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wonderful and rapid advances of your neighboring powerful empires grants people, and in the eagerness to know the them more free opportunities to follow truth in all things. We see it in the the dictates of right. They are less sudden overthrow of your ancient and affected by the vices which multiply, powerful system of Buddhism. We see and grow strong and rank, amidst great it in the disposition of your government, masses of population, and which choke notwithstanding its former painful expe- the seed of good. Their people are riences with Romanism, now to allow more thoroughly assimilated in conseGod's gift of eternal life to be as free quence of their narrower limits, and the to the souls of your people as his gifts comparative facility of water communiof air and sunshine to their bodies. We cation. The very education of the consee it in the warm interest which our flicts of the mighty elements around people feel in you. And we see it in the them tends to make the races which ocpromises of the inspired Word of God, cupy islands more bold, more independwhich speaking of our day, say that ent and more interested in religion. " from the rising of the sun to the going Thus it is suggested to us that the island down of the same, God's name shall be empire of Japan may be to the eastern great among the Gentiles.” This points parts of the continent of Asia what the to Japan and our nation on the Pacific islands of Great Britain were for many coast more than to any other countries; ages to the western part of Europe, or one is the land of the sunrise, the other what Madagascar is now to Southern the land of the sunset.

Africa. Japan may have a great office Another prophecy says, that God to fill

, in the hands of God, in scattering “will give the uttermost parts of the the blessings of modern civilization, and earth to his Son for his possession;" the greater blessings of Christian knowthat was spoken in Palestine, and suits ledge over all the empires and nations of you more than any other portion of the the Eastern hemisphere. China, which earth. Another prophet speaks of the gave to her Buddhism and Confucianism, islands that are afar off, and says: “the may receive partly from her hands Chrisisles shall wait for Christ, the sons of tianity and all its train of benefits to strangers shall build up the walls of his mankind. We trust she will walk hand church, and their kings shall minister in hand with America in endeavors to unto her.” We believe the time has make the whole world wiser, and better, now come when God will fulfil these and happier. promises.

Permit us to offer the prayer that it We believe that Japan has before her a future of great usefulness to the human may please God to grant all the bless

ings of earth and heaven, and a long, race, and of distinguished honor. Insu- happy and most useful reign to your lar positions upon the globe are those most favorable to the implantation, august Emperor, and that Providence growth, intensification and dissemination to your present mission, and a pleasant

you with a prosperous issue of the truth. Islands are naturally less

return to your own country and your liable to the invasions of war and the

families. political disturbances which often desolate continental countries. Their isola

With great respect, we remain, tion from the overwhelming control of

Your most obedient servants.

OUR YOUNG PEOPLE.

PRACTICAL AUNT DEB.

BY MARY E. DUNBAR.

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CHAPTER IT.

(CONCLUSION.) IIE letter bearing the most recent acteristic of Aunt Deborah, and ran as date read as follows:

follows: MY DEAREST EARTHLY FRIEND:

“Fulfil your promise by all means.

The path of duty is the path of safety. * The bolt has fallen. Edith seeing the

Your love for Edith, which has no doubt drift of affairs, has written to me that her father has at last given his consent to our

only temporarily abated, will in time reunion-hers and mine. This after keep- remaining spark; for however faint it

turn, I am certain, if you but cherish the ing me for

years

in suspense ; and now, after my affections have become entirely fanned to a flame upon friendship’s altar,

may now be, it is still capable of being weaned from her by her own acts, her

and not only burn with a steady light, but coldness, and inconsistencies, to say noth

grove brighter through endless ages. ing of downright slights, she writes that her father's objections have been over- listened to words of endearment which

“As for myself, I ought never to have ruled.

belonged of right to another; and shall “ The truth is, that it was not her

take up my life-work hopefully—eren father's but her own consent she was

cheerfully-knowing that whatever befalls unable to obtain, hoping for a more ad

me is wisely ordered, and the very path vantageous offer. My struggle is now be

I would have marked out for myself, could tween my honor and my love; our mar

I but see the end from the beginning.” riage, as you are aware, hinging on her

So this was Aunt Deborah's romance. father's approval—which appeared unlikely enough. I seem in honor bound to what became of her hero, and also, of her

I wish I could go and ask all about it; fulfii my promise, and yet-and yet-I

rival;

but I knew Aunt Deb too well to be have written her, making a plain statement of the case; if she still persists in over-inquisitive as to her lover, as she

might shut down the gates of knowledge the insane project of becoming an unloved

altogether. No, no, I must bide my time. wife, the fault must lie at its own door.

