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& rear marked by particular occur- thus to be viewed. The period of our paons, and you will see what I mean sojourning on earth is but a brief - how, amidst the seeming dis -oh! how brief!--part of that imalir, there was yet most real order mortality to which we are born. Bu y, amidst the busy working to Therefore, if we consider only these fiber of heterogeneous materials, scanty outlying regions of the boundtütre was no confusion-how, amidst less land, our knowledge will not all your wanderings, you were, con only be meagre, it will sadly mistrary to present beliet, being led by | lead us. To understand the prean u een hand along the “right sent, the eye must essay to explore Ya?." Yes! to One Eye there is no the limitless spaces of the future, for plenty in this tangled skein of the now and the THEN are but one. buna existence. To recur to a So life is an introduction to immorkurter figure, the texture of our lives tality. We never get beyond our

Foren according to pattern. Oh! | childhood, our pupilage, whilst we how intricate is that pattern. We are here. The saint, whose hair is bal not be able to trace it perfectly frosty with age, is still a child at mai the tapestry is finished.

school. Therefore we must expect to This truth of which we have been be treated as children, and must treating is most consoling. And there ever bear in inind that, as children, are times, reader, when we need we are necessarily ignorant as to our all the consolation it supplies. Seasons highest “good," often unable to unwhen disappointment lies upon us like derstand the discipline to which we are

lightmare, and we know not how to subjected, blind to the purpose of many abase that nightmare off-when sor of the laws and regulations of our row darkens all the prospect--when school-house. The child only perceives the heavens are clothed with black the wisdom of his early training when Less, and all glorious things of earth he comes to reap the fruit of that are hidden beneath an awful and un- | training in after lite. Whil at school Lutural night-then, if we are to know he 's apt to think his tasks irksome sught of rest, we must lay our throb and useless, to wonder why he is set to Lig heads upon this pillow-if any | learn this lesson and the other, to 191 is to steal into our chambers, complain of restrictions, and to event in the gloom, it must come cry out avainst imagined severity. trough this one reft in the overhang But when he arrives at manhood, and mg cloud. But

comes to batilo with the difficulties of ul. Our life is to be viewed in life, he is thankful that a firm will Telefon to God's final purposes.

bound him down to the dull routine of Lbe apostle is speaking of those who study, and exercised a necessary and ate the called according to God's pur beneficial control. And could the post." It is of their lives he affirms school-boy, fretting at his task, look Last "all things work together for forward into coming days, and see the bod;" and here he is evidently view- | relation in which his present hated ing the circumstances of their present work stands to the work of after life,

with a reference, more or less he would dry his tears, and no longer direct, to that which is the object of pine for harmful freedom. ber calling, namely, their future This, thea, is but our childhood;

and our calculations must prove false I began by saying that life is to be if the most important element is

d by us as a whole; and, now, ignored by us- if our visions reach wiring up my subject, I take a not beyond death's dark valley--if File sweep, and affirm that our exist we look not beyond the bordering Sea, the whole period of our being, mountains to see in other lands - the Sardless of diversity of states, is far-off interest of tears."


Is it not wondrously strango that | homes and haunts of emancipated creatures circumstanced as we are spirits, our own destined resting-place should be so slow to think of heaven? when the pilgrim's staff and the pulIs it not strange that we should suffer grim's garb shall be laid aside-when every little hill to bound our range we see the grand issue of all we do of vision, and to shut us out froin and suffer here-at such seasons that extensive prospect which invites prophetic happiness we also can take our gaze? Oh! when we are able up the triumphant words, “ We KNOW to climb the brow of Pisgah-when that all things work together for good standing there we seo lying at our to them that love God, to them who feet those broad spaces of light, the | are called according to His purpose." · Long Buckby.

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Tales and Sketches.

THE NUTCRACKERS OF NUT- , and contrary and unreasonable, and CRACKER LODGE.

always finding matter of complaint in

everything his respectable papa and BY MRS. H. B. STOWE.

