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your absence will give much advantage to by one of them when I had some fears of rivals at home, although they take advan- dying. Now, - you needn't smile, - if tage of it. I believe she is deliberately. you leave them together, I shall get well turning coquette, for the sake of sending the sooner. Ha, ha, ha! Tom, you're recruits to the regiment. She has so ex- the only man I am jealous of; and, to cited and flattered five of your old rivals comfort you, if your brother-in-law is that they have just gone with a squad of killed, - which I pray may not be, — and thirty-seven. Any one who is fit for a both of us return, and your sister will soldier may gain her attention now; but endure me, I don't know but I shall, put if he does not soon volunteer, he loses an end to Ellen's indecision; and then hope. In short, and in confidence, she is you will be the happiest fellow in the determined to keep the regiment full. world, - perhaps I ought to except myShe and I have made up a little parcel self. Tell your sister her letter has given for George, which will be delivered by me comfort, and I thank her for the parWilliam Deane, one of the volunteers cel, whatever it contains.” just gone.

“Well, I'll tell her. Go to sleep, if " As you must have expected, Shoddy you can! I'll write, before it is dark, Peabody has been attentive to Ellen, and Where's the pen? All right!” seems to have almost assurance of success, "Sleep! I prefer to meditate on the if one may judge by his unwonted liber- ringlets. I wont disturb you.” ality. He has given a hundred dollars to one, and two hundred to another, to Next day, Jones was unanimously chosinduce them to volunteer. This is duly en captain, and Loidley first lieutenant. reported to Ellen, and she praises him for The second lieutenant resigned, on acit. He sees it is the way to keep in her count of his health. His place was filled favor. If he would go himself, and ex. by a favorite sergeant; and the choice of pose his own life in battle, I believe she the men was approved by the superior might admire him; but you know her officers. Loidley was sent away with the

sick, much against his wish; but he was “Jones, shall we be jealous of Shod- found able to join, when the army was on

its way to Maryland. The company soon “No; I advise not. It is agreed be acquired superior efficiency, and the regitween us that every woman ought to have ment was distinguished in the battles that her choice; and if she prefers him, now drove the rebels back into Virginia. Not that he has become a millionnaire, it to give a history of the war, it may be would not be honest to wish that she said that the rival friends are now brigshould not have him. What can either adiers. of us give her, in the way of a home, to Shoddy Peabody has gone up " long compare with what he will be glad to ago. He spread too largely, couldn't give her?

In a prudential view, she meet his paper, and his creditors came would be advised to prefer him. You down upon him without mercy. But he and I may return maimed, or broken in wouldn't give up, — that is, his interest health, ard be a burden on her kindness, in Miss Worrener had become so strong if she prefers either of us."

that he followed the example of her other Ha, ha, ha! Tom, you preach di- lovers, whose gallantry she praised with vinely. I believe your doctrine, and a feeling that showed him the only way God forbid that I should repine if com- to her heart. Some time since, he raised pelled to practise it; but I am not in the sixty men for the regiment, and marched least jealous or apprehensive of Pea- at their head to the seat of war; but body's success, and I doubt if I should took his place in the ranks when they arhave been, had you not fortified me with rived, only requesting that he might be your wholesome counsel. Lend me your promoted when he became capable of ringlet; lay it by mine. It is a comfort some command. He has become a lieuo look at them. I have been cheered | tenant, and is a resolute and good officer.

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It is but just to say that the brigadiers to the defence of their country from puretreat him with great respect and kind- ly patriotic motives; and why should. I ness.

doubt that his motives in assisting them Shoddy's rival in manufacture, a canny are otherwise ? ” Scotchman, who could not get a contract “Did ye ever hear of his assisting any while he was in the eld, gets all he can other? There was the poor chap, Davis, execute since he is in another field. He who would make a good soldier, wanted did all he could to break him down, both him to give his wife a dollar and a half a in his business and his affections. Meet- week until he could send his pay; but he ing Miss Worrener one day in a walk; he wouldn't. I fear ye’re some partial to saluted her and offered a newspaper that him, or ye wouldn't be so blind. But if had just arrived and contained news of ye know what is for yere good, ye'll be her friends. Shoddy then was in full thinking more o' the callant lads that bloom, and it was gossiped that his dia- showed their patriotism by going as commonds were to be displayed on Miss Wor- mon volunteers, when they ought to have rener. The serene old Scot was deter- been captains, at least.” mined to do all he could to prevent it. “ My dear sir, I ask a favor. Do not

“You know these callants, my dear say more on this rather delicate subject. young leddy, I've been told. Weel, they I have no thought of the private interests are an honor to the country and the reg- you allude to, until higher interests are iment they went in and the brigades they set at rest. As for Mr. Peabody, I must have fairly got command of. They are continue to treat him with neighborly reto be envied by the spiritless fellows that spect, and not to question his motives stay at home attending to their business, while his actions are beneficial to the - that is, to cheating people. Here's country. You do not call to see my faPeabody, that's got rich by making cloth ther as often as you used to." out o' second-hand wool that's rotten as “Weel, no ; but it's nae because I have paper. A man that makes cloth out of the less regard and good-will for him. any but new wool, especially for soldier's Tell him ye met me, and gie him my clothing, is a rank traitor. Pardon me compliments. Ye'll forgive me for talkfor advising ye; but I raally think ye do ing as I did ?” wrong to notice such a fellow.”