The circling years sped on. Benjamin I await an answer from her, which will

Pierce, junior, as I had secretly dubbed probably decide the fate of each.

him, had been admitted to the bar-was “I cannot, under the circumstances, ask you to answer this letter, and yet how beginning to be spoken of as a rising greatly would I prize one, for in life or mark in the world—had recently gained a

young lawyer, a man likely to make his death I am your devoted lover,

suit for a poor widow, which brought him “ BENJAMIN PIERCE."

much fame but little money, unless it My first thought after reading the above might be indirectly. was to find, if possible, my aunt's an- I had a secret in my keeping at this

In this I succeeded. It was char- time, and had been studying whether to

8wer.

impart it to aunty at present, or wait for a year's newspaper, that aunty had brought more convenient season, when a little oc- from the garret to cover over some recently currence brought it about in a most unex- transplanted flowers. pected manner.

I had stepped into the porch before he Mr. Pierce had called one evening, and seemed aware of my presence, so deep was in the course of conversation mentioned his absorption. At length be became conincidentally that he had just received a scious of my proximity, and rising, made a letter from his father, who was at the time low and graceful bow, apologizing for inof writing exploring the tombs of the truding upon our quiet unannounced. Pharaohs-had stood on the summit of “Who are you? and why should you Cheops' pyramid—had selected a few relics be announced ?" I mentally questioned, from the sites of the once famous cities of though I blandly assured him it was not of Memphis and Thebes- had seen the Be- the least consequence, and invited him douins of the desert composedly smoking, into the cool, pleasant sitting-room. while the bones of departed royalty served As we entered, I cast a glance toward the purpose of firewood with which to where aunty sat on a rustic bench under a prepare their morning meal, and had at clump of lilacs; and what was my chagrin sunrise visited the tunesul Memnon, but to find her just on the point of swooning failed to elicit a sound.

again. His descriptions of the journeying on What on earth possessed Aunt Deb to the “Nile” were to me quite novel, for go galiranting off into a fainting fit, in despite my mistakes as a historian, I had season and out, and she so staid in all her not greatly mended; I still preferred to ways! It seemed rather strange; medical söar aloft in the airy realms of romance, advice must certainly be sought, if this and had never felt particularly interested state of things was to continue. to know which of the Pharaohs flourished Aunt Deborah was by no means sylphat a given time, as gleanings pertaining like in form. I was therefore obliged to thereto seemed for the most part highly call in, or out, the assistance of our conjectural. I had become so much inter- stranger guest, much to my disgust, though ested, however, in the letter, or the reader, he at once and with seeming ease conveyed that I had forgotten Aunt Deborah's pre- her into the room, and placed her upon sence, and was surprised when upon look the lounge, gently as if she bad been an ing around, to see her lying in a dead faint, infant; and when I returned to the room prone upon the lounge.

with no end of water and vinegar and I was not a little alarmed, for I had other restoratives, I was dumbfounded to . nerer before seen her exhibit the least find aunty not only restored to conscioussymptom of weakness. She soon rallied, ness, but what was worse, or better, leanhowever, through remedies applied, but ing with the utmost confidence upon the looking paler than I had ever seen her. stranger's shoulder, his arm encircling her

Mr. Pierce did not further prolong his plump waist; and as I was beating a hasty visit at this time, and having my suspicions retreat, I heard her call him Benjamin as to the cause of her sudden illness, I dearest, in response to some whispered made no allusion to it.

outpouring of language, very much after A few days after the events above nar- the manner of younger lovers. rated, I was startled by the entrance of a It may as well be stated here as elsestranger into our quiet domain, evidently where, I presume, that our guest was no a traveller ; he had entered the piazza other than the long lost Edwin, restored during a brief absence of aunt and myself, to love and his Angelina-figuratively and was apparently intent upon gleaning speaking-restored after a sojourn of information from the columns of a last twenty years in foreign climes, during

which time each had thought the other “Call him uncle-daddy, couldn't ger?" irretrievably lost. Then came mutual ex- a voice called from outside the kitchen planations.

window, at which the owner of the voice His wife had died soon after the birth and the broom went flying down the walk of their son, but having seen a notice of closely pursued by two irate women, and the marriage of Deborah Eastbrook in aunty's cheeks wore a bloom, born of morsome paper, he immediately set sail for tification, that our little love affairs should the old world, determined never to return thus inopportunely have leaked out, so to to his native country, and would have speak. adhered to his resolution, but for an inci- Six months passed, and when the Indian dental remark in a letter from bis son, by summer donned her golden misty veil, which he learned that his first love had Aunt Deb donned the bridal robes, and never wedded.

became Mrs. Benjamin Pierce, senior; and It then occurred to him, what he might as they stood at the altar, these two long have known before, that it was a second separated though faithful lovers, I could cousin of his Deborah, that had made him but wonder why I had ever thought dear miserable, and his supposed rival happy. Aunt Deb plain. She really looked ten

“But, aunty," I said next morning as years younger than of yore. Had “time we were doing up the dishes, “it will rolled backward in its flight?" or was it make such a mixed up affair."

the transforming power of the tender pas“What will ?” she said, looking up in sion that had wrought the change? surprise.

