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not of sufficient length to reach the bot- found almost in a state of insensibility: tom.

Taking him upon his shoulders, he carBelieving that she must inevitably ried him to the spot where he had left go ashore, the captain loosed his boat, his younger son.

What was his agony and getting into it himself, directed us to discover that the boy was cold and to follow him. His two sons obeyed; lifeless! He now proceeded with the one but the old sailor, conceiving that the upon his back, but in a short time his boat must be swamped in the raging sea, foot faltered, and he fell to the earth. chose to continue in the vessel and per. There was no way, but to leave his chilsuaded me to remain with him. The dren, and reach the house, if possible, for captain departed, and proceeded toward aid. Faint and exhausted, he proceeded the shore. But it was now evening, with a staggering step, and when at last and we soon lost sight of him.

he reached the house, his mind was so “We continued to drift along for a bewildered, that he could scarcely tell couple of hours, when the anchor sud- his piteous tale. He said enough, howdenly took effect, and we rode out the ever, to give the people some intimation night in safety. In the morning, the of the truth, and two men immediately storm had abated, but everything was so set out to scour the beach. They were covered with ice that it was impossible not long in discovering the bodies of the for us to get up a sail. In this condi- two boys, who were covered with the tion we remained for four days, when a spray of the sea, thickly frozen to their spell of milder weather set in, and we garments. Everything was done for were able to get the little schooner under them that kindness could suggest, and way. In about a week we reached all had the happiness of soon discoverBoston, where we learned the fate of the ing signs of life. Gradually, both recaptain and his two sons. He reached covered, and the anguish of the father the shore in safety, but at the distance gave way to joy. In four days they of nearly three miles from any house. were all able to leave the place, and Both of his sons were chilled with the soon after our arrival with the little intense cold, and the younger was in a schooner they came on board. I had, short time unable to walk. Yielding to however, seen enough of the sea, and his fate, the poor fellow lay down upon

resolved in

my

heart never to trust my. the beach and begged his father to leave self upon its treacherous bosom again. him to die, as the only means of saving I made my way back to my home ; and, his own life and that of his brother. thoroughly penitent for my disobedience, The father would not listen to this. So resolved never again to disobey my pahe took the young man upon his back, rents; for during the storm, and espeand proceeded on his way. He had not cially that fearful night when the old gone more than half a mile, when the sailor and myself were alone in the elder son sunk to the earth, incapable of vessel, the thought of my misconduct proceeding farther.

weighed heavily upon my heart, and “ The storm still continued to rage, took away from me the power of proand for a moment the old man gave way viding against the danger that beset to despair; but soon recovering, he set me.” forward, with the younger son upon

his

As the young man finished his story, back. Having proceeded a quarter of a the captain puffed forth an enormous mile, he laid him down upon the beach, quantity of smoke, and the rest of our and returned to the elder boy, whom he party retired to bed!

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MISITRA AND THE ANCIENT SPARTA-ABSENCE OF MIND.

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MisitrA is a considerable town in the Spartans were subjected to the RoGreece, and situated in the province of man yoke ! Laconia. It occupies the slope of a hill, and, as you approach it, has an imposing aspect. You would think it a very large

Absence of Mind. and splendid capital; but as you enter it, the illusion vanishes, and you find your- The following cases of absence of self in narrow, winding, and dirty streets, mind are furnished by the newspapers : where no fine buildings, ancient or mod- A short time since, a person engaged a ern, meet the eye.

butcher to come the next morning and At the distance of a few miles are the kill a hog for him. The butcher told ruins of ancient Sparta, the capital of the him to have the water boiled early, and Lacedemonians, a brave, stern, warlike he would attend. In the morning he people, who adopted the laws of Lycur- came, asked if the water was boiled, and gus, and formed a great contrast to the being answered affirmatively, killed the gay, polished, fickle Athenians. But, hog, and brought him to his scalding poalas! no monuments of the Spartans re- sition. He then ordered the good man main on the site of their ancient capital, of the house to bring out the water, which and the place is only marked by the re- he did by bringing out cold water. This mains of Roman edifices, erected after surprised the butcher.

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“Where,” said he, “is your boiling shafts, and on the top of them rested his water?

pocket-book, containing nearly £800 in Why, here !-Molly and I boiled it bank notes, and in his trowsers pockets last night! Oh, now I know Lyou a quantity of gold and silver, beside a cant 't scald hogs without the water is valuable gold watch, &c. He was at hot!”

once aroused and taken care of, and the Exit the man of the knise, in a rage! preservation of his property was consid-N. 0. Pic.

ered almost miraculous, as, in the imme

diate neighborhood in which he was On Sunday morning, between the found, were located some of the most exhours of one and two o'clock, as Inspec. pert thieves in Europe.- London paper. tor Donnigan, of the police, was going his rounds, he observed a man, stripped to his shirt, standing in a short, narrow, and uncovered passage in Denmark

The Star Fish. street, London. On approaching him, and asking what he was doing there, the man DID you ever stand on the rocky shore replied that he was getting into bed; and of the sea and notice the star fishes that at the time he shook from head to foot come floating along? Many of them with the cold, which was very intense.

appear like pieces of jelly, drifting with Donnigan asked him if he was aware the tide, without life, and without the he was in the street. He replied he was power of motion. But they are all ca. not, and that he fancied he was by his pable of moving from place to place, and bed-side, and said his clothes were some- shoot out their arms in every direction. where about. The officer, after search. Some of them have five rays, as in the ing for some time, discovered an excel- picture; this kind are called five-finlent suit of clothes and a silk cravat on the sill of a window about thirty yards off, with shoes and stockings underneath, and a hat close by.

