aUl but you'll not hit the mark, I
warn you. The legend of the White lady i
nothing but an invention of fearful people.
A hundred times, at hrt, by night as wl as
by day, have I pemad that pool, and sever yet





so Tan oKCaIoAL NUANKE;


bhve I sen anything of the White Lady that
hats it. But I e o bten observed, in
the cool evenings, how the thin vapours rise
from the water, like erling smoke, and slowly
and gracefully flot on its surface, asuming
something like a consistent form, and hang-
ing over the pool like a cloud, and, by moon-
light especially, having quite the appearance
of a woman' long and leecy robe; and it
is very possible that Stephen, and other such
chickenhearted folk, may, in their fright,
have taken this floating mist for a white
lady. This isnot only pole, bat probable,
for what was wanting in fact, was supplied by
far and fancy; and Stephen, in his fright,
may well have en clasped hands, a pale
eoatenance, flowing hair, and the like, all of
which only existed in his own fsany. This
tnraparent cloud, whicb rise from the water,
and keeps hovering above it, is formed by ex-
halations, or vapours which are invisible by
day, but in the fainter light of eve become
perceptible to the eye; just like your own
breath, which you don't aee in summer, but
which, in the cold weather, in winter, you





O0, WE4 eMAnU1 Air.


ae staumi lihe a M-t h ys. A
so, too, with Germi and the Wil Hauts.
mun. He was ooiM though the fest em
night, I de say, and disturbed a next d ra-
yeI, or a par of eerceeh-l, or, perhaps, a
hbed of deer, and tried by the wuemiug
of the bird, or the trampling of the der, he
took to his hee, and running of with a his
might, converted a imple, taural leASt, into
a wonderful mapermatrul appewanme.' Nver
trust to subh torie, boys. They are a the
prod.ut either of idle vnity, whiSh lade peo
ple to pride themselves on haing met Mth
MWlmraud wa quite rilht, d rii i ghtdo%
hbe, im dA muem aembim, bee. td 600ma od
ldlu AMriN; t our yong Iad Usy ias to sw
a tte m orf a prwoomge who skb as eem- a
ate inn ur Gurmww wrb, end of who, if ithey Ml
over lt th Blsh olimt, they wE be Me tohar. He
is bIereFh Gummy to hove been ams Be.f .dkemhqe,
who *M so e treay o d of the uhe, that he t y
puaer It on Sunday, ldte of glag to ohuch, but
trumpel oner t cor of t poor peeub, ml me rMd
ove them wlhot wmey, i tdhey e h way. 80
thimy rhat fr the day ofu dea, tM dt Day of
Jwgment, thi Lord of amlubmer is coneme to be
buted by ight d by day, by the Ei prit ml
bomW of drkne.





80 Tan CiaRCOAL SUBEIMs;


things that other folk have not; or they
are the invention of that birth-gin of our na-
tore, pitiful, all-distorting, all-exaggerating
Fear.
"There ae many people in the world who
see spectres where others do not, and where
none are to be seen; and this arises from a
diseased state of body, or from weakness;
and the most wonderful things have been seem
in this way. I remember being told once of a
student who was at a certain hour regularly
visited by a spectre, that remained fixed nd
immovemble at his side till he changed his
plae. When he rosefrom hiseat, the spec-
tre moved with him, end would pace up and
ddwn the apartment as he did. Light or
dark it mattered not; the spectre was ever
there visible only to him, and to him but too
plainly visible. The unhappy student eon-
salted many physicians a to the means of
laying the ghost; none could afford him any
relief, and he grew thinner and paler day by
day. At last, a wise old peasant, who had
heard of his case, advised him to give up his
studies for a few months, and betake himself





03, 11 11 LIFUNVL Lamie.


to travel, being areful to live mry imply, s
-to use plenty of exeos. The student te k h
advice, and was ced. Befo a qurer of a
year had passed away, the ghost had vanished,
never to return. It ws but the vion of a
heated fancy, and ad been called up by the
excitement of an overwrought mind.1 Now,
Prit, go on with you tory, which I have in-
terrupted longer than I meant."
"Of my farther adventure in the wood,"
continued the boy, "I recoleet nothing but
only know that I cet to reaming and crying
with all my might and main, and that almost
beside myself, I ran wildly forward following,
a I believed, a light, which glimmered before
me, till at length I rtek at in a bog. Thi
brought me a little to myt, and I tried hrd
to extricate myself. I think I would have
s uceeded, had not another Wil-.the-wisp at
AlMhough no om waMdd htly V ou. a beWif i
thM ay 1ud air. of ghsel*y IppIMsmN, s, we
m mrnmtum by pkimaldb i. *m kno that a
birviest to th will of thir m or Ca Iwa, who a,
tf He m It, at y uti ke m m-lnM of thi prm
iS is pbriap wier to adetpe a k damMd smd Momrl swaml
ash o.f rpakifu on ts sWt.





a tug CEASOOL SU1335;


that- momet deded my eye, and totally
emofoaded my ,nses. I plunged up to my
knees in the swamp, saMed myself to be
lured now in this direction, now in that, till I
could freely put one foot before the other.
At laut, oh, joy oh, transport Ihead a voice
in anwer to my oftrepeated shriek and call
for help. I redoubled my eforts to make
myself heard, and re long had the happiness
of seeing a man advance from the wood, who,
when he beheld me sticking in the bog,
shouted to me to come towards him without
delay. I obeyed gladly, and happily succeeded
in wading through it, and then related to the
man, who, I firmly believe, was the mea
of saving my life, the eiremetaenes which had
redeued me to that waofl plight. Idid o as
exactly a I could remember them, and he
took me to his hut, which was not far of.
Here we found his wife, a kind-hearted old
woman, who cleaned me from the mud, and
washed away the perpiration which was
streaming from my forehead, and revived my
drooping spirits with a good meal. I never
tasted anything so relishing u the new milk





05, INN QrATuUL AMtS.


and the bak bad she gave m I ae till
I was satifed, and then, oerpoweed by
fatigue, I fell aleep. The good-wif carried
me to bed, d there till the net morning
dawned, I dept like a king. When I was
dressed, and had amid my prayer, he gave
me a mes of porridge; I thanked the old
people a- well a I could for their friendly re-
ception, and asking the way to your boue,
Father Willibrand, I took to my feet, ad here
I rived, as you know, and right welcome
and happy you have made me."
Thus Frits closed his nuntive, and soon
after the family retired to bed, to restore
their exhausted powers by peaceful slumber,
and thus to prepare themselves for the care
and the labours of the following day.



1'






54 IN CRASCOAL SUIIEDUS;


CHAPTER III.

THU YOUNG ARTIST.

TzI day wa just beginning to dawn, the glo-
rios sun was yet below the horizon, and it
was only by the bright red of the emtern sky
that its coming forth was announced. In the
Selds and the forget all a sill. The bird.
had not began their oug, the fawn and the
hare were yet resting in their mosy covert,
and the deep silene of slumbering nature was
only broken by the gentle murmurs of the
rippling streamlet.
But in Willibrand's bou.e a pair of active
hand was buaily employed. The good-wife
was up and stirring, had kindled a bright fire
spon the hearth, and was preparing the morn-
ing meal, a mes of porridge. Of tea, coffee,
and sueh oatlandish drinks, the simple people


.. .1





01,0 2 OIAIutm AMBY .
d hemaeds know sthWi msd were
teted with the growth of their ownem
Juat the porrMee wa nedy, Father
Willibrad's creaking step was heard upoa
the stair, md in amotheruimt he was in
the room, wishing hi. diligmt wih a good
mori".
"And now," mid he, "I a going to
aroue the boys, that they may take their
breakfast with s, for thy ra to go ito the
wood help me to-day. It i high time
tht they should leas how to ea a ivin in
the world."
But surely, good-man, thou wilt not take
the little Frits ito the wood with thme. T
poor child idmslpig s wtly d m
soundly. I have just bee to look at him."
Heaven forh that I shoul diatrb the
child's aldmker, joined the good-ua.
The little feow maut want rest, fr be had
a long marb of it yesterday, and is not Mosa
tomed to climbing ou hill Certainly h
msht hve ret, and you had bhter It him
have his sleep out. Moreover, he would he
ms e to me i the woods; is fr too ten-





