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and a little head, half hidden by a shower of golden she was to a fault, but too often wben her hand was ringlets, was laid caressingly on Aunt Susan's should giving the gold, her heart was far away. der. Very beautiful indeed was Lizzie Randolph, As Aunt Susan spoke, Helen drew her chair still and very fascinating, too. Though all accused her farther from the little circle, and listened in haughty of vanity, and not a few of downright conceit, yet silence. A slight shade crossed Aunt Susan's brow when she looked into your face with her bewitching at this determined frigidity, but she went on: blue eyes, or pressed her rosy lips to yours, it was "I fear, my dear Helen, you look upon your wealth impossible to refuse anything she asked. There was { rather as a burden than a talent; but such it is, and a spice of vanity in the question, for all knew that it depends upon yourself alone whether it be renin mental or moral endowments, poor Lizzie was { dered a curse or a blessing to yourself and all around sadly lacking.

you. You are proud, Helen, sadly proud, and as the “Your glass has told you, Lizzie," Aunt Susan sole representative of the Ashleys, will soon deem it calmly replied, “if your flatterers have not, that incumbent upon you to support that name with all you have the gift of beauty-a dangerous gift, Liz- } due honors. You care not how your money goes, zie. I see in you the future belle of the ballroom, so that you are not troubled with it, nor brought courted, caressed, and almost idolized. You will into too close contact with your fellow-beings; and doubtless have crowds of sighing lovers at your feet, your cold heart will doubtless be better pleased with before your first winter in society is over. But, lavishing thousands on a jewel, than by giving one Lizzi

ie, beauty fades. Improve your talent, then, hour's attention to the wants or sufferings of a poor while it is yet in your power. The acknowledged family. But, Helen, this is all wrong. You were queen of the festival, what an influence will be { not placed in this world, dowered with immense yours. A smile from you will work many a mighty { wealth and gifted with a warm heart to aid you in spell; a word from your lips may accomplish that dispensing it, for no other purpose than to shut which hours of patient pleading and volumes of so- } yourself up in a closet, to crush every glowing imber reasoning may have failed to do. The sparkling pulse of sympathy and affection, and to squander wine-cur, when proffered by your fair hand, could your gold in pomp and luxury. No, Helen, your hardly be refused; and few causes but must triumph, } heart is not your own, your wealth is not your own; if you be their leader. See, then, Lizzie, that the the one should beat true to God and man, the other causes be righteous. Never suffer any one to come be recognized as God's gift, through you, to man. within the circle of your magic influence, without Think on it, Helen," Aunt Susan proceeded more rendering him a nobler, wiser, and better man. gayly, “think what it is to be a 'Lady Bountiful;' Lizzie, you must answer at a solemn tribunal, whe- { to have the blessings of the widow and orphan restther your talent has been employed in rendering ing upon your head; to bring sunshine and glee into men holier and happier, or sinking them deeper in { the dwellings that poverty had darkened; to see the dissipation and crime; whether it has led them to { careworn countenance light up with smiles at your heaven or plunged them into perdition."

approach; these are boons a monarch might envy. Lizzie's tears were falling fast as Aunt Susan end Perchance this is not your ambition. Certainly ed, for, that very morning, she had been telling of your pride would be more gratified were you misthe conquests she would make and the hearts she tress of a superb mansion, your table groaning would break when she made her debât in the gay 'neath the Ashley plate, and your carriage scutchworld; and here was a masterly sketch for her of eoned with the Ashley arms, and you yourself much the good or evil she was to work therein.

more at your ease in a magnificent library, revelling “I need hardly remind you, Helen," Aunt Susan} in ancient lore, with not a footfall to break the continued, “ of the nature of your talent.”

