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FLORENCE

NIGHTINGALE.

In this lady we see heroism in a different form. A single lady of private fortune, actuated by the broad principles of humanity and religion, leaves her father's home, her country, and every earthly friend, to devote herself as a nurse to the sick, and a comfort to the dying. Calmly and patiently she braves pestilence and perils of every kind, and walks on through the ranks of Turks and of Christians, diffusing charity, peace and health. By the force of patient attention to the most repulsive duties, she reforms hospital management, saves the lives of hundreds, if not thousands, wins the ear of her government to all her plans and purposes of medical reformation, and stimulates the hearts of multitudes of brave men and pious women to the highest and holiest purposes of life. What HOWARD accomplished in the reformation of prisons throughout Europe, she will be found to have done eventually, quietly but effectually, in the hospitals. These have slain in times past about as many as the battle field.

Miss DIx, another remarkable lady of the present age, has labored with equal assiduity and as much success in behalf of the insane. From State to State she has gone, and from Legislature to Legislature, simply to plead with them to provide proper institutions for the care of those whose intellects were so enfeebled that they could not take care of themselves. Her brother, a distinguished statesman, aiding, she has made use of statemanship for one simple and only object, the insane. Now these two women have risen to real greatness and heroism by employing their strength to relieve man's weakness. It is just where man proves weak and powerless in his greatest efforts, that room is made in nature for woman's heroism and greatness to come in to aid and to raise him. The age of woman's greatness has not passed away.

"THE DEW DROP."

One beautiful morning

Two children were playing,
And gaily with flowers

Themselves were arraying;
Their laugh was full of childish gleo,
And echo caught it merrily.

"Dear sister," cried Clara,
"Come hither and see
How brightly the Dew Drops'
Shine over the lea-

Do tell me where they come from, love,
And who can bring them from above."

The other stood silent

A moment t'would seem,
Then intelligence brightened
Her eyes' gentle beam;

"They're tears (she answer'd) angels shed
Because the pretty flowers lie dead."

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EDITORIAL SEED-THOUGHTS.

"GATHER UP THE FRAGMENTS THAT REMAIN, THAT NOTHING MAY BE LOST."

SERVED HER RIGHT,

Here is something for that class of } young ladies, or young men, who outgrow the Fifth Commandment, and on account of superior cultivation regard it unfashionable to hold aged parents in honor when they happen to be poor.

would give them, and he looked forward to the day, when with his chosen one, he should meet them beneath their humble roof, and receive again their blessings, to be one of the happiest he should ever experience.

La Fayette S. Foster, who was recently re-elected to the United States Senate by the Connecticut Legislature, has concluded that it is not good for man to be alone, as he is soon to take unto himself a wife. The lady is said to be well known in Washington society.

For a few moments the lady kept silence. She then said: "Mr. Foster, you know I have been educated with different ideas from yours, and have always associated with people whose manners and style of living are different from those of your parents, and although I shall make no objection to your proposed If reports are correct, this is not the visit, I wish you to understand that I first time Mr. Foster has been wounded shall not expect to repeat it soon or by the little god, When we lived in often, and that I shall not desire to asConnecticut, says a writer in "Life Il-sociate with people of their class." lustrated," we recollect hearing a story Nothing could have surprised him

that run in this wise:

During his period of law study in the southeastern portion of the State, he became acquainted with a young lady, of prepossessing appearance and more than ordinary accomplishments, a daughter of parents of the highest respectability, and moving in the most fashionable circle of the vicinity. With her he entered one of his earliest pleas, and commenced his first suit. That he was successful, is evident from the fact, that, shortly after his admission to the bar, having obtained an honorable position and business connection, arrangements for consumating the marriage were made, and the route for their bridal tour decid

more than to hear these words from her lips. For a few minutes he walked the room, seemingly half bewildered. Then taking his hat in his hand, he turned, and with words more emphatic than refined, said: "Madam, I am glad I have found you out in time. You may go to the d-1."

The last we heard of the lady, she was still living, an ancient maiden, having seen this son of parents she considered beneath her notice, filling with honor the highest public offices to which his fellow-citizens could promote him.

HUMBUG!

ed. He added: "On our return, we In our present number will be found shall be obliged to devote a short time a very sensible article exposing the unto our friends here, after which, if you righteousness of Gift Stores-a species please, we will pay a visit to my old of humbug which has of late become father and mother, and spend a few days quite popular among soft-headed and with them." Now La Fayette was al- unthinking old men and maidens, young ways a good boy, and was taught to men and children. It is a kind of honor his father and mother, which gambling which our laws as they at early became to him a pleasure as well present exist do not reach, and which, as a duty. He had received from them it would seem, there is not moral sense words of love and encouragement which enough in the community to frown had done for him without money, (for they were poor,) what money could never have done, and through all his privations and struggles to attain an education and a position in life, he had been stimulated and supported by the thought of the pleasure his success

down.

