Peace and war

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Peace and war a tale for the young
Author of The basket of flowers
Nimmo, William Philip, 1831-1883 ( Publisher )
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William P. Nimmo
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107 p. : ill. ; 15 cm.


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Brothers -- Juvenile fiction ( lcsh )
War -- Juvenile fiction ( lcsh )
Bldn -- 1878
fiction ( marcgt )
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England -- London
Scotland -- Edinburgh
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OSEPH THANN, though he was
simply a labouring man, enjoyed
the respect and esteem of every
person who knew him. A little
corn-field, a meadow of no great dimensions,
and an axe, were his only means of obtaining a
livelihood. To an intelligent mind, and much
good common sense, he united a warm and
generous disposition. His industry was in-
defatigable, and his good character and sterling
worth were fully proved. He was kind to his
fellow-men, and ever ready to be of service to
them. His wife was as good and virtuous as
himself; and, notwithstanding their poverty,
they lived together happy and contented.
Heaven had blessed their union with two
charming boys; and the sole object of the
parents was the careful training and education


of their sons. They regarded it as a pressing
duty to impose upon themselves the strictest
economy, and even to make some sacrifices in
order that they might be able to send their
children to school, and when old enough to
have them taught a trade. For this purpose
the father rose an hour earlier in the morning,
and went to bed an hour later. At daybreak
he proceeded to the forest, with his axe, and
laboured hard all day at his work of wood-
cutting. He would then return to his cottage
at sunset, and after a frugal meal would solace
himself with a pipe and a book.
He had formerly frequented the village
tavern after his daily labours; but in order
that he might save something to assist him in
the education of his boys, he had given up this
habit, and rarely drank anything but water, or
a little milk.
His wife was equally careful, and exercised
the greatest economy for the same object.
After attending to her own household, she went
to assist in the work of other houses in the
village. For this she received small sums of
money, all of which she carefully laid past.
The two boys had been at school for a few


Laid Aside.

years, when their father fell suddenly ill, and
was unable to work. His poor wife was dis-
tressed to see from day to day the provision
which they had gathered together with so
much industry, gradually diminishing; and
the recovery of the father's health was greatly
retarded by his anxiety regarding the payment
of his boys' school fees. The mother fully
shared his feeling, and was of opinion that the
children should be kept at home until the father
was able to resume work.
"No," said the honest wood-cutter, "that
would not do. Even though I should require
to sell everything I possess, I will not keep the
boys from school. Go and see the teacher,
wife, and ask if he will allow payment to stand
over until I am well. We shall then pay
Mother Thann, as she was called, went at
once to the teacher and stated their case. He
being a most excellent man, said-
"Make yourself easy on that matter, good
mother,. I will cheerfully instruct your boys.
They are the best scholars in the school, and
give me more satisfaction than trouble. I will
gladly teach them without reward; but only


upon one condition, and that is, that you will not
speak of it to any person. If you do, many
who do not deserve the same favour may come
and claim it equally. I hope your good hus-
band may soon recover; but he need be under
no apprehension about the schooling of his
The father was overjoyed at the generous
offer of the good schoolmaster; and now that
he had got the load off his mind, he rapidly
recovered, and was soon able to go about. The
first thing he did was to thank the teacher for
his kindness, and to assure him that he would
pay all arrears as soon as he was able.
Good Joseph," said he, "do not trouble
yourself about that. You are not rich, and
your daily earnings are scarcely sufficient for
your family wants; while, for myself, I am
able easily to forego the small fee. You are
worthy of great credit, inasmuch as having
nothing but what you earn by the sweat of your
brow, you nevertheless have devoted part of it
to the instruction of your children. Depend
upon it, Joseph, your sons will yet do you
credit for it, and reward you with interest for
your self-denial."


Gratitude. 9

The grateful father, finding the teacher
determined to adhere to his offer, began to
think of some means by which he might show
his sense of the favour without injury to the
schoolmaster's feelings.
One day he said to himself, The worthy
teacher's birthday occurs next week. All the
parents make him a present of something or
other. What can I give him ? I, who pay no
money, ought surely to give something more
valuable than those who do pay him. I must
talk to mother and the boys about this."


HILE at home with their parents,
the two little boys were accustomed
to all sorts of useful occupations,
in order that they might acquire
habits of industry, and foster a love for labour
which would enable them to employ their
liesure hours with pleasure and profit. In the
spring time they gathered violets, primroses,
and various other flowers and herbs suitable
for both ornament and use; in summer, they
gathered strawberries and raspberries; in
autumn, they looked for plums and other wild
fruits; and during the long nights of winter,
they spun and knitted clothing for themselves
and parents. When the mother or boys
went, as they frequently did, to the neighbour-
ing city, they sold the flowers and other things
which were not required for themselves, and

The Glass-Manufactory. 11

with the money thus obtained purchased other
articles of use.
About a league distant from the village of
Wauldau, where Thann and his worthy family
resided, there was a large glass-manufactory in
which Joseph was occasionally employed as an
extra general labourer. The proprietor of this
work was considered to be a wealthy man; and
was always ready to encourage industrious
habits and practices on the part of the young
people of the district. Thann's two boys always
preferred going there to sell their fruits and
flowers, because they got a good price for
them. If the master was not at home, his
wife paid them equally well, and generally
gave them a substantial refreshment into the
One day, John, the eldest son, went to the
factory with a basket of strawberries. While
Mrs Flint, the proprietor's wife, was emptying
the fruit upon a plate, her husband entered the
apartment, holding in his hand a letter which
he had just received. He opened the folding
doors of a large glazed cabinet, in which were
arranged a number of articles in cut-glass. He
took out a magnificent goblet, and exclaimed,

Very Provoking.

in a tone of ill-humour, "How very annoying
it is to have special goods like this counter-
"What is that you have there, my dear?"
asked the lady. "What has happened?"
"It is really enough to put a person in bad
humour. Very lately, Mr Clark, an English
traveller, ordered this goblet, with the initials
of his name; and now he has written to say
that he does not require it. What can I do
with it? I may have to keep it ten years
before I meet with a customer whose name or
initials are the same."
How very provoking, certainly," said Mrs
Flint. What are the letters, my dear?"
"A. B. C. Probably the most unusual ini-
tials that could be found, and that annoys me
as much as anything, I feel as if I could
break it into a thousand pieces."
That would be a great pity, sir," modestly
interrupted John. "Do not break it; rather
give it to me, and in return I will bring you all
the flowers and strawberries I can gather for
the next two years."
My good lad," said Mr Flint, you talk
foolishly. What sort of an appearance would a


A Happy Thought.

valuable article like this make in your poor
cottage ?"
"It is not for myself that I want it, sir,"
replied John. It would make such a nice
present for our teacher; and he has been so
good to me and my brother. His birthday is
on Friday."
"You think, no doubt," said Mr Flint,
"that you ought to offer it to him, because it
has on it the letters A. B. C., which he takes
so much pains to knock into the heads of the
children, eh ? "
"No, sir," answered John, "it is not for
that, but because the letters just suit his
name, which as you know is Augustus B.
That is an excellent idea of the little boy's,
I think," exclaimed the lady. "Hear me, my
dear; give him the goblet. He is a very
honest and intelligent lad."
You are right," said Mr Flint; I should
never have thought of such a thing. We esteem
the schoolmaster very highly. Formerly he
gave private lessons to our children, from whom
death, alas, separated us too soon I am glad
you thought of it so readily, my boy; I will give


Great Delight.

you the goblet, on condition that you pre-
sent it to him on Friday." So saying, Mr
Flint opened one of the drawers of the cabinet,
and took from it a very elegant green morocco
case, richly gilt. He placed the goblet in it.
and gave it to John. The boy kissed his hand
and that of the lady's in gratitude; and then,
full of joy, ran homeward, eager to show his
parents the beautiful present.
"Oh, mother," exclaimed John, as he hur-
ried into the cottage, see what a handsome
present I have got for the teacher's birthday,
from the glass-work !"
Goodness gracious !" said his mother,
"what have you been thinking of to choose
such a valuable article as that? We shall
never be able to pay for it! You thoughtless
boy, take it back to Mr Flint at once, and ask
his pardon for the mistake which you have
John, however, related all the circumstances,
and his mother, completely satisfied, manifested
great delight.
At sunset, his father and brother James
came home from the forest, and John ran joy-
fully to meet them.


In Admiration.

"Oh, come," he cried at a distance, "come
and see the splendid birthday present I have
got for Mr Cremer."
I must know how you got it first, John,
before I can allow you to present him with
such a valuable goblet as that," said his father.
John at once told him all about it, and
Joseph was highly pleased and gratified at the
generosity and kindness of Mr Flint.
The mother then lighted a lamp, and they
all proceeded to admire the goblet.
"It is magnificent," said the father. "Your
teacher, when he receives it, will be as much
charmed as surprised. For some time past
I have been puzzling my brains thinking
what I could offer him to prove my gratitude
for his kindness to you. Providence has here
come to our assistance; and the two poorest
scholars in the school will now be able to offer
their worthy teacher this most beautiful and
appropriate present."
Next day mother Thann purchased a china
plate in the market-place, and gathered the
finest flowers in the garden, in order that she
might weave a garland, to place upon the plate,
around the goblet. The two brothers then dis-



puted as to which of them should have the honour
of presenting the goblet.
It was to me that it was given, and I think
I ought to present it to Mr Cremer," said John.
"And I," said James, weeping, "shall I
present myself to him with empty hands?"
"No, James," said his father, "you shall
carry the handsome leather case, and so you
also will have something to offer him."
The sight of so beautiful an article, pre-
sented by such poor pupils, at first made a
painful impression upon the mind of the
Although I am sensible of your gratitude,
my dear boys," he said to them, I am never-
theless deeply pained to see that your parents
have thus incurred an expense far beyond their
You are mistaken, sir," answered John,
"the goblet has not cost us a farthing." He
then related, with the greatest simplicity, the
happy circumstances by which he became the
possessor of the article; and the countenance
of the good man gradually brightened up. The
worthy man took up the glass, and examined it
with great attention.


