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liked him," answered the widow, naturally embarrassed by such a question.

“Well, thin," asked Costello, enforcing his question by gentle squeezes of the widow's round waist, “d'ye like me well enough as meself?"

"Hear the man!” exclaimed the widow, derisively; "do I like him well enough as himself?”

"Ah, now, don't be breakin' me heart," pleaded Costello. -"Answer me this question, Mrs. Cummiskey: Is yer heart tender toward me?”

“It is,” whispered the widow ; "an' there, now ye have it."

“The saints be praised !” exclaimed the happy lover, and he drew the not unwilling widow to his bosom.

A few minutes after Mrs. Cummiskey looked up, and, as she smoothed her hair, said: “But, Jam-es, ye haven't told me how ye liked yer tay."

“Ah, Nora, me jewel,” answered Mr. Costello, “the taste of that first kiss would take away the taste of all the tay that ever was brewed.”

A DOUBTING HEART.

WH
HERE are the swallows fled ?

Frozen and dead,
Perchance upon some bleak and stormy shore.

O doubting heart !
Far over purple seas
They wait, in sunny er se,

The balmy southern breeze,
To bring them to their Northern homes once more.

Why must the flowers die?

Prisoned they lie
In the cold tomb, heedless of tears or rain.

O doubting heart!
They only sleep below
The soft white ermine snow,

While winter winds shall blow,
To breathe and smile upon you soon again.

The sun has hid his rays

These many days;
Will dreary hours never leave the earth?

O doubting heart!
The stormy clouds on high
Veil the same sunny sky,

That soon, for spring is nigh,
Shall wake the summer into golden mirth.

Fair hope is dead, and light

Is quenched in night;
What sound can break the silence of despair?

O doubting heart!
The sky is overcast,
Yet stars shall rise at last,

Brighter for darkness past,
And angels' silver voices stir the air.

ADELAIDE ANNE PROCTER. DANIEL GRAY.

IF

F I shall ever win the home in Heaven

For whose sweet rest I humbly hope and pray, In the great company of the forgiven

I shall be sure to find old Daniel Gray. I knew him well; in truth, few knew him better;

For my young eyes oft read for him the Word, And saw how meekly from the crystal letter

He drank the life of his beloved Lord. Old Daniel Gray was not a man who lifted

On ready words his freight of gratitude, Nor was he called among the gifted,

In the prayer-meetings of his neighborhood. He had a few old-fashioned words and phrases,

Linked in with sacred texts and Sunday rhymes ; And I suppose that in his prayers and graces,

I've heard them all at least a thousand times. I see him now-his form, his face, his motions,

His homespun habit, and his silver hair,And hear the language of his trite devotions,

Rising behind the straight-backed kitchen chair. I can remember how the sentence sounded

“Help us, O Lord, to pray and not to faint!" And how the" conquering-and-to-conquer" rounded

The loftier aspirations of the saint.
He had some notions that did not improve him,

He never kissed his children-so they say ;
And finest scenes and fairest flowers would move him

Less than a horse-shoe picked up in the way.

He had a hearty hatred of oppression,

And righteous words for sin of every kind; Alas, that the transgressor and transgression

Were linked so closely in his honest mind!

He could see naught but vanity in beauty,

And naught but weakness in a fond caress, And pitied men whose views of Christian duty

Allowed indulgence in such foolishness.

Yet there were love and tenderness within him;

And I am told that when his Charley died,
Nor nature's need nor gentle words could win him

From his fond vigils at the sleeper's side.

And when they came to bury little Charley,

They found fresh dew-drops sprinkled in his hair, And on his breast a rosebud gathered early,

And guessed, but did not know who placed it there,

Honest and faithful, constant in his calling,

Strictly attendant on the means of grace, Instant in prayer, and fearful most of falling,

Old Daniel Gray was always in his place.

A practical old man, and yet a dreamer,
He thought that in some strange, unlooked-for

way His mighty Friend in Heaven, the great Redeemer,

Would honor him with wealth some golden day.

This dream he carried in a hopeful spirit

Until in death his patient eye grew dim, And his Redeemer called him to inherit

The heaven of wealth long garnered up for him.

So, if I ever win the home in Heaven

For whose sweet rest I humbly hope and pray,
In the great company of the forgiven
I shall be sure to find old Daniel Gray.

J. G. HOLLAND.

THE LAST CHARGE OF NEY.

TH
MHE whole continental struggle exhibited no sub-

limer spectacle than the last great effort of Napoleon to save his sinking empire. Europe had been put upon the plains of Waterloo to be battled for. The greatest military energy and skill the world possessed had been tasked to the utmost during the day. Thrones were tottering on the ensanguined field, and the shadows of fugitive kings flitted through the smoke of battle. Bonaparte's star trembled in the zenith, now blazing out in its ancient splendor, now suddenly paling before his

anxious eye.

At length, when the Prussians appeared on the field, he resolved to stake Europe on one bold throw. He committed himself and France to Ney, and saw his empire rest on a single charge. The intense anxiety with which he watched the advance of the column, the terrible suspense he suffered when the smoke of battle concealed it from sight, and the utter despair of his great heart when the curtain lifted over a fugitive army, and the despairing shriek rang out on every side, “ La garde recule, La garde recule,” make us, for the moment, forget all the carnage, in sympathy with his distress.

Ney felt the pressure of the immense responsibility on his brave heart, and resolved not to prove unworthy

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