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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, bas 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 them. selves. 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 prores weak and powerless in his greatest efforts, thåt 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 canght 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 sileht

A moment t'would seem,
Then intelligence brightened

Her eyes' gentle beam;
They're tears (she answer'd) angels shed
Because the pretty flowers lic dead.”

EDITORIAL SEED-THOUGHTS.

“ GATIER UP TIE FRAGMENTS THAT REMAIN, THAT NOTHING MAY BE LOST.”

SERVED HER RIGHT.

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would give them, and he looked forward Here is something for that class of to the day, when with his chosen one, he young ladies, or young, men, who out- should meet them beneath their humble grow the Fifth Commandment, and on roof, and receive again their blessings, account of superior cultivation regard to be one of the happiest he should ever it unfashionable to hold aged parents in experience. honor when they happen to be poor.

For a few moments the lady kept La Fayette S. Foster, who was recent- silence. She then said: “Mr. Foster, ly re-elected to the United States Senate you know I have been educated with difby the Connecticut Legislature, ha

ferent ideas from yours, and have always cluded that it is not good for man to be associated with people whose manners alone, as he is soon to take unto himself and style of living are different from a wife. The lady is said to be well those of your parents, and although I known in Washington society.

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 :

more than to hear these words from her During his period of law study in the lips. For a few minutes he walked the southeastern portion of the State, he room, seemingly half bewildered. Then became acquainted with a young lady, taking his hat in his hand, he turned, of prepossessing appearance and more and with words more emphatic than rethan ordinary accomplishments,a daugh- fined, said: “Madam, I am glad I have ter of parents of the highest respecta- found you out in time. You may go to bility, and moving in the most fashiona- the d--1." ble circle of the vicinity. With her he The last we heard of the lady, she entered one of his earliest pleas, and was still living, an anciert maiden, havcommenced his first suit. That he was ing seen this son of parents she considsuccessful, is evident from the fact, that, ered beneath her notice, filling with shortly after his admission to the bar, honor the highest public offices to which having obtained an honorable position his fellow-citizens could promote him. and business connection, arrangements for consumating the marriage were made, and the route for their bridal tour decid

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 down. they were poor,) what money could Bogus Jewelry : A correspondent of never have done, and through all his the New Hampshire Journal of Agriculprivations and struggles to attain an ture, published at Manchester, gives an education and a position in life, he had item in regard to the Bogus Jewelry been stimulated and supported by the used in these gifts which will be intethought of the pleasure his success resting to those who patronize “gift

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book" enterprises, and such like be-/ ing situation made them speechless, I
nevolent schemes to put into the hands cannot tell."
of purchasers jewelry which is “ itself

I too must fall worth more than the price” of the par

Death awaits us all

Solem and true! ticular article that is ostensibly pur

But not in the hall chased :

of the giddy ball, I came through Lynn, Boston, etc., to

Would I hear the call, the little manufacturing village called

O God, from Thce. N. E. Vilade, and learned something about making the bogus jewelry with

WOMAN IN ADVERSITY. which the country is flooded, either by

Where is the man that cannot confirm peddlers or gift-book enterprise. One the truth of the following sensible recompany is making ear-drops of a com- marks: Woman should be more trusted position called oreide, which will sell and confided in as wives, mothers and for gold, but is not worth so much as sisters. They have a quick perception brass. The other company is manufac- of right and wrong, and, without always turing gold chains out of German silver, knowing why, read the present and the brass, oreide. The process of making future, read characters and acts, designs was interesting to me, and may be to and probabilities, where man sees no others. I'll give it :

letter or sign. What else do we mean The links are cut from wire or plate, by “mother wit,” save that woman has according to the kind of chain; some

a quicker perception and readier inventimes soldered before putting into a tion than man? How often, when man 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 ga. at 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 retriere ed higher.

his fortune. Woman should be counsel.
ed and confided in. It is the beauty and

glory of her nature, that it instinctively It will be recollected that the steamer right. Reason, man's greatest faculty,

grasps at and clings to the truth and “ Lady Elgin” sunk a short time ago on takes time to hesitate before it decides ; . one of the western lakes, when over two but woman's instinct never hesitates in hundred lives were lost. About ten its decision, and is scarcely ever wrong miles from shore, at 2 o'clock on a dark where it has even chances with reason. rainy night, the boat was struck by a Woman feels where man thinks, acts schooner. One on board gives the fol- where he deliberates, hopes where he lowing: “The two vessels separated in- despairs, and triumphs where he falls, stantly, and the Augusta drifted by in the darkness. At the moment of collision, there was music and dancing going

ECCENTRIC MALADIES. on in the forward cabin. In an instant A gentleman is mentioned by Dr. after the crash all was still, and in half Beattie, who, after a blow on the head, an hour the steamer sunk. I passed lost his knowledge of Greek, but did through the cabins; the ladies were pale not appear to have lost anything else. but silent; there was not a cry or shriek. A frequent modification consists in putNo sound was heard but the rush of the ting one name for another, but always steam and the surge of the heavy sea. using the words in the same sense ; thus Whether the ladies were not fully aware a gentleman affected in this manner, of their danger, or whether their appall- / when he wanted coals put on the fire,

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A SUDDEN AND SOLEMN DEATI,

THE LIGHT OF HOME.

