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dent; his father never aspired to that
“ You haven't a bit of romance in your honor; Washington was never a father, make up, Aunt Deb." save to his country and two step-children, “Women of my age seldom bave." having wedded a beautiful and very “You are so practical." wealthy young widow."
“I have need to be." “ Aunt Deb!” I exclaimed, almost cry- " What need?'' I was about to ask, but ing with vexation, “Don't say anything Aunt Deb had gone, something in the more; what is left after your overhauling ? kitchen requring her supervision. I might just as well burn the thing up “I wonder why she couldn't have told and have done with it. What if all his-/ us if she had ever had an offer of martory were subjected to such tests as you riage, and if she were once a belle,” Jenny apply? I think there wouldn't be many said after a time. “I had been pondering sizeable books left."
the same thing myself. The most vivid “Which would be all the better for his- imagination could scarcely at any time of tory,” she added.
life have pictured my aunt a beauty, yet “And historical novels ?” I said inter- she is one of earth's most excellent," I rogatively.
said warmly. Aunt Deborah was above "A few primers," was the sententious medium, and rather plump; her eyes reply.
were large and full, their color dark“But really," I said, reverting to my hazel ; her hair, which at some time in the unfortunate composition, “What am I to past had been dark and glossy, was now do? To-morrow is composition day, and it thickly threaded with silver, yet fell in a will be impossible to write another, with profusion of natural ringlets when left to all I have to do besides."
its own will, which was not often the case. “0, that can be easily arranged," she Her teeth were even and white, and said. “Just substitute another name and when in animated conversation, her eyes title. The more unmeaning the title, the sparkled like diamonds ; she had a sweet more fashionable it will be. “What is it?' smile and low musical voice, which seemed will be as good as any other; originate one to thrill one through. to suit yourself, however.”
In fact her eyes and voice were her " Aunt Deb?”'
principal charms; and must certainly at Well !”
some time have attracted somebody; so Did you ever have a romance ?" Jenny and I reasoned. “Don't be inquisitive, Tilly."
One morning as I was about to start for * But did you, aunty dear? Now do tell school, I was accosted thus: “Tilly!" us; there's a pet.”
“Ma'am!” " What for? You will be making a ". You may invite the teacher home heroine of me next."
with you this afternoon; the circle' • No, indeed, aunty dear! I promise meets here to-day, and we ought to show you. Aunty ?”
him a little attention, I suppose, as he “What, Tilly !!!
has but few acquaintances in the village." "Were you ever ?—that is, did you “Yes'm," I answered, as I tied on my ever-?"
sun-bonnet. Say on, Tilly; was I ever pretty ? and The teacher accepted the invitation, but did I ever have an offer ?"
when I introduced him to aunty, I was " How could you know my thoughts, certain she turned pale, and trembled, yet aunty ?"
I may have been mistaken, for I had never “You didn't know then that I have a seen her converse with as much animadivining rod by which I bring hidden tion, excitement I thought, she was usuthings to light?"
ally so calm and placid.
upon a book.
The tea-drinking and gossipping were took therefrom two packages of letters and over at last, and all quiet, as was our wont. a small box. We were sitting, aunty and I, each intent “ Take these to your room," she said,
giving them into my hand. This box Aunt seemed after a time to be lost in will perhaps answer the question you once reverie; then said, in an almost abrupt propounded as to my youthful appearance manner, “ Tilly!"
and matrimonial opportunities. I will Ma'am," I answered, almost startled, answer any reasonable questions suggested "Mr. Pierce is son of an old friend of by either.” mine."
