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were accustomed to make. Their inurmurs caine to the Emperor's ears. He loved his people and was willing to do all in his power to satisfy their just desires. He therefore assured them that he intended upon the next feast of the Lanterns, to exhibit one of the most glorious triumphs that had ever been seen in China.
The people were in raptures at his condescension; and on the appointed day, assembled at the gates of the palace with the most cager expectations. Here they waited for some time without seeing any of those preparations which usually precede a pageant. The lantern with ten thousand tapers, was not yet brought forth; the fire works, which usually covered the city walls, were not yet lighted; the people once more began to murmur at this delay, when in the midst of their -impatience the palace gates flew open and the Emperor himself appeared, not in
. . . fplendor splendor or magnificence, bnt in an ordinary habit, followed by the blind, the maimed, and the strangers of the city, allo in new clothes, and each carrying in his hand moncy enough to supply his necessities for the year. The people were at first amazed; but soon perceived the wisdom of their king, who taught them, that to make one man happy, was more truly great, than having ten thousand captives groaning at the wheels of his chariot.
“ How truly generous and noble was the conduct of the Emperor," said Miss Ulfer ; " how I envy his triumph when surrounded by the maimed, the blind, and the strangers. But ladies, I peg pardon for the interruption, it is yet early and our good Governess will perhaps favour us with another story...
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IN the neighbourhood of Damascus lived a gardener, whose name was Abdullcander : his only possession was a small garden, and its produce his only subsistence : though it barely supplied him with the necessaries of life, yet he murmured not: thankful for the little he had, the much he wanted gave him no regret. He prayed fervently at the stated hours prescribed by the prophet, repeated his Bismillah duly, and carefully observed the appointed seasons for ab. ution,
One day a dervis stopped at the door of his cottage, and begged a little refreshment : the charitable Abdullcander, with great chearfulness, set before him some dried figs, and a jar of milk. The dervis, after his repast, insisted on Abdullcander's acceptance of a mark of his gratitude, and throwing down a purse instantly disappeared. :
When Abdullcander opened the purse he found in it ninety nine chequins in gold, the sight of which dazzled and confounded him. He now began to have an idea of the value of inoney, and all his care was ta make the ninety nine cliequins an hundred. This point was foon gained; but his desires encreasing with his possessions, he conti nued to employ his fock, and succeeded beyond his hopes : he removed into the city, enlarged his dealings, and by industrious perseverance acquired an immense ellate. · But the desire of wealth took full pof.
session of his heart, he grew more languid in his devotions, and more careless in the observation of the external duties of his · religion, till at length he lost the sense of divine favour. ' ' .'...'
Thus after many years affluence and splendor, a severe sickness warned him of the approach of the angel of death. Re. morse for his ingratitude to heaven, now deeply touched his heart. His contrition was lasting and sincere. He looked on all his gain as loss, and all his poffesfions as the snare of his soul. He sent for a cod. gee, and made his will, in which, after providing generously for his relations, he left the remainder of his fortune to chari. table uses; and inserted a clause, that as soon as he was dead, his corpse should be ignominiously dragged on a hurdle, thrice round the town, preceded by the cryer, who should proclain with a loud voice, “ This is the carcase of the ungrate