The cold had by this time brought the man to his perfect senses, and, by the advice of the inspector, he put on his clothes, and, thanking him for his attention, proceeded homewards!

A few years ago, Inspector Norman, belonging to the same division, while going his rounds, had his attention directed to some wagons which were placed gered Jack. These star fishes have very in Black Lion-yard, Whitechapel, by a ravenous appetites, and are very expert loud snoring.

in gratifying them. They grasp prawns, He procured a light, and on proceed- shrimps, worms, and insects that come ing to the spot, he found an Irish gentle- in their way; and, soft and pulpy as they man fast asleep between the shafts of a seem, wo to the poor creature that they wagon, with his clothes off to his shirt, get hold of! One thing is very

curious, and apparently as comfortable as if re- and that is that they devour shells of posing on a bed of down. His clothes considerable size, which are crushed to were carefully placed over one of the pieces in their stomachs!

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Not only are the star fishes of differ- kinds, as I have said, are numerous, and ent forms, but they are of different hues in some seas they are found in myriads. also : some are striped, some are red, The most curious property of these and some green. In fine weather, they strange fishes is, that they give out a are seen in the water, spread out, fishing light at night, which often makes the for their meal. Some have long, fibrous waves very brilliant. If you ever go to arms, which stretch forth to a distance, sea, you will notice this light in the and with them they pull in their prey; track of the vessel, almost seeming as if If you take one of those creatures and the water were on fire. put him on the shore, he becomes a mass of offensive liquid, like water, in about

WHERE IS THY HOME ? twenty-four hours. This picture represents one of these

"Where is thy home, thou lonely man?"

I asked a pilgrim gray, curious creatures, called Medusa. The

Who came, with furrowed brow, and wan,

Slow musing on his way.
He paused, and with a solemn mien,

Upturned his holy eyes, -
66 The land I seek thou ne'er hast seen,

My home is in the skies !
O! blest—thrice blest! the heart must be

To whom such thoughts are given,
That walks from worldly fetters free,
Ils only home in heaven!

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Sea Weed. EVERY portion of the earth seems cove heard of little red plants, that take root ered with vegetation, except now and so thickly in snow-flakes, as to make a then some sondy desert. Even the rocks fall of snow seem like a shower of blood. are covered with mosses; and we have The bottom of the sea, too, is sown with myriads of plants. These are of ing in a garden, but they were mixed many forms and many hues, but mostly with other plants, such as peas, beans, of a green color: it is owing to the potatoes, beets, and other things. These plants beneath the surface that the sea had, therefore, a common appearance, has such a verdant tinge. In some and no one noticed their beauty. tropical portions of the sea, the marine “ At length, the gardener took up

these plants are so thick as to obstruct the flowers, and set them out in a nice bed passage of ships; and some species are of earth, which he had prepared for them. said to grow seven hundred feet in This situation permitted their bright collength!

ors and fair forms to be seen, and they therefore attracted the attention of every

person who passed by. Inquisitive Jack and his Aunt

Everybody admired them; and those Piper

who overlooked them as common things

when planted in a kitchen garden, were THERE was once a little boy who had ready to acknowledge their beauty, and neither father nor mother, but he had an praise their fragrance, when they were excellent aunt, and she supplied the place fourishing in a flower-garden. of parents. Her name was Piper, and a “ Thus you perceive that I compare very good woman she was. The boy's fine thoughts to flowers; however beauname was John; but, as he was always tiful they may be, they would strike is asking questions, he at length got the less, and please us less, if they were name of Inquisitive Jack.

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They He was perpetually teasing his aunt want a situation appropriate to them, and to tell him about the sun, or the moon, then we shall perceive and feel their full -to explain to him why the fire burned, beauty. or where the rain came from, or some- "Poetry, then, consists of beautiful thing else of the kind. His aunt, being thoughts in beautiful language, and may unmarried, and having little else to do, be compared to a bed of flowers, with used to sit down for hours together, and graceful forms, bright colors, and sweet answer little Jack's inquiries.

fragrance. Prose consists of common One winter's day, they were sitting by thoughts, expressed in common lana pleasant fire, and Jack had been read- guage, and may be compared to a garing in a book of poetry. After a while, den filled with things that are useful he laid down the book, and asked his rather than beautiful, such as beets, poaunt why some things were told in po- tatoes, and cabbages.”— Second Reader. etry and some in prose. To this the good lady replied as follows.

I must tell you, in the first place, my A word to my Correspondents. boy, that prose is the language of common speech, such as I am now talking I beg my young friends who favor me to you. But there are certain thoughts with their letters to understand that I and feelings that are too fine and beau- receive them with great pleasure, even tiful for prose. If these were expressed though I do not find an opportunity to in a common way, their beauty would be put them all in print. I give my thanks lost. I will try to make you understand to Christopher Columbus; to J. AHthis by a story.

of Medford, and others, who have taken “ There were once some flowers grow into their heads to send ine puzzles; but

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