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by his side. John and his mother walked be- pale, and looked as though she maintained her hind them. They all went to the jail together, calmness with effort. By request of the lawyer and the officers did their duty in a kindly who was to conduct the case for the defence, I

sat by his side, John being at my right hand. I returned to the cottage to wait their return, The first witness called was the loser of the and I waited till ten o'clock. Even then I money, a fine appearing elderly gentleman, learned nothing. The widow sunk into a chair whom I had not seen before. His testimony and wept as though her heart would break, was substantially as follows: holding Cora to her breast, as though fearful “ About the tenth of last May, I deposited six th it some dark power would steal her also, from thousand dollars with C. S. Cutts for safe keepher embrace. John walked the floor, with his ing, during the few days that I should remain great honest heart almost bursting in his bosom. in the village. The money was in six sevenAs often as he tried to tell me, his voice failed thirty treasury notes. I had neglected to note him, and he was obliged to shut his teeth con- the numbers, having received them only half vulsively together, to keep from bursting out an hour before deposit. Could not, therefore, into what he would have regarded as an un- stop payment. Placed a private mark on each manly cry.

note, as is my custom, and by that mark recogSo I went to my room, not however to sleep. nize this note, [a note was here handed the I leaned my head upon my hand in the dark- witness] as one of the number then deposited." ness, and thought for half an hour. Then I Cross examined. arose and went out — out into the cold air of “ Did you place the same mark upon each of night, and afterwards I was very glad that I the notes ?” went out, though it was three o'clock in the “ Yes." morning when I returned.

“ Are you quite sure that no one could counIn the course of three days the mail brought terfeit that work?me a draft for ten thousand dollars from my "I think no one could counterfeit so accufriends in the city. I became bail for the pris- rately as to deceive me. The mark is peculiar, oner, and Arthur came home. Not, however, and I can testify to the stroke of my own pen.” the same cheerful boy as when he went, but he C. S. Cutts was the next witness, and gave escaped at least the discomforts of prison, and the following testimony: formed again part of the family circle.

“ Received six thouaand dollars from Mr. Time walked along with noiseless and melan- Brighton on the tenth day of last May for safe choly tread. On the morning of the day when keeping. The money was in six one thousand the case was to come up for trial at the County dollar treasury notes. Placed the money in the Court, the family appeared exceedingly dejected. safe, and next morning found it missing. My It was a sad epoch in their history. Nothing two clerks slept in the store. The key of the new had transpired, and they went to the new safe was in their keeping. trial as they had been to the old, with almost a money was missed, searched the effects of the certainty of failure.

clerks, and found this note, [he took up the note The room where the trial was to take place which Mr. Brighton had declared one of the was large, and filled in every part. I was number deposited,] in the satchel of Arthur greatly disappointed in seeing so many specta- Seabury. Made complaint and had him artors present, though it was no great wonder, rested. Afterward, assisted in searching the since the theft was a heavy one, and the pris- store, and found nothing of the balance of the oner a mere youth, and one who had borne a money." good reputation heretofore. At the proper Cross examined. time I surrendered Arthur to the officers, and ** Did you deposit the money in the safe, he took his stand for trial. The jurymen were Mr. Cutts ? " sworn, and everything was in readiness to “I did." proceed.

“ At what hour in the day ?” The family were calm. Arthur himself “ About six o'clock in the evening." looked around upon the great audience, with “ Is it your custom to leave the key of the his open, manly countenance, betraying neither safe with the clerks ?”

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" Which clerk took the key on the night in opened the safe, secreted the money, and requestion?"

turned to his place again, without waking you ? " * The prisoner."

“ I think he could." “ IIad you ever trusted him with the key “ Were you present when this note was before?”

found ?" 6 No."