Bogus Jewelry: A correspondent of the New Hampshire Journal of Agriculture, published at Manchester, gives an item in regard to the Bogus Jewelry used in these gifts which will be interesting to those who patronize" "gift

book" enterprises, and such like being situation made them speechless, I nevolent schemes to put into the hands cannot tell." of purchasers jewelry which is "itself worth more than the price of the particular article that is ostensibly purchased:

I came through Lynn, Boston, etc., to the little manufacturing village called N. E. Vilase, and learned something about making the bogus jewelry with which the country is flooded, either by peddlers or gift-book enterprise. One company is making ear-drops of a composition called oreide, which will sell for gold, but is not worth so much as brass. The other company is manufacturing gold chains out of German silver, brass, oreide. The process of making was interesting to me, and may be to others. I'll give it :

I too must fall-
Death awaits us all-
Solemn and true!
But not in the hall
Of the giddy ball,
Would I hear the call,
O God, from Thee.

A SUDDEN AND SOLEMN DEATH.

It will be recollected that the steamer "Lady Elgin" sunk a short time ago on one of the western lakes, when over two hundred lives were lost. About ten miles from shore, at 2 o'clock on a dark rainy night, the boat was struck by a schooner. One on board gives the following: "The two vessels separated instantly, and the Augusta drifted by in the darkness. At the moment of collision, there was music and dancing going on in the forward cabin. In an instant after the crash was still, and in half an hour the steamer sunk. I passed through the cabins; the ladies were pale but silent; there was not a cry or shriek. No sound was heard but the rush of the steam and the surge of the heavy sea. Whether the ladies were not fully aware of their danger, or whether their appall

WOMAN IN ADVERSITY.

Where is the man that cannot confirm

the truth of the following sensible re-
marks: Woman should be more trusted
and confided in as wives, mothers and
sisters. They have a quick perception
of right and wrong, and, without always
knowing why, read the present and the
future, read characters and acts, designs
and probabilities, where man
letter or sign. What else do we mean
by "mother wit," save that woman has
a quicker perception and readier inven-
tion than man? How often, when man

sees no

The links are cut from wire or plate, according to the kind of chain; sometimes soldered before putting into a chain, and somtimes afterward. After abandons the helm in despair, woman it is linked, it is drawn through a ma- seizes it, and carries the home ship chine to even it-boiled in vitriol water through the storm! Man often flies to take off the scales caused by heating from home and family, to avoid impend-drawn through a limbering machine, ing poverty or ruin. Woman seldom, if and dipped in acid, to clean it, after ever, forsook home thus. Woman never which it is dipped in a solution of pure evaded mere temporal calamity by suisilver, and finally dipped in gold col- cide or desertion. The proud banker oring-making a chain which they sell rather than live to see his poverty gaat the rate of $12 to $18 a dozen. This zetted, may blow out his brains, and is gift-enterprise jewelry, which is mark- leave wife and children to want, proteced "Lady's splendid gold chain, $12;" torless. Loving woman would have "Gent's guard, $8" or "$10." etc. The counseled him to accept poverty, and ear-drops cost less, and are often mark- live to cherish his family, and retrieve ed higher. his fortune. Woman should be counseled and confided in. It is the beauty and glory of her nature, that it instinctively grasps at and clings to the truth and right. Reason, man's greatest faculty, takes time to hesitate before it decides; . but woman's instinct never hesitates in its decision, and is scarcely ever wrong where it has even chances with reason. Woman feels where man thinks, acts where he deliberates, hopes where he despairs, and triumphs where he falls.

ECCENTRIC MALADIES.

A gentleman is mentioned by Dr. Beattie, who, after a blow on the head, lost his knowledge of Greek, but did not appear to have lost anything else. A frequent modification consists in putting one name for another, but always using the words in the same sense; thus a gentleman affected in this manner, when he wanted coals put on the fire,

THE LIGHT OF HOME.

A traveler was returning towards his home after long wanderings in distant lands, and his heart was full of happiness and hope. Many years had passed sisne he had seen his father and mother, and the thought of so soon meeting them again gave wings to his feet. While he was still upon the mountain which he had to cross before reaching his native village, night came on; and for some time it was so dark that he could scarcely see the staff in his hand; and when he descended into the valley he lost his way, and wandered backwards and forwards, till at length, in deep sorrow, he murmured to himself, "Oh that I could meet with some fellow-creature who would guide me back into the right road, after all my useless efforts to find

