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THE MISER.

97 · Love. Is the mischief in you? Always money! Can you say nothing else but money, money, money? My children, my servants, my relations, can pronounce nothing but money.

James. Well, sir ; but how many will there be at table ?

Love. About eight or ten ; but I will have a supper dressed but for eight; for if there be enough for eight, there is enough for ten.

James. Suppose, sir, at one end, a handsome soup ; at the other, a fine Westphalia' ham and chickens ; on one side, a fillet” of veal; on the other, a turkey, or rather a bustard,' which may be had for about a guinea —

Love. Zounds! is the fellow providing an entertainment for my lord mayor and the court of aldermen?

James. Then a ragout:

Love. I'll have no ragout. Would you burst the good people, you dog?

James. Then pray, sir, say what will you have ?

Love. Why, see and provide something to cloyo their stomachs : let there be two good dishes of thin soup; a large suetpudding, some dainty, fat pork-pie, very fat; a fine, small lean breast of mutton, and a large dish with two artichokes. There; that's plenty and variety.

James. Oh, dear-
Love. Plenty and variety.
James. But, sir, you must have some poultry."
Love. No; I'll have none.
James. Indeed, sir, you should.
Love. Well, then,-kill the old hen, for she has done laying.

James. Mercy! sir, how the folks will talk of it; indeed, people say enough of you already.

1 Westphalia,(West få li 8), a prov. "Ragout, (rå g8'), a dish made of ince of Prussia in which horses, cat- fragments of meat, sometimes of tle, sheep, and hogs are numerous, more than one kind, mixed, stewed, and the last named furnish the cele and highly seasoned ; a stew. brated Westphalian hams.

• Cloy, to overload ; to glut; to ? Fil' let, meat made up of mus- satisfy ; to fill to loathing. cles; the fleshy part of the thigh. ? Poultry, tame fowls which are 3 Bůs' tard, a large bird.

kept for the table, and for their eggs, • Guin' ea, a former English gold feathers, etc., such as cocks and coin, worth somewhat more than hens, capons, turkeys, ducks and five dollars.

geese,

Love. Eh! why, what do the people say, pray
James. Oh, sir, if I could be assured you would not be angry.

Love. Not at all ; for I'm always glad to hear what the world says of me.

James. Why, sir, since you will have it, then, they make a jest of you everywhere; nay, of your servants, on your account. One says, you pick a quarrel with them quarterly, in order to find an excuse to pay them no wages.

Love. Poh! poh!

James. Another says, you were taken one night stealing your own oats from your own horses.

Love. That must be a lie ; for I never allow them any.

James. In a word, you are the by-word everywhere ; and you are never mentioned, but by the names of covetous, stingy, scraping, old

Love. Get along, you impudent villain !
James. Nay, sir, you said you wouldn't be angry.
Love. Get out, you dog! you-

HENRY FIELDING.

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“D LEASE, sir, don't push so.” It was in endeavoring to

1 penetrate the dense' crowd that nearly filled the entrance, and blocked up the doorway, after one of our popular lectures, that this exclamation met my attention. It proceeded from ă little girl of not more than ten years, who, hemmed in by the wall on one side, and the crowd on the other, was vainly endeavoring to extricate' herself.

2. The person addressed paid no attention to the entreaty of the little one, but pushed on toward the door. “Look here, sir,” said a man whose coarse apparel, sturdy frame, and toile

1 Pěn' e trāte, to enter into; to force a way into or through anything.

7 Děnse, compact; close.
• Ex' tri cāte, to disentangle, or

set free from difficulties; to relieve.

“En trēat' y, earnest prayer Oj request.

Ap păr' el, outer clothing; dress WHO WAS THE GENTLEMAN?

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embrowned hands, contrasted strongly with the delicately gloved fingers, curling locks, and expensive broadcloth of the former. “Look here, sir, you're jamming that little girl's bõnnet all to smash with those elbows of yours.”

3. “Can't help that,” gruffly replied the individual addressed: “I look to No. One.” “You take care of No. One, do you? Well, that's all fair : so do I,” replied the honest countryman ; and with these words, he took the little girl in his arms, and placing his broad shoulders against the slight form of the former, he pushed him through the crowd, down the steps, landing him, with somewhat more haste than dignity, in the street below.

4. The young gentleman picked himself up, but rather intimidated' by the stout fist of the stranger, and rather abashed? by the laughter of the crowd, concluded it was about time for him to go home. In polite society the former would be courted and admired, and the latter overlooked and despised. “Who was the gentleman ?”.

5. On a raw and blustering day last winter, a young girl, with a basket on her arm, entered one of our stores. After making a few purchases she turned to leave. Two gentlemen stood in the doorway, whose appearance indicated that they thought themselves something ; whose soft sleek coats and delicate hands were apparently* of about the same quality as their brain.