- EnE COEAMAoL VSNUIM;
der and too slightly made, and I doubt, indeed,
whether he will ever be able to hand the a
properly. But that matters not; it is not ne-
easary that all should be charooal-burners"
And so ying, father Willibrand walked into
the chamber where his three sons wres leep-
ing, and bade them get up and dress themselves
quickly, to follow him to the wood. The lads,
delighted with the prospect of working in the
frmeh, green woods, sprang out of bed directly,
and were soon dressed and standing round the
table, sending great spoonfuls of the porridge,
which was ready in their basin, down their
throats.
And now off with you," cried their father,
who had laden himself with the necessary toole,
"of with ye to the woods The sooner we
begin ourwork, and the fresher and more cheer-
fully we set about it, the sooner and the better
it will be done." Then turning to his wife,
"you an send our dinner by Prits to-day, for
we shall not like to return to the home till
evening, and then, I hope, we shall be early at
hone."
And then with a pertian nod to his wife,






ON, YU OrATYrUL AITiT. 67
WiMlibmnd left the cottage felhied by his
three oa, singing a they went. They soc
reached the sene of labour, and began to as
si"t their father in piling the billets for a frea
hsp. They were quick and handy, and o
learned how it was to be done.
While the goodman and his boy were thu
employed, the mother was, as usual, engag
by the areas of the house. She went into the
little garden that lay behind it, watered the
lower and vegetables, pulled hp the week
cleaned the paths, and then picked a basketfl
of Turkey-beans for the family dinner, a-d
taking them into the houe, leaned them, cat
off the stalks and rims, and dividing them witS
a sharp knife, threw them into a pan of water
ready to set over the fire. From time totime
she interrupted her work in order to go ani
look at her nephew, who still lay buried in the
most profound slumber. She forbore to rouse
him, for she was well aware of the eat re-
freshment of sleep to the wearied limbs, and
how there is no retorative so cordial for the
exhausted powers as that mysterious git of
GOD, the peaceful, dreamless, tanquil slep.






a8 s 3 C3AIoNOAL BMUMl=;


The sm was high in the hb vens and the
dinner was nearly ready, when Prits opened
hi eye, nd looked with some surprise round
him. But it wa not a dream; there lay hi
elethe, niely cleaned and brushed, by his
bedside; there, on a little wooden frame, in a
brown shinig basin stood a pitcher filled with
freah water, and through the little rounded
panes of the esement the ray of the bright,
dear sun, were streaming into the window, and
glitening o.the water as in a mior.
"Why, what a long nap I must have been
taking," aid the child to himself. "Certainly
it wil bring shame and disgrace pon me; what
mst father Willibrand think of me "
And throwing of the covering, he sprang
out of bed, and began to dress himself in
hate; and when be had washed his fee and
hands he kneeled down, and prayed to and
prayed Go. This he never omitted to do
both morning and evening; for his dear mo-
ther, who was a very pious woman, had taught
him to pray from his earliest infancy.
When he went down stairs, his aunt came
forward to meet him, and held up her finger.





On, Tls OeurIAT AIwTI. W
"The little dlgged, I was just eommi to
wake the that thou mighteet be ready to carry
the midday meal to the forest."
What," ried Frit, i it indeed so late
0, I will make great hate with my own beak.
fat, for father Willibrand will be angry i he
should bare to wait for his dinner."
"Nay, say, hurry not, my good lad" id
his aunt, stooping down to embnwm him
" st thy brafet inpeas, d th aet owt
at thy lisure; there i a whole how left yet,
the old elok has but just gom devr."
Fritz st down and enjoyed hit breakht,
and while he was eating it, he told the goo
woman about his departed mother, and how
kind and good she had bhis, and then taking
the great pitcher, well Uied with ban pottng
in his hand, asked the way to the wood, and
set ofd chewrlly.
At rint the san's ray beat upon hs head
and aeoreed him, and he began to get vry
hot; but when he reached the thick od e df
the wood, and took the path that lay under the
green tree, he enjoyed the refeshing coolmess






40 THU CUAMoAL Duiuiii;


and went slowly along. A silver brook n by
the side of the path, and glided with a sot,
murmuring sound, over the smooth pebbles.
Here and there the sun's rays broke through
the thick leaves, and light and shadow were
pleasingly intermingled in the interminable
forest. The birds sang merry songs in the
branches, the grahoppers chirped cheerily
below, and a gentle breeze rustled and made a
pleasant sound in the green summits of the
giant oaks and beeches.
Frits thought the walk so pleasant, that he
wished the hut had been yet great way off, so
that he might have enjoyed the sweet solitude
of the woods the longer. But he now caught
sight of the curling smoke that rose from the
charring piles, and soon after, the oand of the
axe smote upon his ear, and then the voices of
father WillibMnd and his sons guided him to
a clear pace, where the black, smoking heap
was raised and where he was kindly greeted
by his friends.
"You're come in good time, Frits," cried
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eao dinnr I Come, las, sme, seat yamseles
under the old oak, ad throw your batehe
uide."
The boy obeyed, and leaving their work,
threw themaeles down on the mom beneath
the cool hadow of the oak, and bringing ot
their pltters sad spoons, were oon buy with
the thiek ben-sop.
Wilt thou not join us, rits" asked the
good-man, for Frits stood model aie, ad
looked on with peasre, while his coins were
relishing their meal "wrilt thou not join s
thou eest there is enough for al."
Thank you kindly," replied it, but I
have but just had ny breWkfst, ad am
ahameAto omfe that it is only an hour Mne
I was i bed snd seep, while you have be
working till the sweat runs of your forehead "
"Ay, that we have, and the lads bae
found it hard enough, but now they tase the
sweets of it. It is the Losa, Who bath mid,
'In the sweat of thy face shalt thoa at
bread,' ad His Word must needs be fullled.
He who will ejoey his meat must work for it
in some way or other."





42 12ea1 CHARCOAL BuLrNB;


Hene rits turned very red, and is unole
obsered it, and shaking his hed, MI good-
humouredly-
No, no, boy, I did not aim my words at
thee thou art yet too young and weak to work
at our craft. For that, thews and muscle
such as my lads there can show, are needed.
No, no, such hard work is not for thee; but
tell me what thou hut learnt, and what craft
thou art likely to take to."
"Ah, father I" cried the child, sighing
deeply, "I have learnt but little; for my mo.
other was so poor, that she could not send me
regularly to school; but I know something of
reading, writing and summing, and can draw
a little. An old painter, who lived near our
cottage, taught me that."
"Why, how came that about ?" sid Willi.
brand.
"Oh, I will tell you; one day, when I was
about six or seven year old, I was sitting on
the stone bench before our door, and had no-
thing to do, and no one to play with, and so I
grew weary, and seeing a piece of coal lying
on the ground, I took it up, broke off a little





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bit ad began to dra with it on the white
wall of our house. irnt I drew a pair of
pigeons, that were picking up a living in the
road, then a hone, then a couple of doge, aad
lart of al I began to draw the house tht ood
onthe opposite side f the way. I haddone
s much, and was quite busied with the work,
when our old neighbour (his name is nde-
man) tapped me on the shoulder, and asked
who had taught me to draw. I trembled, for
I thought he was going to beat me for daub-
ing the clean white wall in sech a manner,
and I began to weep .for fear. But the old
gentleman spoke kindly to me, and promised
that I should certainly not be beaten, and that
he would give me a smooth, rosy-ehesed.
apple, if I would tell him the truth adeoafes
who had taught me. So I took courage, and
said at once that I had never been taught at
all, and that I had only done so to pas away
the time. Herr* indeman shook his head,
a if he could not believe me, looked first at
me, then at the pigeons, the horse, the dogs,
the bouoes that I had smeared the wall with,
Her i tdh word aeed ia Geray fIr Mr.