Purity and Brightness.

"This crystal is really very beautiful, and I
shall prize it all my life. Each time I look
upon it, my favourite motto will be recalled to
my mind-' Purity and brightness.' Ever,
my dear young friends, keep these words before
your eyes. Always aim to fulfil them in your
daily life as you travel through the world.
Learn by heart this beautiful couplet:-
Lord in us all for ever be,
Wisdom, Candour, Purity !"





HE business of the glass-work at
Wauldau, which was conducted with
great activity, also numerous com-
mercial enterprises that were gen-
erally crowned with success, had largely in-
creased the fortune of Mr Flint, and he now
received from the Prince the honourable title
of Baron. He purchased the Castle of Waul-
dau, which was surrounded by an extensive
domain, and assumed the title of Baron de
Flint of Wauldau.
To a kindly and sensitive heart the Baron
added rare business habits and accomplish-
ments. He made many and important im-
provements on his new estate; and he espe-
cially directed his attention to the common
One day he entered the school-room during

Baron de nlua.

class hours, accompanied by the clergyman of
the village. All the children rose out of re-
spect to the visitors. After having saluted
the teacher, the two gentlemen went from
form to form, and inquired the names of the
children and of their parents. When the
Baron saw the two brothers, John and James
Thann, he approached them pleasantly and
said-" I think we are old acquaintances, are
we not ? You are the little boys who supply
me with flowers and strawberries. I should
very much like to know what progress you are
making? Have the goodness, sir," said he
to the clergyman, to question these children
upon the catechism."
The clergyman examined them, questioning
both alternately. He found them very intelli-
gent, and well acquainted with the lessons
and nature of the catechism. He then heard
them read, which they did very correctly; and
in several other departments of education he
likewise questioned them with satisfactory
While the clergyman and boys were thus
engaged, the Baron had been examining the
writing copies of James and John, and was

The Promise.

very much pleased with them. He testified his
great satisfaction to the schoolmaster, and
briefly addressed the pupils:-
"I know," said he, "and you, my young
friends, also know, how much you owe to the
teaching and precepts of Mr Cremer here.
Act up to his instructions, as I hope you have
always done, and the reward will be yours
and his also. My friend, the clergyman here,
has also contributed greatly to the success
of the school. At present I regret I have
no presents which I can leave for you; but I
promise, my children, that I shall return before
long and bring some prizes with me. I am
sorry, however, to observe that some of you are
very poorly clad; although, in other respects,
you are clean and tidy. Before next winter, I
will have a supply of cheap but comfortable
clothing made, which I will give to all the
pupils who are in need of it. I will also give
prizes of various kinds to those pupils who
distinguish themselves either by marked atten-
tion to their lessons or general good con-
duct. I may perhaps put a few of the older
boys to learn trades; but in that I shall be
guided by circumstances, by your own progress

Three Cheers I

an' behaviour, and by the advice of your very
excellent and worthy instructor Mr Cremer,
for whom you must now join me in giving three
hearty cheers!"
This the children did with such great good-
will, that a tear of thanks glistened in the eye
of the good teacher, as he briefly expressed
thanks to his visitors and his scholars.
After the Baron and the clergyman had
departed, the children went home in great
glee, and told their parents all that had taken
place, and of the generous promises made by
Baron de Flint. Nearly every one determined
to, in some measure, merit the favour of their
patron; and from that day they attended school
regularly, and studied their lessons diligently,
each rivalling the other in application and good
John and James, our two heroes, also told
the news at home, adding, of course, the
special remarks which the Baron had made to
"It would be a great service, my dear chil-
dren," said their mother, if you could obtain
clothing as your reward, for you know that
father and I have to work very hard to keep


everything going in proper order. I am so
anxious that you should push forward with your
studies, that you had better not now take up
any of your time with flower-gathering and such
like labour. Learn hard, my boys; you know
how good and kind Mr Cremer has been in
teaching you for nothing. Show that you
appreciate his kindness by attending to his
instructions. If you honestly succeed in gain-
ing any of the promised prizes, it will gratify
him, as well as being a reward to yourselves."
"And, lads," added Thann, "even though
you do not succeed in gaining the prizes, you
will gain what will be of more service to you in
after life, that is, instruction, knowledge, and
wisdom, which will help you more than any
The father was quite right in speaking thus;
for education, which the more ignorant people
affect to believe is of little or no use, is really
the most valuable inheritance that children can
obtainn from their parents or teachers.


HE Baron was extremely well satis-
fied with the excellent condition in
which he had found the school, and
on the way home said to the clergy-
man, "I am very much pleased indeed with
these children. They are all very attentive,
and apparently anxious to learn. Their parents
seem to keep them very tidy, although some
of them, I know, are very poor. What do
you think of holding a festival, at which both
children and parents could be present? It
could be held in the court-yard of the castle;
and I am sure all would be highly pleased."
"A most excellent idea, sir," responded the
clergyman; I shall be glad to give you every
assistance in my power."
I am sure you will," said the Baron; you
could deliver an address suitable to the occa-

A Happy Proposal.

sion, and invite some of the neighboring
clergymen to assist and participate in the cele-
bration. What do you think?"
I shall do so with pleasure. The Church
and the school have an intimate connexion
with each other; and I think such a meeting
is likely to be productive of a great amount of
good. All instruction, in order that it may be
profitable, ought to be based upon religion;
and I shall take care that this truth is brought
prominently forward by my friends, who, I am
sure, will gladly assist me," said the clergy-
The Baron was delighted to find his friend
coincide so readily with his plan. He then
consulted with his wife, and they at once fixed
the day upon which the festival should take
place. He invited the public functionaries, and
the most notable families in the district. The
clergyman, on his part, asked the ministers and
teachers of the surrounding parishes to take a
part in this interesting meeting.
The appointed day soon came round and the
courtyard was decorated with drapery, tapestry,
evergreens, and festoons of flowers. In the
centre a large platform was erected, upon


The Festival.

which elegant vases of flowers were placed.
It was also furnished with chairs and benches.
In the middle of the platform was a table with
a rich crimson cover, on which was placed
numerous handsome books and other articles
for prizes.
When all the guests, strangers, parents, and
children had assembled, the ceremony com-
,ienced by the children singing an appropriate
hymn. The clergyman then delivered a simple
but eloquent address on the advantages of
education. He spoke to the children in a
plain and earnest manner, and every one pre-
sent was gratified to observe how attentively
the youthful auditors listened to him. In
bringing his discourse to a close, he addressed
the parents; and in an impressive and pathetic
manner, urged them to bring up their children
well, and to plant in their hearts sentiments
of religion and virtue, which alone would be
able to secure happiness in this world, and
that which is to come.
The children were next examined upon the
different branches of school instruction, and all
the hearers were struck with the clearness and
precision of their answers. After the exami-


The Prizes.

nation came the great event of the day, namely,
the distribution of the prizes. The Baron placed
crowns of laurel upon the heads of the success-
ful boys, and his lady decorated the fortunate
girls in a similar manner.
To the intense gratification of their parents,
and, indeed, apparently to the satisfaction
of every person present, the brothers John
and James Thann received the two principal
prizes. The Baron then named them among
other poor children to whom he intended to
present warm clothing during the coming win-
ter. As each boy or girl received their prizes,
the Baron or the minister made some suitable
and encouraging remarks to them.
After the distribution was over, the Baron
continued, "My friends, before closing the pre-
sentation, I would like to say, that not only have
the pupils in their examinations far exceeded
our expectations, and shown themselves to be
worthy of encouragement and reward, but their
worthy teacher himself especially merits praise
for the zeal which he has displayed in the
exercise of his necessarily laborious but useful
profession. I am glad to be able to express
my entire satisfaction with his efforts, and to


A Tangible Token.

say that all my friends and myself are highly
pleased with the result of to-day's examination.
I am glad to have it in my power to show
and to present him with a tangible token of
our appreciation of his services."
The Baron then presented to the school-
master a document conferring upon him an
annual allowance, which had been granted by
the government. To this the Baron added six
sacks of wheat, and gave the teacher a written
authority to obtain them from his stores.
The festival was brought to a close by the
children singing a hymn of thanksgiving, and
the guests withdrew, highly delighted. More
than one mother shed tears of joy and grati-
tude, and thanked from the bottom of her
heart the noble Baron and his wife for their
kindness and thoughtfulness.
But there was more pleasure yet in store for
the young folks. All those children who had
received prizes, as well as those who had been
next to them in order of merit, were invited
by the Baron to a supplementary banquet next
day. In one of the walks in the garden two
tables were set, one for the boys and the other
for the girls. Cakes, fruit, milk, and light


A Happy Day.

wine were placed before them, and the children
enjoyed a hearty feast. At a signal given by
the schoolmaster, the youthful guests arose
and drank the health of the noble Baron and
his lady. One of the little boys then left his
place and repeated a pretty complimentary
address, thanking them both for all their kind-
ness. Immediately afterwards the children
waved their hats and handkerchiefs, and
shouted, "Long life to the Baron and the
Baroness." They then sang a song, the words
of which had been written for the occasion by
the schoolmaster, and were in grateful acknow-
ledgment of the generosity and kindness of
their patron. The children, on retiring, said
to one another that they had never in their lives
passed so happy a day; and the parents, on
their part, could not find words sufficient to
express their heartfelt thanks.
From that day forward, the parents were not
under the necessity of urging their children to
attend school, for they now went to it with the
greatest readiness and the most eager haste.



