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1 8. Leontine was from home when the child returned. y The servant minutely related every circumstance that 10 passed, to the mother; who, trembling during the recital, El at the conclusion poured forth her grateful thanks to heaven;

then turning to her infant, we must see, said she, this prea server of your life. Frantic with joy, and, taking him by

the band, she went immediately to the cot of Albertus, who attended to the effusions of her gratitude with silent admira

tion, sometimes disturbed with a sigh, again relieved by a e tear. “I have saved your child,” said he," and the griet t I have suffered by the loss of my own in nearly the same

place, accounts for the tumultuous joy you experience, =;" from the preservation of your child." " Alas!” said the

mother, “both I and my little son have been rescued from the devouring ocean; but my parents never experienced the felicity of rejoicing at my escape. I never had the happiness of knowing them. I was taken up at sea, floating on a bed, when but three years of age.”

9. Need we say more, than these circumstances led to a discovery, that Albertus had recovered his daughter. The incidents of her life were few; she had been taken up

in the morning after the wreck, by a coasting cutter bound * for Guernsey, and had been brought up by a merchant in

that island, to whom the cutter belonged, and he had given her as liberal an education as the island afforded. When but sixteen, Leontine, who commanded a company quarfered on the island, paid his addresses to her; and the

honest merchant not only assented to their union, but beEstowed an ample fortune upon the bride.

10. Leontine's father soon after dying, he returned to England, and his income being within four hundred pounds a year, he determined on an economical plan: he sold his commission, and retired into the country. Providence die rected him to the neighbourhood of Albertus. A description of the scene which passed between the father and daughter, is, perhaps, beyond the power of language to describe. We therefore conclude with what, no doubt, the reader has anticipated, that Albertus returned to the world, and became one of his daughter's family, and passed the remainder of his days in contentment and happiness. .

Filial Sensibility. 1. A YOUNG gentleman in one of the academies at Paris, was remarked for eating nothing but soup and dry bread, and drinking only water. The governor of the institution, attributing this singularity to excess of devotion, reproved his pupil, and endeavoured to persuade him to alter his resolution. Finding, however, that his remonstrances were ineffectual, he sent for him again, and observed to him, that such conduct was highly unbecoming, and that it was his duty to conform to the rules of the academy.

2. He then endeavoured to learn the reason of his pupil's conduct; but as the youth could not be prevailed upon to impart the secret, the governor, at last, threatened to send him back to his family. This menace produced an immediate explanation : “Sir," said the young man, “ in my father's house, I eat nothing but black bread, and of that very little ; bere I have good soup, and excellent white bread; and though I might, if I chose it, fare luxuriously, I cannot persuade myself to take any thing else, when I reflect on the situation in which I have left my father and mother."

3. The governor was greatly moved by this instance of filiai sensibility, and could not refrain from tears. “Your father,” said he, “has been in the army; has he no pension?" "No," replied the youth ; " he has long been soliciting one ; but, for want of money, has been obliged to give up the pursuit; and, rather than contract any debts at Versailles, he has chosen a life of wretchedness in the country.“ Well," returned the governor, “if the fact is as you have represented it, I promise to procure for your father a peu. sion of five hundred livres a year. And since your friends are in so reduced circumstances, take these three louis-d'ors for your pocket expenses. I will undertake to remit your father the first half year of his pension in advance.” “Ah, sir!" replied the youth, “ as you have the goodness to pro- } pose remitting a suin of money to my father, I entreat you to add to it these three louis-d'ors. As I have here every thing I can wish for, I do not need them : but they would be of great use to my father in the maintenance of his other children."

The Noble Basket Maker. 1. The Germans of rank and fortune, were formerly remarkable for the custom of having their sons instructed in some mechanical business, by which they might be habituated to a spirit of industry ; secured from the miseries of idleness; and qualified, in case of necessity, to support themselves and their farnilies. A striking proof of the utility of

this custom, occurs in the following narrative : - 2. A young German nobleman of great merit and talents,

paid his addresses to an accomplished young lady of the Palatinate ; and applied to her father for his consent to marry her. The old nobleman, amongst other observations, asked him how he expected to maintain his daughter. The young man, surprised at such a question, observed, that his possessions were known to be ample, and as secure as the honours of his family. “ All this is very true," replied the father : "but you well know, that our country has suffered much from wars and devastation! and that new events of this nature may sweep away all your estate, and render you des. titute. To keep you no longer in 'suspense, (continued the falner, with great politeness and affection, I have seriously resolved never to marry my daughter to any person, who whatever may be his honours or property, does not possess some mechanical art, by which he may be able to support her in case of unforeseen events.'