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and at last aked me where my mother wa.
I did not know this, but I knew whe the wa
to be at home, and I told him; and then be
gave me the beautiful red apple, ad promised
to come and see my mother in the evening:
he told me too, not to er for the drawing on
the wall, for he would take care that I did not
get into trouble about that.
"So I felt quite happy, nd thought no
more of the drawings, or of Herr Lindeman,
till my mother returned home. Alma I was
then reminded of both in a very nplsanant
way. Scarcely did she catch sight of the
blek traery, than he called to me, for I wa
at play with some other children, sad asked
me if it were I who had been making the wall
so dirty. I aid yea of course, and little
thought of what was to happen after Herr
Lindeman hd promised me that I should not
be beaten for it; but my mother, who was
very angry to ee her nice, ean, frehly.
whitewashed wall so disgred, took me by
the arm, and leading me into the houe, reached
down the Spanish cae, with which I wa well
acquainted, and applied it smartly to my





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shoulder. I sramed a though he had ban
murdering me, and told her a Herr Lde-
man's promise, and wept sore. But all was of
no vil. My mother was still omiting with
great force on my poor baek, whn, to my
great joy Herr Lindeman himself watered the
hose and at once uised her arm.
Hold I hold I neighbour,' he eldimed
earnestly; 'hold your hand, ad don't poil
my little draughtsman, because his gift has
revealed itself on your newly-whitened wall.
Let him take a ran, and listen you to what I
am come to say.
"My mother left of beating me, looked
suspiciouly at Herr Indiman, and then hang-
ing the cane on the peg, bade me go into the
street. I wanted no second bidding, but joy-
ful at my escape from chatisement, I sprang
over the threshold, thinking litti about wht
Herr Lindeman had to say to my mother."
Then you can't tell us what it might be,"
said Willibrand, smiling.
No, indeed, for my mother never told me;
all I know about it is, that from that day I
went four or fve time in every week to Herr





4 2E2 SEAUO AL DUSUA NM


Lindim's hose, ande teaght mtodmrand
to olor. But, a, at the md f one yr the
good man died, and I had o longer a teacher."
Here rits peamed, and began to weep, but
he soon recovered himmslf ad wet on :-
He was o very, very good to me, gave me
always the best eouel, and used otn to may
I shood certainly get on if I took pain to
cultivate my talent, and at all events become
a fair cond-rate artist. Not that I believed
he was right, for, indeed, I could not paint at
all, and wheb I eempared Herr IAndasom s
picture with my copies, I was ready to throw
away paper, penil, brushes and all, and to
despair of ever being able to do any thing
worth looking at. Ay, m y a time have I
had a tap on the head from Herr Lindeman
that has made parks dance before my eyes,
and cased h a rigiging in my ear, that I
believed eight and hearing wre gone for ever.
Not that he wa a hash mater; oh no; and
after soeh a blow, half-an-hour of steady atten-
tion would met all straight, and make me his
'good little fellow,' before." -
Well, Frit," mid Willibrand," ince thou





02, TER QISA93L AROYW.


art o axpet, will all it to ths r owr
lilkenees, and thou shal draw us out fr.
There is charcoal enough about, so look out
for a smooth stump and the business is settled."
rits. looked round ad saw plenty f
stump, riing about a foot, or half foot,
above the ground; he saw too, that maot of
them presented a plain, smooth suree, for
Willibnd did not in general leae the tree
with his axe, but took his had-saw and sawed
them asunder; so Frits soon foond what he
wanted. It was a stump measuring two or
three et in diameter, and perfectly smoo,
and worn as if it had been polished;.he til
picked up a piece of charcoal, rad ldiag his
fri eds keep their places he peaed to do
his bet.
With a teady hand he daw the oal oarea
the stump, traced line after lin, atrake upn
stroke circle in circle, till, as if by megi, a
beautiful picture wa seen to glow upon the
surface of the old stump. In the ditance
was et the smoking heap, and in the fore-
grund under the oak, appeared father Wili-
brand and his three sos; the lear aste





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was owing at their feet, and then eame the
oft green wood with its leafy screen, and
dosed the eone.
And now I am ready, and you may come
and see yourslve," ried Frits at the end of
half an hour. They did not want calling
twice, but all stepped forward eagerly to the
place wence the pictue was to be seen to the
bet advantage, and field their eyes teadfstly
on it; to the boy, who had never seen any-
thing of the kind before, it had all the attrae-
tio of novelty. They stood looking upon it,
as if overtaken by enchantment, and then
veted their surprise in broken eelamntions
"0, how beautiful I" cried Wolf.
Now would anybody have believed such a
thing?" aid Chritopher.
"No one ever aw the like before," shouted
Hans, asking his head.
"That in thyself, Kit," cried Wolf again;
"look, thy living, moving self; only Frits has
made the nose a thought too large."
"Ay," rejoined Kit, "and there art thou,
Wolf, and father, and Hans, and there is Frits
himself, and the charcoal hep, and the trees,





03, van SAUML AMuM.


jut a if they had Al been a ght in a m mm.
Now, if I had t bedel it with my Mea ee,
I bold not have believed that eh tng
oold have been done."
So sid the three boy and continued long
to repeat their exprssins of mupriM; but
Wilibrand had not yet aid a ylable, though
his ountenance was radiant with astoiah
meant and delight.
"Well, I declare" he said at lat, "that i
not o bad, and doe credit to our uits. 1
see we are not to make a charcoal-brmner of
him; o, he must be left to low his own be.
Pity that the pretty pitre muat stay here
and be loet. The b abower will wab it
away. If we could .but take it home, lha
pleaded your mother would be to ee it i"
"0, father, we bave our aw, let as set to,
and before evening we shall have sawed it of,
and can tke it home to her."
The father nodded ament, and the great
saw was immediately fethed. The busins
did not linger, for all amited with kill and
with might, and at the end of an bhor the
picture wa rehased, and sooa appeared upon





go WI CEORANC O TURNER;


a hard about an inch in thiebm which
might sily be transported to th house. It
was carried in triumph through the village,
the children ran in crowds to look at it; it was
gued upon, wondered t, and Frits's name
was pased from mouth to mouth, and oon
nothing was talked of but the new comer and
his astonishing skill.
Dame Willibrand was not lem surprised
than her asighbours, and threw up her hands
with wonder when she heard that Fritz was
the arti who had achieved this beautiful per-
ormanse. She was never weary of looking
at it, and at lat took it into her own cham-
ber, and shut it up carefully in a chest.
"The lad," she Mid, might play tricks with
it, and weree a pity it should be spoilt." In
the meanwhile, Frit, who had had no idea of
the mounr his rude sketch was to bring upon
him, was greatly pleased with the result.
"If you like my picture so much/' he
Mid, "I will paint you a many a you pleae.
I am very fond of doing them, and know of
nothing better to do."
And so it was. Frits ketcbed and traded





o0 ern uAr&nrm ABtW. 51
and deigned, ad father Wllibrand brought
him colors and brushes, and all that he
wanted from the next town, and let him par-
sue his new oue, never asking him to share
his labor with his three son. Whenanyof
the neighbors expressed their surprise at
this, he wouldlaugh god-naturedly and rejoin:
Neighbour, sweep before your own door. I
hall have to answer for my own doings. And
do you not ee that the bild b fir too delite
to help me? So I leave him to himself,
believing that the time will oome when he wil
earn hi bread as a winter, juat a wel M if he
had been a hareaol-burner, if he only mnmai
innocent and upright, and practise his art."
This put an end to the goip about Fits,
and heeefoward he wa known in the vige
by the name of Prits the Artist; and often,
for many hoon, the pencl was never out of
his had, and the idle boys of the pleas wold
laugh and point at him when he earn among
them; but he left tbem to prtt, sad wet
On Oiaint O if they were too amy, he
just gave od to his three osins, and the
togMes f the imaolmt were soon topped.






52 TUB CRAuCAL BUrNSSIS;


CHAPTER IV.
THu VISIT.