silence, not a voice to remind you that you are a Helen Ashley, a grave plain girl in the deepest dweller of the world- a world of sin and suffering, mourning, bowed her head in reply. She was an it is true, but still a world watched over and cared orphan, without one friend in the wide world. Her for by God, and peopled with his creatures—but guardian, who had the absoluto control of her im- } look beyond, Helen, to a time when the Ashley mense wealth, was a cold-hearted, selfish man, whose arms will cease to give you pleasure, and the luxuwhole soul seemed to be absorbed in the pursuit of rious carriage ease; when your lordly library will money. Helen Ashley had never known a mother's be as a sealed book to your dimmed and aching eye; gentle influence, or a father's kindly kiss; and what when you will be dependent upon your hated fellowwonder that she was cold and sad, and deemed all beings for the attentions that smooth your dying the kindly attentions of her schoolmates were paid pillow. Then, Helen, if not till then, will you see to her wealth alone. Her early misfortunes had the whole folly and misery of the life you lead. cast a gloom over her spirit; she shrank from soci Then will the torturing thoughts of a lifetime wasted, ety, and always looked on the darkest side of the { a heart neglected, a world despised, and a Maker picture; as Aunt Susan used to say, “Helen always { forgotten, crowd your brain. 'Tis a sad picture, saw things through a thick black veil.” Generous Helen, and, I trust, not a true one. May your dying

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hour, when it does come, be sweetened with the { “But that is not the lot I anticipate for you, my memory of the good you have done; may frienda, { Carrie," Aunt Susan went on, as she noticed the real friends, surround your pillow; and may your { startling effect her words had caused; "no, it is a happy spirit take its flight to its Redeemer, and lay { brighter and far different picture I love to look upon. at his feet the talent intrusted to your care !"

You often talk, Carrie, of your invalid brother; of All who heard Aunt Susan's solemn appeal were { his weary nights and days of anguish; of his petuin tears--all save one, and that one was Helen Ash lance and odd fancies. Now you are the nurse naley. She sat erect, as cold and still as before; but ture has designed for him; your healthy frame can the heaving of her bosom and the restless glances endure nights of watching and days of patient care. of her eyes betokened that she had not heard those You can move through his sick room like a minisfearful words unmoved. At length she rose and tering angel, supporting him with your strong arm, said, in a voice tremulous with emotion, “I wish, and cheering him by your happy words, until he will how I wish, I was poor!" As she hastily quitted the forget his suffering and his impatience and bless the room, a light figure darted in through the window, Heaven that has given him such a sister. The sick just in time to hear the concluding words.

room, Carrie, is woman's appropriate field of action; “Poor! Who is talking about poverty? I defy there she is perfectly at home. Her gentle attenany one to show a purse as empty as mine," was the tions are necessary to the invalid, and if his sickmerry greeting of Carrie Carleton. “Here I'veness be 'unto death,' her whispered words of hopo been racing up stairs and down, through wood and and faith will quickest reach his ear. You, Carrie, lawn, over ereek and mud puddle, in search of you are eminently fitted for this most onerous and yet all, and I am fairly tired out."

dearest of woman's duties. You have a constitution As she threw herself upon the floor at Aunt Su which smiles at fatigue, and a bright, cheerful spirit. san's feet, her cheek flushed and bosom panting with You will be unwearied as a watcher, and a perfect the exercise, a gentle hand was laid on her disor- magician when low spirits are concerned; they will dered ringlets, and a mild voice said,

flee at the glad sounds of your voice; and oh, Car“We were talking of our talents, Carrie, and I rie, may that voice also bo employed in leading the would have you be chary of yours, and not take sufferers to their Saviour, in telling of God's bounsuch long walks or use such violent exercise." } teous gifts and wondrous mercies!

“My talent!” said the almost breathless girl, look-} “Should poverty come nigh your dwelling and ing with surprise at the sad faces of her schoolmates. your loved ones, then again your talent will b