“ I was." “Why did you deliver the key into his pos- · Might not Mr. Cutts have held the note in session on this particular night ?

his hand, and pretended to draw it from the “ I did it, because I always make a practice satchel, by first depositing it there himself?” of testing my clerks. I did it for a test.” " It would be possible perhaps, though I think

" IIad the other clerk access to the key ?”. I should have noticed the movement, if any. " I do not know."

thing of the kind had been attempted.” “ Mr Cutts, I now request you to state to the “How near Mr. Cutts did you stand when jury, whether the treasury notes in question the money was found.” were in the safe at the time you delivered the “ Within a few feet." key to Arthur Seabury?”

“ Did he examine your effects first ? " They were.”

“ Yes." Did the respondent know them to be in the “ Did you have access to the key on the night safe?"

in question ? " “ I took particular pains to tell him of the “ I did not. I knew nothing of what the prisfact myself.”

oner did with it. He had entire control of it." Have you a duplicate key ?"

" You saw Mr. Cutts deposit the money you "No."

say; at what time ?” The next witness called was the clerk who

“ About six o'clock." was the companion of Arthur Seabury in the

“And what time did he deliver the key to the store. He gave this testimony:

respondent ?" “I was in the store on the night of the theft;

About nine.” saw Mr. Cutts give Arthur the key. We slept

“ And who held the key from six to nine ? " in a little room over the store; have a dim The witness exchanged glances with Mr. recollection of hearing noises in the night, but Cutts, and hesitated. The lawyer repeated the suspected nothing. Saw Mr. Cutts deposit the question. money in the safe.”

" Mr. Cutts," said the witness. Cross examined.

“ And how were you employed from six till " At what hour did you retire on the night in

nine ?" question ?”

“I was waiting upon customers as usual, but “ Ten o'clock."

am sure that Mr. Cutts did not unlock the safe.” “ Did you leave the store that night after the

“ Was Mr. Cutts present in the store during key was delivered to the respondent ?'

that time ?” * No.”

“Yes." "Is it your custom to retire as early as ten

“ Are you willing sir, to state to the jury that o'clock?"

you know Mr. Cutts did not unlock the safe "No."

between the time that you saw him deposit the Why did you do so on this particular night ?” money, and the time when he gave the key to " At the suggestion of Mr. Cutts. He said Arthur Seabury?" he wished to test the new clerk."

“ I a

am very sure that he did not." “Yes, you heard noises you say; what was

“ The jury will judge of that matter when the nature of those noises?"

the evidence is all in.” “ I cannot tell definitely, I have but a dim This finished the evidence on the part of the recollection. I remember of being disturbed prosecution, and the Court took a recess for in my sleep, that is all.”

dinner. " You did not wake, then ?”

In the afternoon I was much struck with the "No."

appearance of the prisoner, and of the whole "I wish you to state definitely your opinion, family of which he was a member. Relying


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cherished a faint hope that some way would be | lawyer (I may properly say our, since I was opened by Providence, whereby the guilt would intimately connected with the case,) placed fall upon the party who deserved it. Evidently paper in the hands of the sheriff, at the sam they had given up all hope. The case was time remarking, moving along in the same old track which it “Mr. Cutts, I have not done with you, ya had followed at the previous trial. Very likely will be seated if you please.” they had consulted friends, in whose judgment Seeing that he must, he obeyed. they confided, and had received the assurance “ You will state to the jury," said the attorne that there was no ground upon which to build addressing me,“ how you came in possession a hope.

these notes. Give a full relation of the matte Arthur showed unmistakable evidence of hav- and fear nothing." ing wept during the whole recess, and Mrs. I could see that the changed aspect of affai Seabury could not restrain her tears, even in had produced an impression, both upon th presence of the assembly which filled the Court family and the assembly, and the interest w room. John had lost his power of speech, as intense, as I proceeded with my

narration: upon the former occasion, and Cora nestled “I ai

am a resident of the city of Boston; con close to her mother's side, with as sad a heart

menced boarding with Mrs. Seabury about the as any. The audience were evidently moved first of May. I became interested in the pris at the sorrow before them - many in the room

oner because of his good deportment; wa carrying handkerchiefs to their eyes, in sympa acquainted with the facts of his going to liv thy with the grief which ran like a river through with Mr. Cutts. On the day of the forine the hearts of that gathered family. Trifle as it trial, I was absent, and arrived in town onl might seem to the world, and trifle as a like

soon enough to hear the decision of the Cour occurrence might be to many hardened young From my acquaintance with Arthur Seabury men, it was not a trifle to that family, or the and the family of which he is a member, neighbors who sympathized with, and loved became convinced in my own mind that he wa them.