They were indeed a handsome pair. "Why, you know, if you marry Mr. He tall, and of commanding presence, Pierce," I stammered.

with that peculiar air and grace gained “Why, or what will be mixed up ?" she by travel, and contact with men of culagain inquired, still more mystified. ture. She, with that indescribable some

“Why, Pierce, senior, will be uncle to thing in manner, about which story-tellers his own son, and you will be mother to rant, but fail to make intelligible to the your own niece," I blundered out.

reader. “Matilda-Ann-Hazelrig!" she exclaim- Then came an extended bridal tour, ed, as she dropped the dishcloth into the after which another little affair came off, water, and stood regarding me something in which Benjamin, junior, and myself as she might have done a wild animal. were the principal actors; then another

“What have I done wrong, aunty dear ?'' wedding trip, after which we all settled

“Done wrong? Is it possible that you down as became the staid and steady are going to marry that young boy?going folk we were. It may be inferred " Aunt Deborah ?"

from the description given of Benjamin, " What, Matilda Ann?”

junior, at the beginning of this story, that "Is it possible that you are going to he did not enjoy á monopoly of what are marry that old boy ?

termed masculine charms; it must, there. “ Benjamin Pierce, senior, is not old— fore, be stated that that description would scarcely fifty," she answered, severely. by no means apply to him at present.

Benjamin Pierce, junior, is not very In short, he is the very reverse of that young-almost twenty-four," I retorted in picture now. His form has rounded out the same spirit.

into most graceful proportions, and his Returning to the first question, I again features, if not strictly handsome, have an asked: “It will be mixed up, won't it, intellectual cast, and the splendid musaunty dear?

You see he will be our tache and heavy flowing beard add not a father, as well as our uncle. I mean Ben. little to his good looks. jamin, senior."

• Isn't it strange, Benjy dear," I said

1

one day, not long after our marriage, “ that which to gather and rally our forces. You your father left you to come up by your see we have a little fortune of our own, selt, instead of helping you to an educa- independent of the old folks ?'' tion, and he so wealthy?''

“But, Benjy, it isn't nice to say 'old * Why Tilly, little wife, didn't you folks,' is it?" know how it was?"

"Well, young folks, then, if that will “ How wbat was, Benjy ?”

suit
you

better." “The relations existing between father "Dreadfully mixed up, Benjy dear, and myself. Father left ample means for isn't it?” my support and education, but selecting a " What shall we call them ?” different plan, I preferred to hoe my own “Matilda-Ann-Hazel - Pierce!" Aunt row, metaphorically speaking: making in- Deb called from the porch, where she and vestments from time to time in real estate, Benjamin, senior, stood planning some of the funds father dealt out unsparingly, changes in architecture, “Call us father which now form a snug nucleus around and mother, you silly child !”

THE HOLLY.

(Ilex Aquifolium.)

BY THE EDITOR.

"Some to the holly hedge Nestling repair, and to the thicket some;

Some to the rude protection of the thorp."Thomson. THIS principal species of the Holly Let those naturalists who leave the Crea

is a native of Europe, Asia, and tor out of consideration, holding that in North America. Its foliage may be seen the past each species, in the contest for a in the illustration on page 227, in which foothold on the planet, has projected itself the branch is that of the Holly. It grows forward to its present position, answer the sometimes as high as sixty feet, though question, What was there in the meddling thirty is the measure most frequently at- propensities of animals, or in any of the tained.

other circumstances of this tree, calculated , It is a tree that fixes the eye of a to produce or foster spiny teeth at the stranger at once, on account of the smooth, edges of the leaves, and above all, to place glossy green leaves, each, at first sight, them just where they were wanted, and armed with thorny points. But when we there only? examine the tree or bush more closely, we The poet Southey, in a poem longer find that only the ower and outermost than we can here quote, has finely moralleaves have these spiny teeth at their ized upon this feature of the Holly: edges ; those within and at the top are “O, Reader! hast thou ever stood to soe bordered much the same as other leaves. The holly-tree?

The eye that contemplates it, well perceives The arrangement is a striking proof of an

Its glossy leaves, All-wise Providence. The thorny points

Ordered by an Intelligence so wise, are set only where they are needed, and As might confound the atheist's sophistries. they are effectual in repelling the sheep, "Below, a circling fence, its leaves are seen cattle, and other intruders which other Wrinkled and keen; wise would ruin the young trees before

No grazing cattle through their prickly round

Can reach to wound: they could grow beyond their reach, the

But as they grow where nothing is to fear, growth of this tree being remarkably slow. Smooth and unarmed the pointless leaves appear.

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