SuMMn was pst and gone; the storms of
autumn had torn the leaves from the trees,
and winter was now wrapping the earth in
his mantle of white. Over mountain and
over valley he shook his nowy feather; in.
stead of their fresh green leave, he now
dressed the boughs of the oak and the beech
in sparkling, glittering crystals and east chains
of ice upon the purling brook, and stopped
its rippling. All the lands and paths were
blocked with snow, and Willibrand and his
aons could no longer get ot into the woods,
but were kept hovering round the fie in
the house. It was a time of rest, fr labor
itadf.
One evening, the whole family were mad





05o a gas RAYUL aUWe.


eom-ortaby rond the great oen table, the
lamp was burning brightly in the entire
while the mother spun and quickly turned
her busing wheel-reel; the good man was
shrpenin his tool, his hatehet ad his. w;
Wolf, Christopher, and Hans, were amaing
themselves with a game at marbles; and frits
was trying all sort of igur on a sheet of
paper. The three brothers we getting
weary of their gam, and any body might
have see, that they were not fond of staying
long in the house. At lat, Wlf was heard
to say, "Well, winter is a miserable time,
indeed I"
"And why ?" aid his father, turning rod.
Why ?" rejoined the boy, "why ? why
because it keeps one all day long eowring ore
the fire, listening to the storm and deet with-
out, and beoase one can't do anything at al.
The schoolmster was telling u, the other
day, of countries beyond the Ms where winter
never ome; that's the land for me."
"What, are thy heart and mind there thea,
boy r' cried his father. "Think, Wolf, tho
art fairly launched in the woods, and I asure
7r2





54 Tn CRABOOAL SUBSUMU
tbee there i no place in the wide world so
good for a man u the place where he was
born and brought up; and believe me, if thou
wert to forake thy German fatherand, thou
mightest seek far and long, but thou wouldest
never find another like it."
"But, father, if it be s why do so many
people go to Ameria Why even out of our
own village two families have gone this last
year. If they were not better of when they
get there, do yoa think they weald brave the
fatigues of such a dangerous journey And
has any one of them ever come back ? Not
one. Then, of course, they are better of
whe they are--"
That does by no means follow, my sn,"
interrupted Willibrand; "thou art altogether
in error. It is true indeed, that many foolish
folk have roe ed the es in eareh of a new
home, because they were discontented in the
old one. And what made them so? Why,
for the most part, the wickedness and the
lying representations of bad men, who were
seeking to take advantage of the poor wan-
deers. These wicked men aend out agents,





03, 1TM GRATBn L AIIW. DO
to pmuade s towns-people ao peamut toi
leave their homes; and these agents eome aad
tell the redulo folk that Americ is a far
er place than Germany. Here they y,
man must toil and struggle, only to gain a
scanty livelihood after all, while in Americ
every thing grows ready to hand, of itself.
Here it costs a hundred dollars, and more, to
buy a field; in Amerie not more than two or
three dollar. Here a man must pay rate
and taxes, mut put up with all sorts of wrong
and extortions till he is indeed little better
than a lave; in Amerie a man really fee;
he may do whatever he pleas, and every man
i a sort of king to himself.
"This is what they tllthe people, and paint
America in such vivid colours that the poor
deluded creatures almost fancy they ae the
pigeos flying ready stowed into their mouths.
But the proof is in the eating a they soon
find. Fist, the poor fellow al their houses,
their elds and gardens, getting about half the
worth. This i the first advantage, and one
which there is no escaping. Then, with muck
trouble, they get down to the shor, and take





56 ts CAZo OAmL srnUa3s;
ship, and a he am of money they ha to
pay beforehand for their passage; and so, ua
less the hip go to the bottom on the oye,
they fnd themselves at the end of it, with a
well-nigh empty prse, in a strange land that
no longer appears to them so charming as it
did at a distance. However, there they me,
and they think they shall soon replenish the
punes, when, for a hundred or two of dollar,
they shall have prebased some five or six hun-
dred acres of land. They open the treaty and
then first learn that they have to travel about
a thousand miles up the country before they
come to their own property. With heavy
hearts they set off, and after untold perils and
fatigue, find at lat, not ields and pastures,
no, nothing of the kind, nothing but forest,
and forest, and forest again, unless in their
ignorance they should happen to have par-
ehased some dismal swamp. But whatever it
may be, they must fall to work and cut down
trees to make a lg-hut to shelter them from
the cold and damp, and then must toil and
labour far harder than they did at home, and
gladly would they return if they could. But





04, TrB OrArUL AILTT.


this iimposible; the prse hae been quite
Eqbauted qn the journey, ad they have no
money to pay their pasage bak. They an
chained to the soil, ad t=9e they meu stay.
And this is the remao they don't some hoe
gin, and not at l beease they are so we
pleaed with their situation. And now what
have they won by the change? Nothing.
What have they lost? Everything. Home, and
friend, and ohl too often, their religion also.
"They mut henceforth renouee all the
comforts and convenience of life, and even
learn to do without its greatest neeseamee;
such, for example, as furniture and lotig,
or wait a long time and paya great su of
money for them. For it s not in the Abe
rin wilderness as it is with us, where every
few miles there is a ton or a village. -Thee
you may travel hundreds of mile without eom-
ing to a single inhabited place, where ods
and tradespeople a to be met with. And
then a to hdool, who is to teach the children
outinthe wilderess Who will bring thm
to Go, and teach them toknow Hin and to






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love Him? Who will are for their mou, so
far more precious than their bodieC. No man
can bring them to Gon; ad thus in their
ignorance, their heathenism and their sin, the
children gtow up, less heaven in its mery
take pity on them. No, no I no eatlandih
countries for me; home is the best place to
my mind."
"Well, father, as far as Ameria is eon-
erned, I uappose you are right, at leaM the
United Statea of North Americ," aid Wolf;
" but then there is South America, and the Bst
and West Indies. How is it there There,
indeed nature brings forth all that man re-
quires for his support, and he has but to
stretch out his hand and grasp its gifts.
Those are the countries that I meint to speak
of, and I should not think it would be a bad
exchange to find oneself there"
"Worse till, worse than in North Ame-
ria," interrupted Willibrand again. "He
who esMapes that deadly sieknes the yellow
fever, the sun stroke, and many others equally
fatal, must ever be on his guard lest e fll a





9O, rIs PappoU. amay. IS
pey to wild beasta to ppo sm e poat,
soorpioan, mad other venmous ereatam. A
thouand perils awt ma in tih tropil re-
gion, and bat fnw buropeans hue bee able
to set at nougt 4 oveream them. And
then think of our pleasant summers in com-
pariuon with the burning firy heat which the
sun pours trait down upon the lad,--
and father too would I submit to the mow and
the in onrting rost of our winte, than to
the long eMsonu of rain when the elonds send
down their streaming torrente for month
together. Yes, truly do I Jove our native
home, and my motto is, 'Dwell in the land,
and verily thou shlt be fed.'"
At this point the oomveratio w iater-
rapted by a loud noeking at the door. Wolf
roe to open it, and retuned with a man who
wa greeted by father Willibrd with eopresy
indeed, but hardly with the nrmistakeab
tokens of pleare.
"Heigh, Master Sharp he excolimed,
"what brina me the honour of your visit?
It is a yer and a 4 y sinoe I have ae yo at
my house."





