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speak so clearly on this subject, but you confuse my two plans : the first, I call the patriarchal. I would have a re-division of land, and every

one should support himself and his family on Yon dreamer tells us o' a land

his own plot.” He from bis airy brain bath made.

“ Wouldn't that be rather unfair, Mr. Jervis ? NICOLL,

Our friend Miss Poinsett would have her plot all to herself, while I should have a wife and

four hungry children to help me consume the Miss Poinsett had a visitor at her house just produce of mine.” now, who puzzled not a few people by the dis- “Well, sir, then I would allow so many feet crepancy between his theory and his practice. to each person. Now let me speak of my second He was a little, short, stout, red-faced man, not plan, which does not, however, go so much to at all bald; and therefore as unlike a philoso- the root of the matter as the first. The second pher, outwardly, as he well could be. With a I call the Ameliorative Plan. Here I take things heart as soft as a woman's, and a head very as I find them, and try to put down idleness and much like his heart, he had employed a winter, begging by creating employment for all.” many years ago now, in the study of political " The more feasible of the two, Mr. Jervis, economy. Far be it from us to appear, even for and the one you practice, I perceive; for the a moment, to attempt anything in dis-praise of carriage in which I saw you and my friend Miss this grandest of sciences, which we take to be a Poinsett the other day was, I presume, yours, study of the best means for promoting the hap- and was certainly luxurious and perfect in all its piness and welfare of the great human family appointments. It would be rather a change, Mr. Mr. Jervis, while holding the most extravagant Jervis, if you were to sell your estate of Dore. opinions, particularly in regard to almsgiving, dale (which my friend Miss Poinsett described contradicted them all by his actions. He was to me before I had the pleasure of knowing chairman every winter of we know not how you), and to content yourself with a tub, like many coal and blanket charities, and gave away Diogenes.” yearly at least twice as much as lie spent. He Miss Poinsett here broke in, having thought held, that to become a truly prosperous nation, she heard the two emphatic words, “dale” and two things were necessary; first, an adoption of " Diogenes.” “ Died on his knees! Poor dear the manners of the ancient Spartans in respect old gentleman, did he indeed? Betsey told me to eating and drinking, clothing, and the educa- you were there till early this morning. Poor Mrs. tion of youth; then, a discontinuance of the Dale! and how is she in all this trouble ?” present system of alınsgiving, a system, he said, “ Mr. Dale is better, ma'am,” shouted the which supported a set of lazy creatures who doctor; and lest Miss Poinsett should spread contributed nothing either to the funds or wel- the report of his patient's death, he wrote on a fare of the state, but who, by their loose morals piece of paper what he meant her to know. She and habits carried poison wherever they went. looked pleased when she read it

, but puzzled The only proper way to relieve distress was to herself for an hour after Mr. Jervis and Camp. encourage trade, that there might be work for bell were gone out together, as to who it was everybody.

that died on his knees, since it was not Mr. But, my dear sir," said our young phy- Dale? And her mental perplexity so affected sician, who was introduced to Mr. Jervis one her that in pulling out last night's work, she morning, and heard the speech we have re- tore her canvas awfully. Mr. Jervis and Dr. corded; if we are to live like Spartans, we Campbell agreed very well. The kind old phishall want very few traders or artizans. Luxury losopher was regarded as a bore in the neighis the chief supporter of commerce: if you, for bourhood of Dovedale (a bore in conversation instance, lived on black bread and onions (Mr. only, for his good qualities made a favourable Jervis gave a shrug, powerfully expressing dis- impression everywhere). Physicians are necesapprobation of this fare), the butcher in the first sarily patient, and Dr. Campbell, partly for his place would be ruined ; the confectioner and the own amusement (for he had never spoken to fishmonger would follow. Then your clothing Mr. Jervis until this morning), and still more would be so simple that half the tailors and from a benevolent desire to make his companion sempstresses would have nothing to do, or to happy, argued with him, and heard him to his live on; and what would become of the jeweller heart's content. Mr. Jervis had been requested who sets your shirt-studs, the hosier who fur- by Dr. Campbell to accompany him in his visit nislies your gloves and stockings; the laun. to a poor family afflicted with fever. To this dress, whose skill restores its snowiness and Mr. Jervis (who wished to study character with gloss to your linen; to say nothing of a host of a view to perfect his plans) 'readily agreed, ingenious people who now earn their bread Arrived at the house

, they went up the old

creaking stairs, and having come to the highest “ Very good, Dr. Campbell, very good !” said floor, entered a small garret, where lay three the old gentleman, rubbing his fat white hands members of the family stretched on mean beds, together in pleasure at having found any one while the fourth, a little pale girl of about fifteen willing to argue with him, and to hear his years old, crept about in her earliest recovery to theories, “I have found few persons who I wait upon the rest.