3. The young nobleman deeply affected with his determination, was silent for a few minutes; when, recovering himself, he declared, “ that he believed his happiness so much depended on the proposed union, that no difficulty or submissions, consistent with his honour, should prevent him from endeavouring to accomplish it.” He begged to know whether he might be allowed six months to acquire the knowledge of some manual art. The father, pleased with the young man's resolution, and affection for his daughter, con[sented to the proposal ; and pledged his honour that the marriage should take place, if, at the expiration of the time limited, he should succeed in his undertaking.

4. Animated by the tenderest regard, and by a high sense of the happiness he hoped to enjoy, he went immediately into Flanders, engaged himself to a white twig basket-maker, and applied every power of ingenuity and industry, to be come skilled in the business. He soon obtained a complete knowledge of the art ; and before the expiration of the time proposed, returned, and brought with him, as specimens of his skill, several baskets adapted to fruit, flowers, and needle. work. These were presented to the young lady; and universally admired for the delicacy and perfection of the workmanship. Nothing now remained to prevent the ac- . complishment of the noble youth's wishes : and the marriage was solemnized to the satisfaction of all parties. · 5. The young couple lived several years in affluence; and seemed, by their virtues and moderation, to have se. cured the favours of fortune. But the ravages of war at length extended themselves to the Palatinate. Both the families were driven from their country, and their estates forfeited. And now opens a most interesting scene. The young nobleinan commenced his trade of basket-making ; and, by his superior skill in the art, soon commanded extensive business. For many years he liberally supported, not only his own family, but also that of the good old nobleman, his father-in-law; and enjoyed the high satisfaction of contributing, by his own industry, to the happiness of connexions doubly endeared to him by their misfortunes; and who otherwise would have sunk into the miseries of neglect and indigence, sharpened by the remembrance of better days.

Logan-, Mingo Chief. 1. In the spring of the year 1774, a robbery and murder were committed on an inhabitant of the frontiers of Virginia, by two Indians, of the Shawanese tribe. The neighbouring whites, according to their custom, undertook to punish this outrage in a summary way. Colonel Cresap, a man infamous for the many murders he had coinmitted on those much injured people, collected a party, and proceeded down the Kanbaway, in quest of vengeance.

2. Unfortunately, a canoe of women and children, with one man only, was seen coming from the opposite shore, unaried, and unsuspecting any hostile attack from the whitesa Cresap and his party concealed themselves on the bank of the river ; and the moment the canoe reached the shore, singled out their objects, and, at one fire, killed every per son in it. This happened to be the family of Logan, who had long been distinguished as a friend of the wbites. This

Upworthy return provoked his vengeance. He accordingly signalized himself in the war which ensued.

3. Ia the autumn of the same year, a decisive battle was fought at the mouth of the great Kanhaway, between the collected forces of the Shawanese, Mingoes, and Delawares, and a detachment of the Virginia militia. The Indians were defeated, and sued for peace. Logan, however, disdained to be seen among the suppliants; but, lest the sincerity of a treaty should be disturbed, from which so distinguished a chief absented himself, be sent by a messenger the following speech, to be delivered to lord Dunmore.

4." I appeal to any white man to say, if ever he entered Logan's cabin hungry, and he gave him po meat; if ever he came cold and naked, and he clothed him not. During the last long and bloody war, Logan reinained idle in his cabin, an advocate for peace.

5. "Such was my love for the whites, that my countrymen pointed as they passed by, and said, 'Logan is the friend of white men.' I had even thought to live with you, had it not been for the injuries of one man. Colonel Cresap, last spring, in cold blood, and unprovoked, murdered all the relations of Logan, not even sparing his woinen and children.

6." There runs not a drop of my blood in the veins of any living creature. This called on ine for revenge. I have sought it; I have killed many; I have fully glutted my vengeance. For my country, I rejoice at the beams of peace; but do not harbour a thought that mine is the joy of fear. Logan never felt fear. He will noi turn on his heel to save his life. 'Who is there to mourn for Logan? Not one."

The Compassionate Judge. 1. The celebrated Charles Anthony Domat was promoted to the office of a judge of a provincial court, in the south of France, in which he presided, with public applause, for twenty-four years. One day a poor widow brought a complaint before him, against the Baron de Nairac, her landlord, for turning her out of possession of a farm, which was her whole dependence. Domat heard the cause, and finding, by tilte clearest evidence, that the woman had ignorantly broken a covenant in the lease, which empowered the landlord to take possession of the farm, be recomended mercy to the Baron, towards a poor honest tenant,

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