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which is worn at home. This, to say the least' Home! We could write no other word so indicates an entirely mistaken view of life and fraught with meaning as this, no other that happiness. touches such deep fountains in the heart, or All persons have sunshine in their dispositions awakens such varied feeling. Home is not some- for certain times and occasions. If there is not thing we find ready-made, complete, and the enough for all times and places, let what there same to all. The word has really a very change- is be expended at home. If one must be fretable signification according to the particular ful and disagreeable at all, let it be abroad, seat and centre of domestic life to which it is never at home. It is of comparatively little acapplied. Home, like a garden, is what you count what those persons
you, , make it. If it receives the care and attention you only occasionally, and perhaps care little it deserves, it is delightful beyond expression; for you or your welfare. It is a matter of the if it is neglected, it runs to waste, and rank greatest importance what those have reason to weeds appear in the place of flowers. A home think of you, whose destiny is linked with is beautiful or otherwise, according to the life yours and whose happiness is bound up in you. and character of its inmates, and, on the other Their love for you makes everything pertaining hand, their life and character are affected much to your character of the deepest interest to by the character of their home. The home them. A casual acquaintance may see defects and its inmates act and re-act upon each other. in you, glaring faults, even, and care little about Really pleasant people never make an unpleas- it; they are of little consequence to him, while ant home, and a pleasant home never fails to they are like poisoned arrows in the hearts of do much to refine and elevate those who enjoy it. the home circle. So of your good qualities. A
Every family owe much to their home. It distant friend, or acquaintance may admire helps to make them what they are, and every them, but they are not much to him. It amounts day, each member is under obligation to add to but little whether he sees them or not, but something to its attractions, its beauty, its in- they are the very light and life of your home, terest, or the hallowed influences that centre the source of its joy and peace; and nothing there. Neatness and order can be made to can take their place, or compensate for the prevail; simple pictures, if costly ones cannot want of them to your family. Why then be so be afforded, can be arranged, and flowers can particular to act and speak and dress to please be cultivated to attract the eye and gratify the the public, or those friends whom you see only live of the beautiful. A thousand little things occasionally, and so indifferent to the feelings, can be done that a cultivated taste would sug- tastes and happiness of the members of your gest, and above all, kind words can be spoken, own family, who alone are deeply concerned in and pleasant feelings can be cherished to make you? Do you think you are sure of their love home a place of happiness. A person who feels whatever you may do, and therefore take no undler no obligation, and has no desire, to do pains to please them? This is dangerous preanything to make his home interesting and at sumption. The keen edge of even home affectractive, must have some sad defect of mind or tions may be worn off and their strength and character.
sweetness spoiled by constant disagreeableness And yet there are such persons, and they are and indifference. Besides, if the love of your sometimes found in circles where one would family is such that you can thus presume upon least expect to find them, persons pretending to it
, you are under the most sacred obligations to culture and refinement in the higher walks of treat them with tender and affectionate considlife. We have met those who seem to think it eration and regard, and only a stupid dolt, or a matters very little how they look, or what they person of extreme heartlessness and selfishness do or say at home, if they only make a respect- would do otherwise, able appearance before the world. They are Love can live only upon that which is lovesatisfied to be slovenly in their personal appearable. Those agreeable ways, pleasant words ance, and ill-natured and disagreeable in the and kind attentions, and especially those qualhome circle, but all neatness and sweetness and ities of disposition and character which are so smiles before others. So they have a Sunday effectual in winning affection are not less indisposition, as they have a Sunday suit, to put strumental in keeping it. on when they go abroad, altogether unlike that It does not seem strange that the love of many
a home grows cold and dead, when we consider, / weigh carefully the importance of the relation that those delicate attractions, attentions, and they assume, and should resolve that no neglect favors which first kindled and warmed that or indifference, no unkind words or angry feellove, are often laid aside soon after marriage. ings, no want of affection and sympathy should It is a sad day when a young wife becomes care- ever prevent its being to them a source of uninless of her words, and indifferent to her person- terrupted happiness. They can do nothing to al apperrance in the presence of her husband, weaken their attachment to each other that wounding him with fretfulness, and coming will not lessen their happiness, they can do to the table, and into the sitting-room in untidy nothing to strengthen it that will not increase and neglectful attire. She little knows the pain their happiness. Any want of attention and he feels when she thus, by her actions, forces kindness in the domestic circle is as unwise as into his mind the thought,—“ She does not care it is wrong. It is little better than self-torture; now how she appears to me, or what I think of for the family is one body, and if one member her!” These are words of terrible meaning to suffers, all suffer; while there, as nowhere a young husband's heart. They sever the else, unselfish love, and attentive care are restrongest bond that binds him to his home. They flected back upon the heart that bestows them. reveal to him the painful fact that the idol he worshipped and longs to worship still, has per- INTERESTING PHENOMENA. The Scientific ished, and only an indifferent, selfish woman American gives the following account of the remains in its place. Is it strange that he soon first impressions conveyed to the mind by the begins to go out evenings? Is it strange