not guilty of the crime charged. On the even The Court-room was still as death, save only ing of the ninth of May, finding the family wit the sobs which the widow was unable to restrain. which I boarded overwhelmed with grief, an

“ I have only one witness to call for the de- sympathizing with that grief, I determined t fence,” said the lawyer who had undertaken the do what I could to assist them. I went to th “ You will be sworn.”

Telegraph Office late in the evening to deposi He spoke to me. The widow removed her

a message for my friends in the city, asking fo veil and looked up through her tears. The a loan sufficient to relieve Arthur from jail eyes of the whole assembly were centered upon As I was not in a mood for sleep, I stopped fo my person, and I felt it. I was very glad in quite a length of time in the vicinity of Mir that moment, that when I retired to my room Cutts' store. Then I went to the vicinity o on the night of the former trial, I went not to his house, not with any definite purpose in m sleep — that I went out into the cold spring air, mind, but meditating all the while upon the and only returned at three o'clock in the morn- strange circumstance that Arthur Seabury ing. After being sworn by the clerk of the should be arrested for theft. Mr. Cutts has Court, I drew from one of my pockets a tin private office in one end of a carriage-house oyster can, one which had been used and thrown attached to his main residence, and while re away. Then froin the can I drew five seven- clining by the fence which runs back from th thirty treasury notes, and placed them upon office into the field, I saw a man step out of the the table.

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THE SURE WITNESS. halt an hour before moving. Then I cautiously climbed over the fence, removed the sods with my hands, pulled out the soft earth, and found

The solemn wood had spread this box with these treasury notes inside. Be

Shadows around my head lieving that I had made a dis rery of some

“ Curtains they are," I said, importance, I went at once to the attorney for

"Hung dim and still about the house of prayer;"

Softly among the limbs, the defence, and called him up to ask his advice.

Turning the leaves of hymns, He desired me to keep the matter secret till I heard the winds, and asked if God was there! tbe day of trial — advice which I followed with No voice replied, but while I listening stood, considerable sacrifice of feeling. The box was

Sweet Peace made holy bushes through the wood. about two feet below the surface, and I am

With rudely-open hand,

I saw the wild rose stand ready to state positively that Mr. Cutts was the

Beside the green gate of the summer hills ; man who buried it. The night was not dark,

And pulling at her dress, and he was not more than ten feet distant.”

I cried, “Sweet Ilermitess,

Hast thou beheld him who the dew distils?!! There was no disposition to cross examine,

No voice replied, but while I listening bent, and the case went to the jury in five minutes, Her gracious beauty made my heart content. who gave a verdict of “ Not Guilty,” without

The moon in splendor shone ; leaving their seats.

** She walketh heaven alone,

And seeth all things,'' to myself I mused; Mother and son, brother and sister, wept

“ Hast thou beheld him, then, together, but they were tears of joy. Little

Who hides himself from men, Cora put her arms around my neck, and gave In that great power through Nature interfused ? 19 me a kiss which I shall remember far into the

No speech made answer, and no sign appeared,

But in the silence I was soothed and cheered. shailows of the dark valley. The assembly burst forth into a shout of joy. The Judge left

Waking one time, strange awe

Thrilling my soul, I saw his seat to come down and speak some kind

A kingly splendor, round about the night; words to Arthur Seabury. The jurymen made

Such cunning work and grand,

No spinner ever planned ; up a purse upon the spot sufficient to meet all

The finest wool may not be washed so white. the expenses to which the widow had been sub

“ Hast thou been in his hand?" I asked, and lo! jected, and the family group which gathered in The snow was all the answer of the snow. the cottage that night, was a group of thankful

Then my heart said "Give o'er ; hearts. The cloud floated from off the home.