00 waE CRACeOAL VuWmUs;
Mater harp, who was a builder from tb
town which lay nearest to Birkenrode, was
distantly related to Willibrand, and had, in
former times, been a frequent victor at th
ottage. He had begun life in straitened ei-
cumtances, but had by some means mamaed
a little property, and had become proud and
haughty. His visits became le lad less fre-
quent, and at last the poor eharol-burner
seemed entirely forgotten by him. Tha it
was that his appearane now exited, and
might well ezese father Willibrands astonish-
ment. Howevr, in aswr to his adds,
Master Sharp, when e had taken a seat, -
plied, "I had a little busies in the neigh.
bourhood, and so I could not refuse myself the
pleasure of looking in oee more upon my good
cousin to e how the world was going with
him and his dear wife and children. And
here they are, all well and ceerl, a any
body may aver."
"Ye, GoD be praised, Wilhelm," rejoined
the father, "the lads grow, and are a great
help to me now. Children must be brought
up betimes in the fear of GOD, and in honeak






63, T13 GRA221PL ALs?.


industry, if we would keep body and Moul in
good esate."
"But you have had an increase to your
family, ousin," said Master Sharp. "I never
saw that youngster before," pointing to Frits;
"is he one of your ?"
No, he is not," replied Wiliband; "but
be is my dear little nephew from ---. His
parents died, and so the youngster found his
way to us, and is become one of ourelve'; for
though he i not my on, I could hardly love
him better if he were."
Ia, I have heard something of thi," mid
harp, looking hard at Prits. "* bhe not the
led who goes by the name of the'Young
Artit, from his wonderful talents for drawing
and painting Come, boy, letme see ome of
your drawings. I understand a little of this
matter, for these arts are part and parcel ofmy
business. etch some of your performance
for me to look at."
Prits roe, and fetching his ase of drawings
from the drawer, put it into Master Sharp's
hand, and Sharp adjusted his speetelem,'moved
te lamp so a to ee the drawings in the bet





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possible light, and seemed to be eonsiderng
them with great attention. The longer he
looked, the more keenly his great green eyes
twinkled, till sundry nods and murmured
whispers gave evidence of his approval. Not
bed, indeed,--dmirable,-exePent drawing,
he repeated half-adibly, at intervals. "Some-
thing might be done with this lad, I ee; he
has great taet,-pretty notion-,-ha, hum-"
At lat be came to an end of the drawings,
closed the portfolio with a loud clap, removed
the spectales from his nose, and turning to
father Willibrand with a very cunuing look,
addreed him thus:-
Now, cousin, I have something to propose
to you, if you will onlybearken tome. That
boy does not draw amis, and if he fil into
good hands, he can't fil to make his wy in
the world. Suppose you let me take him to
the ity, high? I could make him useful, and
sinee e is such an expert led I would not ak
any fee for teaching him the trade, and would
ind him food and lodging. I have a couple
of vey clever decorative painter in my srvims,
and he should work under them, and would





os, nUi euSISne imse. aM

thus be put in a way of eating his bea
honestly; while here, in thi remte village,
hi talent runs to waste and wil fa to the
ground for want of employment."
During the deiey of tis latittion, fher
illibrand was en to hake his head tought-
fully. "Perhaps you mitin it well, ooiud,"
he sid, at lat, "but I confess that it wold
go against me to part from the yongsr. I
am used to him, and I think too, that hi
would himself rather stay with' u than go
with you: what do you ay, Prit ?"
Fits, who had been listening with an
anxious countenance to the course of the eoO-
versation, now that he was thus appealed to,
replied hastily, "Oh! father, let me say
with you; I cannot go to the city; I am a
happy here; indeed I am sure I cannot be
better off."
You ee, cousin," mid Willibrand, lagh.
ing, and well pleased with the answer, "you
see how the youngster takes your oar. I
thought that he would not willingly leave us;
he knows were all fod of him. Ay tLha
right, Frit, stay among us. Paint and daw





64 ITu CRAuCOAL NVNINul;


as before, and don't despair of doing some-
thing. Practice tedily and the time will
come, even if it bsould not be till after my
death."
Mater Sharp's fae assumed an ominous
cut, but he was silent, and did not renew his
offer. The discourse turned upon other
things; the proposal was almost forgotten,
and ere long the family retired for the night.
On the following morning early, Master Sharp
took his departure, and set out on foot, father
Willibrand accompanying him for a short
ditanee. As they made their way over the
crackling now, Master Sharp resumed the
disourse about Frits:-
"Listen, cousin," he said; I have been
turning over in my mind what .1 proposed to
you last night. That lad interests me, for I
really believe he is capable of something
great if he have but the mean set before him.
Now here in thi village, where there is no
one to teach, or to direct him, he mut soon
get into bad ways, and in spite of his Sem
talents, can neverhave ay chance f becoming
a great artist. No, send him to me; I will





03, "a3 O.AY3 As"".


take good am of him, and, a I bid before,
not only relinquish the apprentice fee, but
will make him a handsome allowbtne. Do't
rehen a good ofer, cousi Willibrand, fom
me who mean well by yoe."
"Master Sharp," rejoined the other, y
have heard with your own ears what rits
himself aid to your odes. He does not
wish to follow you, neither an I blame him,
honestly peaking, for I know you. To
speak plainly, Herr cousin, I have heard that
you don't treat your people over wll; that
you vex them and harass them; that you
overburden them with work, and leave them
no time for diversio. No man is long i
your service; you are ever changing. Now I
an well believe, that Frits would be swla
to you, for otherwise you would not try a
bard to get him. But look ye, cous, this
can't be. With us the lad is kindly treated,
and does as he likes without interruption,
and cultivates his talent in his own way. A
good foundation is already laid, and aa for ae I
can judge, he baa already made good progress
since he has been with us. But if he were to
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86 TUN ZAIMoAZ. nBuaual;


go with you, there would be nothing but
work, work, from morning till night, with
many a blow and hard word, and nothing
learnt that would advantage him. For
though I am no great scholar, I know very
well that a painter of rooms, and a real genius,
a painter that comes to be eslled an artist, are
as widely different aa the heavens and the
earth, and rits shall not be made a common
dauber and wall-amearer, but a regular well-
trained professor of heart. This is my mind,
Master Sharp, and you'll not easily change it."
Coin Sharp made a wry fee at thi and
hi yet's eyes glared very angrily, but his
word were fair and soft. "Ah, my good
coin, how can you believe the foolish
tales of idle people about a poor man like
myself? Thi is all pure calumny; I ill-treat
my people, I, who would rather a thousand
times suffer myself than let them suffer? nay,
these are but downright lies. Beaide., if
I take the lad off your hands, your burden
will be lighter. Of what use i he to
you? None in the world. And yet you
are obliged to feed him, and clothe him, and





OR., 223 OZA22UL Arter.


work hardforhim. No, no! yo ean't sted
that long, ir; give me the boy, and for every
year that he stay with me, I will pay you
down fty dollar in good hard eah. Eh
doe thi move you Come let a trike the
bargain ?"
And so saying, he extended his hand;
but father Willibrand drew book indignantly.
"It is the very temptation of the Evil One,"
he exclaimed, with vehemmene; "Nay, I a
no tracker in men's oawls; and thank Gow
that He hab left me too much of Hi fear, and
of the power of aonmcence to permit me to
betray the welfare of a pledge that His Pro-
vidence has intruted to my keeping for the
sake of paltry gold I Nay, that be far ff
me: Heaven has provided for us hitherto, sad
I will trust It for the futare Wehave neer
yet gone hungry to bed, never yet wanted
either clothing or shelter, and if Frits do
bring another mouth to be fed, what harm
does that do me I do but labour the more
diligently, and have now three stout aons to
help me. Beside*, what I do for Fri is
aething but my plain duty; we are his only






68 TRB CHARCOAL BUINMS ;

relations, and he has not another friend in
the world to care for him. So let the matter
drop, Mater Sharp, and good morning to
you."
The leavetaking was short, and father
Willibrand soon returned to the house. The
anger he had felt had passed awy, and he
entered the room in high spirit, and related
what had happened, and how the city-maon
had set his heart upon Frit, the young artist.
"There's more in that lad than we any of us
think of," aid he, at night, to hi wife, after
the boy were gone to bed. "Who know
but he may one day become fmous, like
lap hel, and Leonardo da Vine, and these
other painters whom the rogue so oft tells
us about. Well, we shall ee. If the right
staff be in him, the good GoD will not fail to
bring it to light all in good time."





OR, T1a x rLAYUL hNUS.


CHAPTER V.
yBm ounB ON rIUS.