that sense of sight, showing the necessity of educathe, after a while, finds himself not insensible to ing the senses. It will be read as afforling a the charms of his female friends who do not rare and curious illustration of the laws of visneglect to make themselves attractive? Is it ion :strange that the break, thus made by indiffer- “ An interesting, woman, twenty-two years ence and neglect, sometimes widens into a of age, born stone-blind,was restored to perfect dreadful chasm? Every wise woman who prizes vision in four days by a surgical operation, and her home, and would make it the seat of true
to partial vision in two minutes. This young
woman in an instant, having been twenty-two happiness, will remember that she is in that years, and from her birth, stone-blind of conhome the chief object of its interests, and the genital cataract, began to see, as those deaf centre of its attractions; and she will not for- mutes in Paris began to hear for the time. The get that it is in human nature to love only what effect in the young woman was most curious, is interesting, and that the personal attractions, thing, but there was no idea whatever of per
and something of this kind : She saw everythe pleasant words, the attention to little things spective. She put her hands in the window to in manners and dress, that were so essential in try to catch the trees on the other side of the winning the heart of the lover, are not useless street
, then in Moorfield; she tried to touch the in keeping that of the husband. Not that a
ceiling of a high ward ; she was utterly igno
rant also of common things€.g., what such labored and studied manner should be carried things as a bunch of keys were, of a silver watch, into the daily intercourse of domestic life, but or a common cup and saucer; but, when she those almost spontaneous efforts and attractions shut her eyes and was allowed to touch them should not be wanting which reveal a constant
(the educated sense,) she told them at once! She could almost distínanish the greasy feel of
desire. Nota Bene,-our Table is an extension
But here are their parting words made tenIt will be seen by the communications which der, touching, and hallowed, as they should be, appear below, from Mrs. Sawyer and Mrs. by memories of the honored dead : Soule, that on their retiring from the editorial
A Word of Farewell. charge of the REPOSITORY, they had no opportunity of expressing their valedietory words in
Friends and Readers of the Repository: a number edited by themselves. We promised After many years of friendly and familiar them that we would give an explanation of this intercourse, of kindly sympathy in joy and sorfact, due alike to them and the proprietors, in row, the time has come for us to separate. We the present number, which we proceed to do.
are no longer to walk together, I to labor for When the present proprietors came in pos- your entertainment as I best might, nor you, session of the REPOSITORY, they decided to with an indulgent eye to my shortcomings, to enlarge it, and also to conduct it upon a differ- accept my poor efforts with the lenient and not ent system, somewhat after the manner in which too exacting scrutiny which has ever been to the Atlantic Monthly and some other popular me a reward for my most arduous labors. Othmagazines are managed. Such a change could ers, with no doubt far better results, are to be made to advantage only at the commence
labor for you in my place and be to you more ment of a new volume, and, unfortunately, it so
than I ever could. happened, that the REPOSITORY was purchased It may very justly seem to you a somewhat at a time so near the end of the last volume, inappropriate time and place, now at the comthat the change was not decided upon in season mencement of a new volume, and a new dynasfor the valedictories to appear in the last num- ty, to say good bye,—for when they have ber. Hence, by our request, they appear in the crossed the threshold and the door is closed first number of the new volume. Indeed, there behind them, friends do not return to speak the was no alternative. The time of the old vol-adieus which should have been uttered before ume was up, and the change, unless deferred a their departure. But circumstances have comyear, must be made with the very next number. pelled this course, if I would not seem guilty of We trust that this explanation will be satisfac- the great and unmerited discourtesy of bluflly tory to all concerned.
turning my back on you without a word, and Mrs. Sawyer and Mrs. Soule kindly accepted the new publishers have kindly permitted me the invitation to write valedictory articles, and a little nook in the sanctum of their Editor's Miss Davis, who was associated with them in Table, wherein I may “say my say” and speak their editorial labor, would have done likewise adieus. had she not been too ill to write. In this mis
These will be but brief, yet none the less heartfortune she will receive the liveliest sympathy felt that they are so. Believe me, then, when of her many friends. Should she be able to do I say, it has always been a pleasure to me to it at some future time, she will find the oppor- labor for your entertainment,-may I not say tunity open to her, and her ever-welcome words your instruction ?-and if ever any thought or will be received with pleasure, alike by the pro- sentiment has been penned by me that I felt prietors and readers of the REPOSITORY.