“As if I would ask any other, aunty." “Indeed !'' I returned; but seeing noth- Aunty smiled, as if such an event was ing very strange in the announcement, not improbable. made no further remark. She then again Not wishing to be too curious about relapsed into silence.
aunt's private history, I compelled myself Two years passed rapidly away. Mr. to silence during the remainder of the Pierce taught three terms of school ac- evening, though I would gladly bave been ceptably to the community; then began to enlightened on more than one point. read law with one of our most able and I was not sorry, therefore, when the hour learned judges. At my aunt's everything came for retiring, for aunt, after giving went on in its accustomed monotonous me the letters, had seemed forgetful of my channel. Our days passed along as if presence. I was not long in opening the earth were not the mutable place it has box, after securing my door. It contained been represented.
two pictures; one represented a lovely Aunt Deborah seemed her same old girl in the first flush of early womanhood; self, if indeed in looks she had not grown the other, a noble-looking man, some younger. She still went the accustomed years her senior. These miniatures were rounds among her poor, attended to the elegantly painted on ivory, the colors recultivation of her few paternal acres, and taining all their original brightness, and I still took the same matter of fact view of found it difficult to realize, that they had passing events.
not recently come from under the hand of We were sitting alone one evening in the artist. the early part of spring. A cheerful blaze Could it be possible that this bad ever lighted the little apartment; it had been been a true representation of Aunt Deboa lovely sunshiny day, and through all rah? Yes, it must be true; there was the of it the little song sparrows had been same expression of eyes and features. The chattering in the honey-suckles at the win- original of the other picture I had certainly dow, flitting from spray to spray, seeking never seen, and would hardly dare ask, a sheltered nook in which to set up house-lest it should come under the head of keeping
what aunty styled unreasonable questions. Toward evening, however, it had clouded Having finished my inspection of these, I over, and the rain was now pouring down reverently laid them in their box, and in torrents.
opened one package of the letters —those " Tilly!" aunty said, after she had for directed in a bold, manly hand, to “Miss a long time sat in a state of dreamy reve- Deborah Eastbrook," and what was my rie, “I promised you once a leaf from my surprise to find the signature identical personal history; do you still care to hear with that of our old-time teacher, “Benit?"
jamin Pierce;" yet they bore a date in Very much indeed, Aunt Deb, if you the past anterior to his birth, I was cercan trust me."
tain. It now recurred to me that aunty She then arose, and going to an escritoire, had turned pale at sight of our teacher, yet he bore not the slightest resemblance to This much settled, if not quite satisfacthe pictured face I had been contemplating; torily, I at once proceeded to the perusal yet the inference was plain,-our teacher i of the letters, every one breathing words must be a son of this lover of my aunt's. of tenderest affection.
(CONCLUSION NEXT MONTH.]
THE Flying Fish of the accompanying fierce and formidable, though in dispo
cut, is one which voyagers do not sition it is timid, and in nature harmless. see in the Atlantic. It is the Flying Gur- The Flying Fish met with in the warmer nard of the East India seas, and differs portions of the Atlantic, is the Exocilus from its relations of the Atlantic ocean in Volitans. The pectoral fins, with which being less gracefully shaped, but much the fish sustains itself a few moments in more gayly colored. Its scientific name is air, are more triangular in shape, and Dactylopterus Orientalis. On the wings not so fan-like as those of the oriental are spots of rich brown, while some of the specimen. brightest colors of the rainbow are seen Neither of these two species of Flying on parts of the body. The spines are a Fish have wings, in the proper sense of curious feature, and are doubtless intended the term; what answers the purpose is for defence. The eye is large, and alto-only an expansion of the usual pectoral gether the creature, though small, looks fins. With these they flutter or skip, rather than fly. They skim the summits of the wings. Their course often swerves from waves, and rarely prolong their flight the direction of their leap from the water, more than & hundred yards.
which shows that they can
use their Young voyagers are always delighted tails and fins to steer by, after they bave at the novel spectacle of a shoal of glitter- lifted themselves from their natural eleing Flying Fish, sometimes hundreds and ment. thousands in number, gleaming in the It is probable that their power of vision sunshine. It is a wonderful vision, and is defective, as they often fall on the one almost imagines that the mermaids decks of passing ships. Their foes are are out, sending before them in throngs the bonitas and the dolphins. These purthe silver doves of the sea, and ready to suers are often caught by the sailors with surprise you with some new fairy vision. the aid of a book, whose shaft is orna
Their flight is so rapid that sharp-eyed mented with fan or fin-like appendages, to sailors cannot see the vibration of their resemble a Flying Fish.