HE Baron kept his word. He pre-
sented suits of clothing to a number
of poor children in the district,
amongst whom were our heroes
John and James Thann. The first day
that the new clothes were put on, Joseph
and mother Thann also dressed themselves in
their best garments, and all walked to the
castle to thank the Baron once more for his
kindness. On arriving there they saw the
Baron and his lady walking in the garden.
The lady observed the Thanns first, and said to
her husband,-
There is the Thann family,-how respect-
able the boys look in their new clothing. They
seem to be two very fine children."
They are, indeed, and what is of much

A Good Work.

more importance," replied the Baron, "they
give great promise, by their good conduct, for
the future. I was thinking the other day of
paying for the apprenticeship of these lads,
and placing them with two good masters in
the city to learn trades. What do you say
to it ?"
"You know, my dear, that I am always
ready to agree with you in any good work. As
God has taken our own two dear children from
us, we cannot do better than place our affections
upon the children of others, and especially
upon these two, for they seem to be very
deserving boys. I think they ought to be
encouraged, and I will cheerfully forego the
necklace and the earrings which you pro-
mised me, and allow the cost of them to go
towards the expenses of the young appren-
"Well, my love," said the Baron, that is
just the very answer I expected from you.
Come, let us talk the matter over with the
boys' father and see what he thinks of the
While the Baron and his wife were thus
conversing, Thann and his two boys approached


and bowed. The father then addressed the
Baron, and expressed his most grateful thanks
for all that he had done for his children.
"I am fully impressed, my good man, with
your gratitude," replied the Baron, "but I am
not going to stop here. I wish to assist you
still further with your children. Would you like
them taught a trade?"
"Oh! my lord," answered Thann, "I am
contented with my own humble condition as a
labourer, but God has given some superior
talents to my boys; I should be very much
pleased if they were enabled to learn trades
more lucrative and advantageous than my
"And what trades do you think your sons
would desire to learn? asked the Baron.
"John, the eldest, I know, has a taste for
cabinet-making," said the father. We are
acquainted with Mr Black, a cabinet-maker in
the city. He is a worthy man, and has fre-
quently worked at the castle here. He comes
occasionally to the forest in order to select
wood. Whenever I notice a fine tree, I never
fail to point it out to him, in order that he
may secure it for the manufacture of furniture.


Choice of Trades.

The other day the forester employed John to
carry a letter to Mr Black. The boy was
delighted with the appearance of the beauti-
ful pieces of furniture which he saw at the
warehouse; and ever since that time he has
been incessantly talking to me of his desire to
learn the business. I do not think Mr Black
would have any objections to take John as an
Well," said the Baron, and your young-
est son, what does he wish to become ? "
The business that pleases him best, is that
of a turner," answered the father. Last
winter my wife's spinning-wheel was damaged
by an accident, and she sent James into the
city with it in order that it might be repaired.
While waiting in the workshop of the turner,
he was very much interested in what he called
the wonderful art of changing the thickest
wood and the hardest ivory into such curious
pieces of workmanship; and when he came
back, he said, 'Father, I would like to be a
turner. Even though I should have to work
night and day for several years to earn enough
to pay for my apprenticeship, I would willingly
do it.' "


Unexpected Generosity.


"What you have just said, Thann," said
the Baron, "both pleases and surprises me,
and since both your sons have expressed a de-
sire to learn these trades, I and my good
lady here will gladly take it upon ourselves
to pay the expenses of their apprenticeships.
Speak to Mr Black and to the turner, arrange
with them as early as you can as to the best
manner in which your sons may be received
into their employment; but do not mention
to any one, that I am going to pay for
them. I have reasons of my own for acting
Such unexpected generosity as this made a
most profound impression upon the poor wood-
cutter. He grasped the hand of his benefactor
and covered it with kisses, and said to him,
with tears of joy glistening in his eyes, "I
know not, my lord, how to express my grati-
tude to you; but be assured that my sons, my
wife, and myself, will never forget, as long as
we live, your very great kindness; and we
shall pray God to bless you and repay you
an hundredfold for all that you have done for
Next day Joseph Thann went to the city,


accompanied by his two sons; and, after an
interview with the two tradesmen, they both
agreed to receive the boys as apprentices;
indeed, they knew the aptitude of the boys,
and were very glad to get them.
Matters were properly arranged, and John
and James Thann were left in charge of their
respective masters ; and their father returned
to his village home one of the happiest and
proudest of men.
The two brothers learned, with wonderful
readiness, all the lessons that were given to
them. Stimulated by a desire to do their
work well, they laboured wvfh zeal, and
were most industrious; so that, by the end
of three years they had both become skilful
workmen. During their leisure hours they
attended evening classes and schools of de-
sign, and made great progress in drawing,
which is a very necessary art for workmen of
their class.
In addition to this they constantly conducted
themselves with steadiness and propriety, and
never forgot the good lessons and principles
which they had received from their parents and
at school. They regularly attended church,


A Capital idea.

avoided evil companions; and showed them-
selves honest, polite, and obliging towards
everybody. They behaved, indeed, so well,
and their masters were so thoroughly satisfied,
that they could not sufficiently praise their
merits and many good qualities.
When the terms of their apprenticeship had
expired, John said to his brother,-
Listen to me, James. I think that it is our
duty to make something that we can present to
Baron de Flint, who has been so good and
kind to us. It must be something worthy for
him to receive from us, as our benefactor, and,
at the same time worthy of ourselves as skilful
workmen. I know that he is very fond of the
game of chess, and I propose to make for him,
in my leisure hours, a handsome chess-board.
You, on your part, can make a set of chess-
That is a capital idea," said James. Let
us set about it at once. But the Baroness
deserves some expression of our gratitude as
well; what do you say to our making her a
spinning-wheel? I shall make the wheel."
"You are, right, James," replied John;
"a and I will make a mahogany case and stand


36 Thoughts of Gratitude.

for it. The Baron and his lady will, I have
no doubt, accept the presents from us; and we
shall thus acquit ourselves properly toward
our benefactors."



HE two brothers set about their pro-
ject without delay; and they worked
so industriously and carefully, that
the articles came from their hands
both rapidly and of beautiful workmanship.
When the whole was finished, they proceeded
to the castle, and asked permission to speak
to the Baron. They were at once introduced
to him. John carried under his arm the
handsome chess-board, and James held in his
hand the box containing the men.
John, being the eldest, spoke first, and said,
"We have come, my lord, to present to you a
specimen of our workmanship; and to request
you to accept of it as a mark of respect, and
as a small testimony of our gratitude. The
first fruits of our industry belong to you by

Cordial Welcome.

right. Will you gratify us, my lord, by accepting
them ?"
The Baron welcomed the two brothers very
cordially; he took the chess-board and exa-
mined it, and with a smile of satisfaction ex-
pressed himself very highly pleased with it,
both for the excellence of the workmanship
and the beauty of the wood. He then took the
box in which were the chessmen. He took
them out and examined them with attention.
They are," he said, "exceedingly well exe-
cuted. I have never before seen ivory turned
and carved so beautifully. Come! my young
men, for I cannot call you children now, I am
delighted to know that you have become such
skilful and expert workmen. You have cer-
tainly surpassed my expectations ; and I need
scarcely tell you, that I am very much pleased
at your having done so. But, have you nothing
for my wife?. She has always taken a deep
interest in your welfare; and, I am sure, will
be no less delighted than myself to possess
some work that has come from your hands."
I ask your lordship's pardon," replied
John, "we have thought of that. Will you
be kind enough to step into the next room ?"