worthy to lay before you, the glow of satisfacBut we are glad to assure our readers, that tion I have felt at its production, has been, not although these cherished friends have taken from the idea of any credit which it might retheir leave as Editors, neither they (the read- Aect on myself, but that it would be acceptable ers) nor ourselves are to part company with and beneficial to you. It has been no thankless them. The productions of their rare and ready drudgery that I have performed in your behalf. pens will continue to grace the columns of the I have lingered lovingly over many a paragraph, REPOSITORY. They will be the first among not because it was my own brain-child, or that those to whom we shall look for aid, and we I deemed it brilliant or sparkling or profound, hereby offer them room at this ample Table, but because the feeling came to me, “ there are and cordially invite them to come often, with young and true and tender hearts that will be full liberty to be as sociable and chatty with touched, perhaps in a degree moulded, by this”their old friends, the readers, as their hearts can and the words glided from my pen with the
new uttered prayer that they might be blessed could I without a pang know that henceforth in their mission. May I not have erred in this, the dear and cherished name of TOMPKINS nor the years during which I have thus thought would be seen no more upon its title-page ? and labored for you been lost years ! They Forgive me, ye who own it now, but I thought have not been lost-for even if I err in the not then of the new glory that might and unfeeling that I have not been altogether unprofit- doubtedly would crown its future. Memory able to you, to me that feeling has been fraught looked back sadly and tenderly to its treasured with a blessing-warming my heart, and often past, and as I slowly and with reverent hand cheering me in those hours of depression which turned its pages, my eyes were blinded and my come at times to all. But my work for you in heart grew heavy. How many who with me in this field is done. My little garden-row is girlhood's days had watched its coming, had tilled and I leave it.
passed away, and alas, too, how many of those To my associates in the Editor's labors I owe whose fingers had traced upon its pages their much, and with many a friendly feeling and best and purest thoughts had folded their weary word of thanks say, “Farewell.” To the new
hands! Readers and writers! O, my heart does proprietors, who have so courteously permitted almost break as I remember how many have me this late opportunity to take my leave, I am closed their eyes and dropped their pens! And grateful. To the publishers who retire like my with each new grave a holier interest has seemed self from the magazine which is absolutely iden- to cluster about the work they had so loved, tified with the name of one of them, I feel a
till of late it has seemed part of my own life; gratitude and regard more than usual between its losses, changes, sorrows and joys, chapters in Editor and publisher, for it has been the out my own story. growth of years-beginning with one who, for When he who had so long and carefully the period of nearly half a human life, during guarded its destiny, he who was the guiding which my business relations with him were more star of my literary life, passed away, I felt for or less intimate, was never once forgetful to be a time as if I could never write for it again. considerate and generous and kind—and con" But “though the workman die, the work must tinuing with the successors who did not forbear still go on,” said a brave old soul of other days, to walk in his honorable footsteps—a gratitude and feeling that the blessing of my friend was and regard which I now render up to the living yet hovering over all I wrote, I nerved myself and the dead !
to the olden duties, ever reassured and comAnd now, to you, the last, dear Readers, I forted by the watchful kindness of the young bring a final request. For all that I have done firm. And now, just as I had become accuswhich may have been to you either a pleasure tomed to that, another change is made, and our or a benefit, remember me. For all that I have REPOSITORY becomes the Daughter of the Deleft undone to the same end, but which I might nomination, and I trust and believe not only its have accomplished, forgive me, and farewell! pet but pride. CAROLINE M. SAWYER. In retiring from the pleasant duties that have
so long devolved upon us as Corresponding or
Western Editor, I would return my heart-felt Parting and Greeting.
thanks to the former publishers, and earnestly As the bride, lovingly and trustingly going pray that the kindness they have so uniformly to her husband's arms, looks back tearfully and shown myself may be received by them wherwisttully to the parents who cherished her ear- ever their lines are cast, and assure them that lier years, so do I, while offering the warm hand far down in my heart is a place kept sacred to of frien Iship and speaking the kind words of their memory. And in offering my hand to the greeting to the new publishers, yet look back new firm I would tender them my best wishes tearfully and wistfully to the retiring firm. for the success of their enterprise, trusting that May I confess it-may I say that when I first the relations now to be assumed by us will be learned of the change that had come over the as pleasant and satisfactory as those I have just fortunes of the REPOSITORY, I hid my face in severed. And now, “ with high hopes for the my hands and wept ? Yes, I will own to the future, I say, “ Good bye, old friends,"
?>"How tears, and not even the “ N. E. U. P. H.” must do you do ?” new ones. blame me. How could I help them ? How
CAROLINE A. SOULE.