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149 “Bless me," said Mr. Jervis softly, “what a stern man to us poor when the gentleman was wretched place!”

father, Ellen?" said the doctor “And what is the bailiff's name?" kindly.

Jackson, sir.” “Oh, sir," answered the girl curtseying, “I " Is your father at all sensible?” asked Mr. don't think he's a bit better at all. He's been Jervis. going on all night about not being able to get “ When he's well, sir, he's reckoned very his wages paid, and about the bailiff's dis- sensible; and I'm sure, sir, if you did want any charging him because he attended a temperance servant, father can keep a garden and do a horse, meeting.'

and that as well as any one.

But he can't say “Ha! been roving again, has he?” After two words to be understood now.' examining his patient, and promising to send

“Ah, that is what I meant, my dear; is he in some medicine, Dr. Campbell turned to his his senses now?” companion, and said in an undertone, “You

" Oh no, sir; and oh dear, if he should die, see, my dear sir, these are country people lately what could I do with Johnny, and Sarah, and come to London because the man thought he Mary; all in a strange place too, and our parish might find some employment here. A very fifty miles off!" Quixotic notion, for he is an agricultural la- But you, my poor girl, didn't live at Arlton, bourer; he meant to get a situation as gardever did you? Arlton is a small place, and I don't if he could (he understands gardening well, he remember you." tells me), but he is so far from being without “ Not of late, sir. I was bound apprentice to incumbrance,' having these young children, and my aunt, a staymaker, at Bishopsthorpe, near no wife, that few people would take him to fill Arlton, and she sent me up when father wrote that situation."

word the children were ill, to take care of them, “ Dear, dear!” said good Mr. Jervis, wiping and then when I came father was down with it, his eyes under pretence of pushing his hair off and I've had it myself a little.” his forehead;

and
you see, doctor, what abo-

The father was sleeping heavily all this time, minable tyranny; this poor man only attended and the younger children only spoke to cry out a temperance meeting; Shameful! shameful!" for something to drink. “ Shameful indeed," said Dr. Campbell, low

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know our part of the country then, ering his voice, and smiling at his friend's ar sir?” said Ellen. dour; “but you know human nature too well,

* Very well; and I know Mr. Jervis, and will Mr. Jervis (the philosopher bowed at this com- try to get your father his old place again. If I pliment), to render it necessary for me to say don't succeed I'll take him myself.” that the bailiff might adduce other reasons for this man's dismissal than the mere attendance ployer and landlord, but ever since her tenth

Ellen ought to have known her father's emon a temperance meeting.”

“ No, no, doctor; the man looks honest ; and year she had been kept closely at her aunt's bless me, now I look more attentively at him, 1 business six days of the week, and on the believe I know a face very much like his--not aunt went out; when she saw her father there

seventh had to mind her children, while the thin and shrunken like that of course.” “Well

, Mr. Jervis,” said the doctor, still in fore, it was for a few minutes when he came to a very low tone,“ if you wish to inquire farther Bishopsthorpe market. Her brother and sisters I must leave you here, for I have an appoint

she scarcely knew. ment at half-past one; it is a mile from this

Mr. Jervis, still undiscovered, went to several place, and I am rather behind time already. I tradesmen in the neighbourhood, ordering them will call for you in an hour, if you like?”

to supply this poor family with various necesDo so, doctor, do so. I should like to speak saries, and in opposition to his patriarchal with these poor creatures a little. Where does plan) luxuries too. When Dr. Campbell called your father come from?” asked he of the pale, for him, he got into the carriage and told hiin diminutive girl, as the sound of the doctor's re

he had inet with one of his own old workmen. treating steps became fainter and fainter. “Jackson shall pretty soon be sent about his

“ From Arlton, sir,” answered the child, who business,” said Mr. Jervis, stamping his foot on it is almost needless to say had not been allowed the floor of the carriage; “this man was as good to hear the conversation between Dr. Campbell a fellow as need drive a team.” and Jervis.

“May I not intercede for Jackson?” asked “ From Arlton?"