The Baron did so; and at the sight of the
spinning-wheel and its beautiful cabinet, he
could not restrain an exclamation of admira-
These," said he, are very beautiful indeed.
The Baroness will be quite delighted to possess
such beautiful articles. They are truly master-
pieces of skill. I shall go and inform her, in
order that she may thank you herself for
The lady came, and was agreeably surprised
at the sight of the beautiful presents. She
examined them carefully, looking first at the
chessmen and then at the spinning-wheel, and
did not know which to admire the most.
Your skill," she said to the two brothers,
" affords me as much pleasure as your grati-
tude. When goodness of heart is united to
talent, they are certain to secure the esteem
and affection of every one."
For myself, and on behalf of my wife,"said
the Baron to the young men, "I have very
much pleasure in accepting your valuable pre-
sents, and we shall never use them without
thinking of the spirit and thoughtfulness which
suggested them. I presume you now intend,


Fresh Generosity.

as is customary in this country, to make a
tour? I would recommend you to do so: it
will enable you to obtain a more perfect know-
ledge of your business; and I am anxious to
see skilled workmen establish themselves in
our country."
We are intending, my lord," replied John,
" to remain another year in our own town, in
order that we may obtain still more experience;
and then we shall be able to derive greater profit
from our journey."
Well, my friends," said the Baron, my
wife and I intend going to the capital to pass
part of the winter there. I shall devote a little
time to your affairs, and endeavour to find you
good masters. I shall take care that you will
hear from me. As for the journey there, make
yourselves easy about that. I shall furnish you
with money when you require it, which will
place you in a suitable position for living in
the capital."
The two young men were quite overcome
with this fresh instance of their patron's
generosity, and could scarcely find words to
express their thanks. At length they left the
castle, and hastened home to the house of

Sunday at Home.

their parents, to whom they related all that
had passed.
The father and mother shed tears of joy on
being informed of the happy intelligence; lifted
up their hearts to heaven, and poured forth
their thankfulness in prayer.
On the return of spring, the Baron wrote to
his steward, instructing him to direct the two
brothers to proceed to Paris immediately. He
added to this an order to have them thoroughly
equipped for the journey, with clothing, money,
and other necessaries. The steward at once
informed them of his instructions; and then,
in compliance with the orders of the Baron, he
made ample .provision for their journey; so
that, in a short time, they were fully supplied
with everything necessary for a workman's
tour in France.
A few days afterwards, the two brothers, in
travelling costume, and with knapsacks on their
backs, and staffs in their hands, went to their
native village to take leave of their parents.
The next day, being Sunday, they remained at
the paternal dwelling. In the morning the
whole family went to church. They prayed
with particular fervour, returning thanks to

Taking Leave.

God for all the blessings he had bestowed
upon them, and implored the Divine protec-
tion upon their journey and future life. They
discharged their devotional duties with such
exemplary respect and reverence, that they
attracted the attention of the whole congrega-
After the close of the service, they called
upon the venerable clergyman, in order that
they might thank him for all the kindnesses
which he had done them. The worthy man
was delighted to see them, and gave them some
excellent advice; he also presented each with
a small volume of prayers and exhortations,
full of wisdom, and suited to their circum-
stances. He then gave them his pastoral
blessing, wished them a happy and prosperous
journey; and the two brothers withdrew.
After they left the clergyman, they went to
visit the worthy teacher who had been so kind
to them in their youth. They next called upon
the steward of the castle, upon their godfathers
and godmothers, and, indeed, upon all their
friends, in order to take leave of them.
Next morning, after breakfast, John and
James, when quite ready to depart, knelt before

Paternal Blessing.

their parents and implored their blessing. The
father, not less affected than they were,
I give you my blessing with all my heart,
and I hope that it will be profitable to you.
May my blessing bring you happiness. It
will do so, if you never lose sight of the pres-
ence of God : put all your confidence in Him:
continue to be good Christians : observe faith-
fully His commandments, and shun everything
that is evil. Then, in whatever position of life
you may find yourselves, God will protect you
and take care of you "
As he pronounced these words, the old man's
eyes filled with tears. He lifted his eyes
towards heaven in a supplicating manner, and,
with a trembling voice, said, in the most im-
pressive way,-
May God Almighty bless you-both! May
He accompany you in the journey you are
about to undertake. May He preserve
you from every evil, and enable you to re-
turn to our arms safe and sound. Amen
Amen "
The two brothers then rose and embraced
their parents. Tears and sobs prevented their

44 Farewell

speaking, and they were at length obliged to
tear themselves away from the aged couple,
and depart, not daring to cast a look be-
hind, fearing that their courage' might break

p .



HE two brothers set out for and soor
arrived at Paris without accident
The Baron de Flint received them
kindly, and after allowing them to rest
for a time from the fatigues of their journey, he
directedthem to call upon those masters in whose
workshops he was anxious they should secure
employment. They were at once engaged, and
soon commenced work. The young men con-
ducted themselves in so exemplary a manner,
and exhibited so much activity and skill in
their work, that their employers soon placed
every confidence in them, and an attachment
arose between them as affectionate as if they
had been their own children. Their salaries
were increased from time to time, and they
were able to send a little money occasionally

A Cloud.

to their parents. Faithful to the good example
set before them at home, they never incurred
foolish expenses, nor did they frequent wine
saloons, like many other workmen, but continued
careful, frugal, and good. Often did the aged
parents at home congratulate themselves upon
the happiness of having sons so virtuous and
so grateful. They did not regret the money
which had been spent upon their education
when they saw the ripe fruits which had sprung
from it!
At the end of a few years, however, a cloud
came over their happiness. War, the blackest
scourge that ever blasted the earth, broke out,
and all the young men of the age of twenty
years were called upon to enter the army.
John Thann was obliged to give up work and
return to his native village in order that he
might draw his lot in the conscription. He
presented himself at his father's house, and
shewed much courage. He attempted to con-
sole his parents.
"Do not distress yourselves," said he,
manfully, I must go, but I will soon return.
Whatever may happen, let us submit to the
will of God without murmuring. I am not


The Conscription.

afraid to be a soldier, on the contrary, I am
proud that I am able to fight for my country,
and I can render greater service at present by
wielding the sword than by handling the
He then proceeded to the Town-hall and drew
his lot-he was exempt, having drawn one of
the highest numbers. The officers who pre-
sided at the drawing expressed their regret that
so fine and tall a young man should thus
escape; they had no alternative, however, but
to let him go. His parents, on the contrary,
thanked God for having vouchsafed to save
their son.
In the following year another conscription
was necessary, and James Thann was, in his
turn, obliged to present himself at the drawing.
He was of a gentle and peace-loving disposition,
and did not show the resignation and fortitude
his brother had done under similar circumstances.
The idea of encountering the perils and horrors
of war was obnoxious to him. His mother,
although she trembled more than he did,
attempted to rally his courage; his father also
endeavoured to calm his uneasiness, but all was
of no use The poor fellow became over-



whelmed with sorrow, and his grief got
greater as the fatal drawing day approached.
When it did arrive, he thrust his hand into
the ominous urn, and drew a number which
condemned him to be a soldier Pale and de-
jected, he went home, and had scarcely
strength enough to announce his misfortune to
his parents. They attempted to console him,
but in vain. He would not listen to them, and
repeated constantly, "I am a soldier: I am
lost: I shall die of grief! "
According to the terms of the conscription,
those who were drawn were obliged to leave
their homes one month after the drawing, in
order that they might be incorporated with their
respective regiments, and be properly drilled.
James Thann could not think of the terrible
day of departure without shuddering. But a
pleasant surprise awaited him.
Some days before the month expired, John
suddenly entered the cottage, to the great sur-
prise and astonishment of every person.
Good day, father; good day, mother," ke
exclaimed, throwing himself into their arms.
"I have heard of the misfortune which has
befallen James; and as I know he has no taste


A Noble Ofer.

for military service, I have come from Paris to
be his substitute !"
When James heard his brother's resolution,
he was both confused and overjoyed at the
same time; but he objected to it.
"No, John, I will not have it," he said.
"It is pushing your brotherly love too far, that
you undertake to bear, in my stead, the fatigues
and perils of war, and even risk your life for
me. No, I cannot agree to such a proposal.
It is better that I should be a soldier; and if
I should fall, you will be left to take care of
our aged parents."
"No, James," answered John, firmly, "you
shall not be a soldier: your constitution is
not strong enough, and your nature is too
sensitive. I am strong and robust, and better
able to stand the fatigues of the field; besides,
I have a great desire to be a soldier; it must
be a glorious thing to die for our country's
James and his parents were deeply moved
when they saw the devotion of John; and, at
the sorrowful words die for his country,"
they wept freely.
"Do not weep," said John. "The courage


Adieu I

which animates me to face death upon the
battle-field, is a gift that comes to us from on
high; and I have a firm confidence that God
will protect me. The only trust I commend
to you, my dear brother, is that you will look
after our father and mother : send them regu-
larly all the money you can save out of your
wages; and be the comfort and support of their
declining years."
The two brothers then bade adieu to their
parents, and proceeded to the city in search of
the captain of the conscripts, to request him
to substitute the name of John Thann for that
of James, who had been drawn.
"Young man," said the officer, after they
had explained what was wanted, this pro-
ceeding of yours is a very noble and self-
denying one. You are yet unknown among
us; but I can assure you beforehand, that you
have already acquired a sacred right to the
esteem of your comrades, and the confidence
of your superior officers. He who thus sacri-
fices his life for his brother, will not hesitate
to lay it down for his country, when circum-
stances require it. If all those who are now
in the service had entered it by similar acts of


On the Roll.

devotedness, the army would embrace in its
ranks none but men with true hearts and genuine
John's name was then inscribed on the roll,
and James was set at liberty.
In the course of a few days the conscripts
departed for Paris, and John Thann was
drafted into a select regiment of infantry.
When he had been sufficiently trained to the
use of arms, and was about to set out for the
seat of war, he asked for, and obtained from
his officers, a short furlough, in order that
he might go home and bid farewell to his
He set out for home, and shortly after ar-
rived there. He was clothed in a handsome
uniform; and on his head he wore a bearskin
cap, which was ornamented with a superb
plume of black feathers. His mother uttered
a cry of surprise at the sight of the grenadier;
and when he spoke of taking his leave of her,
she shed abundance of tears. He held out his
hand to her, and said,-
Do not weep, dear mother. We are every-
where under the powerful hand of God. Those
whom he protects are as safe upon the field of