“Yes, dearie, the exuberant health which God has } requisition. With your strong arm you could drive bestowed upon you. You are one of the favored the demon away, and cheer with your smiles your ones, Carrie; you have never known an hour's sick humble abode. And if it comes not to yourself, reness, and laugh in derision alike at the headache member that thousands of your fellows are bowed and the horrors. You are always in a good-humor, down to the earth by its curse, and let yours be the because you have never known the temptation to be hand to relieve them. You can trudge through snow cross, which an aching brow or a wearied frame pre and rain on an errand of mercy, and your words of sents. You live always in the sunshine, for you have cheer will work a mightier charm than your gold. never had the hand of disease or pain laid heavy Carrie, Carrie, keep your talent well.” upon you, to dull your spirits and embitter your { A perfect contrast to the joyous face and blooming temper. Guard your health, then, Carrie, as a pre- { figure of Carrie Carleton, was the girl on whose lap cious jewel, for now it is in your own keeping. As she leaned her arm. Mary Lee was a dark, sallow & school-girl, our simple fare and early hours have little creature, without beauty, genius, or any of the preserved your talent in its purity; but you are a gifts of her more brilliant companiong. A disease school-girl no longer. I warn you, Carrie, that, in of the spine had stunted her growth, though it had the gay society you will soon enter, a year, a single { not deformed her figure; and her sufferings had year of dissipation, will deprive you of your jewel made her gentle and mild as Aunt Susan herself. forever. Blooming cheeks and buoyant spirits are Her large brown eyes had something startling in incompatible with midnight revels; bright eyes will their expression; you were fascinated while you grow dim when they open only to candle-light; and gazed; and these eyes were now fixed upon Aunt pure, fragrant breath will grow labored when drawn Susan's face, as though to read her thoughts. in a crowded, heated atmosphere. A single year } “They tell me, Mary,” said Aunt Susan, smiling, may convert our joyous Carrie Carleton, with her “that you are the father confessor here, and therein bright face, light footstep, and merry laugh, into a they have pointed out to me your 'talent.' There haggard, worn, and almost old woman; her move- } is something very winning about you, I own, and ments languid, her roses artificial, and her very you steal our secrets ere we are aware. You seem laughter forced. A single year may find our Carrie so gentle, so quiet, that we regard you as a second a drooping invalid, her cheek wearing the hectic self, and talk to you accordingly. There are few flush, her frame racked with a convulsive cough- among you, girls, but have confided in Mary Lee, and may leave her in her grave.

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mammammamanan privation, rather than intrust your secrets to another. {plodding, but not overly bright. Still, everybody Your talent, Mary, is your influence. All who ask loved Anne Allen, for she was one of the most obligyour counsel, follow it implicitly, and a few words ing creatures that ever breathed. Nothing was too of your sweet, low voice will work a mightier spell much trouble for her, if it could give pleasure to the than volumes of reproof, or weeks of punishment. smallest or feeblest of God's creatures; and all the Even when you speak not, your actions tell, and little ones called her their " dear dood Anne.” loudly too. Your sway in our hearts is so gentle, “You have drawn rather a forlorn picture of yourwe dream not you are ruling us, and submit as} self, Anne,” Aunt Susan replied; "but your talent, though you were born our queen. And it will be though not quite as showy, is as useful and precious erer thus, Mary, unless you learn to speak loud. as the others. You are alone in the world, Anne, Even then, you love so to get people into corners, } and your talent is your time. There have been no that you always make them confidential.

claims upon it as yet, save the trifling offices your “Yours is a glorious talent, for there will be secrets schoolmates have required at your hands. Now it told you which had been whispered only to the stars ; is at your own disposal, and it rests with you to spend plans will be unfolded for your approbation, which the long life which I trust is before you, in the serhad long lain hidden in the depths of the dreamer's vice of its Giver, or in violation of his express comsoul; and the hopes and aspirations of dawning wo. mands. There is many a noble deed to be wrought, manhood will be told to your ear alone, while the many a glorious triumph to be won, before this world maiden blushes at revealing thoughts she heretofore { shall pass away, and with the thousand voices calldeemed so delicate and sacred. Yours is a mighty ing within and around you, can you sit down with influence; see that you use it well. To you they {folded hands? Is your time, your precious talent, come for approbation and advice: let it be given to be frittered away in idleness or pleasure, when wisely. The triumphant coquette may perchance there is so much work to be done, and you so fit to seek your 'corner' to tell you how wretched she is, } do it? I would fain see you a missionary, Anne, for though crowds are sighing at her feet; how dissatis you have no tender ties to sever when you part from fied she is, though her glass reflects a perfect form } your native land. You long for sisters and friends: and face, and her diary tells of countless lovers, among the destitute heathen you may find them. ready to die at her behest. One word of yours may Would that you would devote yourself, body, soul, pierce the ice which long years of flattery and folly and spirit, to those that sit in darkness! A lifetime have bound round her heart, and send her on her could not be more gloriously dedicated, nor a talent way, an humbler and sadder being; one of your better employed. Your patience and energy are long talks might make her a devoted Christian. grand qualifications for å missionary, and, Anne