Dr. Campbell

. Mr. Jervis looked for a moment “ Yes, sir, Arlton. He worked for a gentle as if he despised a man who would intercede for man named Jervis, but the gentleman was one Jackson, but the doctor went on. “Some slight of them that are always wanting to do more unpleasantness may have existed between Jackgood than the badness of the times will let son and this man; inquire into it, and don't them, father says; and so he was very often send Jackson away without trying to heal the away from Dovedale, attending ineetings and quarrel, and make them act together again; bethat, to persuade people to do as he did. And cause, to deprive a man of his work is an inthe bailiff stood very fair with Mr. Jervis, be- direct but certain encouragement to begging." cause he fell in with him, and listened and an- “ Thank you, doctor; thank you. I will do swered accordingly; but still he was rather a as you say; thank you a thousand times. I am

you?"

much too hasty, yet have this man again at her old lover. " Ah, doctor," continued the old Dovedale I will."

gentleman, “ you I hope will plead for me. “ Do, my dear sir," said the doctor; "he Dear madam," turning to Annie, “I trust you will, I trust, speedily recover, to avail himself of will interest yourself in my behalf. A long life your kindness.”

of celibacy has not, I hope, made me a misanAnd, doctor,” said Mr. Jervis, as they were thrope ; and if, my dear madam (to old Mrs. about to part at Miss Poinsett's door, “ send Campbell) you will now do me the honour I reme in an account of this poor man's illness. quested in vain thirty years ago, my life shall be One of the chief features of my Ameliorative devoted to you." Plan is the just payment of labour; I will pay it “ Indeed Mr. Jervis,” said Mrs. Campbell, if it be fifty pounds."

“I am sorry to refuse anything to such a good “ No, no, Mr. Jervis, I shan't think of doing man; I am, however, quite indisposed to a that; but before we part you must positively second marriage by principle, no less than by promise to dine with me. Will Tuesday suit inclination."

“I am very sorry for it, Madam, very sorry. “I shall have very great pleasure, sir. And However, this second repulse shall not sour my now tell me, did you know before this morning temper,” added he, brightening.. “You, my that I was this man's master?'

dear doctor, and your amiable wife, shall stand “ Indeed I did, and thought it the luckiest to me in the light of children, just as much as chance in the world that you should come to if your mother had consented to lead me~no, stay at Miss Poinsett's just now, and that you no, to let me lead her, I mean, to the altar. should consent to accompany me to this man's Mr. Jervis did something more than promise. house."

He died about three years afterwards, and left The two gentlemen parted, and the doctor all his unentailed property to his dear friend told his wife that the next Tuesday he should and faithful medical attendant, Dr. Frederic introduce to her a philosopher. Next Tuesday Campbell, “ to be enjoyed by him and his heirs Mr. Jervis came, elegantly attired in black knee- for ever.” breeches, ribbed silk stockings, and paste shoe- Master Willy,” when old enough to be buckles. With a grave politeness he bowed emancipated from his nurse's jurisdiction, was when introduced to Annie and the elder Mrs. about as mischievous and impetuous a lad as Campbell; he was in spirits to-night, for his ever plagued a schoolmaster. Dr. Campbell was poor labourer was out of all danger, and had a rigid advocate for home education, and pracexpressed such warm gratitude that Mr. Jervis tised it as closely as he could; his one girl had congratulated himself on meeting with such an no other instructor than her mother, excepting opportunity of doing good. Mrs. Campbell lis- masters for occasional lessons in accomplishtened as attentively as her son had done, and ments. The boys were sent to a grammarMr. Jervis thought her a charming old lady. school in the neighbourhood, returning home After dinner he looked at her for some time, every evening. Many times during Willy's and then said, “ Excuse me, madam, but surely school days was his pocket-money confiscated you have been at Arlton, or at any rate Bi- to pay for breakages of windows in the neighshopsthorpe?".

bourhood of his home and the school. People I paid a visit in that neighbourhood when said there never was such a boy as Willy quite a girl," answered the lady.