“I have no right to be dissatisfied. Oh, pardon you! It would better Certainly, I can't presume to doubt your become me to thank you for your counsel, good intentions." which I am sure is sincere. But Mr. “Weel, good-morning. Ye'll take this Peabody is doing something for the good paper ?cause; he has helped many to volunteer “ I fear I shall deprive you of news.” who had pecuniary obligations that hin- “Not at all. I've read all that I usudered them. You would not have me ally read. displease a man who is so patriotic.” “ Hoot! hoot!” said the old Scot, as

“ If he were patriotic, no; but he is soon as the young lady had gone; "the only politic. He hasn't helped a fellow gossips overleap the facts. The girl is that wasn't in his way at home.”

nae more in love with the fellow than I “How so?

I don't wonder if she is using him “It's nae secret to anybody that he's as a recruiter. She's a brave girl.” in love wi' yere ain sel', and that the callants he has loaned money to are in love Hope is a main-stay of resolution, wi® the same bonnie lassie. It is politic you may find if you read Campbell. to get them out o' the way."

Which of all the lovers of this village "I am sorry to hear you say that. I belle will win her favor the gossips do have no right to suppose that those young not know; but reports from the army

ingentlemen who were pleased to visit me dicate that they all mean to deserve it. are more than mere friends who visit for They go on the track of the two first in mere social pleasure. They have gone the field of honor; they are studious, in

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dustrious, sober, and never neglect the duties of the humblest rank from a consid.

eration that they merit higher rank. Such : men will be efficient, and when different

men have shown that efficiency is wanted in officers, they will rise. Time will show; and when the war is ended, another sketch may inform the reader what has become of this fascinating village belle and her knightly lovers.

Meantime, she perseveres in the good cause, and many are the tokens of remembrance and interest that she sends to the sick and wounded of the county reg. iment. Her recruiting is less successful; but still she gently manages to stir the sleepy patriotism of those who reserve themselves for the final struggle. Joseph Goodwin has long resisted her indirect influence upon his heroic sentiments. One evening, on his way home, a gossip behind him heard him soliloquize.

“She can't come it! Confound her! It is a pretty return for a fellow's affection to send him where he may be shot like a common loafer. No! no! she can't come it! Let her try! that will give me a chance to try! Faint heart ne'er won fair lady! Don't let your courage fail at the first denial, but always make a second and third trial ! Women naturally want husbands ; I'm a splendid fellow; why shouldn't she take a frog, by and by? It's a good bait for both of us, anyhow!"

Is his diplomacy likely to succeed ? That is in the future. At present, it is safe to say, “ We doubt.”

Joyous hearts and sunny faces

Met around the fireside's blaze; Mirth and gayety and laughter

Mingled in our childish plays.

Broader, thicker grow the shadows;

Twilight deepens into gloom ; But I know that close beside us

Sits an angel in the room,

With a robe of shining brightness,

With a halo round the face ; And the glory of his presence

Sanctifieth all the place.

Nestle closer, child, and listen !

Draw the little cricket near; And I'll tell thee why, at even,

Thus the angel sitteth here!

Once I had a little brother,

He was young and fair and mild, Full of childish mirth and gladness;

And I, also, was a child.

Did it never occur to you, as a remarkable fact, that of the great number who profess to believe the doctrine of endless misery, so few seem to be at all touched by it, or to have the slightest interest in complying with what it discloses, and what they, themselves, affirm to be the condition of salvation ?

All day long, we used to wander

'Neath the spreading chestnut tree ; Never yet lived any children

Half as happily as we.

And we knew each nook and corner

Where the early violets grew,
Or the white fluwers of the hawthorn

From the hedge peeped faintly through.'

SEND your son into the world with a good temper, good principles, a good education, and habits of industry and order, and he will work his way.

O’er his grave, beneath the hawthorn,

Now the wild vines softly creep ; It is fourteen years this autumn

Since our Willie fell asleep.

Strive in all things to be holy !

Win a harp and crown like his !

In the sunny autumn season,

On a bright September day, Came God's angel to our hearthstone,

Calling our beloved away,

In the world that lies before thee,

Keep thy spirit undefiled ! God shall guard thee from the evil ;

Heaven bless thee, gentle child !

When the cottage-door stood open,

When the corn was in the ear, And the harvest-song of reapers

In the fields was sweet to hear,

Gently resting on the threshold

Where he ne'er had stood before, Folding his white wings about him,

Was God's angel at our door.