“The skeptic, too, may be beguiled by your sweet Allen, a missionary you should be. Imagine for tones, and take a seat at your side. He may unfold one moment your earthly pilgrimage over, and your to you his doubts and fears, and you, mighty in the beatified spirit, surrounded by the souls it had res. cause of truth, will have strength vouchsafed you to cued from destruction, at the awful bar of God. At combat and overthrow them. You may soften his that moment, if you could, which would you choose, finty heart, and lead him, a devout follower, to the { a life of pleasure, gayety, or indolence, or one spent feet of the meek and lowly Jesus. Even though in toiling, suffering, though always in rejoicing, you may not give him argument for argument, and over the good you have wrought in the land and the meet his sophistry with words from the book of hearts of the heathen." truth, your actions, even your silence, may go far to There remained but one in that little band with convince him.

her talent untold, but it needed not the telling. * "Twere small need, methinks, to caution you You could read upon her high, broad brow, and in against tarnishing your talent, against evil influence; the flash of her dark blue eye, that she had the gift but I warn you, and indeed all of you, my children, of genius. Catharine Sunderland was a poetess, and to be upon your guard. A smile, a look, is all-suffi- that of no mean order. Her brilliant talents had cient. Our influence is a fearful talent, which all { long made her the idol of her teachers and the of our ses possess. May it ever be exerted to purify { "headman" among her schoolmates; but these were and exalt our fellows, and may we all act and speak distinctions she cared not for. She loved to roam 80 as to remind men of the great eternity whither the woods, portfolio in hand, and pen down the We are tending, to be spent in bliss or misery; and bright thoughts as they crowded into her brain; may daught but good influence be laid to our charge and she bad acquired the sobriquet of “Corinne" at the great day!"

from her talents as an improvisatrice. She smiled “And my talent, Aunt Susan," said a quiet voice faintly and proudly as Aunt Susan's eye rested upon in the corner; "I am not dowered with Helen's her. Wealth, or Lizzie's beauty; I have neither Fanny's “Well, Corinne,'” the good lady began, “you are wit, nor Mary's influence; what can my talent be?" the last, I see, and had I chosen your talent for a

The speaker was an orphan, a recipient of Aunt climax, I could not have found a happier one. You Susan's bounty. She was a plain quiet girl, very are public property, Kate--at least you will be in a year or two-and it were well to reflect a moment ere your character is established in the literary worļd. You are writing not for a month or a year, but for eternity. You are writing not for yourself or for a chosen few, but for the world. Pause, then, over each brilliant effusion, with the question, Will this piece of mine make any one happy or wretched ? will it be arrayed on the side of virtue, or on that of vice? and more, does it give God the glory?'

“Yes, pause, Kate Sunderland; a magic rod is in your hand; will you wield it for weal or woe? Shall

your talent be kept pure and holy in the service of its Giver, or shall it, like the notes of a siren, lure men to death with its singing?

“And now, my dearest children, my sermon is over. To-morrow we must part; and though we may never meet again on earth, when we come before the judgment-seat, may I hear the words addressed to each and all of you, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things; enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.'”