A PHILISTINE CITY.
BY J. x'n. w.
VERY reader of the Scriptures is fa- | Ashdod sent the mysterious Ark to other
miliar with the name of Philistine. cities of the Philistines. The Philistines were descendants of Ilam, Of this notable old town, Ashdod, we the third son of Noah. Some suppose would say a few words. The city was that they were originally the “Shepherd famous for the beauty of its site ; a broad kings," who were expelled from Egypt plain of unusual fertility sweeps in a wide after four hundred years of power; their curve about the base of a low, gentlyname means strangers, and from them the rounded hill; here stood the royal city, land of Canaan is called Palestine. looking from its eminence down upon a
During the times of Abraham and Isaac, bright, miniature lake. The hill sides the patriarchs of the Hebrews were firm were terraced, and beautified with garfriends of the Philistine kings; but four dens, olive, fig, and pomegranate orchards centuries later, the Israelites, coming to and vineyards. Above and among these conquer Canaan, found themselves engaged rose temples, towers, palaces and homes, in a warfare with their olden allies, and the pride of a rich, warlike and wicked often the people of the Lord became the people. slaves of the heathen.
Ashdod, in its exceeding beauty and When Samuel dwelt, a godly and hon- abounding wealth, defied the might of ored youth, in the Tabernacle, and Eli Israel, and of Israrl's God. But “except was high priest, the Ark of God was cap- the Lord keeps the city, the watchman tured by the Philistines, and carried in waketh but in vain.” The traveller may triumph to their own country.
now go to Ashdod, and write, “how art The much-prized trophy was put in the thou fallen” in the dust which covers its glittering temple of Dagon, the fish-god, ruins. Every splendid dwelling, every and every child has heard, wondering, how goodly palace and heaven-scorning temple in the night unseen hands Aung Dagon has crumbled into ashes. A vile hamlet down, compelling him to do unconscious called Esdud, which is a mere collection homage to the Lord of Jewry.
of mud huts, lies strangely embowered on To save their hideous deity, the men of the eastern slope of Ashdod's long famous
hill. Here is fulfilled what the Lord | the Jews in language and religion. Situprophesied by the mouth of Zechariah, “I ated three miles from the Mediterranean, will cut off the pride of the Philistines.” between Gaza and Joppa, and on the very
While the plain and the valley are high road of travel from Canaan to Egypt, fertile as of yore, the glory has departed it was a town of great commercial imand only desolation reigns. The resistless portance. sands of the Mediterranean are yearly Tartan, the general of King Sargon, drifting inward, and with sure, solemo besieged Ashdod hundred and step advancing to bury the fragments of sixteen years before Christ. Jeremiah former glory, the flowery beauty of nature, mentions also its siege by Psammetichus, and the miserable hut of the modern about a century later. The Maccabees dervish, in a common tomh.
brought their divinely aided strength to At the southern base of the hill of bear upon the old enemy of Judah, and Ashdod, as seen in the illustration given finally destroyed the city. After this above, the ruins of an old khan, and a Ashdod lay in ruins, until it was rebuilt broken down mosque, stand beside the and fortified by Gabinius, some fifty years pretty lake.
Near these broken before Christ. In the New Testament it columns and pillars, sarcophagi of white is mentioned as Azotus, where Philip was marble, and fragments of carving and found after the baptism of the Ethiopian statuary, remnants of the day of Philistia's eunuch on the road by Gaza. pride. As the prophet foretold, this war- Ruined Ashdod and the mud village rior city has become a fold for poor men's that clings to the once notable site, stand Aocks, and straying among the ruins, the as memorials of the fulfilment of prophecy, Bedouin shepherds feed their sheep. and a sign to all generations that "the
The tribe of Judah were ever unable to triumphing of the wicked is short; he is conquer Ashdod. Nehemiah, after the suddenly cut off”: seventy years of captivity, found it still With Ashdod have perished Ekron, unsubdued, the home of a race alien from Ascalon, Gaza, Eglon and Lachish, famous