52 A Keepsake.

battle as in their own house. Pray for me;
but do not allow your courage to fail."
Before allowing him to depart, his mother
presented him with a small gold medal, say-
"James, this medal was given to me by my
godmother on the day of my baptism. I have
constantly carried it about with me. You
must also wear it, suspended from your neck
by the same ribbon. Since my marriage, when
I have been frequently pressed for money, I
have more than once pledged it for a few
francs, to purchase food with; but I have
always redeemed it. Do you the same: never
sell it, I beseech you. Never allow it to fall
into the hands of strangers; but carefully pre-
serve it as a memorial of your poor mother.
See, it is impressed with the image of Saint
Martin, who, when he was only a poor student,
cut his cloak in two, and gave half of it to a
poor man who was perishing with cold."
It is true, mother," said the soldier; Saint
Martin was also a famous warrior. He shall
be my model. I shall endeavour to imitate his
Endeavour, my son, to be as pious and as


charitable to the poor and the oppressed as he
was, and you will be happy."
"That," replied John, "is what I shall en-
deavour to become, I promise you. I will
preserve this medal, in the first place, that it
may remind me of you; and next, that it may
constantly recall to my mind the virtues of the
hero whose image it bears;" and he immedi-
ately hung the medal round his neck.
When the moment of departure arrived, his
aged parents shed a torrent of tears. John
consoled them as well as he could; but he
soon felt that he himself was becoming deeply
affected. He therefore abruptly closed the
leave-taking, embraced his parents, and de-
parted. The benediction and good wishes of
the aged couple accompanied him; and their
fervent prayers called down upon him the pro-
tection of the Heavenly Father.




N compliance with a promise which
S he had made to his parents, John
wrote to them from time to time;
and all his letters contained good
news and satisfactory intelligence.
It was not long before James was required
again by the master with whom he had served
his apprenticeship; and he hastened to become
once more an inmate of his workshop.
The anniversary of his mother's birthday
having arrived, he went to the village to offer
her his congratulations, and to spend the day
at home. When he entered the cottage, he
embraced his mother affectionately. He gave
her a handsome nosegay, and wished her
many happy returns of the day. He found his
parents, however, in great sorrow; they had not
received any intelligence from John for a long

Good News I

time, and they were afraid that something-
serious had happened to him, or that perhaps
he had been killed. But James very quickly
consoled them, saying,-
"Be comforted, mother; John is very well:
I have a letter for you from him. It was en-
closed in one which he sent to me. I think
you will be pleased with it, although it is
nearly three months old. It has either been
sent wrong, or been delayed by the post, in
consequence of the war. I will read it to
'My dear father and mother,-
'I take advantage of a few minutes' leisure
to give you some news of myself. Thank
God, I am still in life and good health, al-
though I have already been engaged in several
bloody battles. The Lord has preserved me
in the midst of the fire of the enemy; and for
that I am indebted to your earnest prayers on
my behalf. Continue to pray for me; and do
not entertain any uneasiness with respect to
God has enabled us to find friendly people
everywhere, although we have passed through
several countries, and some of them even be-


The Letter.

longing to the enemy. My officers are very
kind to me; and though I have served in the
army but a short time, I have already been
promoted to the rank of sergeant. For this,
also, I am indebted to you, my dear parents,
because you had the self-denial and thought-
fulness to send me to school. My officers
are highly satisfied with my reports.
"' I cannot be sufficiently thankful to God
that He has preserved my life to the present
day, in the midst of the numerous perils that
surround me on the field of battle. My dear
parents, do not distress yourselves. Ever
keep up a good courage, and all will turn out
for the best.' "
In a postscript, John sent his dutiful respects
to the Baron and Baroness de Flint, to the
clergyman, and to the teacher; he presented
his regards to the steward of the castle, to his
former master, and generally to all his friends
and benefactors.
The aged couple were delighted with this
letter. The mother proceeded to prepare a
dinner better than usual, for James had
brought some money with him. During the
meal all the conversation was about John and


Praises. 57

the rank to which his good conduct and bravery
had so soon, but no doubt deservedly, raised
him. They praised his confidence in God, his
filial piety and his fraternal devotedness; and,
as the rumour of an approaching cessation of
hostilities had been spread abroad, they allowed
themselves to indulge in the pleasing thought
that it might not be long before he would
again be among them.
James went to a neighboring inn, and pur-
chased a bottle of wine, with which he regaled
his parents. They all three drank the health
of the brave John, and declared that they had
not, for a long time, passed so agreeable a day.

" .. _'' -. i l ,1 ,j
, ; ... I, ', r :L



HILE the family party were seated
at the table, enjoying their bottle of
wine, a knock came to the door.
James ran to open it, and a soldier
entered. He was pale and emaciated, and
dragged himself along with the aid of a
crutch. They recognized him as the son of a
peasant in the adjoining hamlet. His name
was Andrew, and he had entered the army at
the same time that John did. This soldier
had been severely wounded in battle, and had
been for a long time taken care of in the mili-
tary hospital, but having been pronounced in-
curable by the surgical authorities, he had
just received his final discharge, and was now
making his way home, lame, weary, and foot-
I have come in to give you some news of

Like a Thunderbolt.

your son John," he said, as he sat down; "he
was our sergeant."
What! of our John?" all three exclaimed
at once, "how is he getting on, and is he
well ?"
"He is going on better than all of us,"
replied Andrew. "He is now beyond the
reach of all human misery. He died gloriously
upon the field of battle."
At these words the Thanns were struck as
if by a thunderbolt. The mother uttered only
the cry, Oh, my God! and sank senseless
on the floor. The aged father and James were
struck dumb with grief and astonishment. The
joy and happiness that, some few minutes
before, had reigned in that poor family, had
suddenly given place to the most profound de-
solation. They remained for a long time
without being able to utter a single word, and
nothing was heard from them but sobs and
The soldier endeavoured to console them;
when they became a little calmer, the father
Come, Andrew, sit here by us, and tell us
all the particulars of our dear son's death."


60 Wounded and Dying.

Andrew, as invited, came to the table, and
began thus :-
We were attacked by the enemy, and de-
fended ourselves as well and as bravely as we
could; but on both sides the carnage was fearful.
A great number of the very bravest officers
and men were slain. Our sergeant, your son,
fell, shot through the chest by a musket-ball.
As we were then in the heat of the conflict,
and it being impossible to foresee the issue
of the engagement, we had not time to carry
him to the ambulance waggon. One of his
comrades and myself took him up, and car-
ried him into a field of wheat, where at least
he would have a better chance of safety than
lying on the battle ground. We laid him
down, and endeavoured to staunch the blood
that was flowing from his wound. He re-
vived a little, and said to us, 'Comrades, I
thank you for your attentions; but I feel that
they will be of little or no use. Return to
your ranks, and support your brethren in the
battle !' He then said to me, in a dying voice,
'Listen, Andrew. You will find under my
waistcoat a medal suspended over my breast
by a little ribbon of black silk. Take it,

Last Words.

and when you return to your own country, as
I pray God you shall, give it to my poor
mother. Convey my love to my dear par-
ents and to my brother. Carry to them my
last words and my dying embraces.' And
he kissed me on the forehead. He then
began to pray, and beseeched God to forgive
his sins. He continued praying for some
minutes; and then, feeling that his strength
was failing, he commended his soul to God,
and closed his eyes. We left him, that we
might return to the battle, which was prolonged
to an advanced hour of the night. Our regi-
ment was forced to give way before the superior
numbers of the enemy; and we retired, in good
order, for a league. Next day the battle was
renewed; and, as the enemy had received large
reinforcements, we were defeated; but we
maintained ourselves in retreat, without the
slightest disorder. As for myself, I was
wounded by a ball which struck my foot; and
since that time I have been unable to walk
without the assistance of a crutch. During
the night, our colonel received instructions to
march immediately, in order that we might
occupy another position. The enemy had not

The Medal.

attacked our division only, but the entire
army. A short time afterwards, we evacuated
that country."
Having thus finished his narrative, Andrew
drew from his pocket the medal, of which he
was the bearer, and gave it to the mother.
The unhappy woman, who had been listening
to the soldier's account of her son's death, was
pale and dumb with grief; and she burst into
a fresh flood of tears at the sight of the
She then related, in her turn, all the parti-
culars of the last conversation which she had
with her son, when she gave him that parting
memorial; and she repeated the words that had
passed upon that occasion.
Well," replied Andrew, "your son has
carefully kept the promise that he made to you,
when he bade you farewell. Courageous and
terrible as a lion on the field of battle, he was
gentle and humane towards the men under his
authority, and to the inhabitants of the coun-
tries through which we passed. He was always
vigilant to see that every soldier received that
which was due to him, according to the usages
of war; but he never suffered any one to in-

The Broken Soldier.

dulge in the slightest excess or vandalism.
When any dispute arose among the soldiers,
he interposed his authority, and thus re-estab-
lished order and harmony. All the soldiers
of our company respected him, and loved him.
He enjoyed the esteem of his superiors; and I
am very sure that, if he had not so unfortunately
fallen in the last battle, he would soon have
obtained an officer's commission."
The father and mother thanked the brave
soldier for the news which he had brought, dis-
tressing though it was, and especially for
having assisted their son in his last moments;
and for having faithfully delivered the medal
that had been entrusted to him. They all
wept; and the poor invalid soldier himself had
tears in his eyes.
The brave, lame warrior, however, soon re-
covered himself, and after partaking of a glass
of wine and a little food as refreshment, re-
sumed his crutch, and at length gained,
limpingly, the neighboring village, where he
was born; while the whole family of the
Thanns remained plunged in indescribable
James especially was inconsolable.