It wa about alf-a-year after the visit re-
corded in the lat chapter, which had long
since p ed from the remembrane of the
villagersn, when one fine warm summer day
Willibrand and his three soms wet as uaml
to work in the woods. He led them tothe
top of a high li, which falling abruptly,
formed a wall of rock, while o the the e
sides it sloped gradually down to a oft and
pleaant valley, watered by a murmuring
rivulet. The summit was covered with tim-
ber lately filled, and prepared for removal;
and the good-man desired his moa to gather
the battered branch into a heap, a.
then to lear a place for a ehareesoalete
while he wt into the wood to work at a dis.





70 TmS CeARcOAL oUXMM ;
tant spot, promiing to return to them in the
evening.
The boys went cheerfully to work, and ex-
erted themselves manfully though the sun
was hot, and the cleared space in which they
stood afforded no shelter from its scorching
rays. They had been employed about an
hour, when, by little and little they became
onscious of a thin, dry, and at irst almost
imperceptible mist spreading itself among the
rounding piles, and neutralizing the glow-
ing heat of the sun, whose rays barely
pierced the encircling hase It brought with
it a painful snse of tmoapherial pressure,
and the boys began to cough and to gup for
breath. But there was not a bath of air
stirring, and every leaf ws at rest throughout
the woodland district. The lads were busy
in endeavouring to set a large tree in motion
down the slope, when suddenly dense mases
of smoke came in circling eddies over their
head, so as to hide the distance entirely from
their sight. Alarmed at this unwanted ap.
pearance, which neither of them could es-
plain, they left the tree, sprang fowad, and





O, TI8 OuATInUL ARTIST. 71
lobkd eagerly down into the vanr, but
this also was ovred with a thick dod op
smoke, while a shoi, pipng mond, like the
synouncesent of a reoing storm, ang thrgh
the fret. The boy looked upp sub other
with shuddering horror.
"What means this sid Hns at lat,
the yaonget of the brothers; "I am horribly
fraid, and my heart beats if it wee going to
burt."
"And I," mid Chritopher, "feel heat
like that of a furnae. The air is so think
and hot I amn hardly breathe."
"And the dreadful smoke," cried Wof;
"I fear we ar in great dager, thoug I
cannot make out on which side it threat
ua.
They were all standing staring into thp
dease moving mase of loud that asrroandi
them, when suddenly the voiee of some se
in distress mote upon the ear. It r7ae ad0
in piering agents through the wood, sad was
at oea recognized by the boys as the voe of
lPi."






7 N Ta OcACOAL NU, swnas;
"Wolf, Kit, Hans, where are ye? Answer,
oh I answer. The whole wood i on re, and
ye must eeape for your lves I"
Th lads trembled; the forest, the, was in
lam., and thence the mist, the smoke, the
heavy, oppressive, altry air. "Here, Prits,
here cried Wolf, the irt of the party who
was able to give utterance to his fear. Imme-
diatly after, a eight, quick, step was hard
amid the crackling underwood, and then, pale,
dictated, breathless from the rapidity of his
coure, and his anxiety for his relations, Frits
issued from the smoke and stood before his
coonins.
In the name of heaven I" he aid, why
stmd ye here idly gaming into the smoke, in-
sted of striving to save younelves by fight?
The ames have tracked my steps, and there
is not a moment to lose in seeking a way out
ofthis sea of ire. All around the mountain
the trees are burning, and I have marked but
one spot, that where the pqdng lows out of
the rock and pours down into the valley, which
has yet escaped the confagration. Butlet wU





o0, Tus OeATSmL ABsYI. 73
nat ing, l this lat hope hold Ie oat of,
buten and follow me quickly your feet
will eary you."
The boys, shaking in every limb, hbeitatd
not an infant, but sprang quickly after hia
along the mountain. The rocky grtto, from
whence the fountain iued, was soon reached,
and by .the ide of the trickling waters the
lads made their way into the valley. Havy
nMses of grey circling vapour urroded
the mountain, and for awhile hid the de-
vouring element; but soon, and ere the bey
had half made their way down the deoi
vity, they became aware of a load crackling
sound, and in a moment after, the wreathig
lames pushed their forky toogmes of ad sad
yellow through the smoke, then bled aloft,
and anon, sinking to the earth, licked p every
bush and bramble near. The ght trek
terror to the souls of the lads, and nrd
them to fresh exertion. The path wa still
clear, the ippling waters already gleamed oan
them frothemhe bosom of the valley, already
they were beginning to rejoiee in their happy
deliverane, trusting that all danger was over,
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74 T1B OA OOAUL UaMvBIs;
when lo I the door of eape was losed before
their eye.
Unfortunately at the very entrance of the
wood, and exactly eross their way, the only
way by which escape waa possible, lay a pile
of old dry underwood, and towards this the
dames were driven by a sudden guat of wind
across the shallow streamlet, which had hi-
therto presented a barrier against their pro-
gress. The dried and withered twigs, touched
by the bickering tongues, at once took ire,
and when the boys had gained the spot, they
found their way impeded by a eree, crack-
ling glow, like that of an overheated furnace.
It fored them backward, and with a de-
pairing shriek they now found themselves
surrounded by the tremendous element which,
a if greedy of its prey, rushed on impetuously
from bough to bough, from tree to tree, pur-
suing its destructive career.
And what is to become of us now ?" cried
Wolf, looking wildly around, his hands dlaped
tightly before him.
"We must get back," exclaimed Frita,
hastily. "Perhaps we may yet escape by





03, TES GRAIRML ARYIY.


climbing over the tep side of the mountain.
Here all is lot; there, hope my linger tilL"
The lad felt the remonablenes of this pro
poition, and began to retiree their ateps;
and at length, breathe with the enertio
they had'mde, reached once more the summit
of the bill Here they old look around
them, and as the danger wa not so imminent,
they stopped to gse down into the bisog
fames, which were st rising on all arod,
and had already converted the lower half of
the wide-strteWhing mountain into a aoing
oan of ire and smoke.
The sight was one of grander s well as of
teror, and the boys, eseially rits, wo had
never for a moment lost his mel-pomsiWu,
stood lost in admiration mingled with horror,
gaming at the sublime *pectae of the advan-
cing desolation. Frits still looked anxiouly
for an opening, for he wa well aware of the
great peril to be eneoontered in attempting to
escape by climbing down the almost perpen.
diclar wall of rok. Wherever the thinner
vil of smoke held out hope of an egrs he
eagerly ran to examine it and did his most






76 TUB onACoMAL 3U31u35;


to find a paage through the opposing vapour.
But all his efforts proved ineffeetual, and at
let the horrible conviction forced itself upon
him, that they were surrounded and enclosed
on all sides by the ames.
There is no help for it, and we must set
about the descent of the rock on the teepest
side," he said at lat, to his trembling comps-
aiomn. Let pray to OD to help us with
His gracious mercy, and then do our best to
ave our lives."
The four lad sank upon their knees to the
ground, and with folded hands, and eye east
up toward heaven, poured forth earnest rup-
plitioua for deliverne. Clouds of smoke
kept rolling upwards, the fearful hissing and
crackling of the lames, the crash of falling
trees, the howling of the blet, which now blew
with vehemence driving the fire before it, mia-
gled with the voice of their prayer and their
cry. Rising from the ground, they advanced
with hasty strides to the edge of the precipice,
and gased on each other with counteanesa of
horror when they looked over into the yawn.
ing abyss.





05, TUN o5&WS1UL A515.