always called for paper, and when he wanted paper, called for coals; and these words he always used in the same manner. Dr. Gregory used, in his lectures, to mention the case of a clergyman, who, while laboring under an affection of the brain, spoke nothing but Hebrew, the last language he had acquired. Dr. Prichard mentions an Edglish lady, who, in recovering from an apoplectic attack, always spoke to her attendants in French, as she had absolutely lost the knowledge of the English ianguage. This continued about a month. The celebrated Dr. Broussonet lost, after, a slight apoplectic attack, the power of pronouncing substantive nouns whether in French or Latin. Thus, when he wished to pronounce apple, he described it by its qualities. When the noun was shown to him, written or it! With what gratitude would I repay printed, he immediately recognized it, him!" So saying he stood still and watchbut he had no power to designate it ed for a guide. While he was waiting, spontaneously. Cuvier, in his lectures, uncertain which way to turn his steps, relates a similar case of a person who he saw gleaming in the distance a feeble had only lost the memory of substantive light amidst the darkness, and its beams nouns, but could pronounce all adjec- cheered him as it flickered in the gloom. tives. "Hail!" cried he, "thou messenger of rest! Thou tellest me of the neighborhood of some dwelling place where I can obtain shelter, and food, and repose. The glowing beams of the morning sun have never seemed to me so gladdening as thy feeble ray which now shines before me." He went with hasty steps towards the distant light, expecting each moment to see the man who bore it. But it was only a "Will o' the Wisp," which, taking its rise from the marshy lands, hovered over the stagnant pools. He, however, wandered on, beguiled by it, till he came to the steep bank of a river. Just at that moment he heard a voice behind him crying, "Stop, if you wish to avoid death!" He stood and gazed round him. It was the voice of a fisherman, who called to him from his boat. "Why," said he astonished, "should I not follow the friendly light? I am a traveler and have lost my way." "Friendly light do you call it?" returned the fisherman, "it is but a treacherous vapor, that lures men on to destruction! See how unsteadily it gleams, this evil production of night and darkness!" As he spoke, the flickering marsh-light expired. The traveler thanked the fish

A SNAKE duel.

A traveler saw two snakes, a black snake and a rattlesnake, in the road before him, moving round in a circle and apparently following each other. This cautious manœuvre was pursued for some time, the circle closing at each round, until, when within a few feet, the blacksnake was observed to stop, coil and place itself in an attitude to strike. The rattlesnake then passed round its antagonist several times, lessening the distance at each round, when it also stopped and began to coil. But before it was ready to strike, the blacksnake suddenly darted upon it. The evolutions were too rapid to be detected; and when it was again distinctly observed both snakes were stretched out at full length--the rattlesnake enveloped in the folds of the black, which had also seized the rattlesnake at the back of the head, and held him there. After a short interval, the black snake gradually unfolded itself, loosened its grip with its mouth from the rattlesnake's head, and moved away. On examination, the rat-erman for his preservation with heart tlesnake was found to be dead, and ap- felt gratitude; but he was astonished parently every bone in its body was and said, "You ought to thank God, for crushed. he it was who so ordered it that I should

be in my boat upon this river. How can | bright and steady ray, now doubly dear to him from the many dangers and difficulties he had gone through before reaching it. He knocked: the door was opened; and parents, brothers and sisters hung round his neck, kissed him, and wept tears of joy at his return.

a man see his brother man in error and not strive to guide him in the right way?" Then the kind-hearted fisherman directed the traveler in the road to his father's dwelling. He followed the path pointed out to him, and soon saw the welcome light of home shining with a

NOTES ON NEW BOOKS.

A NEW BOOK: Lindsay and Blakiston (serve them as a book of devotion when of Philadelphia, have in press, and will they shall have become full members of publish about the middle of October, a the church. new book by the Editor of the Guardian. The following is the Title page: THE GOLDEN CENSER: Or Devotions for Young Christians. By Rev. H. Harbaugh.

THE NEW AMERICAN CYCLOPEDIA: A Dictionary of General Knowledge. Edited by George Ripley and Charles A. Dana. Vol. X. Jerusalem-Macferrin. New York, D. Appleton & Company, 443 and 445, Broadway. London; 16 Little Britain, 1860.

This book is designed as a manual of devotion for catechumens and such as begin a religious life, and also for the young generally after they are in full communion with the church. It contains Meditations, Prayers, Instructions and counsels for young christians. Meditations on Baptism and the Lord's Supper; Preparation for confirmation and the Lord's Supper; Private preparation for Public Worship; Prayers for morning and evening each day of the week; Prayers for seasons of sickness; Devotions for the festival seasons; Miscellaneous prayers; Thoughts for young christians, &c. Besides numerous beautiful forms of devotion from all ages of the church. It will also contain a beautiful certificate of confirmation as an ornamental frontispiece; and small certifficates of Birth and Baptism, with devotions for the anniversaries of these memorial days. It will be published in neat portable or pocket form of the usual hymn book size. It is hoped that it will be just such a book of devotion as Pas-price should deny himself the advantage tors would desire to see placed in the of possessing it. It can be procured of hands of Catechumes when they begin Elias Barr & Co., in Lancaster. Three to attend instructions, and, as will still dollars a volume, in cloth binding.

This mammoth work has been steadily carried forward until it has now reached the tenth volume. We have carefully examined volume after volume as they have been issued; and our readers will remember the favorable opinion we have frequently expressed in regard to its merits as a comprehensive and reliable work. Messrs. Ripley and Danaare well known in the literary world; and they have proved themselves thus far fully equal to the herculean task they have undertaken. What labor and patience does such a work involve; Each volume averages over 2000 subjects; and yet we discover no weariness in the authors. The same care, freshness, and completeness characterizes this volume as appeared in the beginning of the work. The work is to be finished, we believe, in sixteen volumes. It will be a library in itself; and no one who can afford the

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