Question no more, no more! C. S. Cutts is now in one of the peniten

The wind, the snow-storm, the wild hermit flower

The illuminated air, tiaries of the State of New York, where he is

The pleasure after prayer, likely to remain while his hair grows grey, and Proclaim the unoriginated Power! the noble hearted boy whom he attempted to

The mystery that hides him here and there,

Bears the sure witness, he is everywhere." ruin, has a position in one of the most upright firms of the village of Champlain. Mr. Brightov

INDESTRUCTIBLE TREASURE. The Rev. kindly made him a present of one of the treas- John Newton was one day called to visit a ury notes, and one day he will be a partner

family that had suffered the loss of all they






of divine truth to him is to be a forced and repugnant one, but a discriminate feeling of his mental and moral powers with that for which

he was originally constituted, and in which he THE THE Christian Revelation presents life under various aspects, and through different simil- his most intimate and holy relations to his race.

can most surely realize his divine sonship, and itudes. It is a school, a race, a journey, a con

These spiritual blessings, as Christianity preflict. Interests unspeakably great are involved in it. He who sees most of life truly, will take sents them, are set forth in the New Testament most serious views of it, and seek the surest parable of the Marriage Feast. The banquet directions as to its improvement.

was prepared, the invitation sent out, accepted The similitude under which I write a few by the few, by the many rejected. Then came thoughts of life, is that of a Feast. It involves

the consequences of acceptance, -fulness, blessman's want and supply as a living being need- ing, rest and peace; and also the door of ing the constant upbuilding of his forces, the

those who refused the proffered good, — what

the banished from heaven's truth must be, renewal of his powers, — his growth, improvement, perfection.

outer darkness, destitution, affliction.

Among the essentials making up the life-feast He is a being of spiritual needs. He wants

we may note, a knowledge of God and trust in that aliment on which his soul can feed, and of

him; spiritual growth and improvement; benefiwhich its true vitality must be supplied and in

cent action - living for others; faith in the creased. Apt and instructive statements of the

soul's immortality. Scriptures set this forth. In the Old Testament

No dispensation like that of the Gospel makes record we hear the voice of heavenly truth

known the divine being and guardianship. speaking to the subjects of human error and

Other views than those involving his paternal delusion, “ Wherefore do ye spend money for benignity too generally abound. The human that which is not bread ?” Earnest seeking heart, in its strong and unsatisfied strivings for was there, because of human need and desire. rest and peace, has been grievously and unBut the good which the seekers required was

speakably tormented with them.

The Gospel, not found by them. They did not apply to the instead of being “good news,” has been fraught right sources; their soul-feasting was a mockery, with most terrific intelligence to mortals; and as the prophet affirmed, “ As when a hungry to many a one, as to the gifted Savior, instead man dreaneth, and behold be eateth, but he of being a perpetual feast of heavenly trust awaketh and his soul is empty; or as when a

and grace, it has been “a mortal poison,” difthirsty man dreameth and behold he drinketh; fusing itself through all life's realities, and renbut he awaketh, and behold he is faint, and his dering existence itself “ a cruel bitter.” Hence soul hath appetite.” Such were the effects of the need of showing men what God is, that error, – the pursuit of wrong and the indul- knowing him, they may put their trust in his gence therein. Hence the expostulation of infinite paternity. They may find this knowlheavenly wisdom, followed by its affectionate edge in the instructions of him who is the entreaty, “ Hearken diligently unto me, and eat

Image of the invisible;" who taught that ye that which is good, and let your soul delight prayer beginning with the utterance, “ Our itself in fulness."

Father, who art in heaven.” If we could have What fulness? The Christian answer is, that the true life-feast, we must have through living which the Gospel reveals; the fulness of God's faith, nearness to him, — in obedience to his truth, its sufficiency for man's spiritual health- word, in the conviction that his promises of

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