Day by day he watched our Willie,

Till his wasting form grew weak, And the crimson flush of fever

Redly burned upon his cheek.

Then I knew that in the meadows,

In the green and shady lane, Underneath the spreading chestnuts,

He would never play again.

Soft he spake in silvery accents, –

God is good ; he knoweth best ; In that country of the angels,

He will make me pure and blest.

A DIFFICULT QUESTION ANSWERED. “Can any one,” says Fanny Fern, “tell me why, when Eve was manufactured from one of Abam's ribs, a hired girl was not made at the same time to wait on her?"

We can, easy : Because Adam never came whining to Eve with a ragged stocking to be darned, a collar-string to be sewed on, or a glove to mend “right away, quick now!Because he never read the newspaper until the sun got down behind the palm-trees, and then stretching himself out, yawned out, “ Aint supper ’most ready, my dear?Not he! He made the fire and hung the kettle over it himself, we'll venture — and pulled the radishes, peeled the potatoes, and did everything else he ought to. He milked the cows, fed the chickens, and looked after the pigs himself. He never brought home half a dozen friends to dinner when Eve hadn't any fresh pomegranates, and the mango season was over! He never stayed out till eleven o'clock to a "ward meeting," hurrahing for an out-and-out candidate, and then scolded because poor

Eve was sitting up and crying inside the gates.

. He never played billiards, rolled ten-pins, and drove fast horses, nor choked Eve with cigar-smoke. He never loafed around corner groceries, while Eve was rocking little Cain's cradle at home. In short, he didn't think she was especially created for the purpose of waiting on him, and wasn't under the impression that it disgraced a man to lighten a wife's cares a

“ There are rich and smiling pastures,

Valleys green and pearly streams ; And the angels walk among them ;

I have seen them, in my dreams.

“ And the sunshine on the hillsides

Has a very pleasant look ; And the flowe are white and larger

Than the lilies by the brook.

“ I am going there ; but, sister,

When the stars come forth to view, By their calm and peaceful beaming,

I will come again to you.

“ With the holy love of angels,

I will gently hover near ;

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THE SPY OF THE MISSISSIPPI. reached out his hand, that the pedler's
By Mrs. C. M. Sawyer.

was cold and clammy. “This torrent is

so. swift it chills the air rapidly. We CHAPTER VII.

will try to find some hollow in the rocks TWILIGHT was fast deepening into dark- to shelter us. Come,” he continued, turnness, the black shadows cast by the moun- ing sharply round toward the mountaintains down the deep ravine looking omi- side, maybe we shall find it easier getting nous and threatening, as Carleton and his on nearer the rocks. It can't be that the companions fairly entered on their un- fellows who harbor in the last cave reach known way out.

The travelling was dif- it by the exhausting path we have been ficult and slow, the dense undergrowth of following. They must have some easier rank shrubs and huge tangled vines ob- way, or they would never go there. Keep structing their feet at every step, until, up good heart,” said he, kindly, endeavorfinally, they were obliged to take to the ing to help the pedler, who really appearstream itself, the boulders and pebbles ed unable to go a step further; “over which thickly bedded it affording, while through this jungle, we shall be all the light was sufficient to discern them, right. not insecure footing. In this way, they “I hope so; for I cannot go much furwent on for a while pretty rapidly, some- ther to-night.” times leaping from one stone to another, “Le' me go furd, sar,” said Josh, sometimes finding the water-worn pebbles touched with the plaintive voice of the rolling under their feet, but on the whole, pedler. “I tink I soon fine some place getting on much better than when forcing to res' yer poor bones. De good Lord their way through the jungle. It soon aint a kine o' pusson to leab us in dis yere became evident, however, that this course sort o' way. Arter all he gone done fur could not be long pursued, so rapidly the us dis day, I aint a gwine to 'spect him o' obscurity increased, while to attempt to de mean trick o’ 'sakin' us now. No, continue their passage through the thick- sar! he'll deliber us, I tells yer." et after the darkness should be complete, The

way seemed to grow worse instead was equally impossible. The ravine might of better; but, inspired by his strong stretch for miles, and hours still be re- faith, the

negro pushed his way, like a quired before they should reach its out- monstrous wedge driven by a beetle, let.

through the solid wall of undergrowth, “We must find a camping-place for the Carleton and his companion following so night, and that immediately," said Carle- closely as to avail themselves of the openton, as, balancing himself on a huge boul. ing thus made, until very soon they saw der, he paused to look around. “This that the way was less obstructed and less work is fearful, and we are all worn out dark, and in another minute, they emergand must rest somehow. There is no ed upon a broad, flat rock, several rods probability of getting out of this ravine, in area, and nearly as level as a floor. which is very nearly as frightful as the Its upper side, which was reached by a underground chasms, before we have light slight ascent, was completely sheltered by to guide us. It is now nearly dark, and an overhanging roof of rock, forming in

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