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Janette improved rapidly under the care of Mrs. Howe, and constantly, as her character was developed, pleasing traits were discoverable, not only to the eye of partial friendship, but to all around.

Circumstances occurred soon after the death of James, which convinced Mrs. Howe that it was her duty to undertake the care of the brother and sister of Janette. Accordingly, she received them into her house, and treated them as her own dear children. The sympathy cherished for these friendless orphans by each member of the family by whom they were heartily adopted, made it a pleasant task to each to do all in their power to dispel every feeling of sadness that found a lodgment in the breasts of these early-stricken ones.

Time glided away for many years, with the occurrence of little that would be strikingly interesting to the reader, if narrated. The children of Mrs. Howe were all settled in life, with families of their own, some very remote from their childhood's home. The mother, by some unforseen and uncontrollable circumstances, was obliged to be dependent

upon her children, some of whom were not in situations to do for their parent as they desired.

At this period in her history, she who had not been unmindful of the deep-drawn sigh and burdened heart of the afflicted and parentless, was cheered and comforted by finding tható bread upon the waters, which she had cast there many days before. Yes, those very objects of her kind solicitude, were the instruments of illumining her pathway through the remainder of life.

Fortune smiled propitiously upon those who had in youth stood so much in need of friendship and counsel,

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and they delighted to manifest their grateful remembrance of the favors they had received from their much loved benefactress, by bestowing upon her, in the most delicate and affectionate manner, the means of an ample support.

These offerings of gratitude were exceedingly welcome to her who had long regarded the givers with maternal tenderness. She realized that there was something ineffably delightful in these expressions of thankfulness for past favors; and considered herself more than doubly repaid for all her past toil and anxiety.

Mrs. Howe was far from being alone in her experience of the pleasant truth that it is far more blessed to give

6 than to receive;' and she was governed at all times by this assurance. In putting forth acts of kindness, she placed not that value upon gold that is attached to it by many, because she felt that those who could boast but little of this world's goods, might impart to their suffering fellow-beings much that would gladden the aching heart, and wipe away the flowing tear. Surely, none need be unhappy, or unblest, in a world like ours, since enduring happiness is ever to be found

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• Where'er a tear was dried, a wounded heart
Bound up; a bruised spirit with the dew
Of sympathy anointed; or a pang
Of honest suffering soothed; or injury,
Repeated oft, as oft by love forgiven;
Where'er an evil passion was subdued,
Or virtue's feeble embers fanned; where'er
A sin was heartily abjured, and left;
Where'er a pious act was done, or breathed
A pious prayer.'

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There, as the feeling poet averred,


Happiness descending sat and smiled.'

Mrs. Howe was happy; not that she was faultless, or exempt from a share of sorrow, but because she was aiming to reach a high standard of personal excellence. She failed, it is true, to attain that degree of virtue for which she panted. She was not perfect, or at all satisfied with herself; but she pressed forward continually, and thus prepared daily for that abode of perfection and bliss to which she looked forward with the most joyful anticipa tions. Those who had been the objects of the disinterested benevolence of this lady, rose up to call her blessed; and, by imitating her example, exerted a happy influence in the sphere in which they were by Providence allotted to move.

It might truly be said of Mrs. Howe that she loved and served her God.' Happy would it have been, if all the members of her father's family had resembled her in goodness ; and glad, too, would be the writer, if she had not to turn from the contemplation of loveliness, the view of which refreshes the spirit and bids it aspire to a likeness to the reality, to dwell upon traits of character which cast a sombre hue over this otherwise beautiful earth.


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It is often asserted that those dispositions of the mind which are earliest developed give the strongest bias to the actions of the man, if left unchecked until he reaches the period of manhood.

This assertion was true of Gilbert Dunbar. As soon as he was capable of putting forth a moral act, he evinced an uncommon love of money. It was his ruling passion ; and to gratify it he scrupled not to sacrifice every thing that opposed this darling wish.

He was often known, when a mere child, to hold a piece of silver in his tiny hand, for hours, with a grasp that was considered at the time almost an exact mimic of the miser. He would also take money with him when he retired to his bed at night, and if, while asleep, he chanced to drop it from his hand, would, if he waked, cry until some one found it and gave to him again.

It is not known whether his parents strove to check this propensity, as he grew older, or whether they deemed it of little consequence to do so. It may safely be inferred, however, that they thought but little upon the subject; and


thus, by their neglect, suffered Gilbert to cultivate an acquisitive disposition.

At a very early age, he commenced trading in various articles, which he procured very readily from his father's store, and amassed quite a sum of money ere he arrived at the age of fourteen. Of this he was very proud, and often boasted to his youthful companions. Little did his affectionate parents think, that in allowing their son to foster his fondness for gain, they were helping to kindle a fire that would continue to blaze until it had destroyed not only the peace of their own dear child, but also of others endeared to them by the ties of nature and affection.

When Gilbert became a man, he expressed his determination to be possessed of a million, at any rate. “If I cannot do as I wish,' said he, on one occasion, to his sisters, by being strictly honest, I will compromise my integrity; for riches I will have.'

He did accumulate gain, and was esteemed by the world around him an exceedingly prosperous man.

Years passed, and he became a husband and father, yet riches continued to be his polar star. By his companion he was favored with a respectable addition to his fortune. Still, unfortunately, he was ignorant of the just value of the talent Heaven had lent him to improve for the benefit of himself and those around him.

His family consisted of two daughters and a son. The son partook not of the avaricious disposition of his father; but like his mother, to whom he was most ardently attached, he was generous, almost to a fault. He could not pass, unaided, a fellow-traveller to another world, whose case seemed to demand relief, or turn a deaf ear to the

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