64 Lamentations.

"It is I," he said, with sobs, "It is I
who have been the cause of the death of my
affectionate brother, and upon my head his
blood shall fall. It was for me that John gave
up his life. Oh why did I accept his noble
and generous offer!"



T so happened, after all, however,
that Sergeant Thann was, not-
withstanding the circumstantial
account of his death given by
Andrew, still living. That which his comrades
had mistaken for death, was only a fainting
caused by an enormous loss of blood. His
breathing was stopped; and they might readily
suppose that to be death, which happily had
only the appearance of it. He remained for a
long time in that condition; for when he re-
covered consciousness, the night was far
advanced. The stars were shining brightly in
the sky; and the most profound silence reigned
around him. Neither the roaring of cannon
nor the clash of arms was heard. A light
breeze gently moved the stalks of wheat, in
the midst of which the poor wounded sergeant

A Prayer.

was laid. He attempted to rise, but his
strength failed him. He tried to call out for
help, but his voice was too feeble.
In this apparently hopeless situation, he
cast a supplicating look towards heaven, and
breathed the following heartfelt prayer:-
Oh, God, my heavenly Father! Thou
seest that I am here, wounded, abandoned,
and dying. In the absence of words that my
voice has not power to utter, Thou canst read
my heart. Thy solicitude and Thy mercy
watch over those who have no other refuge but
in Thee. It is in Thee, in Thee only, that I
put my trust. Never did the supplicating voice
of the unfortunate call upon Thee in vain. O
my God have pity upon me, and do not per-
mit me to perish miserably in this place. If,
however, it be Thy will that I should perish
here, far from my parents, my brother, and my
home, then do Thou bestow upon me Thy
grace, that I may die in Thy love. Pardon
my sins, and receive my soul into Thy heavenly
mansions. Vouchsafe to accept my repent-
ance, and condescend to forget my past faults.
Pardon them, in the name of Jesus Christ,
Thy divine Son, our Redeemer, in whose


Help I help I

grace I wish to live and die. Console my
parents, and bestow upon them Thy bless-
ing, for all the good that they have done to
me, in endeavouring to bring me up in the
practice of religion and of virtue. My God!
be merciful to me "
Some moments afterwards, he heard the
sound of a cart that was passing along the
road, not far from the field in which he was
lying. The cart was proceeding slowly; and
the wounded sergeant thought that he could
also distinguish the steps of the man who ac-
companied it on foot. The poor soldier, rally-
ing the little strength that he had left, began
to cry, Help, help At first, the cart-
driver could not hear anything, on account of
(he noise which the wheels of the cart made
upon the road; but suddenly he stopped the
horse, in order that it might rest awhile. He
seated himself upon a bank; and then he
seemed to hear the feeble cries that came from
the wounded man. He immediately rose and
directed his steps to the place from which the
sounds appeared to proceed. He then per-
ceived, by the light of the moon, a soldier
extended among the wheat. He approached


The Good Carrier.

him, asked who he was, and what he
"A wounded soldier," replied John; and
that was all he was able to say.
"Poor fellow! exclaimed the charitable
countryman. "Are you severely injured ?
Come, I will assist you as far as I can."
Then, without, in the first place, enquiring
whether the wounded man was a friend or an
enemy, he brought his cart nearer, and placed
him in it with the greatest possible care.
The man who showed so much compassion
was a country carrier, who conveyed, twice a-
week, all kinds of provisions, poultry, butter,
eggs, and similar articles to the market in the
neighboring city, and brought back such
goods as the people gave him commissions to
purchase for them. On this occasion he had
been detained in the city a longer time than
usual, on account of what had taken place in
the neighbourhood. His house, which was a
humble cottage, was situated in a valley at the
farther end of a hamlet; and he was in less
easy circumstances than most of the inhabi-
When he arrived at his cottage with his


The Surgeon.

patient, he called up his wife and his son, who
soon presented themselves with a lantern. He
showed them the wounded soldier; and they
lifted him carefully out of the cart, carried him
into the house, and placed him in the son's
bed. The carrier directed his son to set out,
without delay, for the neighboring city to
procure a surgeon. "Go, lad, and make
haste," said he to him, "in order that the
poor fellow may not be left to languish longer."
The son departed immediately. Meantime
the mother made some soup, and prepared
linen bandages and lint, in order to dress the
wounds of the soldier when the surgeon should
arrive. The father wished to give him a glass
of brandy, to rally his strength; but the sick
man refused, and asked for water.
The surgeon soon arrived; and when he saw
the sergeant's uniform, he approached the bed,
and said,-
So, Mr Sergeant, you have been wounded.
I offer you my services with all my heart.
Soldiers are not strangers to me. I was for-
merly surgeon-in-chief to a regiment; and in
the different campaigns that I have been in, I
have attended mans thousands who were


70 Hopes of a Cure.

wounded like you. With God's blessing, I
will try and restore you before long."
He probed the wound, and found it to be
serious, but not mortal. He dressed it, and
gave directions as to the mode of treatment.
He assured the wounded man that there were
the best hopes of a cure, and promised to
return next day. After refreshing himself,
the doctor wished them all good night, and


HE surgeon kept his word, and was
most assiduous in his attentions to
the poor wounded sergeant. The
good- carrier and his wife seconded
him so well by their care and vigilance, that
John soon found himself approaching a state
of convalescence. His strength was restored,
little by little; and at length he was able to
get up for most of the day. One thing alone
tormented him, and that was, that he saw no
immediate possibility of recompensing the sur-
geon and his hosts for their kindness. One
day the doctor came to see him, and on leaving
said that he no longer stood in need of his ser-
vices, and that the present would be his final
visit. John replied that, unfortunately, he had
no money with which to pay him, and his
brow was covered with a blush as he said it.

True Charity.

But the worthy surgeon replied,-
"You are wrong to make yourself uneasy
about that. It never was my intention to ask
you for any remuneration, nor would I accept
of any were you to offer it. Although I have not
for a long time now been attached to any regi-
ment, I regard myself nevertheless as under an
obligation to fly to the succour of wounded
soldiers. Religion and humanity induce me
to look upon it as a duty. The true surgeon
ought not to speculate upon the fortunes of the
sick, but to give his attentions to all, without
distinction-to the poor as well as to the rich.
The pious gratitude of the indigent,-the God
bless and reward you,' of the poor, are of
greater value than money. They bring down
upon us, and upon our families, the blessing of
The next day, when his hostess brought him
some nice chicken broth, the sergeant said to
"Tell me, my good woman, are you not
putting yourselves to too great an expense on
my behalf? How shall I acknowledge your
kind attentions, and recompense you for your
trouble ? It will be impossible for me to repay


Good Neighbours. 73

you all the expenses which you have incurred on
my account for some time to come. I have now
no more need of such food; and that more
especially as I do not find myself in a position
to pay you."
"Let me tell you, Mr Thann," said the
kind hostess, "that all we have done for you
has already been paid for, and you do not owe
us anything. Your sojourn with us has been
a source of prosperity to our little household.
When the villagers were informed that we
had received a wounded soldier, every one was
anxious to contribute something for your sup-
port; and they brought us more chickens,
pigeons, butter, meal, eggs, and bread, than
you could possibly eat. We told the people so,
but they replied that it was right to do good to
the brave defenders of our country, who shed
their blood for us upon the battle-field. I
plainly told them it was too much; but they
said they would not take it back, and we must
use it ourselves if you could not. Apart from
that, I do not find, however, that you have been
the least charge or trouble to us in the world;
you always seemed pleased with everything."
And the host added, "Besides, that which

Restored to Health.

we are doing for you, others may perhaps be
doing for one of our sons, who is a soldier like
yourself; and who, perhaps, wounded as you
have been, may also find himself in a precarious
situation, and in need of assistance."
At length John was so far restored to health
that he was able to leave his apartment, and
with the assistance of a stick, he walked int6
the village. All the inhabitants seemed to
know him, and kindly enquired how he was
getting on. He took advantage of this oppor-
tunity to express his extreme gratitude for their
Kindness in coming so eagerly to his assist-
Soon afterwards he was able to walk with-
out the aid of a stick, and he found himself
sufficientlyy strong to quit the hospitable roof,
and to rejoin his regiment.
When he did so he had the satisfaction to
lesrm that the army of his general had gained
many signal advantages, in consequence of
which the enemy had been compelled to
beat : retreat. His regiment just happened
to be crossing near that part of the country
in which he was. He was received by
his officers both with surprise and enthusi-


A Step in Advance.

tsm, because they believed him to be dead,-
indeed, another sergeant had been promoted to
his place, but he was removed to another
John was endowed with more than ordinary
intelligence; and he found it very easy to
increase the strategic knowledge which he
had already acquired. As he had every day
opportunities of exhibiting proofs of his bravery
and skill, he advanced rapidly from step to step,
until he obtained the rank of captain.