always called for paper, and when he wanted paper, called for coals; and

A traveler was returning towards his these words he always used in the same home after long wanderings in distant manner. Dr. Gregory used, in his lec-lands, and his heart was full of happitures, to mention the case of a clergy- ness and hope. Many years had passed man, who, while laboring under an af- sisne he had seen his father and mother, fection of the brain, spoke nothing but and the thought of so soon meeting Hebrew, the last language he had ac- them again gave wings to his feet. quired. Dr. Prichard mentions an Edg- While he was still upon the mountain lish lady, who, in recovering from an which he had to cross before reaching apoplectic attack, always spoke to her his native village, night came on; and attendants in French, as she had abso- for some time it was so dark that he lutely lost the knowledge of the English could scarcely see the staff in his hand; language. This continued about a and when he descended into the valley month. The celebrated Dr. Broussonet he lost his way, and wandered backwards lost, after, a slight apoplectic attack, the and forwards, till at length, in deep sorpower of pronouncing substantive nouns row, he murmured to himself, “Os that whether in French or Latin. Thus, when I could meet with some fellow-creature he wished to pronounce apple, he de- who would guide me back into the right scribed it by its qualities. When the road, after all my useless efforts to find 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 cd 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.

66 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 A traveler saw two snakes, a black have never seemed to me so gladdening snake and a rattlesnake, in the road as thy feeble ray which now shines before him, moving round in a circle and fore me.” He went with hasty steps apparently following each other, This towards the distant light, expecting each cautious manœuvre was pursued for moment to see the man who bore it. some time, the circle closing at each But it was only a “Will o' the Wisp,” round, until, when within a few feet, the which, taking its rise from the marshy blacksnake was observed to stop, coil lands, hovered over the stagnant pools. and place itself in an attitude to strike. He, however, wandered on, beguiled by The rattlesnake then passed round its it, till he came to the steep bank of a antagonist several times, lessening the river. Just at that moment he heard distance at each round, when it also a voice behind him crying, “Stop, if stopped and began to coil. But before you wish to avoid death ?” He stood and it was ready to strike, the blacksnake gazed round him. It was the voice of a suddenly darted upon it. The evolu- fisherman, who called to him from his tions were too rapid to be detected ; and boat. "Why," said he astonished, when it was again distinctly observed "should I not follow the friendly light? both snakes were stretched out at full I am a traveler and have lost my way." length--the rattlesnake enveloped in “ Friendly light do you call it?" returnthe folds of the black, which had also ed the fisherman, “it is but a treacherseized the rattlesnake at the back of the lous vapor, that lures men on to destruchead, and held him there. After a short tion! See how unsteadily it gleams, this interval, the black snake gradually un- evil production of night and darkness!" folded itself, loosened its grip with its As he spoke, the flickering marsh-light mouth from the rattlesnake's head, and expired. The traveler thanked the fishmoved 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

A SNAKE DUEL.

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be in my boat upon this river. How can bright and steady ray, now doubly dear a man see his brother man in error and to him from the many dangers and difnot strive to guide him in the right way?''ficulties he had gone through before Then the kind-hearted fisherman di- reachiug it. He knocked: the door was rected the traveler in the road to his fa- opened; and parents, brothers and sisther's dwelling. He followed the path ters hung round his neck, kissed him, pointed out to him, and soon saw the and wept tears of joy at his return. 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 New AMERICAN CYCLOPÆDIA: A DicTHE GOLDEN CENSER: Or Devotions for tionary of General Knowledge. Edited

Young Christians. By Rev. H. Har- by George Ripley and Charles A. Dana. baugh.

Vol. X. Jerusalem-Macferrin. New This book is designed as a manual of York, D. Appleton & Company, 413 devotion for catechumens and such as be- and 445, Broadway. London; 16 Litgin a religious life, and also for the tle Britain, 1860. young generally after they are in full This mammoth work has been steadily communion with the church. It contains carried forward until it has now reached Meditations, Prayers, Instructions and the tenth volume. We have carefully counsels for young christians. Medita- examined volume after volume as they tions on Baptism and the Lord's Supper; have been issued ; and our readers will Preparation for confirmation and the remember the favorable opinion we have Lord's Supper; Private preparation for frequently expressed in regard to its Public Worship; Prayers for morning merits as a comprehensive and reliable and evening each day of the week; work. Messrs. Ripley and Danaare well Prayers for seasons of sickness ; Devo- known in the literary world; and they tions for the festival seasons; Miscella- have proved themselves thus far fully neous prayers; Thoughts for young chris- equal to the herculean task they have tians, &c. Besides numerous beautiful undertaken. What labor and patience forms of devotion from all ages of the does such a work involve; Each volume church. It will also contain a beauti- averages over 2000 subjects; and yet ful certificate of confirmation as an or- we discover no weariness in the authors. namental frontispiece; and small certif. The same care, freshness, and completeficates of Birth and Baptism, with de- ness characterizes this volume as apvotions for the anniversaries of these peared in the beginning of the work. memorial days. It will be published in The work is to be finished, we believe, neat portable or pocket form of the usual in sixteen volumes. It will be a library hymn book size. It is hoped that it will in itself; and no one who can afford the 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.

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