Never," cried Wolf, hall we reach the
bottom alive, as he stood gaing down the
fearful depth; and the fae of his brother
said the same. rits alone was not dismayed.
In eating his eya over the preipie, he had
discovered at the distance of about thirty feet
a projecting ledge of fat rock, which appeared
to him of esiient sise to secommodate the
whole party. Coold they but reach this
they were safe and might remain there till
help arrived, which they felt asred weld
not be long delayed. He called to Wolf,
who had seated himself on the stump of a
tree and was weeping bitterly, "Take cou-
rage Wolf, although we could not get down
to the bottom of the preipice, we may, with
care and teadiness reach that liff which juts
out some thirty feet below."
Wolf dashed away his tear and looked
over. "Yea indeed, there would be room
enough, but we should ever get there alive.
The rock is a mooth a if it were polished,
and there is not a ingle fragment on which
we could get a footing."
"All ting prosper to the brave," erid
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78 TEN CEArCOAL BUBENNR;


rits, with spirit. "We must take of our
coats and cut them into strip, knot these
stripe together, and so let ourselves down as
with a rope.
"You are right," exclaimed Wolf, with re.
need courage. "You re right, and we
should thank Goo for having put such a
thought into your head. Now then, to the
work."
Without a moment's hesitation, e stripped
himself to the shirt, opened his knife and be.
gan to cut his stout leather garments into
strip, broad and strong enough to bear the
weight of a boy. The others knotted them
fialy together, and supplied from their own
clothing what was wanting. The nearness of
the impending danger gave nimbleness to the
fingers, and at the end of half an hour the rope
was ready. They tried the length; it reached
several feet beyond the ledge of rock. "Now
then, that will do," shouted Frits. "Now we
ae saved. Now the fre may rage and storm,
it an no longer reach us."
The rope was then fastened with great ear.
tion to a projecting piece of rock, sad the






01, YEn ORAYNWUL tam.


moment was ome to make the assy. The
brothers hesitated. None would be the rat
to dare the peril: then rits feed the cord
tightly round hi own wait, grapes it with
both hands, and let himel getly down to the
ledge, and when he felt the frm roek beneath
his feet, he unbound the rope, and called to
his coauin who stood with breathless anxiety
watching his descent to draw it up again.
"Don't be afraid, you have seen that the
rope is strong, and it is of no ae to think
about the precipice. Don't loae time," ried
Fritz.
The boys now urged more powerflly by
the near approach of the devouring fames,
than by his words, prepared to follow hi ex-
ample. Better to brave the perils of a thrat-
ening mode of deliverance, than to rush into
the arms of death. So Hans went down nest,
then Christopher, and last of all, Wolf; and at
length all were mated upon the ledge with
their backs firmly resting against the wall
They had been delivered from the power of
the fie, and the dangers to which they were
still aepoed were trifing in comparieon with


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80 YEa ONAMoOAL DMOuUa;


that. Here, an abys of fiv hundred feet or
more, yawned before them, and so narrow were
the dimenions of their place of refuge, that
they oold penetrate it depths without stoop-
ing forward from where they sat.
"My head swimr," said Hans, faintly;
"it becomes as heavy a lead, and it seems
as if something were dragging me over into
the abys."
With desperate efforts, the poor boy clung
closer and closer still to the roek; but his
trembling fliers, the death-like palenoe of
his countenance, and the fixed gae of his
glasing eye portended the most fatal results.
"aor the love of heaven resumed Frits,
"hold him fast, or he will fall, and be dashed
to pieces; and you, Hans, must collect your.
self, and loe your eye. Quick! elos your
eyes, and le back, so as not to se the abys."
But the advice came too late, Hans had fainted
and was in the greatest danger of falling over
the edge of the precipice. The powerful Wof,
though not without trembling, threw his arm
around his brother, and carefully hed '
bat. Hans was pushed backwards sar nst th





01, tES S3ATI11. AluSY.


roek, rad the danger seemed over the pr.
ent. But Frit was not satiied. "This
must not ooar again," beaid. "We mst
provide agarit ruch asidmto. It wiM be
best that w should all fte ourilves to te
rope by our shirts, o that when the giddine.
meim any of he may not fall over, and
then it i easy to bring him to himself."
The brothers felt the prudene of this advice,
but then who was to eateh the rope
When Wolf had reed the ldge, he had
unbound it from his waist and thinking no
more about it, had let it to dgle in the air.
The wind had taken it, ad after tosing it to
and fro for a while, had let it hanging eumtly
over the precipice, at the etreme point of the
ledge. Whocould be sodaring ato fth it
from thence? The brother looked at seeh
other and trembled. The mere thought of the
smooth, shelving rock, drove the blood fras
their heart, and spread over each eountenane
the paleness of death. lren r it, hitherto ao
brave, drew back from the terrible trial. It
was necessary however, to make it, and it was
pI- that Frit wa undergoing a geat moral





as TAR CEAnOAL BVZENM;


struggle. He waaware of the danger of the
attempt, and flt that it was more than pro-
babe it would fai, even if he should have the
boldness to dae it. Then on the other hand,
he ctmplatep d the perilous situation of his
shuddering cousins, and he could not conceal
from himself the fact, that he alone of all the
party had suofcient strength.of head and nerve
to venture himself over the abyss. To either
of the others the attempt would have been
death; and in the merey of GoD, Frits felt
that he had still room for hope. He remem-
bered the kindness of father Willibrnd, he
called to mind the affection with which he had
always treated him, feeding and clothing him
as i he had been his own son, and never up.
braiding him with one harsh word. He re-
collected that although toiling in the swet of
his brow for his daily breed, Willibrand had
refused to avail himself of Master Sharp's
oter, by which he would have been so great a
gaier. The tendereas and care of hi aunt,
his adopted mother, all her kind words and on
dealing looks of love, her anxiety for his health
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0, 93 oZGAUIU ABYIU.


ternal solieitude, passed in vivid distietness
before his mind. Pits had a grateful aad
feeling heart, and he resolved to make the
attempt at all hasarda.
"I will do it," he marred between his
closed teeth, aI will do it, and if it should cost
me my life, the Blesed Loan will be with me,
for I am not venturing it in idle vanity or
foolish play, but in all love and gratitude to-
wards my kind foater-parents and their dear
children, now in such imminent danger. Yes,
I will go and I feel that Go will help me, for
He ean look into my heart and ee that there
is neither self-eondenee nor guile there."
His resolution taken, Prits prepared to exe-
cute it without delay, after having firt knelt
down and commended his soul to Gon, entret-
ing the pardon of his sins for Jluva CHaRr's
sake, if he should perish in the trial. In vain
hi companions entreated him to desist. "We
mst have the rope," he aid firmly, and no.
thing shall prevent my doing my utmost to
et it."
e then laid himself Sat upon the reek with
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84 TrB CHARCOAL oBURNMI;


towards a projection against which the rope,
ever and anon waved by the wind, was now
hanging. While he could glide along on the
broader surface, the peril was not so extreme;
but as he drew near the point of the ledge, the
thought that from this narrow tongue of rock
he was to bend forward over the abyss and
reach the rope, made him shudder. As he
approached the edge he felt for a moment that
his heart beat quicker, and that his resolution
was shaken, for he now sw straight into the
terrible gulf into which one false movement
must inevitably plunge him. In fearful, slip-
pery amoothnes, only interrupted by an oca-
sional projection, too small to intercept the
view, the rocky wall sunk down almost perpen.
diularly to the plain; and Fritz trembled all
over, as he saw, deep, deep, below him, the
giant trees of the forest, diminished to bushes
in the awful distance. An eagle flew screech-
ing below him, though far above the wood,
and thus frt made the poor boy aware of the
boundless abyss into which he was lookim
and ast, as we have said, a momentary bi.
station upon his purpose. He thought dldi


,_-.