A \

\ U(ai' aamy^-





HE war was prolonged for several
years, with ever changing fortune.
The German armies had just been
driven back from the country which
they had invaded, when a truce for two months
was agreed upon; and the two armies retired
into their winter quarters, which were not more
than a few leagues from each other. Captain
Thann was quartered at the residence of a
wealthy miller, whose house was the most con-
spicuous in the village where his company was
wintering. As he had never before passed
through that mountainous district, the country
was totally unknown to him. He made fre-
quent excursions, therefore, in order that he
might form an idea of the locality, and study
the ground, with a view to the arrangement of

Five Tears After.

bis plan of attack or defence when hostilities
should be renewed.
One day he began his walk at a very
early hour in the morning, and ascended the
neighboring mountain, which was of very
great elevation, and from the summit of which
the eye could take in an expanse of country
that extended many leagues. He began to re-
connoitre the ground, and at the sight of the
charming country that was situated at the foot
of the mountain, it seemed to him that he had
seen those villages before. The more carefully
he examined the country, the more his recollec-
tions, at first confused, became clear and
definite. Soon afterwards he was able to
distinguish in the distance the church steeple
of the little city, in the neighbourhood of
which, five years before, he had received the
wound which nearly cost him his life.
In order that he might obtain a better sur-
vey, he continued his walk along the summit
of the mountain; and he soon perceived, at the
foot of the mountain, a charming little valley,
in the midst of which he perfectly recognized
the hamlet, and even the cottage of the kind-
hearted carrier and his wife who had nursed

A Friend in Need.

him, and cared for him with so much humanity.
Until that moment he had not entertained the
slightest idea that he was so near the place.
Overcome by the emotion occasioned by this
discovery, he determined to descend the moun-
tain and visit his benefactors. His grateful
heart beat with joy when he crossed the thresh-
hold of the hospitable little dwelling; but when
he entered the house he found the worthy
family in the most sorrowful situation. He
saw the carrier, who had been as a good
Samaritan to him in his hour of affliction, pale
and overwhelmed with grief, sitting upon a
bench, leaning his head upon his hand.
"Ah! is it you, sir?" he said, when the
captain entered. "Oh! how I thank you for
having had the goodness to come and see us.
It is, at least, a consolation in our misfor-
The captain cast a look of sorrowful surprise
and compassion round the apartment, where
everything told a tale of the most profound
misery. The good wife, who had been so kind
to him, lay sick upon a little bed, pale and
emaciated with grief and suffering. One of
her sons was sitting near her. He had been


Hard Times.

a soldier, but, having received a wound, haa
retired from the service. He immediately rose
and saluted the captain. The other son, who
was a carpenter, and was working at a
neighbour's house, ran in a few moments after-
wards, and shook hands in a most friendly
way with the former sergeant. The captain
took a seat, and began to inquire what it was
that had reduced so respectable a family to
such a state of distress.
The young carpenter, it seemed, who had by
his labour become the only stay and support of
his aged parents, had not been able for a long
time to obtain any employment. The war
prevented people from undertaking the erection
of new buildings, and consequently all the work
was limited to repairs, which scarcely yielded
any profit. The father had formerly been a
carpenter, until his infirmities had put it out of
his power to work at his trade, and he then
became a carrier, to which he added a little
trade in butter, eggs, and other provisions. At
the end of a few years, however, increasing
infirmities compelled him to give up that trade
The poorpeople then became unable to provide


80 How could he Help them ?

for their own support, and unfortunately fell into
debt. Some of their creditors were at that verJ
time threatening to sell their little property,
The young carpenter, who was well known to
be a skilful, honest, and industrious workman,
had been on the point of marrying the daughter
of a neighboring farmer, who was in easy cir-
cumstances. Throughout the neighbourhood
they had been regarded as betrothed; but when
the father of the young woman was informed
that the affairs of the aged carrier were in so
bad a condition, he retracted his promise, and
the projected marriage was broken off.
The captain pitied, from the bottom of his
heart, the misfortunes of this poor but virtuous
and good-hearted family.
"Ah !" he exclaimed, "never did I so
much wish, as I do to-day, that I were rich, in
order that I might be able to succour you
effectually. For the last three months we
have not received our pay, and the little money
that I have about me," he added, taking out
his purse, comprises the whole of my fortune.
Accept it for the present, and I will see at
once whether I can assist you further in your

Good Advice. 81

He then told them to be of good courage,
and exhorted them to place their trust in God.
He shook hands with them all and departed,
for he could not be any longer absent; but he
expressly promised that he would see them in
a day or two. As for the carrier's sick wife,
the unexpected visit of the former sergeant
occasioned her so much joy, that it was to her
the most efficacious of all remedies, and from
that moment her sickness gradually disap-
It is as well to say also that the small sum
of money which Captain Thann left them, came
at a very opportune moment, for the poor
family were at that time not in possession of a
single penny to buy bread.
***-,***'*'SK rv.n-" 'W HA,,11


N returning to his quarters, Captain
Thann began to considerwhat means
he could take to relieve the diffi-
culties of the poor carrier's family,
the members of which had been his benefac-
tors, even to the saving of his life. He knew,
that at present, the existing condition of the
State treasury would prevent him drawing his
arrears of pay. He did not know to whom he
could address himself, with a view to borrowing
a sum of money; but he was, nevertheless,
anxiously desirous to relieve and solace these
unfortunate people. In this tormenting per-
plexity, he addressed a fervent prayer to God;
for, although he was a soldier, and in the
midst of the tumult of a camp, he had not lost
any of his sentiments of piety, nor his custom

A Noble Resolve.

of prayer. He prayed, therefore, to the God
of mercy, that He would inspire him with the
means of succouring his former benefactors.
He was at that time in possession of a
fine horse, which was entirely his own pro-
perty, and for which he had been many times
offered a very handsome sum. He at once re-
solved to sell it, although he valued it very
much, and to march on foot; for permission to
ride on horseback was only granted to officers
of infantry as a matter of favour. He an-
nounced to the groom who had charge of the
korse, that it was his intention to sell it; and
"he young man was very much distressed at
the intelligence. He was unable, however, to
find a purchaser. The other officers were no
richer than himself, and not one of them was
disposed to buy a horse at so high a price,
especially at such a critical period, when they
did not know whether the war would continue,
or not. The embarrassment of the captain
was great in the extreme.
Suddenly, however, the regiment received
orders to hold itself in readiness to march at
an hour's notice. The armistice had expired;
and hostilities were about to be renewed with


Lost and Found!

activity. The captain immediately resolved
that he would sell his horse for half the sum
he had already asked for it; but on the even-
ing before the day on which a bargain was to
have been concluded, some robber, taking ad-
vantage of the absence of the groom, broke
open the door of the stable and stole the
horse! One may imagine the distress and
disappointment of the poor captain. He was
less grieved at the loss of his superb steed,
than at not knowing what means he could now
adopt to assist the unfortunate carrier's family.
The night that followed this audacious robbery
he could not close his eyes. He prayed that the
Lord would vouchsafe to save this unhappy
family from utter ruin. Just then he heard the
sound of a horse galloping into the village,
and suddenly it stopped before the door of his
house. Supposing that it was an orderly from
head-quarters, he arose in great haste, lighted
a lamp, and went down stairs. When he
opened the door, he saw, to his great sur-
prise, his own horse, which neighed with joy
at the sight of its master again. It was rider-
less, but was richly caparisoned, and carried a
pair of saddle-bags.

The Family Saved!

The robbers, after having taken the horse
to the camp of the enemy, had evidently
sold it to an officer of the staff. But the
courser being very mettlesome, and difficult
to mount by a stranger, had apparently thrown
its rider to the ground, and ran off, at full
gallop, to its former owner. The captain
led the faithful animal into its stable, spread
a good litter for it, supplied the rack and
manger liberally; and then, taking the saddle-
bags in his hand, returned to his apart-
From an inspection of the papers in the
saddle-bags, he found that they belonged to a
general officer of the enemy; and among the
effects he found a small bag of money, and
several parcels of gold pieces. God be
praised! exclaimed the captain, when he saw
the latter, the family is saved According
to the usages of war, these effects are my
lawful prize, the truce having expired yester-
day, and hostilities recommended. The entire
sum will amply relieve my friends; and my
noble steed will still be mine.
At break of day the captain mounted his
horse, and rode, in great haste, to the house of

A Country B ,de.

his country friends. He caused them to call
their creditors together, and paid all that was
owing to them. In this manner he ensured to
his friends the tranquil possession of their little
property, from which they were about to be
driven. As soon as the father of the young
woman whom their son had been on the point
of marrying was infornied of what had taken
place, he hastened to them and declared that
he would no longer oppose the marriage,
which had been broken off solely on account
of the unfortunate state of the affairs of th(
young man's parents.
Cb tainn Thann asked to see the intended
bride; and she came with her mother. A
pretty, fresh-looking, modest country girl, she
entered the room with a timid air. The cap-
tain then recollected that he had frequently seen
her before; for during his illness and conval-
escence, she had often brought eggs and other
articles for him. He addressed a few con-
gratulations to the young couple, wished them
all sorts of happiness, and especially counselled
them to honour their aged parents, and to take
the greatest care of them. At the same time
he handed a very handsome dowry to the be-

Grateful Returns.

trothed, which quite overwhelmed the young
couple and their parents with surprise, grati-
tude, and happiness. They could not find
terms adequate for the expression of their
thanks to the generous captain. But he re-
plied to them, and said,-
What I am to-day doing for you, is
a very little matter in comparison with the
attention and the benefits that you heaped
upon me; and I do not know a duty that it is
more delightful to discharge than that of a
man's proving his gratitude to his benefactors.
The following verse is this day verified.

