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towards him, he passed down the steps leading from the hotel, proffered his hand with a feeling of cordiality which · was cheering to the spirit of the self-condemned man.

'I am glad to find you thus early;' said Mr. Sumner, the friendly gentleman. “You are the very person I wished to meet this morning.'

· Have you any particular business with me ? ' inquired the other.

Mr. Sumner was prepared to respond to such a question, for he had that very morning contrived a plan, which he hoped would divert the thoughts of Mr. Johnson from the exhilarating cup.

“I have particular business with you;' replied this anxious and kind friend, at the same time turning towards the home of the other, and asking him to walk with him. "I wish you to make one of a social party, which is expected to leave this place to-day for the purpose of going on an excursion of pleasure, and I hope of profit, a few miles into the country.'

"I do not feel like seeing company at all to-day,' said Mr. Johnson, therefore I must decline accepting your kind invitation, at the same time thanking you for the friendly notice you have taken of me.'

• Do not try to excuse yourself from becoming one of this party,' answered Mr. Sumner. I shall not consent, continued he, playfully, “to allow your feelings to prevent you from going with us, for we cannot get along

You are suffering, somewhat, physically, I know, but I believe the contemplated excursion will greatly benefit you.'

"I think you must excuse me to-day,' rejoined Mr. John

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“No, no,' said his friend, you cannot be excused. I shall feel greatly disappointed if you do not go with us.'

As they drew near the dwelling of Mr. Johnson, he told Mr. Sumner he would be obliged to stop in the neighbourhood on an errand.

Cannot you postpone this call until another time?' inquired his friend ; 'I assure you, if you would do so, it would be very gratifying to me.'

Mr. Johnson labored hard to offer reasons for stopping at this time, but his friend, who dreaded the consequences of his doing so, as he would thus lose sight of him, was so importunate that he should return directly home and prepare for their excursion, that he could no longer refuse, without being absolutely rude and wounding the feelings of Mr. Sumner; therefore the unhappy man concluded to comply with the wishes of his friend. They both walked directly to the residence of Mr. Johnson, where the guilty husband was met by his wife in a manner that would lead him to suppose that the affair of the preceding night had been quite forgotten.

Mr. Sumner made known his intentions to Mrs. Johnson, and was very urgent that herself and companion should join the little party. This judicious lady gladly accepted the invitation to accompany her husband, and expressed so much anxiety to go, that he was constrained to go with her. The friendly gentleman then hastily engaged a few of their acquaintances to join them, and very soon the company were on their way to a most delightful spot, which they had chosen as their rural resort. Mr. Johnson was melancholy for a while, but ere many hours had passed, he became interested in the cheerful society by which he was sur

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rounded, and in the many pleasant objects which met his admiring view. He began to appear like himself; and seemed to get rid of the idea that it was necessary, after having fallen into temptation, to pursue a course of wrong doing for a certain length of time, ere he could return to the right path.

On the third day after leaving home, this cheerful company returned to their dwellings, and he for whose sake the excursion had been planned, was one of the liveliest of the number. He felt truly grateful for the interest his friend, Mr. Sumner, manifested, and purposed to evince his kind remembrance of his regard, by striving in future to avoid temptation. This he did for nearly two years; and exerted his influence on the side of temperance. Being possessed of genius, he employed his talents in endeavoring to benefit those who had erred like himself,

After this, he again yielded to temptation, and again brought disgrace and sorrow upon his wife and interesting daughter. He passed the remainder of his life in the same manner as he spent that part of it which has been described ; and it is a matter of doubt, whether the daughter he deserted in infancy suffered more from his unnatural absence, than did the one who was so often mortified by witnessing her father's derelictions from virtue. It is hard to decide which of these daughters is most entitled to sympathy. It is true, however, that both Susan and Frances were objects of peculiar interest to most who knew them, and there was much in the history of each to call forth the pity of every feeling heart.

The reader will expect to know more about them, and will realize this expectation in the next chapter.

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CHAPTER XIX.

Two sisters, Susan and Frances, unknown to each other Their futher's mortification Disgraceful conduct Sickness of Mrs. Johnson Frances Susan.

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NEVER were were two sisters more unlike each other, than were Susan and Frances. Susan bore a strong resemblance to her father, both in countenance and disposition, while Frances was almost an exact likeness of her mother. Both were called handsome.

Susan was of middle stature. Her form slender, yet well-proportioned; her hair and eyes rather dark; and her countenance expressive of intelligence and good sense. Her sister was tall and graceful; her hair and complexion light; and her eyes, though mild, were expressive of sprightliness and good humor. Her disposition was very amiable. Her father ever spoke of her with feelings of exultation, and often boasted of her loveliness.

The influence exerted over the mind of one of these sisters, was very unlike that which was felt by the other. The first time Susan ever heard the name of her father mentioned, it was done in such a manner, that with the remembrance of it a feeling of contempt was ever afterwards associated. She longed to enjoy the blessing of a father's care and protection; but there were very few to

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whom she ever unbosomed her feelings, or spoke of him who had regarded her with such cruel indifference.

Sometimes she was rudely questioned concerning her father, which was a source of great pain to her sensitive mind. On such occasions, she always strove to make evasive replies, and change the subject of conversation, as soon as common courtesy would admit; often wondering that there were those possessed of so little sensibility as carelessly to wound the feelings of others, by inquisitively prying into circumstances which are distressing to another to dwell upon.

Susan heard indirectly that she had a brother and sister younger than herself. She heard, too, of the death of her brother, but was told that her sister still lived, and she longed to behold her. In imagination she often visited this unseen relative, and wished very much to know with what feelings she regarded her father.

Frances, at an early age, was informed by her mother that she had a sister dwelling in a distant place, whom probably she would never behold. She was told, too, that the mother of this sister had once been the companion of her father, and that a separation took place between them because the lady had not patience to endure the faults of her husband. Frances greatly desired to become acquainted with her far-distant sister. 0, it cannot be,' she would

o that we sisters were born to live and die without once beholding each other. She often inquired of her father respecting Susan, and on one occasion innocently asked him if he loved her. Being answered in the affirmative, she said, then how can you bear to live so many years without seeing her?'

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