mamma did. Instead of assisting in MR. AND MRS. NUTCRACKER were as the cares of a family--picking up nuts respectable a pair of squirrels as ever and learning other lessons proper to a wore gray brushes over their backs. young squirrel-he seemed to settle They were animals of a settled and himself, from his earliest years, into a kerrons turn of mind- not disposed to sort of lofty contempt for the Nutrun after vanities and novelties, but crackers, for Nutcracker Lodge, and fillng their station in life with pru for all the good old ways and institudence and sobriety. Nutcracker Lodge tions of the domestic hole, which he #88 a hole in a sturdy old chestnut | declared to be stupid and unreasonable, overhanging a shady dell, and was and entirely behind the times. To be held to be as respectably kept an estab sure, he was always on hand at meallishment as there was in the whole times, and played a very lively tooth forest. Even Miss Jenny Wren, the on the nuts which his mother had colgreatest gossip in the neighbourhood, lected, always selecting the very best Lever found anything to criticise in its for himself; but he seasoned his nibArrangernents, and old Parson Too bling with so much grumbling and whit, a venerable owl who inhabited discontent, and 80 many severe rei branch somewhat more exalted, as marks, as to give the impression that became his profession, was in the habit ho considered himself a peculiarly illi saving himself much trouble in his used squirrel, in having to “ eat their warochial exhortations by telling his old grub," as he very unceremoniously arshioners, in short, to “ look at the called it.

recrackers," if they wanted to see Papa Nutcracker, on these occasions, what it was to live a virtuous life. was often fiercely indignant, and poor brerything had gone on prosperously little Mamma Nutcracker would shed with them, and they had reared many tears, and beg her darling to be a little IXESSITE families of young Nut more reasonable; but the young makers, who went forth to assume gentleman seemed always to consider dair places in the forest of life, and to himself as the injured party. miect credit on their bringing up,--SO Now, nobody could tell why or dat, naturally enough, they began to wherefore Master Featherhead looked svo a very easy way of censidering upon himself as injured and aggrieved, hemselves models of wisdom.

since he was living in a good hole, But at last it came along, in the with plenty to eat, and without the curse of events, that they had a son least care or labour of his own; but he lanned Featherhead, who was destined seemed rather to value himself upon o bring them a great deal of anxiety. being gloomy and dissatisfied. While pobody knows what the reason is, but his parents and brothers and sisters De fact was, that Master Featherhead were cheerfully racing up and down was as different from all the former the branches, busy in their domestic Suldren of this worthy couple as if he toils, and laying up stores for the ad been dropped out of the moon into winter, Featherhead' sat gloomily

er nest, instead of coming into it in | apart, declaring himself weary of exbe general way. Young Featherhead istence, and feeling himself at liberty was a squirrel of good parts and a to quarrel with everybody and everywely disposition, but he was sulky | thing about him. Nobody understood


him, he said ; he was a squirrel of a his silly old heart he rerolved the que peculiar nature, and needed peculiar tion whether possibly it might not treatment, and nobody treated him in that a great genius was actually a way that did not grate on the finer | come of his household. nerves of his feelings. He had higher | The Nutcrackers belonged to the ol notions of existence than could be established race of the Grays, but the bounded by that old rotten hole in a were sociable, friendly people, 20 hollow tree; he had thoughts that kept on the best of terms with 2. soared far above the miserable, petty | branches of the Nutcracker far: details of every day life ; and he could The Chipmunks of Chipmunk Holi not and would not bring down these were a very lively, cheerful, social soaring aspirations to the contemptible race, and on the very best of term toil of laying up a few chestnuts or with the Nutcracker Grays. Your hickorynuts for winter.

Tip Chipmunk, the oldest son, was i “Depend upon it, my dear,” said all respects a perfect contrast to Maste Mrs. Nutcracker solemnly, “that Featherhead. He was always live! fellow must be a genius.”

and cheerful, and so very alert in pro"Fiddlestick on his genius !” said viding for the family, that old Mr. and old Mr. Nutcracker; “what does he | Mrs. Chipmunk had very little eart do ?"

but could sit sociably at the door is “O nothing, of course ; that's one their hole and chat with the neighbours of the first marks of genius. Geniuses, quite sure that Tip would bring everyyou know, never can come down to thing out right for them, and bare common life.”

plenty laid up for winter. “He eats enough for any two,” re- Now Featherhead took it upon him, marked old Nutcracker, “and he never for some reason or other, to look dow helps to gather nuts.”

upon Tip Chipmunk, and on every “My dear, ask Parson Too-whit; occasion to disparage him in the socia. he has conversed with him, and quite circle, as a very common kind o agrees with me that he says very un squirrel, with whom it would be bes common things for a squirrel of his not to associate too freely. age; he has such fine feelings—so much “My dear,” said Mrs. Nutcracke above those of the common crowd !” | one day, when he was expressing thes