'He who shows himself compassionate and
charitable towards his unfortunate fellow-crea-
tures, shall also find compassionate hearts in the
day of his own misfortunes.' "

Then, rising from his seat, he added, -
"I deeply regret that I cannot be present at
the wedding. The engagements of the service
will not permit me to be; but I request you to
invite, in my stead, all those good neighbours,
who so abundantly supplied me with provisions,
when I was lying upon a bed of suffering and
affliction. And now, good friends, farewell!


Paying the Doctor.

May you enjoy your health; and do not forget
me in your prayers. Farewell !"
As he uttered these words, the captain
sprang upon his horse, and immediately rode
He recollected, however, before getting clear
uo ,, village, that he had still another visit to
, ie, and that was to call upon the excellent
surgeon who had attended him in his calamity.
He immediately proceeded to his house, in
order that he might express his gratitude to
him. The surgeon was not a little surprised
to see that the former sergeant was now a
gallant captain, with a cross of honour glitter,
ing upon his breast. The officer embraced
him, and said-
"You had the generosity to give me your
attention gratuitously, when I was in such a
situation that it was impossible for me to pay
you. You will not now, I hope, refuse to
accept this as a feeble mark of gratitude."
He embraced him again, and placed ten
pieces of gold in his hand; he then leaped
into his saddle, and disappeared from the gaze
of the astonished doctor.
He had scarcely arrived at his post, when

On the March again. 89

he received orders from head-quarters to pre-
pare instantly for the march. He immediately
set off, at the head of his brave company,
all of whom were weary with the long rest
they had had, and inflamed with the desire
to gather fresh laurels.



HILE John Thann was thus engaged
on the field of battle, fighting for
the honour and defence of his
country, and exposing himself to
all the fatigues and perils of war, his brother
James had taken, on his own account, the shop
and manufactory of the master turner with
whom he had served his apprenticeship; and
for whom he had afterwards continued to work,
after his return from Paris.
In order to recompense him for his fidelity
and good conduct, his master had given him his
only daughter in marriage, and thus procured
for him a very advantageous settlement.
The young lady was one of the prettiest
and most virtuous in the whole city. She
possessed the most desirable qualities; and,
in addition, brought him a considerable ior-

A Happy Family.

tune, as well as a handsome house, situ-
ated in the best part of the town. James
Thann solicited and obtained the rights of
citizenship, and established himself as a mas-
ter turner. He displayed the most marked
affection for his father-in-law; and he and his
young wife, by their attentions, zeal, and fore-
thought, became the comfort and charm of his
declining years.
After the death of his father-in-law, James
brought his aged parents to live with him;
and his wife bestowed upon them the same
affection and the same delicate attentions that
her husband had shown towards her own
father. The old and the young couple lived
together in so happy a union, and in such per-
fect harmony, that the family presented a beau-
tiful example of conjugal happiness. In the
midst, however, of the well-being which this
happy household enjoyed, there were not want-
ing the trials of adversity. The city in which
they lived had been several times occupied by
the enemy; and the whole country was, for a
long time, overrun with the horrors of war-
all the calamities of which it had to bear.
The enormous imposts that weighed down the


News of Peace.

unhappy inhabitants, the continual passing and
re-passing of troops, the quartering of soldiers,
the contributions and requisitions that were
levied, with a thousand other changes and evils
which war always brings in its train, and the
stagnation of commerce, had paralysed the
means of labour, and was speedily reducing
the entire population to a condition bordering
upon misery; when suddenly the happy news
that peace had been concluded began to spread
The transports of universal gladness which
this joyful intelligence sent through all classes
of the community, were, however, mingled with
feelings of sorrow to many a family. The
good old parents of James Thann could not
restrain their tears, when they thought of the
happiness that so many persons were about to
taste, in seeing their sons return from the
long and disastrous war, whilst their own dear
and brave son John had perished; for, after
Andrew's account, and the return of the medal,
they never entertained the slightest doubt about
the death of John.
John had written home many times; but as
the part of the country which his battalion


foy and Sorrow.

occupied, was entirely in the power of the
enemy, his letters never reached their desti-
When, therefore, the aged mother heard
some of the neighboring women pour forth
cries of gladness, in anticipation of the return
of their sons, it will not be wondered at her
exclaiming with sorrow, Oh, that my son
John were still living! "
Yes," added the father, how happy we
should be, if we could have the happiness of
seeing him once again! "
"My poor brother, how deeply I regret
you! sighed James, as he wiped away a tear.
"His brotherly love has cost him his life.
God grant that, in eternity, he may be re-
warded for the generous sacrifice he made for
When the last regiments of the foreign
troops had evacuated the country, the clergy
and the authorities of the city solemnized a
religious service of thanksgiving for the return
of peace. The cathedral was decorated as
upon very special occasions; the columns were
wreathed about with garlands of evergreens,
and the altar was adorned with magnificent



vases filled with sweet-smelling flowers. From
the dawn of day, the ringing of all the bells
in the city announced the festival. The morn-
ing was beautiful, the sky being clear and
cloudless; and, in short, everything promised
a glorious day. At the hour appointed for the
service, the inhabitants of the city crowded
towards the church. James Thann, with his
wife and parents were there also. The multi-
tude that filled the church was immense; but
they were all united in one and the same
feeling-a desire to offer to God their solemn
thanksgiving and gratitude for the return of
peace and its attendant blessings. Old mother
Thann felt, however, during the whole service,
a most poignant sorrow. The image of her
eldest son, whom she believed to be dead, was so
powerfully pictured to her mind, that she could
not restrain her sobs. She knelt behind one of
the pillars, and did not cease to shed tears;
while her husband, kneeling by her side, seeing
the anguish she was in, shed tears of sorrow alpo.
On that day a better dinner than usual had
been prepared in almost every house. James'
wife had an extra joint, and he himself had
sent in an additional supply of wine; but his


A Visitor.

father and mother had very little appetite.
They remained at table, but were quiet and
In the afternoon, the magistrates distributed
relief to the poor; and public rejoicings took
place in the evening. The whole city was
illuminated; the streets were crowded with
multitudes of all classes of society; and joy and
happiness were depicted on every countenance.
James Thann and his family, however, re-
mained at home. Seated near the window,
they talked about John, and spoke of the
pleasure they would have had on such a day
as this, if they only could have had him back
again. Some one knocked at the door, it was
Mr Black, the cabinetmaker, in whose shop
John had served his apprenticeship. He had
come to pay them a visit.
I was very much inclined to think," said
the old man, as he came in, "that I should
find you all at home, sitting together, and
sorrowful; or, at least, indifferent to the joy
that has taken possession of everybody. You
are wrong in doing so. You ought not to
abandon yourselves to grief, at a time when
the whole city is given up to rejoicing. You


96 "'Tis my Brotner!"

mourn for a beloved son, whom death has pre-
prematurely taken from your affection; so far
from condemning your sorrow, I unite withyou
in it, for it is just and natural. Let us lament
for your son and brother; but let us not do
so like pagans, who have no hope beyond the
tomb. If God grants eternal life for a glass of
water given in His name, what will He not do
for those who have shed their blood in defend-
ing their country? Cease then, my dear
friends, to mourn for him, and 'rejoice with
them that do rejoice.' "
He had scarcely finished speaking, when a
great clamour was heard outside; and, on ap-
proaching the window to ascertain the cause of
it, James exclaimed in an excited manner,
which alarmed all who heard him.
"'Tis my brother !"
And so it was! Captain Thann, dressed in
his finest uniform, and mounted on a magnifi-
cent charger, had just galloped up to the door
of his brother's house, and arrived there in
time to join in the festivities. He had been
recognized in the street, and a large crowd
soon gathered after him, and followed him with
cheers and plaudits to his destination.

Glad Surprise.

Need we describe the scene which followed
the gallant captain's entrance into the room
where sat his nearest and dearest friends, who
had for years mourned for him as dead? We
think not, because the reader will realize it
better than it can be described.
After a few minutes of glad surprise, an ex-
planation followed, upon which the overjoyed
father dropped upon his knees, followed by the
others, and poured out his whole soul in fervent
thankfulness to Almighty God for His great
goodness in thus restoring to them their dear
son, whom they had long looked upon as dead.
A heartfelt Amen fell from the lips of all;
and the remainder of the evening was passed
in quiet and seemly enjoyment.

Our tale is told, and it teaches its own
The parents of the two brothers lived to a
good old age, and at length were gathered to
their reward in the full hope of a joyful resur-
rection. James Thann prospered in his busi-
ness and in his family; and in a few years rose
to a high position in the city. Uncle John,"
as the captain soon came to be called, decided