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Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1854, by

HARPER & BROTHERS,

In the Clerk's Office for the Southern District of New York.

24 x 221

MY MOTHER,

MY EARLIEST AND BEST FRIEND, TO YOU THIS BOOK

Is affectionately Dedicated.

LIFE'S LESSON.

CHAPTER I.

It was on a cold autumn evening, late in the year 18—, that a quiet passer-by of a house in street, attracted by the group within, paused for a moment to glance at the picture presented through the window; then drawing his cloak closer about him, with a keener relish for his own fireside, passed on.

Unlike that home-bent traveler, we, reader, with "the wind that for no creature careth," will cross the threshold and take a peep within-for "thereby hangs our tale." It was a quiet parlor, and had a home look about it, a look, too, which told of better days—a substantial and yet a worn look. The floor was covered with a carpet which might have cost some hundreds-now a little worn and faded; the furniture was of carved and solid mahogany, after the fashion of our grandmothers; the prim chairs being of themselves a commentary on good behavior; while the many ornaments about the room and the elaborately-carved picture-frames told that Time was treading on the relics of other days. The curtains were but half drawn, and the fire which blazed brightly on the hearth, gave to view a group of five persons. One, the youngest of the group, was a fair-haired and browneyed girl, of some nineteen summers, with a bright complex

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