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truth, which, but for her unkind remarks, might not have been known any further than it had been heretofore.' Now,' continued the kind woman, 'I advise you, Sarah

, Anna, to tell Mary, affectionately, what you have of late learned of your history, and treat her evermore as a sister. You are in as respectable a situation as she is; you have as many friends, and may rightly feel yourself her equal ; treat her as such, but never for a moment feel abashed at the recollection of your origin ; you have no cause to do

You cannot be blamed for the faults of others, and will not be reproached for them by any but those who are not worth regarding.'

• Be careful,' further remarked the foster-mother, to avoid the errors into which your parents have fallen. Your mother was, I trust, forgiven by her Father in Heaven, ere

, she left this world. She abhorred her sins, and deeply repented of them, while she wished to admonish all young ladies to take warning from the affecting tale of her life, and avoid her errors. Love to do right, and you will be safe.'

Sarah Anna felt soothed and encouraged, by the conversation of her more than mother, to pursue a course of high-minded and virtuous action in regard to her newlydiscovered sister, and she resolved not to be tempted by her unkindness to act an unfriendly part towards her.

It was not long ere she had an opportunity to see Mary alone, when, putting her arm affectionately around her waist, she said to her, “Mary, you and I are related to each other, and we ought to be good friends, I am sure.'

How are we related ?' asked Mary.

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* Your father is also mine,' said Sarah Anna. “You told the truth the other day when you affirmed that Abby Olmsted was my mother; she was left by your father, Mary, at the time of your parents' marriage. We can sympathize with each other, in some respects, at least, and we must be friends.'

Mary was astonished at the calm manner of Sarah, though she was not surprised at the statement she had made concerning herself, for hints had been thrown out in her presence by those who knew of her unkindness to Sarah Anna, that made her acquainted with these facts, which could not be denied by her parents. Mary, therefore, readily acceded to the generous proposal of her sister to be friendly to her. She was mortified at the reflection of her past despicable conduct in regard to the noble-spirited girl, and it is believed she profited by the great mistake she had made at that time.

Ever after this event, so trifling in itself, these two young ladies continued to reciprocate each other's kindness. Mary was greatly indebted to her sister for many kind hints, by which she profited ; and as they advanced in life, they ceased not to cultivate feelings of good-will towards each other.

The foster-mother of Sarah Anna rejoiced in view of the course pursued by her daughter, and was happy that it had been in her power to render her the assistance she had so cheerfully imparted to her, while at the same time she had been solaced by the engaging society of this lovely girl.

Years passed on, and these sisters dwelt in the same town; and both became heads of families. Sarah was greatly respected ; and was indeed the means of elevating her less naturally refined sister.

When Mr. Dalby and his companion died, they were comforted in respect to the influence which their daughter exerted in the community in which she lived ; and considered themselves more than repaid for all their kindness to the lonely wanderer, whose case they compassionated, and who, perhaps through their instrumentality, had been res. cued from the path of sin in which she might otherwise have been destroyed.

Sarah Anna, Mrs. Nelson, Mrs. Coleman, and Mrs. Howe, were associated in early life, and sympathized in each other's plans, joys, and sorrows. In riper years they still cultivated a friendship that lasted until death.

Sarah Anna survived these relatives, who were all her seniors in years. It was her duty to help administer to the last wants of the wretched Mr. Oliver; to assist in forming the character of the ill-fated Simon; also to strive to comfort his afflicted mother, and wipe the tear of sorrow from her eyes as she approached the end of her earthly pilgrimage.

The youngest children of Mrs. Nelson were objects of peculiar interest to her. The daughter of Mr. Johnson, who was the youngest of the family, it will be remembered, was deserted by her father in early infancy. That father, it will be recollected, was an inebriate, and the last the reader knew of him, he was in a distant city, free from all restraint, in lulging in his sinful habits.

CHAPTER X VIII.

Desire of Susan to see her long-absent Father His unexpected return after thirty years' absente Mr. Johnson's excuse for his abSusan happily disappointed in his appearance

- His second wife and child in a distant city Their trials on his account.

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The curiosity of Susan, the daughter of Mr. Johnson, to see her father, increased with her years. She had not been taught to love his memory, yet there was something endearing to her heart in the name of father, and she longed to behold his face.

Year after year glided away, and still no tidings of the wanderer ever reached his home. Susan, at one time, indirectly heard that he resided in a place situated on the western bank of the Hudson ; and thither she immediately directed a letter, but received no answer. Still, she would not despair of seeing or hearing from him, until after the lapse of many years, during which she had attained to womanhood. She now thought less of him, and began to feel that he might be dead.

At this juncture, a friend called one day at the house where she lived in Braintree, and addressing Susan, said, • Who do you think called to see me this morning ?'

? 'I don't know,' replied she, “ I am sure.'

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*Try to conjecture,' said the gentleman, as it was some one who feels greatly interested in your welfare.'

• In my welfare ! who can it be?'

Whom would you like it should be?' asked her friend.

"I should be pleased to have it be some dear absent relative, say my father, if he lives !”.

Well,' said the other, what if I should say, it was he whom I saw this morning ?

"I should rejoice if you could say so truthfully.'

I can say so, and affirm what is true;' answered the gentleman.

60, I am thankful!' replied Susan ; 'but where is he? why did you not bring him with you ? '

Because I feared the surprise would be too great for you, and thought I had better inform you first of his arrival.'

Her friend then left Susan, and went out to meet her father. He soon returned, followed by a gentlemanly looking man whom he introduced to Susan as the individual she had so long desired to behold. She extended her hand towards him, at the same time saying with emotion, Can it be that I see my own dear father.'

• It is true;' replied her father, and cordially proffered his hand; 'I am your father, though you have known so little of me.'

'I am glad to see you, even at this late period,' said the daughter, ‘for I feared I should never behold you in this life!

Susan was happily disappointed, by the dignified appearance of her long absent parent, and her gladness was

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