“Fine feelings be hanged !” said old | ideas, “it seems to me that you až Nutcracker ; “when a fellow eats all too hard on poor Tip; he is a most er the nuts that his mother gives him, cellent son and brother, and I wil and then grumbles at her, I don't you would be civil to him.” believe much in his fine feelings. Why “O, I don't doubt that Tip is goo don't he set himself about something? enough,” said Featherhead, care I'm going to tell my fine young gentle lessly; “but then he is so very corti man, that if he doesn't behave himself, mon; he hasn't an idea in his sku I'll tumble him out of the nest, neck above his nuts and his hole. Hei and crop, and see if hunger won't do good-natured enough, to be sure something towards bringing down his these very ordinary people often an fine airs.”

good-natured-but he wants manner But then Mrs. Nutcracker fell on he has really no manner at all; ad her husband's neck with both paws, as to the deeper feelings, Tip hasi? and wept, and besought him so the remotest idea of them. I med! piteously to have patience with her always to be civil to Tip when darling, that old Nutcracker, who was comes in my way, but I think the himself a soft-hearted old squirrel, | less we see of that sort of people that was prevailed upon to put up with the better; and I hope, mother, you won airs and graces of his young scape- | invite the Chipmunks at Christmas grace a little longer : and secretly in these family dinners are such a bora

"But, my dear, your father thinks | these, young Featherhead at last got a great deal of Chipmunks; and it is all his family to look up to him as e old family custom to have all the something uncommon. Though he relatives here at Christmas.”

added nothing to the family, and reį "And an awful bore it is. Why | quired more to be done for him than must people of refinement and eleva all the others put together—though tion be for ever tied down because of he showed not the smallest real persesome distant relationship? Now there Verance or ability in anything useful are our cousins the High-Flyerg-if ---vet somehow all his brothers and we could get them, there would be sisters, and his poor foolish old mother, some sense in it. Young Whisk rather got into a way of regarding him as promised me for Christmas; but it's something wonderful, and delighting seldom now you can get a flying in his sharp sayings, as if they had squirrel to show himself in our parts, been the wisest things in the world. and if we are intimate with the Chip But at last old papa declared that it bunks it isn't to be expected.”

was time for Featherhead to settle him"Confound him for a puppy,” said self to some business in life, roundly old Nutcracker, when his wife repeated declaring that he could not always these sayings to him. “Featherhead have him as a hanger-on in the pateris a fool. Common, forsooth! I wish nal hole. good, industrious, painstaking sons “What are you going to do, my like Tip Chipmunk were common.

boy ?" said Tip Chipmunk to him one For my part, I find these uncommon day. “ We are driving now a thriv: people the most tiresome; they are ing trade in hickory nuts, and if you not content with letting us carry the would like to join us whole load, but they sit on it, and “Thank you," said Featherhead; sold at us while we carry them.” “but I confoss I have no fancy for any

But old Mr. Nutcracker, like many thing so slow as the hickory trade; other good old gentlemen squirrels, I never was made to grub and delve in found that Christmas dinners and that way.” other things were apt to go as his wife The fact was, that Featherhead had muid, and his wife was apt to go as lately been forming alliances such as no youse Featherhead said; and so, when reputable squirrel should even think Christmas came, the Chipmunks were of. He had more than once been est invited, for the first time for many seen going out in the evenings with the Pears. The Chipmunks, however, Rats of Rat Hallow-a race whose ook all pleasantly, and accepted poor reputation for honesty was more than

Mrs. Nutcracker's awkward apolo doubtful. The fact was, further, that les with the best possible grace, and old Longtooth Rat, an old sharper and oung Tip looked in on Christmas | money-lender, had long had his eye on borning with the compliments of the Featherhead, as just about silly enough eason and a few beech-nuts, which for their purpose, engaging him in

had secured as a great dainty. what he called a speculation, but which be fact was, that Tip's little striped was neither more nor less than downur coat was so filled up and over right stealing. bwing with cheerful good-will to all, Near by the chestnut-tree where Nuthat he never could be made to under cracker Lodge was situated, was a and that any of his relations could large barn filled with corn and grain, bewant to cut him; and therefore Feather sides many bushels of hazelnuts, chestbad looked down upon him with con nuts, and walnuts. Now, old Longtooth mpt, and said he had no tact, and proposed to young Featherhead that he uldn't see when he was not wanted. should nibble a passage into this loft, It was wonderful to see how, by and there establish himself in the comsans of persisting in remarks like | mission business, passing the nuts and

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