Campbell, so thoroughly was he possessed by “To be sure you did, madam. You were the the demon of mischief.' Impetuous and highreigning beauty at the grand annual county ball spirited, his affections were very strong, his in 1795. I remember it, madam; and perhaps notions of love and honour chivalric. At the you may have some slight recollection of a age of fifteen he left school, being beyond his dashing young officer of yeomanry, who was tutor's power, and as no one had the least very much inclined to pay his addresses to you? authority over him but his father and mother, Ah, madam, I have never married ! Jessie Mac Dr. Campbell thought his best course would be Rengie refused me, and I abjured for ever all to initiate him into his own profession as soon other matrimonial projects

. I have devoted my as possible. The evenings were therefore deself to the improvement of my mind by the voted to study at home, Dr. Campbell teaching promulgation of the two plans I have had the his son ; and at seventeen he was thought comhonour of submitting to you to-day. We are all petent to attend the Hospital

, where his father friends here; I hope I shall not offend by held an appointment. Before we begin this showing you that I still wear a ringlet I cut of new era in Willy's life we must go back a little, slyly as I conducted you to your carriage through and in a new chapter introduce a new friend. the long passage of the Angel Inn at Bishopsthorpe. Here it is,” said the old gentleman, taking a locket out of his bosom, and looking round him with tears in his eyes. His sad expression sat so ridiculously on his round, rosy,

(To be continued.) fat face, that not one of the three could forbear smiling. The doctor indeed laughed outright (and when he laughed he made no small noise) at this unexpected meeting of his mother and

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THE ANGEL OF DEATH.

BY GEORGINA C. MUNRO.

On earth all was dreary,

In the heavens no star, His dark wings were weary

With wandering far; On his breast, 'mid deep silence,

Awhile they were furl’d, By the spirit whose presence

Had darkened the world. How oft on his way

He on happiness burst! How often that day

Had his footsteps been curs'd ! But from none had one murmur

Of welcome been won;
And he sighed to remember

His work was not done!
He had been where misfortune

Its shadow had cast,
Yet heard men importune

For life to the last ;
He had entered where misery

Long harboured before--
To hear them his mercy

In anguish implore. To sorrow still clinging,

Why should they recoil
From the touch that is bringing

Exemption from toil,
From woes, and from sadness ?

How loftily then
Death smil'd at their madness-

Blind children of men.
But if such their reluctance,

How shall he be met
By fruitless resistance,

Vain sighs and regret How fearful the crushing

Of life ere its noon, Where his swift pinions rushing

Must bear him too soon ?
Sweet as the remembrance

Of happiest hours,
Soft strains in the distance

Float over yon towers,
Which as by enchantment

Arise on the sight,
With turret and casement

Encircled by light.
Within - lamps smile brightly

On glittering walls,
And footsteps flit lightly

Through merriment's halls; How gorgeous the splendour !

It dazzles the eye! Oh, who must surrender

Their pleasures—to die ? Fair as some bright vision

Which leaves us with sleep,
When day in derision

Awakes us to weep,
In girlhood's bright morning

A form glideth near-
By her priceless adorning,

An heiress is here,

With jewelled flowers wreathing

In light o'er her brow, And gentle tones breathing

Love's earliest vow In music beside her

O Death! stay thy wing!
Thou wilt not divide her

From life in its spring?
The walls which surround her,

Her princely domains,
Oh, have they not bound her,

By costliest chains,
To earth and its gladness?

Then leave her awhile,
Till sorrow and sadness

Shall darken her smile! Do brilliant eyes beaming

Speak always of rth? Or, is there no seeming

'Mong children of earth? Are their hearts ever lightest,

Whose brows are most gay? Or, do smiles which are brightest

No falsehood betray? Alas! though there lingers

Yet girlhood's bright glow In her beauty, the fingers

Of suff" ring and woe
Have swept the glad image

Of hope from her
And, trace of their passage,

Left coldness behind.
They who loved her - Dark Spirit !

Afar thou hast borne ; She is left to inherit

Their splendour, and mourn ; Whom she loved -oh, how lowly

He sued for her hand !
But his heart was bent wholly

On treasures and land.
From her bright dream awaking,

She cast him aside,
With a heart nearly breaking,

Yet strong in its pride,
To bid mirth glow brightly

On happiness' tomb,
And her footsteps tread lightly

Life's pathway of gloom.
Now with the glad minstrelsy

Tremble the walls,
And wildly and brilliantly

Flash through the halls
The sunlight of glances,

Of beauty, of mirth, The all that enhances

Life's tenure of earth. A hush o'er the music

A cloud o'er the lightOh, can it be magic

Which darkens her sight? Whose icy dominion

Her heart chills beneath ? Or the shade of thy pinion,

Dread Angel of Death! 'Mid her guests' ringing laughter,

He stands by her side,
Whose dark wings shall waft her

From Life's ebbing tide ;

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