6. As they made not the slightèst movement as she approached, the young girl hesitated å moment, but seeing no other way, she politely requested them to stand ăsīde. They lazily moved a few inches, allowing her barely room to pass, giving her, as she did so, a broad stare, that brought the color to her cheek, and the fire to her eye. In stepping upon the icy pavement her foot slipped, and in endeavoring to save herself, her basket fell, and the wind scattered its con'tents in every direction.

7. At this, the two gentlemen burst into a loud laugh, and seemed to consider it as vastly ămūsing. “Let me assist you,” exclaimed a pleasant voice; and a lad about sixteen, whose hands showed that they were accustomed to labor, and whose coarse but well-patched coat indicated that he was the child of poverty, sprang forward, and, găthering up the articles, presented the basket with a bow and a smile that would have graced a drawing-room. “Who was the gentleman ?”

1 In tìm' i dāt ed, made timid or fearful ; frightened.

* A băshed', confused, or made ashamed.

3 In' di cāt ed, pointed out; dis covered ; showed.

4 Apparently, (ap pår'ent l?), plain ly; seemingly; in appearance.

8. Boys, you are all ambitious to become gentlemèn. It is all věry natural, but remember, that nēither your own nor your par'ents' position in life, your tailor, your boot-black, or your barber, can make you one. The true gentleman is the same everywhere ; not only at the social' party or ball, but in the noisy mill, the busy shop, the crowded assembly at home, or in the street; never oppressing the weak or ridiculing the unfortunate ; respectful and attentive to his superiors; pleasant and affable to his equals ; careful and tender of the feelings of those whom he may consider beneath him.

II.
23. A MODERN CINCINNATUS.:

M HOSE who have read of the old Roman who left his plow,

1 and ruled the nation, returning again to his humble farm, must be proud to think how many instances of the same kind our own history furnishes. Washington was a Cincinnātus, and here is an account of another.

2. At the session of the South Carolina Legislature, in 1814, the members were perplexed for a suitable man to elect governor. The difficulty did not arise from any scarcity of candidates, -for then, as now, men were ambitious,—but from a want of the right sort of man. The matter became worse as the time wore on, and the election of some objectionable candidate seemed inevitable."

3. One day, however, as several of them were conversing upon the matter, Judge O'Neall, then a young man, and present by invitation, said, “Gentlemen, why not elect General David

Social, (so' shal), made up of to direct the affairs of his country companions; relating to society. and command her armies.

? Al fa ble, easy of conversation; Căn' di dātes, persons who seek admitting or inviting others to talk or are proposed for any office. freely ; courteous,

5 In ěv' it a ble, that which can 3 Cîn cin nā' tus, a celebrated Ron not be avoided. man who was called from the plow A, (ă), see Rule 2, p. 24.

A MODERN CINCINNATUS.

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R. Williams?” “David R. Williams! he's our man-he's the man!” they all exclaimed, as they begăn to scatter to tell the news. The day of election came on, and General Williams was elected by a large vote.

4. A messenger was at once dispatched with a carefully prea pared letter to inform the general of his election, requesting his acceptance, and hoping he would name the day on which he would take the oath of office. After a long ride, the messenger stopped at the general's residence, in Marlboro' district, we believe, and inquired if he was in. He was told that Mr. Williams was over at his plantation. The gentleman said he would ride over, as he had a note to deliver to him as soon as possible.

5. When ăbout half way, he met a fine-looking man, dressed in plain homespun, and driving a team of mules. “Am I on the road to the plantation of General Williams?” asked the messenger. “Yes, sir; it is about a mile further on,” was the reply. “Is the general at home?" "No, sir.” “Where is he?” I am General Williams.” “ You General David R. Williams ?” “I am the man.” “Don't deceive me. I have an important letter for Gen. Williams. If that is your name,” said the doubting messenger, “here it is,” handing the letter to the general.

6. Mr. Williams opened the letter, and found, to his utter astonishment, that, without his knowledge or consent, he had been elected governor of South Carolina. He took the messenger home, and entertained him for the night, preparing a note in the mean time accepting the appointment, and naming a time on which he would be in Columbiä. The messenger returned. On the appointed day, a few minutes before twelve, a man, dressed in homespun, and on horseback, rode into town. Hitching his animal to a tree, he made his way to the Capitol, where he found a brilliant concourse of people.

7. But few knew him personally ; still there was something commanding about him. He took his seat in a vacant chair ; and when the clock in front of the Speaker had struck the hour of twelve, the general rose, and delivered the most masterly speech that had ever been delivered there. The farmer-states

1 Plan tā' tion, a place planted; a 3 Concourse, (këng' kors), a mov. large cultivated farm.

i ng, flowing, or running together; a * Căp'i toi, the State-house, or collection of people meeting of choice house in which the legislature meets. in one place; an assembly.

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