DEATH OF ALPINE TOURISTS. One of the some trifling articles of dress. His body must saddest accidents to tourists that has been re- either have remained on some of the rocks corded, occurred recently to a party returning lay near to Hadow. Hudson was some fifty
above or been buried deeply in the snow. Croz from an ascent of the Matterhorn in Switzerland. yards from them. The party consisted of three English gentlemen, From the state of their remains, the danger Lord Francis Douglas, Rev. Charles Hudson, of the place (for it is exposed to showers of and a Mr. Hadow, and their guides.
stones), and the very great difficulty of the way
to it, we came to the conclusion that the best A neighboring clergyman has given an ac- thing we could do would be to bury them in the count of the melancholy affair in the London snow. We drew them all to one spot, covered Times. Having briefly narrated the ascent of them with snow, read over them the 90th Psalm the party, the writer says :
from a prayer-book taken from poor Hudson's
pocket, repeated some prayers and a few words “ They met with no great difficulty, and from the burial service, and left them.” reached the top about 2 o'clock. There they were in the greatest delight at the accomplish
A BABY THIEF. A curious incident has ment of their purpose. We saw them distinctly from Zermatt. About 3 o'clock they began the Nontron (Dordogne). A young woman, carry
occurred before the Correctional Tribunal of descent. Soon after, they were all roped to ing a child about eleven months old in her arms, gether. Croz (guide) was first, Hadow next; then came Hudson, Lord Francis Douglas,
was charged with having stolen thirty francs in Peter Taugevald (guide), Whymper and Peter gold from a Madame Vococour
. In her defence Taugevald's son. Not far from the summit
the prisoner stated that, having gone to the they had to pass over a difficult and rather dan- lady's on business, she happened to be left, for gerous place. It was a decline composed of
a moment, alone in the kitchen, and her baby, snow and rock, with very indifferent holding for unknown to her, took three ten-franc pieces off the feet. They were descending with great turned home. She had but just discovered the
a table behind her and held them till she recaution, when Whymper was startled by an exclamation from Croz, and the next moment he fact, and was preparing to go back with the saw Hadow and Croz flying downward. The money when the commissary of police came and weight of the two falling men jerked Hudson arrested her for the theft. The defence was and Lord Francis Douglas from their feet. The thought most improbable, owing to the child's two Taugevalds and Whymper, having a warn
age; but the president, in order to test its posing of a second or two from the time that Croz sibility, ordered one of the ushers to lay three called out, planted themselves as firmly as pos- baby's reach. The moment the little thing saw
gold pieces on the ledge of the dock within the sible, to hold the others up. The pressure upon the money it clutched the pieces firmly and atthe rope was too much. It broke, and Croz, Hadow, Hudson, and Lord Francis Douglas feli tempted to put them in its mouth. This experheadlong down the slope and shot out of sight told the truth, and she was in consequence ac
iment satisfied the tribunal that the woman had over a fearful precipice.
Mr. Whymper's feelings at this time may be quitted of the charge. imagined. The two remaining guides were so completely unnerved by the calamity which had “ The manners and customs of the floating befallen their companions that he found it dif- Chinese population at Bow are more interesting ficult to descend with them. He and they spent than their labors. Marriage is regarded by a miserable night on the mountain at a great them with a cynical indifference beyond the height. As they came down they looked in all dreams of Lycurgus himself, and, whether it be directions for some traces of their companions, that Pope was right about the female heart, or but from the shape of the mountain they could whether the wives are in too great dread of not catch even a glimpse of them. At 10.30 their husbands to rebel, certain it is that not A. M. on Saturday they reached Zermatt." one of the victims was ever heard to lament her
The writer who accompanied the party that fate. The women are all Malay or Dyak, or was despatched in search of the bodies of the their first husband, it may be that they think
half-breed, and as they were originally sold to lost, says >
less of being re-sold by the purchaser. But if “After an arduous walk, in which we were jealousy is thus systematically discouraged in a exposed to much danger, we reached the snow Chinese household, the wife's position is in other field on to which our friends had fallen. When respects most comfortable. The duty of the we looked up at the 4000 feet above us, and ob- husband is not confined among them to his outserved how they must have bumped from rock door occupations, but it is his pride and pleasto rock before they reached the bottom, we ure to remove all labor from his wife's province knew they could not be alive, and we feared to sweep the hut, light the fire and thresh the they would be so awfully mangled that we paddy. The duty of a Chinaman's wife is to should not be able to recognize them. Our sit still and look pretty. Such is the theory of worst fears were realized. We found no traces woman's rights and duties worked out by the of Lord Francis Douglas, with the exception of experience of four thousand years' civilization.”