03, TUER GRAU31L ARTIS.


treating ad wa actually beginning to ove
ba, when father Willibrand and his kind-
nease again rose bdeor him.
"No, no, these must be now repaid," he
murmured; and collecting all hi courage, and
remsoing frmly to inish the work e had un-
dertaken, he again paead himself forwards.
His peril w increased with every movement,
on either ide a yawning gulf with srareely
room to allow the free use of hi bands ad
feet. He therefore lid or glided onward,
gaining ineh by inch, oot by Loot, taking care
not to look down the predpik les hbe aold
be seized with giddinem, whih wold at ome
have defeated all his hopes of aduee.
The feelings with which the three bother
regarded him, conscious as they were that it
was for them alo he had dared the risk,
may better be imagined than described. Far
and hope prevailed by turns; and their an-
xiety for their brave and ithful iend was
saeh tht their hrt beat ao that they old
early brathe. Frits had not reed the
mtrse point of the toge of land, if w
m yveture to call the projcting ridge by





86 MIN CeABCOAL BUILMOSS;


this name. Here, in a little emiaircular eft
the rope was waving to and fro, impelled by
the wind, and Frits wa near enough to ranch
it with hie hand. He extended his arm, but
was obliged to me the greatest caution, for
one unsteady movement must, by throwing
him from his balance, have sent him headlong
down the precipice. The rope was blown
towards him, he strove to clutch it, at that mo.
ment the wind, which had been lulled for some
seconds, rose suddenly, and varied the rope,
as if in mockery of the boy'a effort, some
ines beyond hi reash; but Prits did not
safer himasf to be discouraged, ad lay still
waiting patiently for a more favourable mo.
meant It was some minutes before the rope
was brought within distance. Again Prits
twined his fingers round it; again the envious
wind withdrew it from his gap, and again
and again this was repeated: but the patience
of Prits was inexhaustible. In order to gain
a wider field for his grasp, he crept a tried
forwarder. The roek tottered under him; the
fragment on which his let hand wasm p
ae way-d fell into the depth with a





05, YIU GZAY UL ANYr.


woud. A doud of dust u e, hiding al the
surrounding objects and having the bothers
for a while doubtful whether Vrits was fe or
lost; they uttered a piercing shriek, which,
however, was soon succeeded by a shout of
joy; the dust rolled away, and then lay Frits
upon the extremity of the ledge hurt I His
situation however, was one of ineased peril
from the shock which his nerves had received
by the all of the rok ; and besides thi a
part of his body now hung forward over the
abys, and it required every effort of hi
strength to keep him from following the frag.
ments in their ourse. He looked out for a
more eure support, and after lying with his
eyes closed for a few moments to recover his
oompoure began anew hi perilous endeavour.
Having attained his object of advancing a few
inches farther, the didfealties of grapig the
fluttering rope were by so much diminished;
and after two or three fruits attempts, he
succeeded in grasping it irmly.
A shout froa the brothers hailed the tri.
aiph, and now Prits thought only of how he
Sto make his way back. Bat the return,





Be WIN CNAMCOAL BURYUW;


as may be imagined, presented even gp ter
diieultim than the advance had don. In
the latter rit could at lteut see the dano
of the way; while, on his r ih was
made yet more perilo by te fall of the
rock, he wa obliged to trut entirely to the
amM of feeling, a he dared not turn hi bead
in any dieetion.
"PIat the rope around thee, dear Prit,"
tried Wolf, who had been watching his
rend' progpre with still increing anxiety,
"ftten it around thee," he repeated, "and
them if tho rsbouldst dip, the rope wil hold
thee, and tho wilt eet thy retreat with less
fear. I prithee, Prits, dear, dear Frite, do as
I mk thee."
Frits, wel aware of the difieultie of his
situation, and convinced of the soondne of
this advice, prepared at onee to follow it.
Moving with the greatest caution and ateadi-
nee, he frst pased the rope over hi left arm
in seh a manner that een if be we to lip,
it muot somre and bear him up. neouragqd
by this conviction, he careftuly Are1d4 p
alip the long danglig end of the repe *A






013, u OIAY1 Auf.


his body, and then taking it in hi right head,
fastened it round hi waist in a tight kot;
this achieved, he regarded himself as perfeely
afe, at least no misaeance could possibly
overtake him as long as the rope held tog-
ther.
With diminished anxiety and eam lnes,
though still slowly, Frit now began to puo
himsf backwards, and half his pson was
placed in safety on the ledge, when suddenly
a large fragment of the rock loosened by the
rains and atom, again gave way, and rolled
from under him into the deep beneathM. Ir
an instant he clung to the rook, and apps ed
to grapple with t; but his strength was al-
ready exhausted, his muaoles cold no longer
bear the weight of bis body, and he was seen
to glide slowly forward, his head downward,
as the dissolving rock crumbled under his
breat, till his form had vanished entirely
from the eight of his horror-Atricken friends.
One srill eream of horror brst from their
trembling lips; then all wa still, till
death, and nothing was to be hosed but the
seaag of the wind, and the dietnt but yet





90 sEn CEANCOAL nVmnsU;


sadible racking and hiding of the ever-
ragingm Bane.
Prits was now aunpended between heaen
and earth, over a deadly abye whoae dark
depth hia eye could eaarely penetrate. We
should conceal the trath did we not eonfee
that he trembled at his awful situation, and
perhaps for a moment he even regretted the
daring which had involved him in it. A cold
shudder paed ovr all bhi limbs a he looked
below, and thought of what mast happen if
the rope should give way. But he trove to
command hinaelf, closed his eye, and prayed
earnetly,-paed till he felt that hi heart
beat more brmly, and the blood owed more
calmly through his veins. Then opening
his eyes again, he looked around for some
means of extricating himself from his present
horrible position.
In the place where the rock had broken
away, it had left a rough creviee like a niche;
if he coldb bt wing himlf there, he cod
from thence grasp the ledge with his arm, wd
might hope, with due eaution, to dlimb q
the aide. He attempted this, and hdet





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himself forward with his hand, apposhed
the niche, and happily grasped a pojeeting
point of the rok, by which he held ht tin,
with the hand whih was at liberty, be would
faten on another; and drawing himself up,
and eling himself with his feet, be wa at
lIsts re loaded in the ni.he. Proidence
was watching for his safety, and had prepared
the little haven of refge. Hi huads were
now bleeding from the wownd h bed eeemied
in his contest with the sharp and broken eek,
but his heart was nm, for he felt tht the
wort was over. Prm his present retreat he
did not satiipate any great dilelty in isea-
ing th ledge; he now stood with his hed
above it, and nodding to his companioma, who
were looking on in the greatest anxiety, bde
them be quite ey, a he felt able to achieve
his aim without any assistance. He stood
upright for a few minutes to take breath,
cobeeed his energies for a hat dfbrt, and then
sealed the ledge. In a few moments be wa
on it, and emping on all-four to the de
lighted boys, was received with the most asee.
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The greatest danger wa now over, and it
wa a joyous task to faten the rope to the
arms of the four boy., so that none should
run any further risk of falling over the prei-
pies; and a grateful prayer from their united
voices amended to their FAsnnu in heaven.
But we must leave them for a while, to return
to Willibrand.
Without the slightest presentiment of
coming evil, he had left his son as we have
before related, to pursue his own buines in
the uoal place, which lay in a pat of the
forest state about three miles from the
motains. He set to work a usual, and laid
about him right and left among the tree,
thinking little of the sultry heat which was
pored down from a cloudless Armament and
a mid-day sun. At laat dinner-time came,
and hunger with it. He threw himself down
wearied with labour, under the shadow of a
thick and wide-spreading beech to wait the
coming of Frits, whose business it was to
bring hi simple meal. A quarter of an hour
passed, and another, and Frits came not. Thi
suprised him greatly, and he now marmed






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the think clouded of amoke, which rising from
tbs burnig font, veid the borimo, and ob-
geared the sumn. A pasntime of clsaity
peaetrated his ul, and pressed b ily upo
hi beart; hi children were a the apple of
is eye; e spq g hastily fro his set, aad
with raid strides reteed his way to the
mountain where he had left them. The
nearer he drew, the thicker beeme the smoke,
the more oppreciv the hat, and the good
man eould so longer doubt that a part of the
wood was on Ar.
Such an ocurrence was by no mean rne,
for cardem men were often apt to kindle a f
without taking the eessary preatioms. If
the amea happened to watch a dry tree, or
the withered perishing heath-sraw, it would
spread with ineonivable rapidity before it was
poible for the esfrt of man to set bounds
to its fury. As father Wilibr d thought of
this he trembled and turned pale and at the
aume tim redoubled his speed, and aoo
eahed the summit of a hil which e re ked
the use ofd the coms# grati. One glse
m dal the ftal trth, and horror or the




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