If we investigate the monuments of the remotest { reign the Exodus of the Israelites occurred. The nations of antiquity, we shall find that the earliest first of our engravings contain copies of this very form of protection for the feet partook of the nature curious painting as it existed upon the walls of of sandals. The most ancient representations we Thebes, when the Italian scholar Rossellini copied possess of scenes in ordinary life are the sculptures it for his great work on Egypt. The shoomakers and paintings of early Egypt, and these the investi are both seated upon low stools—(real specimens of gations of travelled scholars from most modern such articles may be seen in the British Museum, civilized countries have, by their descriptions and London)--and are both busily employed in the delineations, made familiar to us, so that the habits formation of the sandals then usually worn in and manners, as well as the costume of this ancient Egypt; the first workman is piercing with his awl people, have been handed down to the present time, the leather thong, at the side of the sole, through by the work of their own hands, with so vivid a which the straps were passed which secured the truthfulness, that we feel as conversant with their sandal to the foot; before him is a low sloping domestic manners and customs as with those of any bench, one end of which rests upon the ground: his modern nation to which the book of the traveller fellow-workman is equally busy sewing a shoe, and would introduce us. Not only do their pictured tightening the thong with his teeth, a primitive relics remain to give us an insight into their mode mode of working which is occasionally indulged in of life, but a vast quantity of articles of all kinds, } at the present day. The tools and manufactured from the tools of the workmen to the elegant fabrics sandals lio around, and are here represented : they which once decorated the boudoir of the fair ladies of Memphis and Carnac three thousand years ago, are treasured up in the museums of various coun-} tries.

With these materials, it is in no wise difficult to carry our history of shoemaking back to the earliest times, and even to look upon the shoemaker at his work in the early days of Thotmes the Third, who ascended the throne of Egypt, according to Wilkin. bear, in some instances, a resemblance to those used son, 1495 years before Christ, and during whose in the present day; the central instrument having

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Thebes of that remote antiquity. The workman, it will be noticed, cuts the leather upon a sloping

Fig. 3. bench, exactly like that of the shoemaker already engraved.

The warmth and mildness of the East rendered a close, warm shoe unnecessary; and, indeed, in the present day they partake there more of the character of slippers, and the foot, thus unconfined by tight

above described, of the leaf of the palm; they were shoes, and always free in its motion, retains its full

brought from Egypt by the late Mr. Salt, consul power and pliability; and the custom still retained general, and formed part of the collection sold in in the East, of holding a strap of leather or other

London, after his death, and are now in the British substance between the toes, is represented in the Museum. They are very different from each other in Theban paintings; the foot thus becoming a useful their construction, and are of that kind worn by the second to the hand.

poorer classes : flat slices of the palm-leaf, which Many specimens of the shoes and sandals of the lap over each other in the centre, form the sole of ancient Egyptians may also be seen in the British Fig. 4, and a double band of twisted leaves secures Museum. Wilkinson, in his work on the “Manners

Fig. 4. and Customs" of this people, says, "Ladies and men of rank paid great attention to the beauty of their sandals; but, on some occasions, those of the middle classes who were in the habit of wearing them preferred walking barefooted; and in religious ceremo. nies, the priests frequently took them off while performing their duties in the Temple." The sandals varied slightly in form; those worn

and strengthens the edge; a thong of the strong by the upper classes, and by women, were usually

fibres of the same plant is affixed to each side of the pointed and turned up at the end, like our skates instep, and was secured round the foot. The other, and the Eastern slippers of the present day. Somo

Fig. 2, is more elaborately platted, and has a softer bad a sharp, flat point; others were nearly round. look; it must, in fact, have been as a pad to the foot, They were made of a sort of woven or interlaced exceedingly light and agreeable in the arid climate work, of palm-leaves and papyrus stalks, or other

inhabited by the people for whom such sandals were similar materials; sometimes of leather, and were constructed: the knot at each side to which the frequently lined within with cloth, on which the

thong was affixed still remains. figure of a captive was painted : that humiliating The sandals with curved toes alluded to above, position being thought suitable to the enemies of { and which frequently appear upon Egyptian sculptheir country, whom they hated and despised, an}

ture, and generally upon the feet of the superior idea agreeing perfectly with the expression which 90 often occurs in the hieroglyphic legends accompanying a king's name, where his valor and virtues are recorded on the sculptures—“ You have trodden the impure Gentiles under your powerful feet.”

The example selected for Fig. 1 is in the British classes, are exhibited in the woodevt here given : Museum, beneath the sandal of a mummy of Har- { and in the Berlin Museum one is preserved of pre

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